Since being called into the South Canterbury representative cricket side, Jacob Naylor has made every post a winner.
After a couple of superb knocks for the Hawke Cup team last season, Naylor backed up with an impressive 91 in South Canterbury’s win against Mid Canterbury in the annual Ron Biggar Trophy one-day clash on Sunday.
A late ground change to Pleasant Point due to the run-ups at one end being dangerous at Aorangi Oval, forced the game to be reduced to 45-overs each.
Naylor was in early after debutant George Morgan was bowled and set about forming a good partnership with captain Sam Carlaw, who put his hand up to open the batting.
Naylor and Carlaw put on 87 runs for the second wicket before Carlaw was run out for 33.
The right handed Naylor continued to punish anything on the off-side, with some great cuts and drives.
He raced to 50 and continued to bat through, putting on 61-runs with Liam Beck, 34, as they helped push South Canterbury towards a good total.
As Naylor had 100 in sight,he was dismissed but his innings, which featured 10 fours and two sixes, was an impressive one.
Beck fell 30 runs later, with the score at 199 before a flurry of late wickets brought Mid Canterbury back into the clash and restricted South Canterbury to 217-9, a score well below what they would have targeted.
Medium pacer Deon Biggs was the standout bowler for Mid Canterbury, nabbing four wickets, while James Speer grabbed two.
In reply, Mid Canterbury could only muster 161-9, giving South Canterbury the Ron Biggar Trophy and a 56-run win.
Nick Gilbert top scored with 35, while Matt Tait made 28 and Matt Winter hit 20 but they lacked one player to kick on.
Ben Watson and Craig Hinton were superb,going for less than two runs an over in their nine overs and picking up four and two wickets, respectively.
Carlaw added to his useful day out with two scalps.