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The premiers played Riccarton in round one of the two-day competition at Burwood Park.
Riccarton won the toss and decided to bowl with the first five wickets going to the seamers but the last five surprisingly going to the spinners.
Hamish Teale (30) and Nick Johnston, this season’s captain (42), were the only two batsman to prosper in the swinging conditions.
Cole McConchie was the best of the Riccarton bowlers with 4/17 wrapping up the tail before lunch.
After lunch Riccarton began batting and found the conditions as difficult as Easts struggling to 100/7 at tea with top scorer Liam Bartholomeusz (36) being brilliantly caught at first slip by Tim Johnston.
After tea Riccarton scrapped their way to a first innings lead of 15 runs. Not before Nathan McNicol could grab a five wicket bag for himself.
At stumps Easts second innings finished at 51/1 off 17 overs with Leo Carter unbeaten on 41.
Easts lead by 36 runs with nine wickets remaining.
A tough day for the 2A side on Burwood 2 against Riccarton.
The seconds lost the toss and were put into bat and it wasn’t looking too good when we were two down after three overs.
Dennis Bhakta top scored with 23 and Hayden Clark finished not out on 14 and were all-out for 61.
Riccarton made 344 all-out with Ejaz Khalid taking 3/58 and Jason Benjamin picking up 3/81.
Easts were all out for 71 with Benjamin top-scoring with 30.
The East Shirley 3A side (Hooters) played Sumner in the first game of the season at Clare Park.
We won the toss and as rules are rules decided to bat first.
It was tough going on an early season wicket with the ball not coming onto the bat and runs hard to come by.
The team struggled through to 66 at drinks after 20 overs and four wickets down.
Mitch Petheram batted very well for a well compiled 38 and an also useful contribution of 21 from second grade recruit Brad Wright.
We made 152 losing our last wicket in the 40th over and 152 proved to be a very useful score to defend.
Rob Leys bowled well as always and picked up 3/11 off his 8 overs.
Richard Papps then picked up 3/3 off five overs and Sumner were dismissed for 52 giving us a win by 100 runs.
Special mention to Phil Roberts who claimed two very good catches in the field.
3B King’s XI
The King’s XI have had a successful start to the season.
Batting first against Heathcote at Polo Grounds they made 178 all out in the 40th over, with new player, Dilpreet Singh scoring 63.
Bowling they restricted Heathcote to 107 all-out in the 26th over with Jodh Singh taking 3/17.
Presidents Gold made the trek across town for the season opener against Hornby at Denton Park.
New captain Craig Gibb won the toss and elected to field first.
Hornby are not one of the stronger sides in the grade, but we were wary after coming unstuck against them in the season opener two years ago.
Opening bowlers Tim Grocott and Marc Wells had a controlled start, restricting Hornby’s openers to two runs per over for the first 10.
Grocott had a double strike in his sixth over to start the rot, eventually ending with 2/14 from his eight.
Garry Hooper’s spin served to confuse and he was the most successful bowler with 3/10 from six. Howard Morel was also parsimonious with 2/10 from eight.
Wells chimed in with two late wickets in his second spell with 2/12 to end the Hornby innings. All out for 101 in the 40th over.
Openers Gibb and Alan Hemingway set about the run chase with the latter farming the strike to Gibb, who regularly drove the ball to the boundary with eight boundaries in his 41.
Hemingway hung in until the end for 32no with Wells on 15no. The innings ended at 102/3 in the 24th over. A satisfactory start.
Presidents Blue 146 all out (40 overs) lost to Sydenham Cardinals 147/9.
A game in which both teams trailed at times and had their noses in front at others. Good effort by Easts to bat their overs after being sent in, anchored by Alan Needs (31).
Then after a good start in reply by Sydenham, terrific bowling in tandem by Arun Bhardwaj (3/16) and Tony Gray (5/43 to bring Easts to the brink of victory.
A good effort in testing circumstances with a few twists and turns, and several good early season performances.
The premier women played Old Boys at Warren Park.
Newly appointed team captain Jacinta Savage won the toss and elected to bat.
Openers Sandy Clark (26) and Sam Case (17) put on a good first wicket partnership of 51.
But with Jacinta removed cheaply and only eight players we scored only 36 more runs to be all out for 87 in the 35th over.
Old Boys similarly put on a half-century opening partnership, but then lost four wickets including one when the scores were tied.
A hard day at the office, losing by six wickets in the 19th over.
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Easts’ premiers played Riccarton premiers at Burwood Park in day two of the two-day competition.
Resuming on 51/1 East Shirley dominated the Riccarton bowling and with a bit of help from some poor fielding and catching with six dropped chances amassed a significant total of 296/6dec shortly after lunch.
Leo Carter and Kenneth McClure both scored centuries in a 146 Run 3rd wicket partnership laying down the platform.
This setting Riccarton an unlikely 282 for victory off a minimum 56 overs.
But they were quickly dismissed within 33 overs for just 93 runs, securing Easts two extra bonus points for winning by more than 100 runs.
Tim Johnston finished with 3-3 and Jared van Eyk Menkman took 3-34.
They picked up 20.25 competition points in the win.
Their game wrapped up last week, they are away to St Albans next week.
Second game of the season and we came up against one of the new teams to the grade in Burnside.
The game was played on a belter at Burwood 2, a big thanks to Pete Dunell for a great pitch and the second grade boys for not requiring a second day in their game.
Burnside called correctly and won the toss and decided to bat (I didn’t lose they toss, they won it).
We started well with Kyle Knowles picking up his first 3A wicket and claiming 3/17 and Rob Leys also bowling well on one good leg and he finished with 1/20 from his eight overs.
We then let Burnside back into the game by dropping seven catches. Burnside made their way through to 201/9 from their 40 overs, with Richard Papps doing his usual janitors job and picking up 3/26.
Burnside seemed very confident with their score, but some inspirational words and tactics of we bat 40 overs and we’ll win meant we knew this was a very gettable total on a good pitch for batting.
The openers were fantastic, DJ Lyons was at his belligerent best and made 59 before being caught on the boundary as the openers put on 130 for the first wicket.
Murray Seaton gave a masterclass in chasing down a total and finished 77 not out and claiming 3 MVP points as we chased down the 202 required three down in the 31st over
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3b King’s XI Punjab played New Brighton at Burwood 3 scoring 253/8 off their 40.
New captain Sahib Singh plundering the sea-siders’ bowling for a meritorious century, eventually out for 106.
The only other player to get among the runs was Jai Singh Rana on 37.
Sahib was also the most successful bowler with 4/22 as the King’s XI restricted the visitors to be all out for 170 off 33.
Pavneet Singh took 3/18 and Gurpreet Singh 3/28.
Presidents Gold travelled to Sydenham 3 to play Sydenham Cardinals.
Sydenham won toss and chose to bat first on a hard fast track.
Opening bowlers Tim Grocott and Marc Wells had a wicket each early, then Sydenham recovered to reach 54 off 14, but then lost four wickets for nine runs in the next four overs to be 63/6 nearing the halfway mark.
They never really recovered from this and with a bit of a flourish from the tail-enders and Brendan Winder, 45, they were eventually all out for 112 off 33 overs.
Garry Hooper again the most successful bowler with 3/18 with namesake Rod Hooper 2/23, Howard Morel 2/11 containing well.
One moment of comedy came when a high ball caught and bowled chance was grassed by diving bowler Garry Dentice, deflecting the ball to Garry Hooper, who lobbed it to keeper Steve Sharman, who proceeded to drop it with the batsman stranded midwicket.
Chasing the moderate total began well but we then lost both openers, Alan Hemingway caught at mid-off and Craig Gibb stumped, being 44/2 off 14.
Marc Wells showed he’s got all round ability steering us to the win off 25.2 overs, scoring eight boundaries and being stranded on 49 not out as Arfur Daly cut the final two balls past the fielders for four.
Presidents Blue played Burnside on Burnside 4 and batting first scored 155/7 off 40 overs with opener Bernard Rose scoring 75.
Burnside chased down the score in 35 overs reaching 156/5.
The Premier Women played Lancaster Park-Woolston at Warren Park.
Jacinta Savage won the toss and elected to bat. The top order did well with good partnerships between Alyssa Millard and Olivia McGoverne and Hannah Linton, scoring 40 in her first game for the club.
However, four run-outs punctuated a middle and lower order collapse and Easts were all out for 130.
LPW made light work of the chase, and scored their runs with half of the 50 overs remaining. The only shining light was Hannah Malloch’s 2/33.
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East Shirley were playing St Albans on Burwood 1, Easts won the toss and decided to bat.
With Leo Carter and Ken McClure out with Canterbury duty and Tim Muir unavailable three enforced changes were made to the team.
Ruben Spicer, DJ Lyons and Jeremy Duncan came in with the latter making his premier debut.
Regular wickets fell throughout the innings and no partnership managed over 30.
Opener Tim Hampton-Matehe carried his bat and with help from number 11 Jared Roberts managed to pass 50 runs.
Finishing on 54no off 155balls in 165mins. Easts were dismissed for 122.
St Albans’ reply began slowly with Jared Roberts first five overs all being maidens, at the other end Nathan McNicol took the first three wickets to have Saints 32/3.
At tea Saints were 64/5, after tea a piece of Ben Hanham fielding magic ran out Matt Holstein with a one handed pick-up and direct hit from side on at short mid wicket.
Saints at 84/8, an Easts’ 1st innings lead was a distinct possibility, but a stubborn Aaron Johnstone and Micheal Slack ninth wicket partnership of a match high 40 runs put pay to that and Saints had an 11-run lead on the first innings.
Easts had three overs to negotiate before stumps and ended three without loss trailing overall by just eight runs.
The seconds lost the toss to St Albans on Burwood 2 and were put into the field with seven players but had some help from the senior players sub-fielding as well as Neil Michel and Brent Spicer stepping in to the side.
They bowled saints out for 194 with Ben Michel taking 3/63.
In reply the seconds put up a respectable 153/9 with one player retired hurt. Ajay Chouhan was the top scorer with 50.
Saints are now 36/1 in their second innings and 77 runs ahead.
Week three and we were drawn to play Halswell on Burwood 2, the boys were rapt and chomping at the bit as it had been a belter the week before.
But a change in grounds meant we had to get our passports ready and travel out to Halswell to play at Halswell Domain. We were lucky that it was such a nice afternoon and we weren’t all freezing.
We lost the toss and since they had a couple of players running late they decided to bat.
There was an early dropped catch, but that only cost us five funs as we picked up early wickets.
Rob Leys seemed a lot fitter this week and again was very economical bowling his eight overs through for nine runs and also claimed the one wicket.
Halswell struggled through to 40 at drinks with four wickets down.
We picked up another couple of wickets early after drinks and it looked like it would be all over pretty quickly.
Some other bowlers were used including an angry left-armer named Michael Davidson who thought he was pretty good.
Halswell used this to their advantage and made their way to 131 before being dismissed. Australian Brad Wright picked up four wickets meaning he would have to shout jugs at the club afterwards.
With DJ Lyons turning back the clock and becoming a normal fish in a big ocean, Matt Richens returned to open the batting.
He looked in good touch sweating on the pull shot and playing a classy drive down the ground before throwing his wicket away in making 24.
Brad Wright joined Murray Seaton and the pair took the game away from Halswell.
Wright was dismissed for 46 attempting to win the game with a boundary and bring up his own half century.
Seaton again batted through, this time for 54 not out to give us a victory by eight wickets.
3B King’s XI
They played Sumner at Barnett Park 1.
Sumner batted first and made 170/9 off their 40 with Gurpreet Singh taking 3/36.
The King’s XI Punjab boys, who were playing one short, were rolled for 100 in 27 overs with Pavi Singh Nagra top scoring with 28.
Presidents Gold had their first home game, at Burwood 3 this week.
The opposition were St Albans, a team we have had difficulty beating in the last couple of years.
Captain Craig Gibb won the toss and elected to field given our strong bowling attack.
However the Saints’ openers Hampton and Alabaster started strongly against Marc Wells and Tim Grocott, putting on 32 off the first five overs, things slowed a little to 52 off 10 overs after Howard Morel and Arfur Daly were introduced.
At 73/0 off 15 we were staring at a 200+ chase. Morel bowled Alabaster in the 16th and the tide began to turn.
Hampton ran himself out taking on Gibb’s arm soon after, and by the 24th over Saints had slumped to 88/6 with left-armer Garry Dentice having snared 3/14 from four.
Garry Hooper got his one wicket enticing the batsman forward to be neatly stumped by Steve Sharman.
Saints’ tail wagged some and they fought their way back to 160/9 off 40. Morel ended with 3/22 off eight and Daly 1/22 from eight.
Our run chase didn’t start well with Gibb caught for two in the second over.
First drop Niven Boyle fell at 32 off seven and this brought Marc Wells in to partner Alan Hemingway who was batting comfortably.
These two put on 74 when Wells skied one to be caught for 37 at 106/3.
Our new recruit Charlie Tibbotts joined Hemingway and these two coasted to 161/3 off 31. Hemingway 71no and Tibbots 21no.
The Golds are three from three, our best start in many years, but things are not looking good for Labour Weekend with only seven players available. Many of the team going away for the long weekend.
Presidents Blue played Hornby at Clare 1 and the visitors racked up 201/4 off their 40.
Missing a few regulars the Blues were forced to rejig their batting line-up and were rewarded with opener Kasun Dandeniya getting to 49 before falling.
Rajeev Varma clubbed 57, Brian Cairns 28 and new boy Jared McMahon steered them to a win. 202/7 off 38.
The Premier Women had the bye this week.
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October 24 and 26
Day two of the second round of the two day match between East Shirley Premiers and St Albans Premier at Burwood Park No.1
Only one change to the Easts team this week with Tim Johnston playing for Canterbury Tim Muir came back into the 11.
Easts trailed by eight runs after the first day.
Easts batted better once again in their second innings as they did in their previous match scoring 214 with contributions from Tim Hampton-Matehe with 44 to go with his 54 not out in the first innings, captain Nick Johnston also scored 44 with three massive sixes.
DJ Lyons made a quick fire 30 off 28 balls and Tim Muir finished the innings off with 36, Ben Langrope for St Albans bagged a five wicket haul with 5-48.
Setting St Albans 204 runs to win off what turned out to be 48 overs maximum.
Opening partnership made 40, but a third wicket partnership between opener Greg Dawson and James O’Gorman of 108 runs put Saints in a very good position to win the match, a few late wickets made for an exciting finish but a boundary to Matt Holstein off the last ball of the 47th over saw Saints win by four wickets with one over to spare.
This Labour weekend Monday saw East Shirley Premiers play Riccarton premiers at Burwood Park 1 in the 1st round of the one day Competition
Riccarton won the toss and decided to bowl on this new surface, most batsman struggled to fine there timing on the slow unpredictable wicket.
Only Tim Hampton-Matehe (38) and Hamish Teale (48) made solid contributions to the total. While for Riccarton Mike Bramhall’s medium pacers were very effective in taking 6/50 off his 10 overs, Easts were bowled out after 48 overs for a total of just 178.
In a changeup Jared van Eyk Menkman opened the bowling with Nathan McNicol and was quickly rewarded with a wicket in his first over dismissing former Easts batsman Jared Cookson for 3.
Regular wickets throughout the innings kept the run rate down and after a destructive spell of swing bowling by Jared Roberts taking 4/5 off 5.3overs Riccarton were dismissed in the 44th over for just 130runs gaining Easts a valuable bonus point.
This weekend’s round four Premier Women’s match was played against the Sydenham Stars at Burwood Park.
Fielding first, Easts struck an early blow breaking Sydenham’s opening partnership with a run out in just the second over. After a brief fight back, tight fielding and two stunning catches by Liv McGoverne Sydenham were dismissed for 151 inside 40 overs with wickets falling in regularity to Gina Aldersley (3-22), Hannah Linton (3-18) and Jess Davidson (2-27).
A high scoring second wicket partnership from captain Jacinta Savage (57) and Liv McGoverne (34) set the early platform in the run chase.
With both batsmen dismissed in consecutive overs, Hannah Linton continued the chase with an unbeaten 37 and with help from the lower order ensured the Premier Women’s first victory of the season with just two wickets remaining.
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Round 2 of the Premier Men’s one day competition continued at Burwood Park 1 as Ilam Fields were out of action once again.
After a slight delay of 30mins because of a damp pitch St Albans lost the toss and were inserted into bat, Nathan McNicol was at his swinging best taking the first three wickets all cleaned bowled and his fourth wicket, LBW having St Albans struggling at 28-4 off 10 overs.
They were in further trouble at 48-6 as Jared Van Eyk Menkman took two wickets.
But then things changed drastically and three large lower innings partnerships of 42, 89 & 65 unbeaten took St Albans to an impressive 244/8.
They Scored 96 runs in the final 10 overs.
Matt Holstein scored his highest one day score of 92not out off 104 balls which included seven fours and four sixes.
Off-spinner Tom Meyrick scored 47 off 50 balls with one four and four massive sixes.
With 245 runs for Easts to win it was going to be a tough order with the tight bowling of St Albans.
This proved the case with four people getting starts but no one making above 50 runs.
The three Tims top scored with Hampton-Matehe being the best once again with 48, Muir 34 and Johnston scoring 33 and brother Nick Johnston 31 off 21 balls.
With the run rate rising wickets continued to fall Easts found themselves 36 runs short of victory, one they may say got away from them after being in such a good position early on.
The seconds played St Albans at Ilam 3 and lost the toss and were asked to field first.
They bowled St Albans out for 245 with Daniel Johnston smashing 105 and for Easts, James Tucker took 3/41 in his first game for the club.
In reply the seconds pulled off a great run chase scoring 247/7 with Reuben Spicier hitting 48, Jeremy Duncan 42 and Tucker 38*.
A great performance and first win of the season.
The Premier women played St Albans at Elmwood Park. With Jacinta Savage being 12th man for the White Ferns in a warm-up game against NZA, stand-in captain Venetia Stoffers lost the toss and Saints put Easts into bat, on a pitch still drying from the week’s rain.
A 90 run second wicket partnership between Hannah Malloch (31) and Olivia McGoverne (86, her highest score for Easts) and then a good fourth wicket partnership between McGoverne and Rachel Davidson (27) laid a solid foundation for the team to bat out their 50 overs and finish on 225 for 6.
The only fight from Saints was a partnership between new Canterbury Magician Gabby Sullivan (38no) and Casey O’Brien-Smith (20), but Saints were on the back foot from the first over when Gina Aldersley (2-24) had an opener caught by Hayley Moore.
Saints started to collapse from 70 runs in the 14th over courtesy of Hannah’s 5-22. Davidson chipped in with 2-12, her first 14 balls for Easts being dots.
What stood out was a very good team fielding effort. Saints were all out for 103 in the 25th over; a win to Easts by 122 runs.
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The seniors headed to Burnside Park to take on Sydenham, all eight teams were playing at the same venue as part of the Cricket Live fundraiser day.
They batted first and started poorly with the top order collapsing to 79/7 after 24 overs.
Some fine batting from Ben Hanham, who finished with 62, managed to help their score up to 170.
Sydenham’s Tom Agnew took 4/46.
In reply Sydenham were largely untroubled reaching the target in less than 29 overs and only three down with Chad Bowes finishing 84 not out.
The premiers were back at Burwood Park on Sunday to take on Old Boys.
The away team batted first and put up a respectable 240 with Tom Taylor top-scoring (68).
In reply Easts put up a good fight with a depleted line-up.
Ben Hanham backed up his good Saturday performance with another score of more than 60. He was backed-up by Hamish Teale who also scored 60.
However, they fell 33 runs short of their target.
Another tough day at the office for the seconds who took on Sydenham at Sydenham Park.
Sydenham racked up a mammoth total of 386/4 with Hayden Day scoring a century.
In reply the seconds were unable to get any partnerships going and were all out for 87.
Unfortunately they had to default their Sunday match due to low player numbers.
The third grade side was treated to a rare appearance on Burwood Park 1 against Predators and the game of cricket that took place lived up to the hype.
Captain, Nick Bates, failed to win yet another toss and Predators elected to bat first.
it was an even start with their top three getting off to a good start but some tight bowling from Kyle Knowles, Brad Wright and Richie Papps restricted their run scoring.
Predators finished with 177 from their 40 overs.
In response the top order couldn’t get going with Papps, Murray Seaton and Jason Riach out cheaply.
Matt Richens and Wright then steadied the ship with a big partnership and both made 60s. For Richens, it was his third half century in as many weeks.
Predators bowled well and the batsmen found runs hard to come by.
The match went down to the last over with Hooters needing 10 runs to win.
Five runs were need off the last ball which Bates faced, he could only manage a two which handed the side their first loss of the season.
3B King’s XI
The King’s XI had another tight win against Halswell on Burwood Park 2 to leave them sitting in fourth on the table.
Halswell batted first and were bowled out for a par score of 182 in the 39th over.
In reply the King’s XI had too much firepower, although it was tight.
They got to the total inside 29 overs but lost eight wickets getting to the target.
The Gold side travelled to Garrick Park to take on Lancaster park-Woolston.
Easts batted first and made a very good 240/6 in their 40 overs with Craig Gibb making a half century.
LPW’s response was dour and they were never in the contest.
They meandered through to 166 all out in the 39th over giving Gold the win.
Like the King’s XI, Presidents Blue had a win, but a close one.
They were on Burwood 3 against Sydenham and restricted the away side to 159 in their 40 overs.
The Blue side then breezed to the target but had some nervy moments at the end of the chase as they lost seven wickets along the way.
A depleted and injury-hit Premier Women’s side faced up to OBC with only seven players, three of whom were also carrying injuries.
Easts were put in to bat in an early starting game reduced to 20 overs, so that players could take the short trek out to Lincoln and watch most of the White Ferns vs Sri Lanka ODI, which was easily won by the White Ferns.
Easts started off well in the first six overs, literally batting at five runs an over.
Hannah Malloch (14) and Rachel Davidson (11) put on 30 runs. Then the wheels fell off and Easts were all out for 41 in the 14th over.
Unbeaten competition leaders OBC smashed the runs within four overs without losing a wicket.
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The seniors took on Burnside on Burwood 1 and wrapped up a 70-run win.
Batting first things were looking a little bleak at 91-4 but a 62-run partnership between Ken McClure and Hamish Teale set-up a good total for the home side.
McClure kicked on and finished with a well made 73 off 104 balls.
In reply Burnside were demolished by two great spells of bowling from Jared Roberts and Nathan McNichol.
Burnside were reduced to 28-7 and the match was all but over. A last wicket partnership of 83 ensured some respectability their score but it was never enough.
McNichol finished with figures of four for 12 off nine and Roberts, three for 23 off 7.5.
Seconds were also up against Burnside on at Burnside Park 1.
They batted first with Hayden Clark leading from the front with 75. They got through to 181 all out after 48 overs.
Burnside were too strong in reply reaching the target in 39 overs and six wickets in hand.
Ejaz Khalid bowled well for the seconds taking two for 29 off nine overs.
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The premier side were away to Marist-Harewood and put in another good performance, despite missing a number of players through representative commitments, to record back-to-back victories in the one-day competition.
Batting first they put up a great score of 254-7 with half centuries to Tim Hampton-Matehe (59) and Nick Johnston (57).
Marist were never in the hunt only getting through to 114 before being bowled out.
Casey Marsh was the pick of the bowlers taking three for 12 while spinners Tom Dixon and Ben Michel each took two scalps.
The seconds had to unfortunately default.
Due to the seconds default Hooters were treated to their second game in a row on Burwood Park 1 up against Richmond.
Captain Nick Bates failed to win yet another toss (he is now one from seven) and 3A were asked to field first.
It was slow going early on with tight bowling from Rob Leys and Kyle Knowles with Richmond only 13-0 after 10 overs.
They eventually got going and finished on 146.
In reply the top order was unable to get going and while the middle and lower order put up a good fight they fell six runs short of the target.
This match was also Australian Brad Wright’s last match for the club as he returns to Melbourne, thanks to Brad for being a part of the club for the last 18 months.
3B King’s XI
It was a tough day for the 3B side against the Burnside Brawlers on Burwood 3.
Batting first they could only amass 90 all out with Pavi Nagra top scoring on 40.
Burnside’s David O’Brien was the chief destroyer taking an impressive six for 14.
Burnside were largely untroubled reaching the target inside 20 overs and five wickets in hand.
Presidents Gold and Blue
It was the big derby as both Presidents sides faced off against one another at Hospital Corner as part of President’s Day at Hagley Oval.
President’s Blue batted first and battled through to 165/9 in their 40 overs.
A defendable score but the Gold side had a bit much class on the day as they cantered home in the 30th over with seven wickets remaining.