Weedons edge Darfield-South Malvern in nail-biter

Weedons edged Darfield-South Malvern in a nail-biting final over winning the match with four balls to spare in the country premier one day competition.

Played at Weedons Domain the home side batted first, notching up 211, with wicketkeeper-batsman Todd Inness compiling a dominant 71 off 80 balls.

Michael Pauling set out to anchor the chase, with 26 off 62 balls, as others batted around him.

Devon Nightingale had other ideas though, picked up four crucial wickets with relentless accurate bowling.

With seven runs needed to win, Weedons snared the last wicket, and the points, with just four balls left in the match.

The win puts Weedons in second place, equal with Sefton on 39pts with six wins each from 11 played.

The top four is starting to take shape after solid wins for Sefton and Cheviot on Saturday.

A crucial toss win by home side Cheviot helped set up a commanding win over Oxford-Rangiora.

After being inserted, the combined side struggled facing the young, disciplined bowling attack on a dampish wicket and were all out for 83, with just Dave Fulton showing any resistance, stranded on 34 not out.

Oxford-Rangiora felt they had a chance of an upset when they had Cheviot 6/3 in reply.

But Jack Harris came out and smashed 32 in quick time while George Waddy steadied the ship and guided the Magpies home with a 25 not out that earned him man of the match honours.

Composed batting on a difficult wicket and slow outfield was key to Sefton taking points over rivals Southbrook.

The experienced pair of Brent Fleming and Harley James built the innings before accelerating under the tricky conditions to a total of 170/5.

The ‘Brook looked to be positive in reply but once their openers were chipped out, the innings declined rapidly to be 55 for 7, eventually staggering to be all out for 103.

Tom Spall in just his second match, claimed the impressive figures of 3/15, while Barry Cross was also influential.

The Leeston-Southbridge vs Lincoln fixture was rained off without a ball being bowled.

Scoreboard:

Sefton 170/5 (B Fleming 59, H James 47, T Harrison 35) beat Southbrook 103 (T Spall 3/15, A Laffey 2/9, Cross 2/24).

Weedons 211 (T Inness 71, P Rugg 34, D Nightingale 21; T Kars 4/47, C Warner 3/32) beat Darfield-South Malvern 204 (A Collins 40, M Pauling 26, S Carston 26, N Jenkins 22, D Nightingale 4/36, N Hayes 3/36, J Green 2/29).

Oxford 83 (D Fulton 34no; S Burnett 2/12, J Hyde 2/12, H Sidey 2/18, O Redfern 2/22) lost to Cheviot 85/4 (J Harris 32, G Waddy 25no; M Power 2/28).

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