Opening batters seal deal for Riversdale

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Drive on ...Wyndale’s Mark Potter plays a shot in his innings against Riversdale in the Southland Cricket Combine Country division one game played at Riversdale on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Riversdale opening batters Jack Howard and Rob Blatch set a platform for a six-wicket win for the team on Saturday.

The team scored 134 for four in reply to Wyndale’s 132 in the Southland Cricket Combined Country division one game played at Riversdale.

Riversdale captain Jarrod Lindsay said the opening batters putting on 115 runs for the first wicket “pretty much won us the game”.

After that there was a mini collapse of wickets when the team lost four for five runs.

Jack Howard was the pick of the Riversdale batters, scoring 57 off 63 balls.

Lindsay said it was Howard’s first time opening the batting for the side and, as far as he could recall, his first 50 for the team, too.

His effort included seven fours.

James McKee took four wickets for 39.

“He was the chief destroyer, as per usual,” Lindsay said.

The most economical bowler was Jayden Henderson, who was hit for seven runs off the four overs he bowled.

It was the team’s first win for the season in the 40-over format after it struggled for numbers earlier on in the season.

“We had a decent team on paper on Saturday which was good.”

Wyndale captain Logan McLellan said his team did not score enough runs.

“We were probably 50 runs short.”

He was pleased with the way the players had not given up, even when there was a slim chance they would win.

“We stuck in there anyway.”

One of the senior members in the team, Aaron Davidson (19), top-scored for Wyndale.

“The last couple of years he’s been going better than ever.

“A handy contribution from him.”

Suresh Pushpakumara Wijamunni took three wickets for 10 off three overs.

“It was a good bowling performance.”