Stags snatch the Shield

All eyes on the ball from Tech wicket-keeper Callum Gallagher as one gets past the batsmen in Tech’s victory against Coldstream.

The first piece of Mid Canterbury Cricket’s 45-over silverware has been locked away by the Tech Stags after a thrilling match at the Ashburton Domain on Saturday.

Coldstream needed a win to claim the Pritchard Shield unbeaten, and could not have gotten off to a better start when they had the Stags 36/5 in the early stages.

Seasoned campaigner Bevan Ravenscroft steadied the ship for his side however with a well-constructed 53, which included four fours and one six.

He was helped by a wagging tail, with 13 each from Callum Gallagher and Alex Veint, while Sam Hurley pulled out the boom-stick, smashing three sixes on his way to 33 and a total for side of 165.

Burgess was the pick of the Coldstream bowlers, capturing three wickets for 33, while Richard Print and Deon Biggs took two wickets each.

In response Gary Cheema opened with a good starting platform for a run chase with 34 runs, but unfortunately Coldstream’s unbeaten run was ended when only one other batsmen was able to crack double figures with 36.

In the end, Coldstream were all out for 102 off 30 overs, falling 64 short of the 166 required to claim the Shield.

The other game of the weekend was a bleak day at the office for Methven facing off against Lauriston, with the men from under the mountain being dismissed for 60.

Lauriston were boosted by a Matt Pawsey masterclass, taking six wickets for four runs from his 5.5 overs.

It was a short run chase, but not one without wickets as Lauriston chased down the 61 runs required in 17.5 overs.

Thomas Ravenscroft was the pick of Lauriston’s batsmen, picking up 27 runs, while Methven’s poor bowling did not help their chances, bowling 16 wides, helping Lauriston to the victory.

-Ashburton Guardian.