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Country defeated

Representative cricket was in action at Mainpower Oval on Sunday, with Canterbury Country taking on a Christchurch Metro Red selection featuring three Black Caps, in Tom Latham, Matt Henry, and Todd Astle. Metro batted first putting on 279/8 off their 50 overs, with Ken McClure top scoring with 93, Leo Carter 54, and Latham 48. The best of the Country bowlers was Daryl Mitchell with 3/35, including the scalp of McClure. The run chase didn’t start well for Country, with Henry and Ed Nutall knocking over the top order in the first few overs. Harry Chamberlain 18, and Henry Shipley 52, then offered some resistance, but Country fell all out for 119.

In the local Canterbury Country Premier one day competition Sefton defeated Darfield by 6 wickets. Darfield batted first and put on 144 with Ben Innes 37, and Ryan Hughes 31, the top scorers. Micah Campbell did most of the damage for Sefton taking a five wicket bag, 5/23. Jesse Frew got two early wickets for Darfield, and finished with 3/32, but it was a steady ship, and 49 not out for Lance Taylor, that saw Sefton home only four wickets down, 145/4.

It was an exciting match at Mandeville between Ohoka and Lincoln, both defeated in the first round of the competition. Ohoka amassed 249/4 with Daniel Lyons scoring 108, and Rhy Mariu contributing 49. Defending their total, Austin Hamilton had captured two wickets in three balls and finished with 4/46. Paul Miller also took four wickets with 4/42. However Joe Williams scored 160 runs to keep Lincoln in the match, but they fell at 226/10.

In the Weedons verse Leeston Southbridge match, Weedons scored 161/10 with most players getting a start. Will MacFarlane prevented any big scores taking 5/26. However Arnav Deb knocked over the Leeston Southbridge top order, taking 5/20, and only David Neale at the bottom of the order held any resisitance and was left 40 not out, as they were all out for 125.

The match between Southbrook and Oxford was abandoned due to the rain.

The Canterbury A selection has been announced, and Country players Harry Chamberlain, Rhys Mariu, and Angus Sidey have been included in the squad.

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