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Selwyn Times: February 14, 2017

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20 Tuesday February 14 2017 SPORTS SELWYN TIMES Patterson’s century puts Lincoln in the box seat SOLID DEFENCE: Arthur Patterson pushes the ball away in defence. AN UNBEATEN 121 from Arthur Patterson has put Lincoln firmly in the box seat in their two-day match against Oxford, which began at Lincoln Domain on Saturday. Lincoln declared at 232/4 after 55 overs, with Patterson ably supported by his brother, Hugh, who hit 56. The two spent more than an hour together in the middle before Hugh Patterson was removed. Oxford’s best bowler was Luke Waghorn, taking 2/70. In response, Oxford limped to 84/7 before declaring still 148 runs behind, in the hopes of taking some quick wickets late in the day. Hugh Patterson starred with the ball, taking 4/12. Lincoln batted for seven further overs and were 7/1 in their second innings at the close of play. •South Malvern were firmly on the back foot after batting first against Sefton and being bundled out for 121 in 35.3 overs. Sefton bowler Barry Cross ripped the top order apart taking five of the top six batsmen, finishing with 5/24 from eight overs. A club record partnership of 186 for the second wicket between Tim Harrison and Lance Taylor, eclipsing the 148 of Cory James and Nigel Granger in 2004, helped Sefton reply with a monstrous total. Taylor and Harrison both posted centuries. Sefton declared at the end of the day’s play at 347/5, after just 55 overs, leaving South Malvern 226 runs in arrears. •At Weedons, visitors Southbrook won the toss and chose to bat first on a flat track. But plans of a big score were soon erased as they were shot out for a measly 80. In reply, Weedons racked up 250, with Kane Meyerhoff cracking a tonne, to put them in the box seat for an outright victory. At stumps, Southbrook were 74/2, with Tom Rodden on 37 not out and Darryn Boyle unbeaten on 15. •Greendale and Leeston-Southbridge are locked in a tight tussle, with the combined side sneaking first innings points. Greendale batted first and were all out for 148, with Blair Chapman again topscoring with 77. An unbeaten 65 by Tim Field helped Leeston-Southbridge steal first innings spoils, all out for 149. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY LEG SIDE: Jamie Chapman taps the ball away. AROUND THE CORNER: Hugh Patterson tries to turn one away on the leg side. SAFE: Ryno Van de Murwe makes his ground before the bails come off. DESIGNER FASHION AT OUTLET PRICES SMART BRANDS SMARTER PRICES HORNBY 409 Main South Road | Open 10am–5pm, 7 days

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday February 14 2017 21 Keegan leading as Ruapuna race looms FEW PUNDITS would be totally surprised that former national modified champion Luke Keegan is among the pacesetters in this Hydraulink War of the Wings Sprintcar Series. But the 36-year-old from Christchurch is slightly surprised that he goes into the last three rounds as the series points leader in spite of having not yet won a feature race. He is keen notch up his first win at Ruapuna Speedway this Saturday night when the fifth round is contested. “Winning a feature is the aim of the game but I’m not focusing on that too hard,” Keegan said. “We’re putting more energy into getting some more speed out of the car. I’ve still got a bit to learn but we’re getting there.” Keegan, who is in his first season of racing sprintcars started his career at Ruapuna in the late 1990s and went on to racing V8 modifieds at Woodford Glen, where he was one of their most successful racers on the national stage. The competitive nature of the sprintcar class along with the lure of the $60,000 War OUT IN FRONT: Sprintcar Series points leader, Christchurch’s Luke Keegan, puts his American built V8 sprintcar through its paces at Ruapuna Speedway. PHOTO: MAINLAND PHOTOS ​ of the Wings series prize pool has enticed him and his car owners Boulton Motor Sport to Ruapuna. It is Keegan’s consistent performances that have reaped him a solid points haul at each of the four rounds to date. He is the only driver to have secured ‘top three’ points positions at each of those rounds courtesy of good performances in the time trials, heat races and features and although Jamie Duff has won three of the four feature races, on each occasion Keegan has been on the podium. Halswell keep top sport on cricket table THE HALSWELL cricket side have dismantled Merivale-Papanui, winning their two-day match by an innings and five runs to retain first place in the competition. Merivale-Papanui, who came into the match sitting third on the table, had won the toss and elected to bat first at Edgar MacIntosh Park. However, the Halswell opening bowlers dominated from the start, dismissing Merivale-Papanui for just 85, with Matt Parr, Dayle Eathorne and Leighton Johnston all taking three wickets each. In reply, Halswell batted with far more discipline before declaring at 184/9. James Pearson top scored with 55, while Eathorne got 39 and Matt McLintock 38. Merivale-Papanui survived 15 minutes to be 13 without loss at stumps on the first day. However, day two, played on Saturday, saw more superb bowling from the Halswell bowlers. Although Merivale-Papanui were 40 without loss at one stage, it was only a brief reprieve. Mike Chatterton (three wickets), Geoff Barclay, Johnston and Eathorne (two wickets each) helped Halswell take 10 wickets for 52 runs, dismissing them for 92 to secure the victory. Halswell’s next outing will be another away game against second placed Heathcote, starting on Saturday. Visit www.star.kiwi anytime, anywhere! Breaking news, delivered to your pocket. Fire rages, homes at risk •news •CTV •sport •districts •schools •lifestyle •opinion •what’s on www.star.kiwi