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South Canterbury Cricket Life Member Noel Dellow passes away.

It is with deep sorrow that South Canterbury Cricket must acknowledge the passing of another great servant of cricket early this morning. Noel was in his 93rd year but unfortunately came up short of a coveted century.
Noel played all his club cricket for Old Boys, represented South Canterbury more than 50 times and played 5 first-class matches for Canterbury.
His best first-class batting and bowling performances came in the first innings of the Plunket Shield match against Auckland in 1955-56, when he took 3 for 84 opening the bowling and then scored 15 not out at number 11.
For South Canterbury he twice took 10 wicket bags as well as 9 five wicket+ bags in a match and is one of three people to have a hatrick at this level, part of a 13 wicket match haul against North Otago in 1954.
However, club and representative team mate Barry Rippon said the 
in 1959-60 in Invercargill.
“Jack Alabaster called the team together before the start and laid down the plan for the other bowlers to keep it tight and he would take the wickets! Noel didn’t follow the plan, instead taking 5 for 63 off 30 overs, and Alabaster took none.”
Despite Noel’s efforts he was unable to prevent an innings defeat.
Noel was also part of the original Ducks and Drakes side formed in 1950 and still going strong today 70+ years later.
Noel worked as a chartered accountant in Timaru, but after playing cricket was still involved as an administrator at club and district level. Noel served as executive director of the South Canterbury Cricket Association 1996 – 1998 and was awarded life membership of the association in 1998.
He still attended AGMs and Prizegivings when his health would allow and wanted to know what was going on.
We wish to pass on our deepest condolences to all his family and friends at this sad time and leave the last words to Barry Rippon that sum up Noel’s approach to the game of cricket.
“Noel was always the perfect gentleman throughout a game, and I never ever heard him say anything bad about anyone, in fact when appealing for an lbw he was almost apologetic!”
A true gentleman of cricket.
RIP Noel

Local Umpire Geoff Talbot Passes Away

Geoff Talbot - Umpire

It is with deep sadness that South Canterbury Cricket acknowledges the passing of Geoff Talbot on Thursday this week.

Geoff umpired for many years at senior and Hawke Cup level locally and was still umpiring senior matches in the 2012-2013 season. He was a good enough level to be given the Australian Umpire Exchange with Victoria in 1994.

In more years Geoff  could be seen sneaking away from his bowls to watch any Hawke Cup matches that were on and was always keen for a yarn. 

Many administrators and players will remember Geoff too not for milestones or records on the field, but for his ability to make food disappear.

We pass our deepest condolences on to his family at this time and you can feel assured that Geoff left his mark in the South Canterbury cricketing community too.

Geoff Talbot (right) heads out to umpire a T20 match in Nov 2012 at Aorangi Oval alongside Graham Begg.

Geoff Talbot (right) heads out to umpire a T20 match in Nov 2012 at Aorangi Oval alongside Graham Begg.


Job Vacancy – Groundsman Required




Groundsman required

A vacancy exists for a Groundsman at Aorangi Oval beginning September 1st 2021. Hours as required to perform a satisfactory job.

Pitch preparation and turf skills are necessary as is knowledge of the game of cricket.

Interested persons may supply tenders for this position. You may obtain further information by contacting the CEO 027 2698654 to obtain a job description or by emailing

Tenders close August 25th 2021.

South Canterbury Cricket Association Awards 2020-2021 Season

South Canterbury Cricket Association Awards 2020-2021 Season

Below you can find the list of cricket award winners for the 2020 – 2021 cricket season.

Congratulations to all trophy or award winners, and hard luck to close runners-up, both teams and individuals.

The prizegiving ceremony was held on Wednesday evening, March 31st 2021 at the Aorangi Park Pavilion. It was great to be able physically front up for the ceremony after COVID had meant the cancellation of the ceremony in 2020.

MC for the night Julian Blanchard ran the show with his usual aplumb, keeping things moving while interacting with those giving out awards, receiving awards and those watching.

A moments silence was held to remember our former Patron John Ward who passed away this season.

Harvey King was congratulated on accepting the honour of being the new South Canterbury Cricket Patron and was invited to award the various cups and trophies as part of that new role, which of course he did very well.

The South Canterbury Cricket Association Board’s Chair, Rebecca Brookland then welcomed all the attendees, thanked all the volunteers, coaches, administrators, fellow board directors and staff for all their work over the last season to get cricket up and running despite Covid, reflected on another successful year on the field of play and congratulated all award recipients.

Individual Awards



Flynn Brookland

Outstanding Club Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year (JAB Yr 7 & 8):

Flynn Brookland – In JAB A Grade he scored 606 runs from 13 matches with a high score of 77* at an average of 101 including 9 fifties and took 11 catches and made 4 stumpings. At the SIPS tournament he scored 179 runs, was only out twice and took 3 catches and 6 stumpings.



Sam Buckingham

Best Year 7 Development Player at Tournament:

Sam Buckingham – scored 135 from 4 innings and was only out once to average 135. Took 2-36 from 10 overs with a best of 1/7 as well as taking 4 catches.



Fletcher Rhodes

Best Player at Under 17 Tournament:

148 runs at an average of 37, 6 wickets and 1 catch (tournament reduced to 3 days as fourth day rained out)



Billy McKerrow

Outstanding South Canterbury Player at the South Island Schoolboy’s Tournament:

Billy McKerrow – was the leading bowler for the whole tournament taking 19 wickets at an average of 5.33 with his off-spin including two 5 wicket bags with a best of 5/10.



Jordan Sew Hoy

Best Colts Grade Player:

Scored 390 runs at an average of 390 with a high score of 145 not out alongside 4 fifties and also took 7 wickets @ 10.71 and 5 catches.



Shaun Rooney

Best Cricketer Under 21:

Shaun Rooney – debuted for SC Senior this year as an opening bowler and had an outstanding season finishing as the leading bowler in our Hawke Cup zone with 24 wickets @ 13.83 including a best of 5-52. In the club season he finished in the top 10 batsmen with 539 runs @ 49.00 as well as claiming 22 wickets and 8 catches. 



Hamish Peck

Best Player at Primary Yr 7 Tournament:

Hamish Peck – top-scored the whole tournament table with 264 runs from 4 innings and was only out once. He had a top score of 131 and over the 3 days hit 44 fours and 2 sixes.



Oliver Linton

Best Player Under 15 Years Tournament:

Oliver Linton – scored 123 runs with a best of 51 not out, as well as taking 3 wickets and 4 catches.



Duncan Macpherson

Best Player in Second Grade:

Duncan Macpherson – while Duncan had to move out of the district soon in the New Year he still managed to hold onto top spot (by 3 runs) scoring 514 runs from 10 matches including 1 century and five fifties, averaged 64.25 and helped out with 6 wickets and a couple of catches.

Individual Awards – Senior Club & Representative



Liam Beck

Club Bowler of the Year:

Liam Beck – Took 44 wickets at 10.64 which included 7/17 in T20 semi-final and 6-16 in Tweedy Cup Final



Glen Drake

Rep Batsman of the Year:

Glen Drake – scored 177 runs with a top score of 63 (16% of teams runs).



Jacob Naylor

For the Senior Cricketer who Epitomizes the Way the Game should be Played: Decided by Umpires:

Jacob Naylor – the Canterbury Regional Umpires said that when the Hawke Cup schedules and umpiring appointments for each season are published, South Canterbury is one of the most sort after locations, because they have a good location, host us well, and importantly we have no issues dealing with their captain Jake Naylor who is happy to chat with us and keeps his team concentrating on what they do, not the opposition which makes the whole experience a pleasure to umpire.

Galwey Trophy

Galwey Trophy

Adam Beck

Senior CLUB Batsman of the Year:

Scored 825 runs at 48.53 including 2 centuries and 4 fifties



Jacob Naylor

For Player who Contributed Most on and off the field for the Senior Rep team: Chosen by Coach and Players.:

Jacob Naylor – the other players felt that as captain Jake led the team from the front all season, and gave great motivational talks, gave the team a ‘gee up’ as needed and commands huge respect even though he may have battled his own form at times. Also instrumental in helping team bonding and “making practices fun”.



Shaun Rooney

Rep Bowler of the Year:

Shaun Rooney – debuted for SC Senior this year as an opening bowler and had an outstanding season finishing as the leading bowler in our Hawke Cup zone with 24 wickets @ 13.83 including a best of 5-52.



Liam Beck

For Best Single Senior Club or Representative Performance for Season:

Liam Beck 6-16 in Tweedy Cup Final, which meant Temuka who won the toss and batted first, went from handily placed at 97-4 in the 23rd over to being all out for 132 in the 35th and included the valuable wickets of Glen Drake and Nick Horsley.

Individual Awards – Highlights



Caleb Donaldson

For a youth cricketer who displays an excellent attitude on and off the field for fair play, a team player who inspires the spirit of cricket and has good work ethics:

Caleb Donaldson – Has a reputation over many seasons of working very hard on his own game, regularly practicing in his own time and is always at whatever practices he is asked to attend, fills in for any games, helps umpire at junior tournaments and this last year all that hard work has really shown through. After scoring a fifty for the South Canterbury A side he was selected for the Hawke Cup side where he was asked to open and played two great innings on debut, including a fifty and chimed in with 3 wickets as he helped his side beat Southland outright.

He is also the recipient of the Winchester Scholarship at TBHS this year but may not get the opportunity to travel to the UK, but this also shows the respect he has for his on and off field demeanour and play.

Statistically in the Canterbury 1st XI competition in Christchurch he scored 582 runs over 13 matches for Timaru Boys, averaging 48.5 and topped the bowling table with 38 wickets at an average of 14.37.

In inter-schools he had a major influence on the match when TBHS won the Mark Parker Memorial when defeating Otago Boys for the first time in over a decade scoring 88 not out.

He scored 121 runs in his 3 Hawke Cup games and also took 8 wickets there too as well as playing 4 matches for Temuka when TBHS didn’t have a game.

Caleb is a non-demonstrative lad who works very hard at his own game, plays in the right spirit and gets on well with his peers and coaches, is always keen to help umpire or work helping others and is a very worthy recipient of this award.



Phil Brophy

To Player/Umpire/Administrator who contributes most on or off the field::

Phil Brophy – Phil was instrumental in getting the Twizel Cricket Club under way some years ago after they got the numbers to separate from Pleasant Point and form their own club. From those early beginnings they now boast an artificial pitch and 7 junior and youth teams.

However Phil didn’t stop there, he coaches the junior South Canterbury Yr 8 side, travelling from Twizel weekly for practices and again in the weekends where he doubles up coaching a combined Temuka / Twizel JAB A grade team with taking rep matches on Sundays. Always pleasant and easy to deal with, he is organized and has made sure that the systems and processes at Twizel can continue to move forward. I’m glad we don’t pay his fuel bill, but just the travel time alone shows his commitment to cricket.



Dan Laming


Dan Laming – what can be said about South Canterbury’s “Mr Cricket” that hasn’t been said already! This season he capped off 23 continuous seasons of senior cricket for the same club by bringing up 10,000 runs, something that we are not aware of ever having been done before in our area. This included 15 centuries and 66 fifties at an average of 43. But its not just the bat as he has also taken 491 wickets at an average of 14 with a best of 9-71 (and the 10th wicket opportunity was dropped!).

Before retiring from rep cricket he played 17 seasons for South Canterbury and in his debut season scored a century in the Hawke Cup challenge.

His standing in cricket is best summed up by the first question by opposing captains at the toss, “Is Dan playing?

Dan has been the measure of skill, ability and attitude that all cricketers coming through aspire to, and is definitely a very worthy recipient of our “Sports Person of the Year” award.

Team Awards

  • NZ Cricket YR 7 & 8 Boys Cup – SC Tournament Winner: Waihi
  • NZ Cricket YR 7 & 8 Girls Shield – SC Tournament Winner: Craighead
  • Saturday Morning A Grade 1 Day Competition: Waihi Wizards
  • Saturday Morning B1 Grade: Pleasant Point Heat
  • Saturday Morning B2 Grade: Star White
  • Interfirm: Caroline Breezes
  • COLTS Grade: Geraldine
  • Second Grade B T20: Star
  • SECOND GRADE B: Timaru      
  • SCCA Trophy Winner Senior Reserve/Second Grade A: Geraldine
  • SC CRICKET SHIELD 20-20: Pleasant Point
  • Woolworths Cup Runner Up in One Day Competition: Temuka
  • DAILY FREIGHT WAYS One Day Trophy – ROUND ROBIN WINNER: Pleasant Point
  • TWEEDY CUP: Pleasant Point

Other Trophies:

  • SIPST Eastern Southland Fielding Trophy: South Canterbury
Geraldine's Aaron Gregan receives the  Second Grade Winners One Day Trophy
Waimate Second Grade Winners of T20 Shield
Pleasant Point Winners of Tweedy Cup
Waihi Winners of NZC Yr 8 Cup
Pleasant Point Winners of Senior T20 Shield
Craighead Winners of NZC Yr 8 Shield

Harvey King appointed Patron of South Canterbury Cricket

Harvey King, Patron SCCA


South Canterbury Cricket is proud to announce, Life Member and former Chairman of the Board, Harvey King has been appointed as South Canterbury Cricket’s Patron.

Harvey has a long-standing connection to the game of cricket which encompasses multiple layers.

Firstly as a schoolboy and club player locally, as a South Canterbury representative through the age groups and at Hawke Cup level for South Canterbury he was well known as a keen competitor and fast bowler.

Harvey also went on to represent Canterbury at first class level.

As well as a playing career Harvey has been heavily involved as a coach, umpire and administrator, chaired the South Canterbury Cricket Board for nearly a decade during which time the building of the Graeme Blanchard Indoor Cricket Centre was a highlight as well as also being a member of the Canterbury Cricket Board during a tough period which included the earthquakes and was involved in the establishment of the new ground at Hagley Oval, a battle that everyone is pleased was won.

Harvey was recognised for his contribution to cricket in the South Canterbury region in 2010 with Life Membership of the Association.

Also in 2010 Harvey was one of 50 NZ recipients to receive the ICC Centenary medal in recognition of their long-serving voluntary contribution to the game.

Harvey always recognises that the support of his family has played a huge part in allowing him to support the game, and said that “it is a great honour to be asked to be Patron”. As when he was given Life Membership he said “It’s a huge thrill. You don’t do this sort of thing for that kind of recognition, well, at least I don’t, but it’s great to be a life member because not too many cricket people are.”

From a South Canterbury Cricket perspective, it is our honour that Harvey has accepted this new role of Patron which will continue to bring mana to our sport throughout the region, Canterbury, NZ and the world.

Congratulations Harvey.

U17 & U15 Coaches Required

South Canterbury Cricket Assn is calling for applicants and/or expressions of interest for the coaching roles for the South Canterbury U15 and U17 Boys teams for the 2021 year, culminating in a tournament in December.
Important: This is a voluntary position and not a paid job.
Applications close Friday 26th March at 5pm.
Applications should be sent by email to
** Note that there are some coaching policy requirements and vetting and coach certification requirements as determined by NZ Cricket and South Canterbury Cricket which you can view on this page.
Or indivdually here;

South Canterbury Cricket Yr 8 & Yr 7 Squads Named

The following SCCA Year 8 squad has been selected to play 3 inter-district matches in February & March 2021.

SCCA-YR8-Squad 2021

Axyl Bailey, Sam Brophy, Dougal Grant, Freddie Hastie, James Honeybone, Joshua King, Alex Lawrence, Jonty Leary, Toby McClean, Reuben McKeown, Hamish Peck, Phoenix Smith, Alex Sugrue, Sam Totty, Ted Williamson.

Coaches: Phil Brophy & James Sugrue.

The following SC Year 8 team will play North Otago in Oamaru on Sunday (21st Feb) at 10.30am.

Axyl Bailey, Sam Brophy, Dougal Grant, Freddie Hastie, James Honeybone, Alex Lawrence, Jonty Leary, Toby McClean, Reuben McKeown, Hamish Peck..

The match is to be played at Centennial Park Outer Oval, Oamaru (which is next to the Hockey turf). It is a grass pitch, so spikes are allowed.

Please assemble at the ground at 9.45am for a 10.30am start. It is a 40 over per side match.

Please bring your gear, white playing trousers, lunch, drink & sunscreen. Playing shirts will be provided.

Please let coach Phil Brophy (021 996361) or SC Cricket Development Manager Shane Gilkison know if your child is unavailable for this match.

The following Year 7 squad has been selected to play 3 inter-district matches in February & March 2021.


Will Bailey, Sam Buckingham, Joshua Caird, Jenson Cook, George Currie, Daniel Eastmead, Max Elliotte, Ryan Hampton, Harrison Horsley, Daniel Jackson, Paddy Laidlaw, Charlie McLellan, Tom Powell, Luke Saunders.

Coach: Nick Horsley 027 5688952

The following SC Year 7 team will play North Otago in Oamaru on Sunday (21st Feb) at 10.30am.

Will Bailey, Sam Buckingham, Jenson Cook, George Currie, Daniel Eastmead, Max Elliotte, Ryan Hampton, Harrison Horsley, Daniel Jackson, Charlie McLellan.

The match is to be played at St Kevins College, Redcastle Road, Oamaru. It is a grass pitch, so spikes are allowed.

Please assemble at the ground at 9.45am for a 10.30am start. It is a 35 over per side match.

Please bring your gear, white playing trousers, lunch, drink & sunscreen. Playing shirts will be provided.

Please let coach Nick Horsley or SC Cricket Development Manager Shane Gilkison know if your child is unavailable for this match.


COVID-19 Level 2 Update

CRICKET UNDER LEVEL 2 || South Canterbury Cricket, following guidelines set by NZ Cricket, can provide the following update of how we operate in COVID Level 2.
Outside activities (games, practices, tournaments) are relatively unaffected at Level 2. Use the Health advice tracer app, hand sanitise and maintain social distancing.
This week all Junior Club, Youth and Senior Club games will run as normal but following Level 2 guidelines (unless you are informed otherwise from your club).
The guidelines are located on our website:
While still in level 2 restrictions, there is a maximum number of 100 people allowed to occupy a space (field, club room or changing rooms) at any one time.
The Graeme Blanchard Indoor Cricket Centre is closed for training or hire during Alert Level 2.
Changes to trials, etc or potentially larger cricket-related group gatherings will be notified by Shane Gilkison or Mark Medlicott and will be posted on the South Canterbury website and social media pages.
We are reviewing the situation every 24 hours and will regularly post updates on Facebook and to our Club contacts.
Thanks for your support

South Canterbury Cricket Patron John Ward Passes Away

It is with great sadness that South Canterbury Cricket must acknowledge the passing of our Patron and Life Member John Ward, a true icon of cricket in South Canterbury.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Shirley, Barry, Jenny and the extended Ward family.

John had a truly outstanding career with cricket representing South Canterbury first in 1953 and played 124 ‘official’ matches in total.

John Ward started out his cricketing career as a pretty decent leg spinner and it was only because Timaru club side Old Boys decided to have a second senior side that Ward picked up the gloves.

John said that “No-one wanted to be the wicket keeper, so I thought okay I will have a go.”

That decision proved to be a very fortuitous one.

John went on to become the 99th Black Cap and stood behind the stumps for New Zealand in eight tests.

John was selected for the NZ side as just a 20 year old, even before representing Canterbury!

This came about in part due to Richie Benaud’s influence after John played a visiting Australian team in 1958 at the Caledonian Grounds for South Canterbury and unbeknown to him their management had been asked by New Zealand selectors to look out for any talented young players.

Later that year Ward was whisked away on New Zealand’s six-month tour to England, only the fifth Kiwi side to tour there.

He later undertook two further six month tours, one to South Africa (1961-62) and the other to India and on to England (1965) and if not for injuries may have played many more games for NZ.

John said that “It was a fantastic time and we saw plenty of the world. There was no money but it didn’t cost you anything either, as everything was supplied including cigarettes.”

John played 95 first class matches including 54 for Canterbury in a career spanning 13 years and snared a record 153 dismissals, scored 1117 runs with the bat including a century in the 1969-70 season against Wellington, and took 227 catches and 27 stumpings during his career.

His favourite Canterbury memory was taking a stumping off quick bowler Dick Motz in a pre-planned move.

“Usually things like that never quite work out so we were both happy” John said.

Ward’s favourite bowlers to keep wicket to were not internationals but Timaru locals Noel Dellow and Murray Jack, also both Life Members of South Canterbury Cricket.

John said that “We played a lot of cricket with each other and they also played for Canterbury but the three of us never did it together.”

They played as children too in their own test matches on the streets of Timaru, with one always keeping an eye out for a Police car!

John’s legacy was not just as a player as he stayed involved with cricket for the rest of his life in a number of different roles and just before Christmas spent a few hours at the Hawke Cup match between South Canterbury and Southland.

As well as captaining the South Canterbury side from 1959 – 1969 he also had two long spells as the selector from 1970 – 1975 and again from 1982 – 1986.

In 1982 John was recognised with Life Membership of the South Canterbury Cricket Association and since 2014 has also been the Patron, fulfilling any duties with a still keen interest and obvious love of the game that he continued to pass on.

He was recognised much earlier by the wider sporting community in South Canterbury when he was awarded Sportsperson of the Year in 1967 at the very first South Canterbury Sports Awards.

In 2008 John was further honoured, this time by Canterbury Cricket by having his image placed on one of the stadium’s `Pillars of Pride’.

The pillars, which held up the new stand at the AMI Stadium (formerly Lancaster Park), were used to pay tribute to Cantabrians’ favourite sons.

Ward joined Canterbury sporting icons such as Sir Richard Hadlee, Grizz Wyllie, Fergie McCormick and Robbie Deans.

Peter Sharp (Canterbury Cricket Chairman at the time) said Ward was thoroughly deserving of the honour, a cricketer who was a consummate professional and skilled craftsman.

“The pillars recognise legends, people who have really contributed something special to Canterbury cricket and rugby.”

“The people of Canterbury are connoisseurs of sport and sporting people and we are talking here about the real cream.”

Ward followed fellow cricketers Chris Cairns, Graham Dowling, Dick Motz, Tony MacGibbon, Paul McEwan, Walter Hadlee and his son, Sir Richard, along with Rod Latham who represents both cricket and rugby, on the pillars and was the 36th inductee.

Sharp also noted he did it all without leaving Timaru.

“He’s probably the only cricketer who hasn’t felt the compulsion to move to Christchurch and he was so good he didn’t have to.”

In 1968, the New Zealand Cricket Almanac named him player of the year along with Noel McGregor.

John’s cricket legacy will never be forgotten in South Canterbury and even worldwide where he made numerous friends whom he had still stayed in touch with up until today.

It will not be easy for his family at this time, but they can be assured all our thoughts are with them at this sad time and that they should be very proud of their husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was held in high esteem by all those who had the pleasure of meeting or knowing John, and that we will all feel the loss of him from our community.

For those wishing or able to attend a Service to celebrate the life of John will be held at Aoraki Funeral Services Chapel, 160 Mountain View Road, Timaru, on Friday, January 15, at 2.00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to St John Ambulance would be greatly appreciated and may be left at the Service. Special thanks to all the kind doctors and nurses of the Medical Ward in Timaru. Messages to the Ward Family, c/- 77 Pukatea Street, Timaru 7910.

Great come from behind outright victory for South Canterbury in their Hawke Cup match v Southland at Aorangi Oval this last weekend.

Sent into bat SC were in trouble early losing the first wicket with only 1 on the board, but debutant Caleb Donaldson (in what was to be a great debut) settled in to do his job and bat time and wear bowlers out. He did this better than hoped being 5th out in the 30th over for 18 but unfortunately couldn’t get many to stay with him with only Chris Hogan (28) hanging around for long.
Batting at No 9 Shaun Rooney was next best with 25 as the Southland spinner Mockford kept forcing players into poor shot selections on his way to 5-22.

The scoreboard looked a sorry sight at 119-10!!

Mark Otley removed the Southland skipper Jared Mckenzie with their score at 7, but then two 50 run partnerships saw Southland get to first innings points easily enough.
However a second spell from Shaun Rooney was much more on the money as he dismissed 3 batsman in a row including Domigan for 57 and Cooke for 40 and suddenly Southland looked much more vulnerable at 125-6.

The left-arm spin of Glen Drake kept the scoring at bay as he tied up one end while Rooney continued to attack at the other end and before too long Southland were all out for 156 with Rooney picking up his first Hawke Cup 5 wicket bag taking 5-52 while Drake was rewarded with 3-34 from his 16 overs.

With only a 37 run deficit the South Canterbury openers Will Sharp and Caleb Donaldson then had to negotiate a tricky 23 minute period until stumps which they managed finishing 10-0 overnight.
Sunday dawned another fine day and now South Canterbury had to fight back and try and set a target, but with enough time to dismiss Southland a second time if they wanted to gain any points.
The openers added 28 for the first wicket before Sharp was out for 16 edging a ball to first slip after just starting to play some great shots.

Chris Hogan and Jake Naylor didn’t hang around long as SC slipped to 64-3.

However Donaldson who was batting much more confidently after the first day’s experience was then joined by Glen Drake and the pair set about building the innings.

Donaldson brought up his maiden Hawke Cup 50 before succumbing to the spin of Mockford gloving a ball down legside that was taken well by the keeper. A tremendous knock in the circumstances finishing on 53 with the total now 122-4 and a lead of 85 runs.

Drake began to show his class as he moved through the gears, dispatching the poor balls (and some good ones) to the boundary adding 32 with Henry Race (10), before being involved in a terrible run out mix-up with George Morgan and out for 63 off just 61 balls with the SC score 159-6.

The tail wagged a little with Daniel Campbell 17 and Mark Otley last out for 11 helping the team to 205 and leaving Southland a target of 169 for victory at less than 3 runs an over.
Rooney continued his great match picking up the Southland captain when they only had 4 on the board.

Domigan and Thomas then had a 50 run partnership before another debutant, Taine Cordell-Hull removed the dangerman Domigan bowled for just 20.

Donaldson was given an over of his leggies before the tea break but the Wasp would still have been favouring Southland by about 60 – 70% at this stage.

After the return from tea in just the 2nd over after tea (and Donaldson’s 2nd over he removed the opener Skelt for 43 and the new batsmen 3 balls later.

Rooney got in on the act getting Cooke to knick one to the keeper and then when Donaldson picked up his 3rd wicket removing Culhane for 8 Southland suddenly looked very vulnerable at 88-6 and only halfway to a win.

The South Canterbury boys now had the adrenalin running and the fielding, player support and camaraderie was definitely obvious to all the spectators.

Drake took over from Donaldson who finished with 3-30 and looked to keep a tight rein on the scoring while at the other end Mark Otley was brought back into the attack. Showing the fire and aggression his team needed, and with the wind at his back the ball was coming through quicker than for some seasons, but importantly with great control as he bowled full deliveries round and over the wicket. He picked up an lbw and then the next ball an even better delivery sent the new batsman packing lbw as well and suddenly he was on a hatrick.

Southland avoided the hatrick and over the next couple of overs squirted a few runs here and there but in the end Otley had the last say bowling the No 8 who was becoming a menace and then having the No 10 caught by Drake to rip the tail to shreds finishing with 4-24 from his 10.4 overs and importantly securing the amazing comeback from behind outright victory for South Canterbury to move them from last to second on 12 points (behind Southland on 16) at the halfway stage of this season’s Zone 4 Hawke Cup.

It was a pretty good night of bonding and amazing atmosphere in the changing rooms after the win and great debuts for Caleb and Taine, while Shaun Rooney now leads the Hawke Cup bowling table with 14 wickets and Mark Otley has moved into second with 10.

Its not many occasions that South Canterbury beat Southland outright so well done to the whole team and coach Ants de Joux.

Next up it is Mid Canterbury in Ashburton on January 16th & 17th so all the best for the Xmas break and festive season and we look forward to the two matches in January.
Full scorecard here

South Canterbury lose on first innings to North Otago.

The two day Hawke Cup battle with North Otago was a battle both on and off the field due to the weather over two days.
After being asked to bowl first the bowlers can walk away with heads held high with Shaun Rooney taking 4-40 and 3-34 on debut.
However the batting was another story and while fellow debutant Henry Race only scored 16 and 1no, his 16 was third top score in the first innings.
SC were in trouble at 55-6 overnight after North Otago scored 156 and had hopes that the long tail would get them close but it didn’t play out that way.
Battling to combat the swinging ball SC were all out for 95, and ended up having to bat to save the game and avoid an outright late into Sunday night. Its easiest to describe by looking at the scoresheets below.
Hawke Cup – South Canterbury v North Otago – Aorangi Oval
NO 156 & 191/7 dec, SC 95 & 37/4

South Canterbury Yr 8 Team to Attend SIPST Selected

The following players have been selected to represent the South Canterbury Cricket Association at the 2021 South Island Primary Tournament to be held in Rangiora and hosted by the Canterbury Country Cricket Association.

Flynn Brookland (c) (Celtic), Jacob Gilkison (vc) (Waihi), Lachlan Buckingham (Pleasant Point), Billy McKerrow (Celtic), Luke O’Connor (Pleasant Point), Alex Eastmead (Pleasant Point), Connor Howes (Waihi), Austin Gabites (Celtic), Jack Parry (Celtic), Harry Miller (Geraldine), Ben Allen (Celtic), Alex Steele (Temuka).
Non-travelling reserve: Lachlan Fisher (Pleasant Point)

Coach: Roger Buckingham

Phone: 0212216600

Assistant Coach: Kris Howes

Manager: Adele O’Connor

Phone: 027 6858 936

SIPST Team 2021


South Canterbury Hawke Cup XI to play North Otago Selected

The following players have been selected for the first Hawke Cup Elimination match on December 5th & 6th 2020 to be played against North Otago at Aorangi Oval.

Daniel Campbell (Star), Glen Drake (Temuka), Chris Hogan (Star), Brad Leonard (Timaru), Phil Lill (Temuka), George Morgan (Temuka), Jacob Naylor (C) (Celtic), Mark Otley (Pleasant Point), Henry Race (Pleasant Point), Shaun Rooney (Temuka), William Sharp (Pleasant Point).

COACH: Ants de Joux
SCORER: Steph Drake

Play starts at 10.30am

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