Late cut . . . Waikoikoi batsman Ryan McFaul guides the ball into a gap on his way to scoring a century in his team’s Southland Cricket premier league game against Marist on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Waikoikoi batsman Ryan McFaul’s first century at senior club level gave his team a solid platform in its game against Marist on Saturday.

Coming in at number four, when the score was 32 for two, McFaul smashed 105 off 87 balls in a knock which included 11 fours and four sixes.

Waikoikoi won the toss and elected to bat first at Gore’s Hamilton Park in the Southland Cricket premier league game.

In reply to Waikoikoi’s total of 238 in the 44th over, Marist was all out for 158 in the 38th.

Captain Liam McFaul said his brother’s innings was the highlight of the game.

‘‘He got us through the innings to a good score.’’

Todd Thayer was the next highest-scoring batsman on 32 and Angus Simmers on 28.

The last five wickets went cheaply, with only 17 runs being added to the board.

‘‘We probably let ourselves down towards the end, just losing most of our middle order and tail pretty cheaply.’’

It was also disappointing not to bat out the 50 overs.

However, he was pleased 238 proved a defendable score.

While the Marist batsmen took to some of the bowling, the wickets steadily fell.

Ashleigh Harrison was the pick of the bowlers with figures of two for 18 off his 10 overs.

McFaul, who hurt his back batting, changed to spin bowling and ended with three for 50.

The team is in third place in the competition, with five wins from eight games.