The South Canterbury Women’s Cricket team travelled to the heart of Central Otago on Sunday to play Central Otago in Oturehua.
Losing the toss, South Canterbury was asked to field in hot sunshine. All of the bowlers had some sort of success and were rewarded with the wickets being shared between them. The best of them being Rachel Clements who, when Central were all out for 95, finished with the fine figures of 4/9 off 6 overs. In only her second time at the bowling crease, Amy Beeby also bowled her left armers well and finished with 1 wicket and should have had another, but for a dropped catch.
As cricket games often go, when the team batting first only posts a low score, often the team chasing struggles and this was no different when South Canterbury began its run chase.
Courtney Buckman and Mellissa O’Brien got the visiting side off to a cautious start with an opening partnership of 16. When these two were parted things began to go horribly wrong for South Canterbury and they began to loose wickets at regular intervals. Keryn Ward (16) decided to only hit the balls she had to and found valuable alias in Clements (11) and Rowan Milburn (12).
They crept closer to the winning target but found the going tough as J Gibson with her slow off spinners made the 96 runs hard to get. In the end with 1 run need for victory the last pair of Kaitlyn Young and Beeby scrambled a run, much to the delight of coach/umpire, Richard Davidson and their team mates on the sideline.