Year 8 Invitational Games
CJCA Year 8 Blue vs Canterbury Country North at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora.
CJCA Blue 266/6 ( C Fyall 53 retired, N Gibb 52 retired, S Prasad 50 retired) beat Country North 187/8 by 79 runs
Christchurch Blue lost the toss and were asked to bat first. The two openers for Blue Sam Prasad and Conor Fyall got off to a very steady start on a wet out field for the first hour. Once the field dried up runs were easier to come by and the pair put on 133 without loss when both of them retired in the same over on 50.
Christchurch Blue went through a short rebuilding phase before Nicholas Gibb really got the run rate up and was ably assisted by the lower order to push on and post a very challenging 266 for 6 off their 45 overs. Country North were also able to get off to a steady start and were only a few runs behind at the 15 over drinks break. Nicholas Gibb was brought into the attack and bowled a very tidy spell and by taking the pace off the ball, Blue were able to exert some real score board pressure and, after a few near misses Blue were finally able to break the partnership with a run out. Three more run outs would follow as the pressure to score the runs mounted. Country eventually finishing on 187 for 8.
CJCA Year 8 Red vs Mid Canterbury at Hagley Corner
CJCA Red 224/9 (J Ackroyd 99 not out)) beat Mid Canterbury 34 (K Griffiths 8/10) by 190 runs
Mid-Canterbury won the toss & elected to bat. Kalani Griffiths opened the bowling taking two wickets in his first over. This was followed up with a wicket in the next over, two the following over & then three more in his fourth over. He finished with an amazing 8-10 after 5 overs. At the other end Sam MacDonald kept the pressure on with 0-5 off 5 overs. Mid-Canterbury were all out for 34 off 14 overs.
It was agreed that CJCA Year 8 Red would bat through the 45 overs once the target was reached. The target was reached with 3 wickets down and the team went on to score 224 off the 45 overs. Jack Ackroyd was left agonisingly close to reaching a century, scoring 99 not out.
Well done to the Year 8 Red team as it was very comprehensive win and a special mention to Kalani & Jack.
CJCA Year 8 Black vs South Canterbury at Waihi School
CJCA Black 163/5 (T Seeto 63 retired, R Thyne 53 retired) beat South Canterbury 162/7 (C Huntley 3/14) by 5 wickets
Year 7 Invitational Games
SUMMARY – Year 7 CJCA McMillan Gold v South Canterbury
South Canterbury won the toss electing to bat. Adam Pankhurst proved a handful with the new ball getting an edge through to the keeper with the first ball of the game. Adam could have had both openers in the first over had a catch been taken. After the initial wicket the South Canterbury batsmen dug in and batting first proved to be a wise decision with a wet outfield making the ball slippery and a number of the bowlers having difficulty finding their line and length. South Canterbury went on to set a solid total of 206 for five wickets off their 40 overs. Bowlers of note for CJCA Gold were, Flynn Bainbridge with 2 wickets for 14 runs off 3 overs; Adam Pankhurst with 1 for 13 off 5; Murphy Robinson with 1 for 19 off 5; and Jonty Munt with 1 for 16 off 3.
The CJCA Gold’s run chase was hampered with regular wickets falling. The South Canterbury bowling was very tight and the batsmen showed good character to keep pushing for runs to keep the4 team in the game rather than being too defensive. Seb May impressed at the top of the order but was beaten and bowled (16 runs) just as he started to find the boundary. Harry Croy (29 runs) was the pick off the batsmen with some solid batting in the middle order. Ryan Samson (18 runs) and Toby Shaw (16 runs) both scored quickly in the later part of the innings in a last ditch effort to stay in the game. Toby Shaw also hit the only six of the match finding the surrounding trees. Metro Gold were bowled out well short for 130 runs in the 29th over.
SUMMARY – Year 7 CJCA Astle Green v Canterbury Country South
Astle Development won the toss at Leeston Park and elected to bowl first taking into account the very damp outfield soaked with dew. The thinking was that batting second would be an advantage once the sun went to work on the outfield and Astle would receive more value from their shots. Country South made a slow start and Astle took two early wickets. The first wicket taken by Ben Trillo, a good reward for an accurate two overs. Charlie Croy also bowled tightly from the other end, bowling two consecutive maiden overs. After twenty overs at the drinks break the scoreboard was looking good from Astle’s point of view having Country South 3/57.
After drinks Country South began to increase the run rate with some powerful middle order batsmen who were keen to find the boundary with the outfield now dried out. Good bowling from Nick Smith who finished up with great figures of 4/35 off eight overs, really doing a great job for his team. Also Bradley Prescott being economical finishing with 1/20 off 6 overs and Joshua Sanders 0/11 off four overs. Astle never gave up in the field but couldn’t stop Country South finishing up with a very competitive total of 175/7. After the lunch break Astle made a shaky start and losing early wickets was not helping with the chase. Everyone pitched in with runs but Astle were always under pressure, full credit to Country South who bowled really well. Kaine Hartley was the top scoring batsman with 39 not out. Astle batted the forty overs but could only manage a total of 128/9. The game was an enjoyable, competitive experience enjoyed by all.
SUMMARY - Year 7 CJCA Fleming White v Mid Canterbury
On a pleasant Sunday CJCA Fleming White entertained Mid Canterbury. Fleming won the toss and elected to field first. Fleming made a very steady start and were always behind what would have been a desired run rate. At the half way stage of their allotted 40 overs the total was only 43 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. The slow start added pressure to the lower order who were always struggling to add any impetus to the innings loosing wickets regularly in their attempt and finally achieved a team total of 105 for the loss of 9 wickets in their 40 overs.
Trying to defend a total that was never going to be enough Mid Canterbury batted sensible with their openers only needing to do what was required. Fleming battled well and stuck to the task at hand but It was not until the 18th over that they managed to get their first break through with the score on 72. A winning total was achieved in the 28th over for the loss of 1 wicket. The game continued after the win was achieved to allow Mid Canterbury to retire some of their batsmen to allow others an opportunity on the day. Fleming managed to take some wickets after this and the game eventually ended with Mid Canterbury reaching 131 for the loss of 5 Wickets.
Notable Performances Fleming
Connor Higgs 2-11 from 4 overs
Chris Ellison 1-6 from 3 overs
Robbie de Cuevas 0-4 from3 overs
Charlie Hoban 0-4 from 4 overs
Year 6 Invitational Games
CJCA Year 6 Harris vs Country North at Dudley Park, Rangiora
CJCA Harris 132/5 (40 overs) lost to Country North 212/9 (40 overs)