The South Canterbury under-17 girls cricket side was left ruing one poor batting performance at their regional tournament in Christchurch.

Being dismissed for 59 against eventual winners Christchurch cost the team any chance for the title.

The 50-over competition started positively for South Canterbury when their bowlers rattled through Canterbury Country in their opening game.

Having scored 166, the South Canterbury bowlers, led by Hannah Linton with 6-11, tore through the Canterbury Country line-up for just 66.

Their middle game against eventual winners Christchurch proved to be their undoing.

Once more the bowlers did their job and restricted the hosts to just 111, thanks to Mid-Canterbury import Primrose Pudney, who took 5-32.

The target looked small, but some accurate Christchurch bowling saw South Canterbury fall 52 runs short, with only one batter making it to double figures.

The South Canterbury batters saved their best effort for the last game against Christchurch Red.

Openers Courtney Buckman and Courtney Hamel, who finished on 82 not out, combined for a 176-run partnership, until Buckman misjudged a second run, to be run out on 99, but the innings held firm and South Canterbury set an imposing total of 258.

Christchurch Red could only muster 54 in reply, as Linton capped off a fine tournament with another three wickets, and Buckman showed her all-round ability, taking 2-10 from her spell.

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