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Tender for Groundsman Position

VacancyA vacancy will shortly exist for a Cricket Groundsman at Aorangi Oval beginning August 1st 2018. 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 and a job description by contacting the office telephone 03 686 3377 or emailing

Tenders close June 10th 2018.


South Canterbury Cricket Prizegiving Awards 2017-2018 Season

The Awards night was held at sponsor DB Brewery’s hospitality area with MC for the night Julian Blanchard.

Those attending were welcomed by the Chairman of the South Canterbury Cricket Association Board, David Fisher and among those attending were life members Chris Galwey and John Davies as well as Simon Hill the General Manager of Community Cricket for Canterbury and Eugene Sanders the Canterbury Cricket Umpires Match Official & Operations Coordinator.

During the evening Julian interviewed local umpire John Bromley who had returned that day from a NZ Umpire Exchange to South Africa where he umpired in two first class matches at The Wanderers and also at Pretoria. He was also based in South Africa while the Australian “ball tampering” incident was taking place. As such Julian utilised this when he had three senior clubs compete against each other to change the condition of a ball, which John was asked to judge. While the man with 41 first class games under his belt, Dinesh de Silva won for Temuka, it was re-iterated that SC Cricket do not condone this, rather it was for some entertainment in the evening!

The top award of “South Canterbury Cricket Personality of the Year” deservedly went to Bevan Guthrie who represented NZ this year in the over 60,s team, but does much more, and to keep an umpiring theme it seems Les Elliott took out “Administrator of the Year”.

At youth level Ben Davenport justifiably took out the supreme award, the Graeme Blanchard Memorial Trophy.

Below are some photos from the evening and below that the full list of award recipients.

Individual Awards

WARNER CUP for Outstanding schoolboy cricketer of the year (JAB):

Toby Clemett – Club – 437 runs @ 33.62, 15 wickets @ 13.93 and 6 catches. At SIPS tournament in Nelson, he scored 128 runs at 42.67 with a high score of 91. He also captained his club and provincial teams.

THRELKELD TROPHY: Outstanding Player at year 5 & 6 Tournament

Jed McKerrow – 50 runs at 16.67, 4 wickets at 7.25 and 2 catches.

L NIXON CUP Outstanding South Canterbury player at the South Island schoolboy’s tournament:

Fletcher Rhodes 

GALWEY TROPHY: Outstanding Player Year 5 & 6 Season

Jed McKerrow

SCCA Cup Best Player at Primary Yr 7 Tournament:

Jackson Smith – 9 wkts at 8.11 with a best of 5 for 3 runs. Also scored 21 runs at 7

NIXON TROPHY for Best Fourth Grade player:

Toby Scannell – scored 540 runs at 25 including two centuries

EDDIE McEWEN MEMORIAL TROPHY for the Best Player Under 15 Years.

Caleb Donaldson. Runs: 688, Average: 34.4, Wickets: 23 @ 9.5

MOA PUBLICATIONS CUP – Best Player at Under 17 Tournament

William Sharp 95 runs @ 31.66 and 6 wkts at 21.83 and captained side very well.

Selected for Canterbury tri-series.

LJ GRANT TROPHY Young Player of the year:

Ben Davenport – has scored 953 runs in all forms of cricket this season, including 2 x 100’s (136 off  82 balls and 116 off c 84 balls) and 6 x 50’s inc 59 n.o off 42 balls for Canty Development tri-series team.

Has played Roncalli 1st XI, U17 Canty Development Tri-Series U17, Sth Canty U17 (vice captain) and Sth Canty Senior Club Cricket this season.

ROCKDALE KIA ORA TROPHY for Best Cricketer Under 21:

Sean Wills – took 4-40 in debut game for SC against Chch Metro. During senior season scored 364 runs from 11 innings at average of 45.5, including a century and two fifties, one an excellent 89 in the final. He also took 19 senior wickets at 10.05 for a great season and deserving U21 trophy recipient.

REX BOWDEN CUP for Best Cricketer Under 23:

Glen Drake – scored 272 rep runs @ 30.22 including a fifty and his maiden Hawke Cup century (114 v Otago Country). Also as well as captaining his Temuka Club in an unprecedented club season, winning all round robin matches he scored 441 runs at 40.09 including 5 fifties and led the bowling taking 38 wickets from 103.1 overs at an average of 9.03 with an economy rate of 3.32. His best bowling was 6 wickets for 4 runs in the 20/20 final. 713 runs total for season.

WARD CUP for Best Player in all other grades other than Senior

Paul Coles – Second grade for Temuka scored 567 runs at 56.7 average including 2 hundreds and 2 fifties. He hit 56 fours and 35 sixes in the season. As well this year he kept wicket taking 13 catches and 5 stumpings.

WILLIAMS CUP for Bowler of the Year:

Sam Carlaw 55 (39 club and 16 rep) including two hatricks, a club one against Temuka and a Hawke Cup hatrick against Mid Canterbury.

SCCA Plaque – Senior Batsman of the Year:

Adam Beck 595 runs at 35 average for Pleasant Point Senior.

JIM DAVIES CUP for Best Single senior performance or representative season:

Dinesh de Silva in the 2nd innings of the Hawke Cup match against Otago Country he took 8-31 ripping the heart out of their resistance leading to a comfortable outright victory by SC.

PHIL D’AUVERGNE TROPHY for player who contributed most on and off the field for the senior rep team: Chosen by Coach and players.

Glen Drake.

Ernie Aitchieson Fair Play award on and off the field for youth cricketer:

Lleyton Phillips – Lleyton has a great attitude both on and off the field, he trains hard and is always seeking advice on his performance from his coaches. He is always willing to help out at practices and pre match warm-ups and is polite and well mannered. He plays the game with a smile on his face and respects his fellow players and officials. He is a very deserving winner of this award.

SCCUA GRAEME LOWRIE SPIRIT OF CRICKET AWARD for the senior cricketer who epitomizes the way the game should be played: Decided by Umpires

Josh Smallridge for sportsmanship – In a senior one day match between Timaru and Celtic played at Anzac Square there was an appeal for lbw. The umpire believed the ball had clipped the pad on the way through and gave the Celtic batsman Dan Laming out leg before wicket. The Timaru players gathered together while Laming departed and then the Timaru captain, Josh Smallridge said to the umpires “I would like to withdraw our appeal as we believe that Dan hit the ball”.

The umpires called out to Laming, halfway to the boundary and explained that the appeal had been withdrawn and he may continue his innings.

SOUTH CANTERBURY SUPPORTERS CLUB TROPHY – To player/Umpire/Administrator who contributes most on or off the field:

Les Elliott – Les has been the umpire coordinator for a few seasons now since moving with his family to Timaru. As well as umpiring himself, Les makes all the appointments for Saturdays, Sunday rep matches, helps with inter-school appointments, as well as running fortnightly meetings for the umpires where they go over points of law, problems, issues arising and various other aspects involving umpiring and scoring.

Les is always approachable, enjoys a “generally good camaraderie” with the players, and importantly is always punctual and willing to help SC Cricket in any way he can. A lot of work goes into training, scheduling and appointments, and Les is a worthy winner of the Supporters Club Trophy this year.

ALLAN EDGINTON TROPHY for Sports Personality of the year:

Bevan Guthrie – This year Bevan represented New Zealand in the over 60 team and reached the final of their tournament in Australia after being selected following a great inter-provincial tournament where he finished 4th in the batting stats. At the tournament, batsmen had to retire at 35, a feature Bevan achieved twice against Central Districts and Auckland, while he also scored a 34 against champions Canterbury. All up Bevan scored 110 runs across four innings, giving him an average of 55.

Bevan still plays Second Grade A cricket and is still scoring fifties and taking wickets, but when there is no game he doesn’t rest but contributes as an umpire, he umpired at 12 local matches and an interprovincial women’s match between Otago and Canterbury this season, and stood every day at the week-long U17 tournament as well as both days at Finals this past weekend.

Bevan’s impact on the game locally is best said here, as I quote;

Bevan deserves this award due to having seen him over the last 10 years or so playing for a number of teams and helping them along and also if not playing, umpiring club and rep cricket matches which always gave you a feeling of confidence the right call would usually be made with Bevan there and therefore lifting the enjoyment for all players.”


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.

Ben Davenport – Scored 953 runs in all forms of cricket this season, included 2 centuries. Ben always gives 100% in effort and attitude – a quiet lad who leads by example, is always well mannered and friendly. Ben works hard on his game and impressed at the Canterbury U17 Tri series tournament in January. He is focused on selection for the Canterbury U17 team next season. Ben has had a tremendous season and has made some big runs for club and province. His drive and dedication are very evident when he steps onto the field, but he also has a great attitude and is well respected by his peers. A very worthy recipient of this prestigious award.

Team Awards

  • NZ Cricket YR 7 & 8 Boys Cup – SC Tournament Winner: Waihi
  • NZ Cricket YR 7 & 8 Girls Shield – SC Tournament Winner: Pleasant Point
  • Saturday Morning A Grade 1 Day Competition: Waihi
  • Saturday Morning B Grade: Waimate                                           
  • Pareora Trophy WINNER 2nd Grade c: Waimate
  • Cox Cup Winner 2nd Grade B: Timaru
  • Winner 2nd Grade B T20: Timaru
  • CCA Shield for 2nd Grade A Twenty20 Competition:  Celtic No Stars
  • SCCA Trophy Winner Senior Reserve/Second Grade A: Celtic No Stars
  • Woolworths Cup Runner Up in One Day Competition: Pleasant Point
  • SCCA TROPHY Cup: Modified One Day Format Winner: Pleasant Point
  • DAILY FREIGHT WAYS One Day Trophy: Temuka
  • SC CRICKET SHIELD 20-20: Temuka
  • Ron Biggar Memorial South Canterbury

South Canterbury U15 Boys Rep team to play North Otago announced

The following South Canterbury U15 team has been announced to play North Otago U15, in Oamaru on Sunday 18th March.

Reece Burtenshaw, Toby Clemett, Ben Johnston, George Kerr, Ross McCulloch, Harper McKerrow, Jock Rollinson, Fletcher Rhodes, Harry Schmack, Flynn Smith, Logan Sowden, Naveen Sridhar.

The ground is at Centennial Park (as you drive in) it is the first on the left, beside hockey turf. See map below. It is a grass wicket.

It is a 10.30am start, please assemble at the ground at 9.30am approx. We are using a red ball so please bring your whites.

Please bring a white shirt, white long pants, own gear, lunch, drink bottle, hat & sunscreen.

If anyone is unavailable, please call coach Nigel Clemett on 021 480881.

Map to ground below

South Canterbury U17 Boys XI to play North Otago named

The following team has been selected to play North Otago at Weston Park, Oamaru on Sunday the 18th of March.

Ben Cosgriff, George Copland, Will Davenport, Caleb Donaldson, Patrick Goodwin, Lachie Hyde, Flynn Linton, Balkrishna Uniyal, Ben Ward and Jayden Williams. 1 to be added.

Meet at 9.30am for a 10.30 start. Red ball so please bring your whites.

Map to ground below

South Canterbury U17 Boys Training Squad announced

The following boys have been selected for the South Canterbury U17 Boys Training Squad for 2018.

All players to meet at the GB Indoor Cricket Centre for training at 5.30pm Thursday the 8th of March.

Ben Davenport, Lleyton Phillips, Ben Cosgriff, George Copland, Toby Scannell, Hayden Kerr, Caleb Donaldson, Liam Andrews, Jayden Williams, Nick Goodwin, McGregor Isbister, Taine Cordell_Hull, Patrick Goodwin, Lachie Hyde and Balkrishna Uniyal.

Anyone unavailable please contact David Fisher on 021 840 039.

South Canterbury JAB teams to play Dunedin announced

The following teams have been selected to play against Dunedin in Dunedin this weekend.

Boys need to bring their playing kit, white long pants, lunch, water bottle and sunscreen. SC Cricket will supply white playing shirts.

If the weather is looking dodgy, please check the SC Cricket website for the cancellation. We will aim to have it up there by Sun 7.30am at the latest. Alternatively, you can call or text Shane Gilkison.

Primary A – Yr 8

Dunedin this Sunday 4th March. 40 over match. 9 a side.

Tom Allan, Lachie Munro, Jordy Sew Hoy, Henry Scott, Mitchell Suddaby, Kade Macmillan, Hugh Saunders, Jackson Weir, Jackson Smith, Sam Lambie.

The match on Sunday will be played at the Gardens Ground, Dunedin. Easy to find on google maps. It is at the bottom of SH1 as you come into Dunedin. See link below.

It is an artificial so no spikes please. It is an 11am start, please aim to be at the ground by 10.15am.

If anyone is unavailable, please let either Gilky or Jaime Linton know.

Primary Yr 7

The following team will play in Dunedin this Sunday 4th March.

Jack Browning, Harry Elliotte, Swastik Sharma, Bailey Campbell, Jed McKerrow, Hamish Caird, Logan Peck, Matai Sheed, Jacob Suddaby, Ben Blakemore.

The match on Sunday will be played at Bayfield Park, Dunedin. Easy to find on google maps. It is an artificial so no spikes please. It is an 11am start, please aim to be at the ground by 10.15am.

If anyone is unavailable, please let either Gilky or Tim Sowden know.

Primary Yr 6

The following team will play in Dunedin this Sunday 4th March.

Jack Parry, Alex Steele, Alex Eastmead, Rueben McKeown, Cayden Marshall, Flynn Brookland, Billy McKerrow, Connor Howes, Jacob Gilkison, Riley Lennox.

The 3 boys (Harry, Sonny & Ethan) not playing this week will all play at Geraldine on 18th March.

The match on Sunday will be played at Bayfield Park, Dunedin. Easy to find on google maps. It is an artificial so no spikes please. It is an 11am start, please aim to be at the ground by 10.15am.

If anyone is unavailable, please let either Gilky or Grant Brookland know.


South Canterbury U16 side to play Mid Canterbury announced

The following boys have been selected in a South Canterbury team (part of the trials for SC Under 15 and 17 sides) to take on Mid Canterbury at Geraldine on Sunday the 4th of March.

Fletcher Rhodes, Flynn Smith, Ross McCulloch, Toby Clemett, Jarrod Phillips, Ben Cosgriff, George Kerr, Flynn Linton, Lucas Histen, Patrick Goodwin, Reece Burtenshaw, and Harper McKerrow.

If anyone is unavailable please let David Fisher know 021 840 039

Ground Changes for Weekend Cricket

Saturday Cricket Ground Changes – Important

Due to the rain and inability to work on Council grounds during the last week, our groundsmen are only able to prepare some pitches for suitability to play on Saturday.

As such this has necessitated changes to almost every game this weekend, so please read the revised draw below and inform your players, coaches and managers accordingly.

While we have made our best effort to have all games played, in some cases there may still be damper areas in the outfield. We suggest bringing the boundary in slightly if applicable, or at minimum making all players aware of these areas, but importantly we want to get on with cricket!

View the revised draws below, or download from here

Senior 45/45, 12.30pm
Star v Timaru, MVHS 1
Celtic v Pleasant Point, CSG 1

Second Grade A
Celtic No Stars v Star, School Park 1 (artificial), 1.00pm
Final – Sunday 25th
Geraldine v winner semi-final, Aorangi Oval, 12.00pm

Second Grade B T20 – 1.00pm
Waimate v Timaru, Waimate High School (artificial)
Star v Old Boys, Ashbury 3 (artificial)

Colts Grade – 1.00pm
Roncalli 2nd XI v TBHS Colts Blue, Anzac Square (artificial)
Geraldine v TBHS Colts Rectors XI, Geraldine Oval
TBHS Colts White v TBHS Colts Fairlie, School Park 2(artificial)

Saturday Morning JAB

JAB A Grade – 8.45am

Geraldine v Pleasant Point, Woodbury Domain (artificial)
Waimate v Celtic, Centennial School, Waimate (artificial)

JAB B1 Grade – 9.00am

Pleasant Point Thunder v Geraldine, Opihi College (artificial)
Celtic Titans v Timaru, Anzac Square (artificial)
Celtic Jets v Celtic Saints, St Andrews (artificial)
Pleasant Point Volts (win by default)

JAB B2 Grade

Geraldine v Temuka, Geraldine Oval, 9.00am
Timaru v Pleasant Point Nightriders, Ashbury 3 (artificial), 9.00am
Pleasant Point Heat v Pleasant Point Tekapo, Pleasant Point 2 (artificial), 9.30am
Waimate BYE

JAB Rep Squads Selected

Year 8

The following squad has been selected to represent South Canterbury Year 8 cricket team in 3 representative matches in February and March 2018.

Eli Kerse, George Macleod, George Powell, Henry Scott, Hugh Saunders, Jackson Smith, Jackson Weir, Jordan Sew Hoy, Kade Macmillan, Lachie Munro, Luke Slee, Mitchell Suddaby, Oliver Linton, Sam Lambie, Scott Robertson, Tom Allan.

There is a match this coming Sunday 25th February vs North Otago at Oamaru, 10.30am start.
The team (10 players) for the North Otago match is as follows:-

Eli Kerse, George Macleod, George Powell, Henry Scott, Kade Macmillan, Lachie Munro, Luke Slee, Mitchell Suddaby, Oliver Linton, Scott Robertson

If anyone is unavailable for this match, please contact the coach Jaime Linton on 027 5982739 or email

All players in the squad will get at least 1 match each over the next 3 matches.

Year 7

The following squad has been selected to represent South Canterbury Year 7 cricket team in 3 representative matches in February and March 2018.

Bailey Campbell, Ben Blakemore, Hamish Caird, Harry Elliotte, Jack Browning, Jacob Suddaby, Jed McKerrow, Jonty Sowden, Logan Peck, Mac Kelliher, Matai Sheed, Oskar Grant, Swastik Sharma.

There is a match this coming Sunday 25th February vs North Otago at Oamaru, 10.30am start.
If anyone is unavailable for this match, please contact Shane Gilkison on 021 02313118 or email
The team (10 players) for the North Otago match will be selected once any unavailability is known.
All players in the squad will get at least 1 match each over the next 3 matches.

Year 6

The following team has been selected to represent South Canterbury Year 6 cricket team in a match this coming Sunday 25th February vs North Otago at Oamaru, 10.30am start.

Alex Steele, Billy McKerrow, Connor Howes, Ethan Taylor, Flynn Brookland, Harry Miller, Jack Parry, Jacob Gilkison, Riley Lennox, Sonny Hamilton.

If anyone is unavailable for this match, please contact coach Grant Brookland on 021 1340736 or email

Colts Grade Rules


  • 11 players aside
  • 40 overs aside
  • Max of two adults per team
  • Only one adult may bat in top 5 of batting order
  • A maximum of 10 overs can be bowled by the two adults combined
  • 1 adult may only bowl 8 overs
  • Adult batsmen must retire out at 50
  • When batting all players must wear an approved helmet
  • When standing up close to the wicket, all wicketkeepers should wear a helmet
  • No bowler may bowl more than 8 of the allocated 40 overs, or in a restricted match one-fifth of the allocated overs.
  • All players should have the opportunity to bat. Batsmen should retire when they have reached a reasonable score to enable their team-mates to bat.
  • Where not listed here normal Laws of Cricket prevail

Temuka Win Senior T20 Final

Temuka Senior - Winners South Canterbury T20 competition 2017/18

Temuka Senior – Winners South Canterbury Senior T20 competition 2017/18

Back L to R: Jamie Trezise, Hayden Broker, Nathan Sew Hoy, Henry Timm, Hayden Shaw, Glen Drake (c), Dinesh de Silva, Dillon Lees, Warren Morgan. Front L to P: Shaun Rooney, Josh Rooney, Willie Stone, Phil Lill.

Temuka won their first senior trophy in 20 years, comprehensively beating Timaru in a one sided affair, after it seemed Timaru played their big game in the semi the week before.

Batting first, a run out off the first ball by opening bowler Dinesh de Silva, following through to pick up the ball, then turn to throw down the stumps at the bowler’s end set the tone for what was to follow. Captain Glen Drake then took 6 wickets for just 4 runs off 4 overs as Timaru were dismissed for 40.

Naffa Sew Hoy 24 no off 11 balls and Willie Stone 16 no saw Temuka to victory in just 4.4 overs to win.

Click here to view Senior T20 Final 2017-18 Scorecard


This Week’s Cricket Draws

Below are this week’s cricket draws. Please check as are not in paper.

Thursday 15th Feb, Senior T20 Final, 5.30pm

Temuka v Timaru

Friday 16th Feb
JAB C Grade 3.45pm

Temuka v Waihi Patriots, Opihi College Artificial
Timaru v Geraldine Red, Ashbury 4
Pleasant Point Daredevils v Geraldine Black, Pleasant Point Artificial
Pleasant Point Scorchers v Celtic Firebirds, Pleasant Point Grass 2
Celtic Lions v Celtic Nuggets, CSG 1

Friday Bash 3.45pm

Timaru Bash v Star Junior Bash, Ashbury 3 (artificial)
Pleasant Point Smash v Geraldine, Pleasant Point Grass 3
Temuka Black BYE

Saturday 17th Feb
JAB Morning Grades

JAB A Grade 8.45am start

Pleasant Point v Celtic, Pleasant Point Grass 1
Waimate v Waihi Wizards, Knottingley Park
Waihi Kings v Waihi Stags, Waihi 1
Geraldine BYE

JAB B1 Grade 9.00am

Timaru v Celtic Jets, Ashbury 3 (artificial)
Celtic Saints v Celtic Titans, CSG 2
Geraldine v Pleasant Point Volts, Geraldine Oval
Waihi Aces v Pleasant Point Thunder, Waihi 2 Artificial
Waihi Knights v Waihi Volts, Waihi 3 Grass

JAB B2 Grade

Pleasant Point Nightriders v Geraldine Red, Pleasant Point Grass 2
Temuka v Waimate, Temuka Oval
Pleasant Point Tekapo v Timaru, Strathconan Park, Fairlie
Pleasant Point Heat BYE

Saturday Afternoon
Senior 45/45

Timaru v Pleasant Point, Ashbury 4
Temuka v Star, Temuka Oval
Celtic BYE

Second Grade A 1.00pm

Geraldine v Pleasant Point, Geraldine Oval
Celtic All Stars v Roncalli 1st XI, CSG 2
Celtic No Stars v Temuka, CSG 1
Star BYE

Second Grade B T20, 1.00pm

Queens Hotel Timaru v Star, Ashbury 3 (artificial)
Waimate v Old Boys, Waimate High School Artificial

Colts Grade 1.00pm

TBHS Colts Rectors XI v Roncalli 2nd X, School Park 2
TBHS Colts Blue v TBHS Colts White, School Park 1
Geraldine v TBHS Colts Fairlie, Geraldine 1

Monday 19th
Women’s Smash 5.30pm

Draw to be advised as we now have 8 teams !!

Southland vs Sth Canty Hawke Cup Review

By Logan Savory
Harsh Visavadiya fell agonisingly short of joining a very rare Southland cricketing club on Saturday. However, it would be wrong to paint his deeds at Queens Park with a brush tainted with disappointment.
Visavadiya’s golden summer with the bat continued in Southland’s third Hawke Cup fixture of the season against South Canterbury.
Heading into the weekend Visavadiya had produced three half centuries in as many innings for Southland and on Saturday he yet again delivered.
He racked up 199 and had the scattering of onlookers at Queens Park hanging on his every shot.
That was before cruelly the right-hand batsman was caught behind with a bottom edge when Visavadiya attempted to cut a wide delivery to bring up a double century.
Had he scored that one run required he would have joined Robert ‘Jumbo’ Anderson, Rodney Tait, and Ryan Myer as batsmen to score 200 for Southland in a Hawke Cup fixture.
Anderson scored a remarkable three Hawke Cup double hundreds during his career, including Southland’s highest ever score of 255 against Ashburton County in Invercargill in 1977.
Tait scored his double hundred against North Otago in 1988 while Myer was the last to reach the milestone scoring 206 not out against South Canterbury in Timaru in 2013.
Milestones aside, Visavadiya’s innings will still go down in Southland cricketing folklore as he struck 22 fours and seven sixes.
He brought up his 50 from 50 balls, his century came from 130 balls, he passed 150 with 171 balls at the crease and then fell for 199 after a 211-ball stay.
His knock provided the backbone to Southland’s impressive first innings total of 367 for eight before they declared late on day one on Saturday.
Handy support acts came from Venkat Kotte (48) and skipper Shaun Fitzgibbon (58).
It left South Canterbury with a tricky 17 overs to negate before stumps and Jason Osborne was able to make inroads with the new ball.
He picked up two wickets to have South Canterbury 18-2 at stumps.
As just as cruel as Visavavida’s edge on 199 was the rain for Southland on Sunday.
Outright points looked likely but with South Canterbury at 63-3 rain started to fall forcing a break.
They returned to the field but again the rain fell this time stopping play at 105-5.
At 5.10pm, and with close to 30 overs still available in the day, the teams returned yet again and Southland pounced to ensure they did get first innings points out of the game.
Ben Lockrose and Jacob Duffy picked up a wicket each to reduce South Canterbury to 107-7 before that man Visavadiya delivered again – this time the ball.
Fitzgibbon threw Visavadiya the ball and with his first two balls the wrist spinner picked up two wickets and South Canterbury were all of a sudden nine down.
The last pair of Phil Lill and Craig Hinton sent some nerves into the Southland camp with stubborn 16 over partnership which almost denied the home team first innings points.
However teenage spinner Lockrose trapped Hinton in front LBW to pick up the final wicket needed and the first innings points.
South Canterbury were bowled out for 166.
Southland now has an almost winner-takes-all showdown with North Otago in Oamaru this weekend in what is the two teams final Southern Zone fixture.
North Otago picked up maximum points on Saturday beating Mid Canterbury by an innings inside day one of the game.
A first innings or outright win for Southland, without North Otago scoring any points in Oamaru, would book Southland a Hawke Cup challenge.
First Innings
H Skelt c Matthews b de Silva 19
J Ng c Lill b de Silva 9
V Kotte c Lill b Mair 48
H Visavadiya c Lill b Mair 199
S Fitzgibbon c Matthews b Mair 58
A Singh c Watson b de Silva 6
J Osborne lbw de Silva 9
J Domigan not out 3
A Tait b Mair 1
Extras (b 2, lb 7, wd 2, nb 4) 15
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets declared, 88.1 overs) 367
Fall: 1-14 (Ng, 5.4), 2-42 (Skelt, 13.4), 3-172 (Kotte, 51.2), 4-320 (Visavadiya, 82.6), 5-349 (A Singh, 85.2), 6-358 (Fitzgibbon, 86.2), 7-366 (Osborne, 87.5), 8-367 (Tait, 88.1)
S Mair 24.1-4-103-4,
J de Silva 23-3-92-4,
B Watson 7-1-44-0,
C Hinton 11-0-55-0,
S Carlaw 23-5-64-0.
First Innings
G Morgan c Ng b Osborne 0
S Carlaw b Tait 23
L Beck c Singh b Osborne 2
G Drake c Singh b Duffy 23
J Smallridge lbw b Duffy 7
G Matthews b Duffy 32
J de Silva c Visavadiya b Lockrose 3
P Lill not out 40
B Watson c Tait b Visavadiya 8
S Mair b Visavadiya 0
C Hinton lbw Lockrose 6
Extras (b 3, lb 6, wd 2, nb 11) 22
TOTAL: (for 10 wickets, 65.5 overs) 166
Fall: 1-2 (Morgan, 3.2), 2-4 (Beck, 5.3), 3-43 (Drake, 22.3), 4-64 (Carlaw, 29.4), 5-83 (Smallridge, 34.5), 6-107 (Matthews, 40.5), 7-107 (de Silva, 41.1), 8-140 (Watson, 49.1), 9-140 (Mair, 49.2), 10-166 (Hinton, 65.5)
J Duffy 27-5-65-3,
J Osborne 14-7-35-2,
B Lockrose 9.5-7-17-2,
J Domigan 5-2-10-0,
A Tait 6-2-21-1,
H Visavadiya 4-2-9-2

Representative Coaches and Managers Required

Cricket Coach

Positions as representative coaches or managers are required for all representative teams from JAB to Senior for the coming year. This includes Primary A, Primary Development, Primary Yr 6, U15 Boys and U17 Boys.

We are looking for a minimum of two coaches and a manager for each team. You may let us know individually or as a group of your interest in any of these positions.

Please indicate your interest by email to

or call Mark at the cricket office on 6863377 or 027 2698654

Applications close February 11th 2018

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