‘Best batting performance of the year’ by Blueys

Bowled but not caught. . . Blueys opening batsman Jack Campbell (17) lofts the ball back down the wicket in his 24 run innings against Metropolitan in a Southland Cricket division one game in Tapanui on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Blueys backed up a solid bowling performance to record a four-wicket win against Metropolitan on Saturday.

The Southland Cricket division one game was played in Tapanui.
Metropolitan won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 178 before being all out in the 33rd over. In reply the Blueys scored 178 for six with two overs to spare.

Captain Jock Davies said the team made a slow start to the game but later picked up the run rate.

‘‘We never fell too far behind the [required] run rate in the second 20 overs.’’

He was pleased with the way the team chased down the runs.

‘‘That was our best batting performance of the year.’’

All was going well with 44 runs on the board when the team lost two quick wickets. The innings steadied for a time but the fourth and fifth wickets were lost with one run added on the board.
The fifth batsman in Riley Gillions kept the score ticking over and high-scored on 57.

‘‘[He] played a real good knock.’’
Gillions who was seeing the ball well, had good support from Davies, Tom Davies and Pargat Singh Sandhu.
While those players did not score above 20, they kept Gillions on strike.
Shane Harpur was the pick of the Bluey bowlers, with figures of two for 35.
‘‘He bowled a really good line and length.’’