Allenton bats fail again

Jack Meyrick, along with his fellow Allenton batsmen, found runs hard to come by as they could only muster 81 in their three wicket defeat to Coldstream on Saturday.

Allenton’s grasp on the Pritchard is slipping away by the week after they lost to Coldstream by three wickets on Saturday.

With wet weather hitting the Ashburton Domain throughout the week, the match was played on an artificial wicket, and it appeared to really benefit the bowlers.

Allenton won the toss and elected to bat, but found themselves in serious trouble early on, losing their first three wickets for only nine runs.

Matt Tait and Jack Meyrick were able to steady the ship for the yellow and maroons, combining for 33 runs before Tait was dismissed for 17.

From that point on it was ones and twos for the Allenton batsmen as they limped to 81 all out.

Kieran McClea was the pick of the Coldstream bowlers, taking 5-5 from 4.1 overs, while Jackson Print took 3-27 from his eight overs.

Despite the low total, it was a tough run-chase for Coldstream, losing seven wickets along the way.

Rob Coyle and Luke Sinclair got them off to a strong start with a partnership of 23, but then proceeded to five wickets by the 32-run mark.

Rick Burgess then proceeded to top-score with 22 runs, and with the help of Print and Glen McClea got their side over the line.

Dylan and Ryan Stoddart were Allenton’s best bowlers, taking three and two wickets respectively.

In the other game of the week, Lauriston extended their lead at the top of the table, with an easy win against Methven.

Methven opened the batting, and it was another low scoring game, with the side picking up 82 runs.

Mitch Sim was once again a shining light in a struggling batting line-up, picking up 29 runs.

In the absence of wicket taking machine Alex Hooper, Bevan Richan stepped up with the ball, taking 5-14.

Lauriston made light work of the run chase, with only two batsmen needing to dirty their bats.

Openers Scott Morgan and Scott Maher combined for the 86 runs for the win, with Morgan continuing his fine form with the bat, scoring 62 runs.

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