20 Wednesday February 14 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Watson bowls Weedons to win WEEDONS have kept themselves in title contention thanks to a mesmerising display of right-arm pace bowling from Josh Watson which helped them roll a young Lincoln side on Saturday. Watson was the star of the show at Weedons Domain, claiming 6/10 from just 3.5 overs, as Lincoln were bowled out for just 78. He then chipped in with the bat, finishing 19 not out to secure his side the six-wicket victory. The win moves Weedons within touching distance of competition leaders Leeston-Southbridge which lost to defending champions Sefton. With representative commitments and what was described as “an ill-timed wedding”, Sefton fielded a team with an average age in the golden oldies range, including club stalwarts Nick Proudfoot and Blair Walker. Leeston-Southbridge were rolled at home for just 90, which the visitors would reach with ease. Other results saw Southbrook win the one-day shield from the talented young Cheviot side. At Cheviot Domain, the home side batted well to compile 221, with Scott Burnett top-scoring on 58. With the star top-order pair of Shanan Stewart and Jack Boyle on Canterbury Country Hawke • By Gordon Findlater PREBBLETON driver Jack Milligan has the Toyota 86 Championship title in his sights after extending his championship lead in the penultimate round at the weekend. In three races at Manfeild’s Circuit Chris Amon, Feilding, Milligan took two wins and a second in a dominant performance. “It was the perfect weekend for us really,” said Milligan. “The boys had the car hooked YOUNGSTER: Max Painter fills in for Lincoln in spite of being just 12-years-old. (Right) – Weedons pace man Josh Watson bowls to David McClelland. (Below) – Richard Clark and wicketkeeper Todd Innes both focused on the ball. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY Cup duties, perennial run-getter Matt Brine anchored the chase. After he was out for 102, fellow seasoned campaigner Darryn Boyle stayed composed to reach the target, nine wickets down. In Rangiora on a sub-par Dudley Park pitch and slow outfield, visiting Darfield-South Malvern scrapped for a hard-fought victory over Oxford-Rangiora. Darfield-South Malvern won the toss and elected to bat first. After struggling early on with the moving ball, Darfield-South Malvern went from 100/8 to 166/9 off 45 overs thanks to an incredible innings by Anoop Surendran. up from the first couple of practice sessions so we knew we had a strong chance.” Milligan got the weekend off to a perfect start, with a dominant victory from pole position in the opening race on Saturday. In the second race on Sunday morning, Michael Scott leapt into contention with the win and Milligan took second overall. Then in the final race on Sunday afternoon, Milligan took the win ahead of Jordan Baldwin and Michael Scott. Milligan now holds a 36-point Surendran clubbed 45 off just 19 balls in what would prove to be a decisive innings. Oxford-Rangiora got off to a flyer in response before losing three quick wickets. Some handy partnerships got them through to 127/6 and a sniff of victory. But Darfield-South Malvern hung tough and eventually bowled the hosts out for 149 after 39 overs. Scoreboard: •Lincoln 78 (R Clarke 20; J Watson 6/10, B Nightingale 2/4) lost to Weedons 80/4 (G Painter 20no, J Watson 19no; M Elliot 1/5). DOMINANT: Jack Milligan (left) secured two wins at the weekend to extend his lead in the Toyota 86 Championship. lead over Scott going into the final round of the championship at Hampton Downs, Waikato, •Leeston-Southbridge 90 (H James 4/25, O Bragg from March 9-11. “The mentality won’t change. We’re still going to push, the SPORTS 2/10, A Laffey 2/13) lost to Sefton 91/2 (M Rowe 53no, H James 17no). •Cheviot 221 (S Burnett 58, H Workman 49, J Hyde 38; J Tavendale 2/2, D Boyle 2/20) lost to Southbrook 222/9 (M Brine 102, D Boyle 47no; C Sidey 4/37). •Darfield-South Malvern 166/9 (A Surenden 45, M Pauling 23, P Reardon 23; G Mauger 3/20, M Murphy 2/12, N Cook 2/21) beat Oxford-Rangiora 149 (D Smith 31, J Waghorn 28, C Scott 22, M Power 21; P Reardon 4/28; A Surendren 2/21). Milligan has sights on Toyota 86 championship job’s not done yet,” said Milligan. Fellow Prebbleton driver Jaden Ransley made a solid return to racing following a nearly seasonending crash at the previous round in Teretonga, Invercargill. Ransley, 16, finished fourth once and fifth twice to take out third place overall at the end of the round. Championship standings: Jack Milligan 919pts, 1; Michael Scott 883pts, 2; Connor Adams 793pts, 3; Jordan Baldwin 750pts, 4; Jaden Ransley, 713pts, 5; Bramwell King 571 pts, 6; Sam Wright 507pts, 7; Tom Alexander 505pts, 8.
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