Waikoikoi misses out on final spot

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Four. . .Waikokikoi opening batsman Kurt Thompson takes a heave at the ball to send it away for a boundary in his team’s semi-final game against Metropolitan at Gore’s Hamilton Park on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Waikoikoi A cricket team had two hurdles to clear before it could play in the final of the Southland 50-over senior competition.

On Saturday it cleared the first with a 35-run win over Metropolitan at Gore’s Hamilton Park.

Captain Liam McFaul said the team posted 256 for seven in its innings.

“Everyone chipped in.

“I thought we batted well – 250 is a good score on Hamilton Park.”

Kurt Thompson top-scored with 73 which included 10 boundaries.

Coming in at No7, Angus Simmers played a handy knock, scoring 42 runs off 30 balls.

“He smacked a few around.”

His total included four fours and two sixes.

Warrack McKenzie was the most economical bowler taking two wickets for 15 runs off his eight overs.

However, in the repechage final on Sunday against Appleby the team faltered at the second hurdle.

The team fielded well enough to limit Appleby to be all out for 179 in the 47th over.

Thompson was very effective with the ball and ended up with three for 26.

“He got three wickets in one over which pretty much turned the game.”

However, once the team went out to bat, the wickets kept falling.

“We didn’t build any partnerships.

“We just didn’t bat long enough.”

Jared McKenzie top-scored on 24.

The team was all out for 107 in the 34th over.

The team still has one trophy for its cabinet after winning the twenty20 competition in January.