Waikoikoi through to final

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Well-placed. . . Waikoikoi batsman Ryan McFaul guides the ball away to the gully and takes off for a single in his team’s South land Combined Country Cricket divison two semi final against Central Western on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Waikoikoi Bs are in the final of the Southland Combined Country Cricket divison two competition.

The team had a two-wicket win against Central Western at home on Saturday.

Central batted first and was all out for 136 in the 38th over of the 40 scheduled overs.

Waikoikoi overhauled the total in the 36th over to finish on 137 for eight.

Captain Matt McCall said it was a good semifinal.

“A bit close for my liking.

“Coming down to the wire, it probably could have gone either way.”

Ryan McFaul top-scored on 47.

“He’s been our leading run scorer all season.”

Extras of 41, including 28 wides, helped the Waikoikoi cause.

“You could probably say wides won us the game at the end of the day.

“Our last four or five runs to win the game came from wides.”

McFaul was also the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of three wickets for 16 off his eight overs.

“I thought our bowling was pretty sharp,” McCall said.

“It was backed up by the fielders.”

The team will play Metropolitan in the final at Waikoikoi on Saturday.