Star Cricket Club allrounder Matt Brown enhanced his representative chances with an unbeaten 68 against Canterbury Country at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora.
Brown, who was batting at seven in a powerful South Canterbury lineup, was the only player to get going on a flat pitch.
He lacked support from the rest of the order as only four other players made it to double figures, with bowler Stan Mair batting at 10, the second highest scorer with 18.
Brown showed great patience and resilience to fight off a strong Canterbury Country bowling attack.
The right handed batsman was brutal on anything short, hitting five fours and two sixes in his 120 ball stay.
He came to the crease after 12.3 overs, with Willie Stone, George Morgan, Jacob Naylor, Phil Lill and Liam Beck all falling around him.
Canterbury Country quicks Harrison Cox and Henry Shipley, who is a contracted player, tore through the South Canterbury top order.
South Canterbury’s lower order showed some resistance but it wasn’t enough as they were bundled out for 164 in 49.1 overs.
In reply, Canterbury Country made a strong start through their openers Lance Taylor and James Richards.
They cruised through to 86 before Richards was leg before to left-arm spinner Drake for 25.
Taylor made his way to 52 before he was trapped in front by schoolboy Shaun Rooney, while Jeremy Benton with 38 not out and Joel Harden unbeaten on 26 ensured an eight wicket win for Country.
Craig Hinton was the most economical of the South Canterbury bowlers conceding 14 runs off his six overs.