Season still ‘something to be proud of’

Shot. . . Waikoikoi captain Matt McCall guides the ball to the offside in his team's final against Metropolitan in the final of the Southland Combined Country division two competition at home on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Waikoikoi Cricket Club B team batted out its 40 overs but came up short 33 runs in its game against Metropolitan on Saturday.

The two teams contested the final of the Southland Combined Country division two competition at Waikoikoi.

Metropolitan scored 206 and was all out in the 38th over.

In reply, Waikoikoi finished the game on 173 for eight.

Waikoikoi captain Matt McCall said it was a disappointing way to end the season given how well the team had played throughout.

“We’ve only lost twice, the final and one another game.

“That’s something to be pretty proud of.”

The team was not at full strength but was beaten by a better team on the day, McCall said.

Waikoikoi did not make the most of its opportunities in the field.

“We dropped a few catches that probably could have changed the game. We didn’t score enough runs and let them score too many.”

It was pleasing the team made the full use of its 40 overs, he said.

“We stuck in there right to the end. We showed a bit of guts and determination.”

While the team members had to score at an average of just over five runs an over to win, there was good self belief as they went out to bat.

“We’ve chased down some big totals this year.

“We knew that we could do it.”

Ben Holland on 37 and Joey McClure (34) were the pick of the batsmen.

“I’m pretty happy with how they went.”

Brad McFaul had the best economy rate of the bowlers taking two for 23.