The South Canterbury Senior Women’s Cricket team travelled to Dunedin on Sunday to play the first two games in this season’s Aotea cup competition. The games were played under the 20/20 format at Bishopcourt fields.

South Canterbury came up against Central Otago in their first game, winning the toss and asking the opposition to bat in hot conditions.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and were shared around with Courtney Buckman, Hannah Struthers, Grace Kerridge and Courtney Hamel each snaring two. Extras were the top score and made up 30 of the total of 80.

South Canterbury’s batting did not fair any better and if it was not for a good partnership between Libby Stuck (26) and Hannah Linton (13), South Canterbury’s total would have been much less. The rest of the batters struggled to hit the ball with any confidence especially with the long grass and wet outfield caused by heavy overnight rain. South Canterbury fell 5 runs short of victory.

Game two was against Southland who had just beaten Dunedin in the morning.

Again South Canterbury won the toss and put the opposition in on the same wicket they played on in the morning. Southland got away with a solid start, but with the South Canterbury bowlers learning from earlier mistakes in the previous game, bowled better lines and created pressure in the field creating 3 run outs. Adding a wicket apiece to Amy Beeby, Buckman and Struthers, the South Canterbury team restricted Southland to 102 after their 20 overs.

Not wanting to repeat their previous batting form from their earlier game, the South Canterbury team put their hitting power at the top of the order. Otago Spark, Lisa Grant (38) and first drop Courtney Buckman (15) added 60 for the second wicket at over 8 an over to take the game away from the opposition. When these were out, both Libby Stuck (10) and Hannah Linton (17no) took the team to victory.

The four teams that played, SC, Central Otago, Dunedin and Southland all finished with a win each, with leaves them all equal on the table. This weekend South Canterbury play Dunedin at Aorangi and Southland play Central Otago in Alexandra.

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