South Canterbury’s three junior representative cricket teams played their counterparts from Dunedin Metro in matches in Dunedin on Sunday.
The A game was a high-scoring affair, notable for Chris Hogan scoring his maiden century in reaching 103 not out.
Winning the toss and batting, South Canterbury reached an imposing 256 for five declared.
With South Canterbury at 49 for four, Matt McKenzie and Hogan combined to add 98 runs for the fifth wicket before McKenzie fell for 43.
William Carter then battled intelligently for 32 not out as a further 109 runs were added for the sixth wicket in 50 minutes.
In reply, Dunedin Metro got off to a fast start with opener James Preston scoring 67 before being cleverly caught and bowled by Lawrence Darling.
Metro folded to be all out for 200 with Carter having a good double, taking three for 25 off 12.1 overs. Also claiming wickets were Darling, with two for eight; A Harvey, one for two; and C Bradley, one for 41.
Three run-outs aided South Canterbury’s cause.
It was a positive start for South Canterbury A but an improvement will be needed in some of the bowling.
The South Canterbury Development team performed well to restrict Dunedin Metro Blue to 142 for eight off their 40 overs.
Wickets were shared among the South Canterbury bowlers with Wyatt McAughtrie two for 17, Sam Brosnahan two for 17, Johnny Fitzpatrick two for 18, Liam Cooper one for seven and Tom Patterson one for 19.
In reply South Canterbury Development were all out for 99 with only McAughtrie’s 41 runs and Burns Mills’ 12 runs, reaching double figures.
The year five and six match saw Dunedin Metro reach 173 all out off their 40 overs, with Tedd Grigg’s three for 26 and Ben Aicken’s three for 38 doing the damage for South Canterbury.
Also claiming wickets were Stuart Williams, Isaac Kinney and Shaun Rooney with one each.
South Canterbury were dismissed for 104 runs with Tim Hepburn top-scoring with 29.