The South Canterbury cricket team thrashed North Otago in the opening-round match of the Hawke Cup in Oamaru at the weekend.
English import Ed Kilbee took only an over in South Canterbury’s second innings to knock off the 12 runs required for a deserved win.
North Otago won the toss and sent South Canterbury into bat on a green top and they batted well to get to 227.
South Canterbury’s three Christchurch-based batsmen got solid starts and into the 40s, with Ben McCord scoring 48, Ritchie Preston 44 and Bill Walsh 42.
The bowlers then impressed to have North Otago rolled for 96, with Dam Laming taking four wickets, McCord three and Sam Carlaw two.
Only Sean Eathorne showed any defiance for North Otago, making it into the 40s in an otherwise embarrassing score card.
North Otago were then forced to follow on and made a slightly better effort getting to 142.
Again it was the South Canterbury bowlers who put the squeeze on them, with Laming adding another two, while youngster Ben Watson impressed getting three.
Bill Walsh also showed his all-round ability with two wickets, as did Glenn Matthews in an impressive team effort.
Assistant coach Robin Beeby said it was a great team effort.
“They all performed well – to get to 227 on that track was a superb effort. It was 50 runs more than I thought we would get.”
Beeby said the bowlers then backed up the batsmen’s hard work.
“The deliveries kept the pressure on and we got the result.”
South Canterbury’s next Hawke Cup game is against Southland in Invercargill on February 4-5.
Below you can see some photos from the match with North Otago courtesy of Scott Cameron which is much appreciated.