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Compact Country Competition

The leaderboard in the Country Cricket one day premiership is compacted at the top, with five teams all sharing the points. Weedons remain the only unbeaten team, having had the bye too.

This weekend Southbrook were completely dominated by Darfield. They closed their innings at 105/9 with Jack Boyle the only resistance, scoring 30. Jackson Pauling enjoyed a four-wicket haul for only 20 runs. Darfield then reached the target only two wickets down, with Jesse Frew scoring 33 not out, and Liam Foulkes 28.

It was a much tighter match between Sefton and Weedons, with the Ellesmere club coming out on top and winning by two wickets. Sefton had put on 149/8 off their 45 overs after a rocky start. Brent Fleming scored 29 to get things back on track, and then quick-fire contributions from Jed Roberts 36, and Nigel Grange 30, put a reasonable target on the board. Charlie Robson was the best of the Weedons bowlers claiming 3/8. Todd Inness opened the innings with a tidy 75, and Robson again contributed to his side with 31. Jed Roberts toiled hard for Sefton taking 4/41, but it wasn’t enough as Weedons reached 150/8 off 36.5 overs.

In another close match, the country team from Ellesmere, Leeston Southbridge, again had the measure of their North Canterbury opponent, Oxford. Calvin Scott opened the innings for Oxford and knocked up a half century, 52, and David Fulton in the middle order also passed the fifty mark with 56. Oxford were able to get to 177/7 from their 45 overs. However, Country, and Canterbury A representative Harry Chamberlain proved difficult to get out and racked up 114 runs and ensuring Leeston Southbridge would get home 181/8. Lachie Stove picked up 4/40 for Oxford.

In the battle of the two North Canterbury sides, Cheviot were all out for 131 against Ohoka. Will Smith 33, and Ted Whelan 27, got starts. Hamish Williams was the best of the Ohoka bowlers with 4/17. The target proved meagre with Ohoka, only losing Ryan Kelly, before Daniel Lyons 75 not out, and Rhys Mariu 27 not out, reached the target, 133/1.
Lincoln had the bye.

In the Metro High School Bowl one day competition, the Rangiora High School 1st XI met the Christs College 3rd XI at the Swannanoa Domain. Rangiora put on 239/10 off 48.2 overs, with Andrews Prain 68, and Jack Sail 46. Christ College’s Flynn Topham was the best of their bowlers with 4/34. Despite two half centuries from Ed Cochran 56, and Tom Harrison 51, Rangiora had their Christchurch opponents 222/9 in the 50th over. Charley Ward had the best bowling figures for Rangiora with 3/31 and was ably supported by Jack Sail with 2/20.

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