March 2015 Invitation Results

Year 8

Germon 251/5 beat Mid Canterbury 106 all out – Elmwood no.1
We had a scheduled start of 9:00am due to everyone wanting to be home in time to see the World Cup final. The weather wasn’t good, but we started on time. Germon Invitational batted first, in quite wet conditions, and we managed to get a good score of 251 for 5 after our 40 overs. Three of our batsmen managed half centuries, and batted extremely well - Jonty Raxworthy (53 retired), Matt Boyle (53 retired) and Angus Sidey (54 retired). Apart from the three half-centuries, we had several other useful contributions from players having to come in and keep the runs ticking over.  Scorers, players yet to bat and supporters could all be found hiding under the trees and bushes next to the path at the pavilion end of Elmwood Park trying to keep dry.  The weather improved as the game went on.
We had a short lunch break and Mid-Canterbury had a slow start and lost wickets at regular intervals. Our bowlers all had a good chance with the ball, and it was a good team performance in the field. Ryan Entwistle 2 for 15, Elliot Caddick 2 for 19 and Jaeden Hooper 2 for 11, were the main wicket takers.
The day went well, and it was a good way for the lads to finish off a busy 2014/2015 season.

Year 7

McMillan Red 235 ao beat Mid Canterbury 181 all out played at Elmwood Park

Batting - J Eyre Walker 44, J Harding 60, S Whitaker 22
Bowling - T Dry 3/17, N Hampton 2/16

Stead Red 138/9 beat South Canterbury 137 all out

Batting - T Smith 53, C Hackston 26
Bowling - C Hackston 2/4

Stead 170/6 beat McMillan 162 all out

Batting - W Pierce 37no
Bowling - H Forrest 3/24
Batting - J Houghton 72no
Bowling - H Fergusson 3/18, R Brown 2/19

Year 6

CJCA Harris Black 228/6 (N Gibb 46*, J Walters 44*, H Sharr 35*, M Raxworthy 27) beat CJCA Bond Red 209/8 (R Thyne 43*, R McCullum 37, S Prasad 31, K Griffiths 26*, J Hickey 2/6)

Harris Red won the toss and elected to bat in this 40 over contest at Hospital corner. The formidable Bond Red pace attack were on top early with a wicket apiece to Willy Dobbs and Ciaran Huntley, however Nicholas Gibb and Harry Sharr combined well in an 80 run partnership at better than a run a ball to establish a solid platform. After their retirements Jacob Walters continued the momentum with an aggressive innings and some bold hitting from Mario Raxworthy in the closing overs saw Harris through to a strong total.

In reply Bond Red began strongly with Rhys Thyne leading the way with a well compiled innings against a lively opening attack lead by Cameron Rawlings. Sam Prasad and Kalani Griffiths contributed well however tight bowling from the Harris Black bowlers, combined with some excellent fielding lead by Charlie McDonald in the outfield, saw the required run rate steadily climb to over 8 per over. Riley McCullum counter attacked with a string of boundaries however the Harris Red bowlers maintained their composure and closed out the match for a close 19 run win.

For most of the players this was their first experience of 40 over cricket and they acquitted themselves well with some excellent all round skills on display.

CJCA Bond Black 132/4 (A Brown 34, C Webb 31*, T Haremate 25) beat South Canterbury 129/5 (T Haremate 2/12)

Traveling down to Geraldine on the morning of New Zealand's first time reaching the world cup final appeared to be a road trip through driving rain and low hanging cloud with only the prospect of a coffee at one end before the return to Christchurch would occur.

The arrival into Geraldine greeted us with fine weather and a well manicured grass wicket which was always going to test the boys who predominantly perform their young cricketing apprenticeships on composite artificial tracks. Our Captain the smallest of our players won the toss and decided that the boy's from South Canterbury, a mixture of town and country players from Timaru, Geraldine and Pleasant Point would have first use.

Wickets seemed hard to come by as the South Canterbury batsmen appeared comfortable on the grass track although runs were not flowing as easily as occupation of the crease was being displayed.

The local team put on 45 for the first wicket, which was a run out just after both openers had retired. Another wicket fell as a catch was finally held and then there was an additional 4 retired batsmen in their middle order. They lost 3 wickets at the end with another run out and another catch and finally someone was bowled. Their total of 129 for 5 off their 35 overs was not daunting but is was a little unknown how the CJCA Bond Black boys would apply themselves on a grass wicket.

Things got off to a rocky start with one of the openers being bowled on the 4th ball of the innings and the number 3 batsman also fell in relatively quick succession.
There were two partnerships of note and a lot of balls were consumed with some very good batting to see us reach 132 for 4 with 3 overs to spare and a quick departure was made from Geraldine so that appropriate couches and viewing positions of family televisions could be positioned for the World cup final and that is probably how the day should be remembered by most of the boys.

CJCA Harris Red 306/8 (H Duston 81*, T Friend 53, J Ferguson-Lees 44, C Eglinton 41*, C Fyall 34*) beat Mid Canterbury 158/3

Harris Red hosted Mid Canterbury at Elmwood Park no 3 in what transpired to be a convincing victory for the home side. It didn't always appear as though that was going to be the case. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Harris top order faced batting in steady rain against a mid Canterbury opening attack that bowled good line and length. The result was that Harris rapidly found themselves four down with only 18 on the board. Enter Hugh Duston who steadied the ship and played an outstanding innings,  returning after retiring to amass his score. He was well supported by the remaining middle order including Theo Friend, Jasper Ferguson Lee and Charlie Eglinton who contributed to the formidable total of 306 for 8.

Harris fielded well but at times the bowling lacked accuracy allowing the Mid Canterbury team to bat through the 40 overs, although never threatening to chase down the target. The visitors finished a credible 158/3; Devon top scoring with a patient knock of 57.

All in all the boys enjoyed their first representative outing, that was played in great spirit and four seasons worth of weather through the day!