McKenzie leads way in Waikoikoi victory

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Despite not batting out its 50 overs, Waikoikoi managed to restrict the Southland Boys’ High School run chase to win its game on Saturday.

Playing at home, Waikoikoi scored 201 from 48.2 overs in its Southland Cricket ILT premier league game.

In reply, Southland Boys’ made 192 for nine.

Waikoikoi captain Liam McFaul said Jared McKenzie, who top-scored on 61, played a patient innings to steady the ship.

“He waited for the bad balls and put a few away,” McFaul said.

McKenzie went to the crease second ball of the innings after opening batsman Jack Hilton was bowled.

“He managed to work his way in.”

Hamish Cooke was also seeing the ball well, scoring 53 runs which included four sixes.

McFaul opened the bowling and took two quick wickets to have Southland Boys’ 17 for two in the ninth over.

However, Southland Boys’ batsmen Aaron Hart and Hamish Skelt took charge.

“They got a good partnership going.”

Once Hart and Skelt were dismissed the bowlers cleaned up the tail.

“It was our job to restrict them at the end then which worked well.”

Cooke was also handy with the ball, returning figures of two for 29 off his 10 overs.