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One day competition nearing completion

The penultimate round of the Canterbury Country one day competition was played on Saturday.  Sefton lost their place at the top of the table after losing to Cheviot at Cheviot Domain.  Cheviot batted first putting on 236/9 from their 45 overs. A dominant knock opening from George Waddy of 94, set the innings up nicely and 39 from Sam Sidey through the middle order finished off a good batting display. The best of the Sefton bowlers was Jed Roberts taking 4/46. In reply, Sefton opener Mckenzie Smith scored 46 from 44 balls. However, they found themselves 75 for 5 before Callum Simpson came to the crease. He bashed 65 from 63 balls, and was supported by Ollie Bragg with 33, but when he was dismissed, the chase was all but over. Sefton fell for 187 in the 38th over.

Leeston Southbridge defeated Ohoka to go top of the table. Ohoka batted first, getting through to 178/9. Runs from Will Hamilton (30), Harry Fitzpatrick (26), Paul Miller (46), and Jacob Burns (31), set a reasonable target, but in hindsight they really needed someone to go on, as Leeston Southbridge were able to knock it off only one down. 78 not out from Tim Gruijters and 49 not out from Harry Mowat 49 saw Leeston Southbridge through.

Darfield stayed in the hunt for the semifinals, defeating Weedons.  Weedons would have felt reasonably happy with their total of 235/4 from 45 overs, despite opener Todd Inness being run out early.  A knock of 98 from James Richards was the highlight of their batting. However, at their turn at bat, Darfield knocked the runs off in the 36th over, with Henry Shipley hitting a powerful 140 runs from just 80 balls.
And it was tons galore in the match between the two bottom sides, Southbrook and Lincoln. Southbrook looked a different team, scoring 243/7. A ton each from Jack Boyle (102), and Shannon Stewart (105) dominated a scorecard where no other Southbrook batsman could reach double figures. However, they weren’t required given Lincoln were all out for 134. The best of the Southbrook bowlers was Sid Mowat with 4/16 off his 6 overs.

Oxford Rangiora had the bye.

The key match up next weekend will be that of Ohoka and Weedons, as they vie for fourth place on the table.

Points: Leeston Southbridge 100, Sefton 96, Darfield 72, Ohoka 72, Weedons 64, Oxford Rangiora 56, Cheviot 56, Lincoln 8, Southbrook 4.

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