Central Western recover for division one success

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Drive. . . Blueys opening batsman Jesse Small plays a shot in his team’s Southland Combine Country Cricket division one game against Central Western at Tapanui on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Blue Mountain Cricket team made a good start to limit Central Western’s run chase to 35 for five in the 12th over.

A couple of partnerships later, Central Western recovered to win the Southland Combined Country Cricket division one game by four wickets.

The Blueys lost the toss and were sent in to bat.

By the 39th over the team was all out for 127.

Blueys captain Corey Reed said it was one of the team’s better batting performances.

“Obviously not enough runs but I’m not too worried.”

Fill-in batsman Mike Stuart high-scored on 32.

Opening batsman Jesse Small was next highest on 31 but what was pleasing about Small’s performance was he did not go out until the 34th over.

“He’s doing a pretty good job really, just sticking around.”

The first four Central batsmen went for 28 runs.

Then Dave Lindsay came to the wicket and even though a wicket fell shortly after, Lindsay and the next batsman, Connor Wells, steadied the ship.

“If we had got [Lindsay] we might have been OK.”

Tom Davis bowled well with figures of 38 for three off his eight overs.

“He got three really good wickets.”

The team had mixed results so far this season and was unlikely to make the semifinals

“Our young fellas have bowled really well all year just not enough runs on the board normally.”