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SC Yr 5&6 Team to Play North Otago

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoThe following boys have been named in the South Canterbury Yr 5 & 6 Representative team to play against North Otago in Oamaru this Sunday, February 22nd.

The game is being played at St Kevin’s at 10.30 so it would be good if everyone was there by 10.00. Bring lunch, own water bottle and sunscreen and white shirts and playing gear.
1. Toby Clement, Kade McMillan, Eli Kerse, George Powell, Lucas Histen, Henry Scott, Nic Edmond, Oliver Linton, Nick Webb, Logan Sowden, Jordan Sew Hoy, Scott Robertson.
Liam Simpson, Fletcher Rhodes, Lachie Munroe will be on standby and will start next week.
Coach: Haden Powell
Phone: 0212596059
Manager: Mark Webb
Ph: 0274 872 028

Notice to JAB Primary Rep Teams Playing North Otago this Sunday

The Primary A, Primary Development (Yr 7) and Primary Yr 5 & 6 teams who have been chosen to play against North Otago in Oamaru this Sunday 22nd February are asked to assemble at 10.00am for a 10.30am start at the following grounds.

Primary A – White Stone Contracting Stadium (formerly Centennial Park)

Primary Development (Yr 7) – White Stone Contracting Stadium Outer Oval (formerly Centennial Park)

Primary Yr 5 & 6 – St Kevins College.


Map below of pitches. Gate to St Kevins next to Whitestone Contracting, else easily accessible via Redcastle Rd.

Celtic make it five Placemakers Twenty20 titles in a row

Placemakers T20 Final 2014-15 Season

ROAD TO VICTORY: Celtic batsman Glenn Matthews prepares to play a shot during the final of the South Canterbury Twenty 20 cricket competition held at Aorangi. Wicketkeeper Tim Mackle watches on.

Celtic’s incredible run of Twenty20 success continues, outclassing Timaru by 48 runs in last night’s club cricket final.

Celtic have not lost a Twenty20 final since the competition’s inception five years ago and went into the final unbeaten this season too.

The defending champions won the toss in abysmal conditions at Aorangi and set about amassing a big total.

Boundary-hitting was the order of the day early on, the first single coming off the bat of William Wright when the score was 20.

Wright was seeing it well and lifted Dwayne Richardson and Zane Sanders onto the banks as Timaru’s tactic of using five different bowlers in the power play backfired.

After a good opening stand Matthews was eventually stumped off the bowling of Prabodha Arthavidu for 29.

Wright responded to his partner’s dismissal by opening his shoulders even more, playing some brutish strokes as he brought up his 50 in the 11th over.

Tim Butler snuck a slower ball through Wright in the next over as Timaru tried to put the squeeze on.

A man in the reasonably sized crowd – given the wind and persistent drizzle – took a prize-winning catch off a Sam Carlaw six as Celtic pushed on.

Sanders had his opposite, Carlaw, stumped for 35 in the 17th over and then trapped Jacob Naylor lbw for a duck.

Timaru were lively in the field but did themselves no favours by dropping Dan Laming twice.

Celtic’s best batsman made them pay in the final over of the innings, taking 22 off it including one into the gutters of the Aorangi Pavilion as Celtic posted 183-5.

In response, Timaru’s Hayden Leonard (11) set about knocking off the runs in quick time and nailed a couple in the middle.

But it was at the other end where Timaru’s hopes lay and when Arthavidu nibbled at a Brad Watson delivery and was caught behind for one, Celtic could taste victory.

Watson (1-14) bowled out and at 27-2 after six overs Timaru were well behind the rate.

Sanders and Josh Dick set about building a partnership.

Not even the handle on Dick’s bat snapping could put him off but every dot bowled by Celtic put Timaru further behind.

Laming (0-17) was miserly as the increasing darkness played into Celtic’s hands.

Sanders departed for a run-a-ball 38 in the 17th over.

Dick brought up his 50 with successive sixes but when he departed to Carlaw with the score at 120, the extremely unlikely became impossible.

JAB Junior Rep Squads Chosen for North Otago Matches

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoThe following squads have been chosen after the trials carried out this week for training and matches against North Otago on Sunday February 22nd.

The Junior Development squad (Yr 4, 5, 6) has places still to fill and will be part of our winter training programme. We will advise times for their training programme at a later date.

If you are unable to attend practice please advise David Fisher by phone on 021 840 039, by email to or alternatively contact Mark Medlicott at the cricket office on 6863377, by mobile 027 2698654 or email

Primary A Squad

Training on Wednesday 18th February at 6.00pm at the Graeme Blanchard Indoor Cricket Centre.

Sean Rhodes, Liam Andrews, Luka Foy, George Mulder, Harry Lyon, Harper McKerrow, James Martin, Archie Batchelor, Jack Thomson, Nick Goodwin, McGregor Isbister, Lleyton Phillips, Hayden Kerr.

Primary Development Squad

Training on Tuesday 17th February at 4.00pm at the Graeme Blanchard Indoor Cricket Centre.

Kaleb Small, Thomas Flynn, Jayden Williams, Sam Morrison,  Lachy Hyde, Jarrod Phillips, Harry McLauchlan,  Jamie Fitzgerald, Caleb Donaldson, Sam Guerin, William Snuggs, Taine Cordell-Hull.

Primary Yr 5&6 Squad

Training on Thursday 19th February at 5.00pm at the Graeme Blanchard Indoor Cricket Centre.

Toby Clemett, George Powell, Fletcher Rhodes, Scott Robertson, Nick Webb, Liam Simpson, Lucas Histen, Oliver Linton, Kade Macmillan, Logan Sowden, Eli Kerse,  Henry Scott, Nicholas Edmond, Lachie Munro, Jordon Sew Hoy.

Ducks and Drakes Easter Cricket Tour of Central Otago

2013_EasterTour_DnDWe are writing to invite your Club to ask your players if any are interested in the opportunity to play for the Ducks and Drakes in their annual Tour of Central Otago at Easter.

We play four one day games each Easter, Plamerston at Palmerston, Union Club from Oamaru at Naseby, Ranfurly at Ranfurly and Oturehua at Oturehua. On the Sunday night a formal dinner is held at Ranfurly Hotel (our home for the last 64 consecutive Tours).

The purpose of the Ducks and Drakes Cricket Tour has not changed sinced its conception in 1950, which is to take cricketers for the experience, coaching and mentoring with the aim of assisting them to graduate to higher level cricket such as South Canterbury.

Please respond by 28th February 2015.

Yours faithfully

Bruce Eggleton

(Committee Member Ducks & Drakes)

Home 686 0884

Cell 0274 325 441

Young team play for next season

Ben Watson bowls for SC Senior Men

Ben Watson took five wickets over the course of the weekend as South Canterbury beat Southland outright in their Hawke Cup clash at Aorangi Oval.

South Canterbury’s most in-form batsman says the young team he is carrying has the potential to challenge for the Hawke Cup next year.

Prabodha Arthavidu was the player for a crisis again, scoring 54 and 91, to get South Canterbury home over Southland in a tense low-scoring affair at Aorangi Oval yesterday.

Southland looked the stronger attack and took a first-innings lead of 42.

But after a solid second-innings bowling effort, Arthavidu was rarely troubled as he guided the team to a four-wicket outright win on the final afternoon.

With North Otago already guaranteed top spot in the zone and with it a Hawke Cup Challenge against Manawatu, there was little riding on the final match of the season.

But Arthavidu, who has now scored six half-centuries and one century this Hawke Cup season, said the win was still important for the team going into next year.

“What we have to remember is that apart from a few guys, this is a really young team.

“Most of the guys, myself included, are under 24 but throughout the season we have all shown that we can play at this level.

“If we train hard in the winter and come back with a similar mentality, we can dominate this zone for the next five years.”

One of the older players in the team, Craig Hinton, was welcomed back into the South Canterbury fold with a 13-over spell on the first morning.

He and fellow opener Ben Watson had the visitors 48-5 before half-centuries to Southland keeper Shaun Fitzgibbon and captain Jason Domigan got them past 150.

Hinton finished with 4-48 as Southland were bowled out for 181, a seemingly below-par score on a decent Aorangi deck.

South Canterbury were in trouble early in their first innings and never built a partnership of substance, eventually all out for 139.

Dan Smith was the chief destroyer for Southland with 5-47.

South Canterbury picked up one late on day one and then began the second day the better, Watson nabbing two in two balls.

At 55-5 Southland were becoming frustrated with Jamie Glenn cited by the umpires for complaining about a leg-before decision not going his way.

Fitzgibbon and Domigan again threatened to take the game beyond South Canterbury but a smart runout from Sam Porter broke the partnership and from there it was a matter of time.

Sam Carlaw knocked two pins out of the ground to finish with three wickets as Southland set South Canterbury a total of 188 for victory.

At 2-3 with Willy Stone out leg before, Sam Porter gone for a pair and Jacob Naylor losing his off-stump first ball, it looked a mountain to climb.

But Arthavidu, with help from boundary-filled 30s from Josh Dick (39) and Carlaw (35), was up for the contest and put Southland to the sword in sweltering conditions.

“Losing wickets early has been one of our troubles all year but I think the way we’ve played through it has been great,” Arthavidu said.

“When you are in some sort of pressure, you have to punch back, there’s no point getting bogged down.

“With these guys around me, I know they’re all positive batsmen, so all I have to do is rotate the strike to them and they will do the job.”

Arthavidu hardly hit a ball in anger on his way to 91 and when he did attempt to hit one out of the ground, it was to finish the game.

He charged and was bowled, young Liam Beck finishing what Arthavidu started with William Wright at the other end.


South Canterbury v Southland at Aorangi Oval
Toss won by Southland who chose to bat.
Southland first innings
J Mckenzie b Hinton 13
S Ward b Watson 6
D Smith c Carlaw b Watson 0
S Fitzgibbon+ b Watt 57
J Glenn lbw b Hinton 2
J wadworth c Stone b Hinton 4
J Domigan* c Carlaw b Hinton 51
L McWilliam run out (sub) 7
B Andrews-Kennedy c Porter b Carlaw 28
J Hodson b Carlaw 3
M Gratton not out 0
Extras (b 2, lb 7, nb 1) 10
Total(63.3 overs) 181
Fall of Wicket: 10, 10, 32, 38, 48, 107, 138, 155, 176, 181.
Bowling: C Hinton 21-8-48-4, B Watson 10-0-34-2, L Beck 5-1-19-0, G Watt 11-4-32-1, S Carlaw 16.3-5-39-2.
South Canterbury first innings
W Stone b Andrews-Kennedy 4
S Porter lbw b Andrews-Kennedy 0
P Arthavidu c Ward b Smith 54
J Naylor c Ward b Smith 17
J Dick b Smith 18
S Carlaw c Hodson b Smith 7
W Wright c Wadworth b Smith 0
L Beck b Gratton 24
B Watson b McWilliam 2
C Hinton not out 4
G Watt lbw b Gratton 0
Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 1, nb 2) 9
Total (37.5 overs) 139
Fall of Wicket: 4, 21, 66, 85, 97, 97, 06, 117, 137, 139.
Bowling: J Hodson 9-0-23-0, B Andrews-Kennedy 6-0-33-2, D Smith 11-1-47-5, L McWilliam 10-3-18-1, M Gratton 10-3-18-1, J Mckenzie 1.5-0-10-2
Southland second innings
J Glenn lbw b Hinton 5
J Mckenzie b Watson 3
S Fitzgibbon+ c Dick b Watson 0
J Wadworth run out (Porter) 24
S Ward c Porter b Watson 25
J Domigan* b Carlaw 11
L McWilliam lbw b Watt 27
B Andrews-Kennedy b Carlaw 13
J Hodson not out 16
M Gratton b Carlaw 0
D Smith c Wright b Hinton 11
Extras (b 4, lb 6) 10
Total(42.5 overs) 145
Fall of Wicket: 3, 20, 20, 42, 55, 75, 101, 113, 141, 145.
Bowling: C Hinton 11-3-36-2, B Watson 7-0-42-3, G Watt 11-1-31-1, S Carlaw 13.5-5-26-3.
South Canterbury second innings
W Stone c Fitzgibbon b Hodson 9
S Porter lbw b Andrews-Kennedy 0
P Arthavidu b Gratton 91
J Naylor b Hodson 0
J Dick c Hodson b McWilliam 39
S Carlaw c and b Smith 35
W Wright not out 12
L Beck not out 6
Extras (lb 4, w 2) 6
Total (for 6 wkts, 40 overs) 191
Fall of Wicket: 2, 2, 2, 88, 148, 185.
Bowling: J Hodson 10-1-46-2, B Andrews-Kennedy 10-0-28-1, D Smith 6-0-39-1, L McWilliam 7-0-45-1, M Gratton 6-1-20-1, J Mckenzie 1-0-9-0.
Result: South Canterbury win outright.

Victories boost Timaru and Celtic

Timaru and Celtic go into this Friday’s Twenty20 final full of confidence after both notched wins in the final round of the competition.

Celtic will be favourites to take out the title, particularly after their batting lineup demolished Temuka on Thursday.

They hit 243-7 off 20 overs batting first, as the ball disappeared to all parts at Temuka Oval.

The leather-chasing took its toll on the hosts who folded to be all out for 90 in reply.

It was a different story for Timaru’s batting lineup at Knottingley Park on Saturday as they found themselves 16-5 early on, Jonathan Roguski taking four wickets for Waimate.

A fighting 40 from Zane Sanders lifted Timaru to 124 which turned out to be enough, Waimate limping to 99 all out.

Roncalli/Celtic continued their good form, comfortably beating Star by nine wickets on Thursday night.

Grant Watt knocked over Star’s long tail to end with figures of 4-13 while young keeper Tristran Cooper hit another half-century.

He ended the match 59 not out as Roncalli/Celtic easily chased down Star’s 104.

Timaru and Celtic will each welcome back a host of South Canterbury players for the final after most were missing due to Hawke Cup duty.

The first ball of the final at Aorangi Park will be bowled at 5.30pm on Friday.

Geraldine’s Cosgriff looks a natural talent

Ben Cosgriff

ON SONG: Geraldine 12-year-old Ben Cosgriff’s right-arm mediums were good enough to make him the top wicket-taker at the South Island Primary Schools’ Cricket Tournament.

Trent Boult is his hero, but Geraldine’s Ben Cosgriff has a bowling average even the Black Caps speedster could only dream of.

At the South Island Primary Schools’ Cricket Tournament in Blenheim recently Cosgriff ended up the top wicket-taker at the tournament.

The 12-year-old’s right arm medium pace proved too much for 12 batsmen over five days of games, finishing with an average of just 5.83 runs per wicket and a measly economy rate of 2.13 runs per over.

Cosgriff, who was vice-captain for the eventually second-equal South Canterbury team, said most of his wickets had been either bowled or caught behind.

He does not claim to have a lot of pace, but accuracy, a full length, and a bit of swing and seam had been the key to success on grassy pitches in Blenheim.

“The wickets were actually pretty green. Everything else was dry but the pitches were green.”

A Canterbury team was not selected after the tournament, but Cosgriff was named in the tournament dream team.

The 12-year-old starts Geraldine High School today and also plans to continue playing for Geraldine’s A grade team.

School cricket teams have top tournaments

South Canterbury Primary A Tournament Team 2015

UP FOR THE CUP: The South Canterbury primary school cricket team were in contention to win the South Island tournament in Blenheim. Back row, from left: Hayden Inkster (coach), William Johnston, Lachie Harper, Ben Davenport, Ryan Lewthwaite, Graham Sharp (manager), Nick Goodwin, James Martin, Tom Mcfarlane, William Sharp, Ben Cosgriff, Luka Foy, Jack Thomson, George Copland (inset).

The South Canterbury primary school cricket team produced their best result in more than a decade at the South Island tournament in Blenheim.

The team was in contention for the title most of the week but finished a creditable second equal, 15 runs short of taking the title on the final day.

On the first day against Invercargill Metro batting first, South Canterbury scored 178, with an important last-wicket partnership of 40 between William Johnston and Nick Goodwin proving the difference.

Ben Cosgriff (3-10) and James Martin (2-10), aided by some brilliant fielding, then dismissed Invercargill for 140.

The second day saw South Canterbury beat West Coast outright, dismissing them for 116 and then 40.

William Sharp took seven wickets for the match, Luka Foy six (including a five-wicket bag) and Ben Davenport scored an unbeaten 65 and was well supported by Lachie Harper with 40.

The results lifted South Canterbury to top place on the 14 team table.

A first-innings win over Southland Country saw them stay on top, with Goodwin taking 4-4 and Cosgriff 3-4, as they dismissed them for 32.

South Canterbury then battled through to 116 before trying to force a second outright but this time Southland showed some character and the match finished with them on 56-4.

The fourth day brought a much tougher proposition in Canterbury Country.

South Canterbury scored 138-6 but Canterbury Country’s 150-7 was too good despite Lachie Harper’s all-round performance, top-scoring with 36 and leading the bowlers with 4-17.

The final day match was against Dunedin Metro, who easily beat South Canterbury in the pre-season.

But with the team brimming with confidence, they restricted Dunedin to 189-6 off 51 overs and remained an outside chance of winning the tournament.

The match went right to the wire as leading batsmen Harper (62) and Sharp (72) continued their good week, adding 134 runs for the third wicket.

Once that partnership was broken, wickets began to tumble regularly and when Sharp was eighth out in the 49th over, 20 runs were still needed.

It became a battle of survival, with James Martin and Jack Thomson surviving until stumps to gain a draw.

Another highlight was Cosgriff finishing as the leading bowler at the tournament, taking 12 wickets at an average of 5.83, with an economy rate of 2.13.

Sharp was not far behind, taking 10 wickets and was South Canterbury’s leading batsman with 150 runs.

Year 7 development

South Canterbury Primary Development Yr 7 Tournament team with coach Prabodha Arthavidu and manager Simon Davenport

South Canterbury Primary Development Yr 7 Tournament team with coach Prabodha Arthavidu and manager Simon Davenport

The Year 7 development team won two matches and were unlucky not to add a third victory with a rained-off match to finish sixth out of 10 teams at Mandeville.

South Canterbury traditionally battle at this tournament, only picking up their first win last year.

But this year they beat Christchurch Astle by defending 182-6, led by Jacob Boal.

Boal was the leading bowler at the tournament with nine wickets, two more than the next best of 120 boys.

In their next match, Canterbury Country posted 254 and then dismissed South Canterbury for 66.

Against Nelson on the final day, South Canterbury chased down 129, with several batsmen contributing – especially Shaun Rhones and Cougan Brown, who led the batting all week.

Year 5 and 6

South Canterbury Yr 5 & 6 Rep Cricket team 2015

Back Row. Mark Webb (asst coach), David Fisher (coach), Kevin Scannell (manager). Front row.
Fletcher Rhodes, Ollie Porter, Taine Cordell-Hull, Liam Andrews, Nick Webb, Harper McKerrow, Kaleb Small, Toby Scannell, Jarrod Phillips, Sam Reilly-Sigel, Toby Clemett, Caleb Donaldson.

The Year 5 and 6, 12-aside tournament at Mandeville saw South Canterbury acquit themselves well.

They suffered competitive losses to the top two teams – Canterbury Astle and Canterbury Country – and had comprehensive wins over Canterbury Anderson and Buller to finish third, their best ever result in this grade.

Coach David Fisher said the team were a real credit to South Canterbury cricket, with their commitment and sportsmanship.

The team’s fielding was excellent, led by Liam Andrews, Caleb Donaldson and Ollie Porter.

Ten of the 12 also bowled in every game and showed improvement over the four days.

Batting was probably the biggest challenge.

Andrews was however the pick of the batsmen, scoring 110 runs, and was dismissed only three times while Toby Scannell, Fletcher Rhodes and Harper McKerrow all contributed important runs.

Primary girls

At the South Island tournament in Christchurch the girls took a close-fought win over the Metro development team.

The other highlight was the inclusion of bowler Grace Kelliher in the tournament team. The girls however found Cornwall from Auckland and the top Christchurch side tough going.

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Timaru all out to bring Celtic undone

Connor Farrell

Waimate batsman Connor Farrell hits out on his way to 52 for Waimate in their one-day senior cricket match against Timaru.

Timaru’s season is now in their own hands after they demolished Waimate and Temuka mucked up a gettable chase against Celtic to relinquish second place.

With one round left, the eight-wicket win at Ashbury has put Timaru in the boxseat but things remain delicately poised.

Timaru must now beat all-conquering Celtic in three weeks’ time to guarantee the two will meet again in the final, or else rely on Roncalli/Celtic to upset Temuka at home.

With Timaru and Celtic already confirmed as finalists for the Twenty20 competition, the two teams could see a lot of each other over the next month.

Timaru’s Saturday did not begin so well as Waimate made them work early on, opener Sam Porter taking advantage of some free hits and a fast outfield on his way to 32.

Three wickets for left-arm off-spinner Zane Sanders pulled it back for Timaru before Connor Farrell arrived at the crease.

Farrell counter-attacked his way to 52, an innings that included five sixes and only four singles.

After Farrell tried for the boundary once too often and was dismissed by Josh Smallridge, the Waimate innings folded, losing five wickets for eight runs to be all out for 148.

Timaru lost two wickets early on but once Prabodha Arthavidu (61no) and Josh Dick (57no) got themselves in, the result was never in doubt.

The South Canterbury pair plundered the Waimate attack and reached the target inside 23 overs.

At Mountainview, an impressive maiden century for 18-year-old Liam Beck got Roncalli/Celtic home against Star at Mountainview.

Beck came in at a difficult time early on with Roncalli/Celtic two wickets down with just one run on the board.

He and keeper/batsman Tristram Cooper (41) built a partnership and the runs began to flow.

When Cooper departed Beck found another ally in Ben de Joux.

The two were still together when Cooper dispatched a waist-high no-ball to the boundary to bring up his hundred.

He was finally dismissed for 104 while de Joux kept going to be 31 not out at the end.

Returning fast-bowler Craig Hinton took four wickets for Star as the innings finished at 208-8.

Star then also found themselves at 2-1

Half centuries to Danny Campbell (58) and debutant Russell Thomas (55) put them back in the hunt but they lost six wickets for 23 in an awful middle-order collapse.

The lower order put up a fight but a one-handed catch from Grant Watt – who also took 3-13 with the ball – ended the match with Star 25 short.

A new-look Temuka bowling attack rolled Celtic for 143 at Temuka Oval but a batting collapse left their season on a knife-edge.

Former Canterbury fast bowler and Black Sticks drag-flick king Hayden Shaw lined up for Temuka and took two wickets, while Vaughan Tarrant’s seamers picked up three as Celtic struggled on a playable wicket.

Early wickets sent the jitters through the Temuka batting line-up and they never recovered, all out for 111.

Daniel Dorgan picked up four wickets, with James Blackstock and Sam Carlaw chipping in with two apiece.

Arthavidu stars with bat for South Canterbury

South Canterbury fielding in the heat of Central Otago at Molyneux Park

South Canterbury fielding in the heat and haze of Central Otago at Molyneux Park

"Artha" top-scored in both innings with 76 & 112

“Artha” top-scored in both innings with 76 & 112

Prabodha Arthavidu again starred with the bat, scoring 76 and 112 for South Canterbury against Otago Country in their Hawke Cup clash.

South Canterbury travelled to Alexandra looking for an outright victory to keep them in the hunt for a Hawke Cup challenge.

Without usual captain James Laming, Sam Carlaw took over that role while Willie Stone covered his opening spot in his Hawke Cup debut.

Otago Country won the toss and had no hesitation in asking South Canterbury to bat as they looked for maximum points in their final elimination match to have a chance of winning the zone.

The Country captain could see a touch of green and some dew in the outfield on the first morning.

Opening batsmen Stone and Sam Porter negated the decision, batting through the first 40 minutes against the speed of Sam Blakely and youngster Blake Buttar-Scurr before Porter started a mini-collapse as he, Jake Naylor and  Stone went with the score at 30.

Josh Dick joined Arthavidu in the middle and together the pair set about rebuilding the innings, making a very successful fist of it, adding 96 runs.

Dick was out in in the final over before lunch for a well compiled 39, his top score for South Canterbury.

Arthavidu was battling an injury and with runners no longer allowed quick singles were no longer part of the equation.

However, he made Otago Country pay for two missed chances with a mix of off-side drives alongside his normal legside strength before finally being dismissed leg before for 76, also his highest score for South Canterbury.

The tail didn’t wag apart from a run a ball 21 from Willie Wright and South Canterbury was all out for 193.

The very hot conditions meant it was not easy for South Canterbury in the field but early success for James Blackstock helped.

Blackstock removed both openers on his way to deserved figures of 2 for 8 off 11 overs.

The side’s enthusiasm didn’t waiver, evidenced by some great commitment in the field.

Ben Watson chimed in with a wicket and then when a breeze finally arrived, the spin twins Carlaw and Arthavidu got into the act.

Carlaw bowled unchanged for 14 overs and was rewarded with 3 for 35.

Needing an outright to stay in the hunt, Otago Country looked in a lot of trouble as they slumped to 48-5 and then 80-6 before Otago Country captain Fraser Wilson led a one-man crusade as he looked to resurrect his team’s fortunes.

Eventually he became Liam Beck’s only victim out for 96 at better than a run a ball, but his dismissal brought about a declaration 28 runs behind as Country looked for maximum points.

The declaration may have been a bit late, perhaps hindered by his opportunity to score a century.

It meant South Canterbury had to see out two overs before stumps on day 1, a job the openers accomplished with ease finishing the day 10 without loss.

The second day dawned even hotter than the first, with temperatures in the thirties and this time unfortunately with no breeze.

Willie Stone 86 on Hawke Cup debut

Willie Stone 86 on Hawke Cup debut

Porter didn’t last long, out lbw for 10, but then it became the Stone show, as he dug in and made the most of his opportunity.

He waited for the balls he could play, defended stoutly or let the ball go, and there were plenty of those going past his grill.

Stone played some great cover drives alongside his trademark scoring behind square, and was obviously bitterly disappointed when bowled by Blakely 14 short of a maiden century.

While many eyes had been on Stone, Arthavidu had continued where he left off on the first day, but moving more easily.

He was on 65 when Stone was dismissed after the pair had added 156 runs together and taken South Canterbury’s lead over 200.

Joined by Naylor, Arthavidu picked up the dominant role and before long had passed his previous best of 76 and moved into the nineties with an array of cover drives and strong legside flicks which regularly went to the boundary.

There was no falling short as a couple of boundaries secured his first century for South Canterbury, just reward for his great season before finally falling to a catch at cover.

Naylor (34no) and Carlaw (33no) then went on the charge as the declaration loomed, scoring their runs in about three overs before declaring at 286-3.

This left Otago Country requiring 315 runs to win off 54 overs, a run chase of approximately six an over, which was the equivalent of what South Canterbury had been scoring at on a now benign pitch.

Otago Country appeared to have decided in the shed to go through the motions. While the South Canterbury bowlers worked hard, there was little reward as Otago Country batted through until the match was called off at the fall of Matt Goldstein’s wicket, out for 82 and their total 195-3 off just 45 overs.

South Canterbury’s only real chance appeared to be that if Otago Country chased and they should have at least tried initially.

South Canterbury is unlikely to win the challenge but have certainly proven to be a tough customer.

With a youthful team, as well as injured players to return, there is healthy competition for places in the next match with Southland at home during Waitangi weekend.


Toss won by Otago Country who chose to field.

South Canterbury v Otago Country at Molyneux Park
Toss won by Otago Country who chose to field.
South Canterbury first innings
W Stone c Williams b Buttar-Scurr 18
S Porter c Knox b Blakely 11
P Arthavidu lbw b Wilson 76
J Naylor b Buttar-Scurr 0
J Dick b Buttar-Scurr 39
S Carlaw lbw b Wilson 3
W Wright c Andrew b Blakely 21
L Beck c Patterson b Blakely 0
B Watson b Buttar-Scurr 1
J Blackstock c Buttar-Scurr b Blakely 2
G Watt not out 7
Extras (b 7, lb 4, w 3, nb 2) 16
Total (for 10 wickets, 55 overs) 193
Fall of Wicket: 30, 30, 30, 124, 140, 181, 182, 182, 183, 193.
Bowling: S Blakely 21-8-56-4, B Buttar-Scurr 14-3-51-4, M Knox 6-0-25-0, S Windle 4-1-15-0, H Burns 3-0-9-0, F Wilson 7-2-26-2.
Otago Country first innings
H Burns c Arthavidu b Blackstock 5
L Cotton c Wright b Blackstock 9
M Goldstein c Wright b Watson 4
F Wilson lbw b Beck 96
J Andrew c Blackstock b Carlaw 20
B Buttar-Scurr lbw b Carlaw 0
K Patterson b Carlaw 4
M Williams not out 19
Extras (b 2, lb 1, pen 5) 8
Total(for 7 wickets declared, 50.5 overs) 165
Fall of Wicket: 6, 17, 19, 48, 48, 80, 165.
Bowling: J Blackstock 11-6-8-2, B Watson 11-1-43-1, G Watt 2-0-12-0, P Arthavidu 9-1-42-0, S Carlaw 14-5-35-3, L Beck 3.5-0-17-1.
South Canterbury second innings
W Stone b Blakely 86
S Porter lbw b Buttar-Scurr 10
P Arthavidu c Williams b Goldstein 112
J Naylor not out 34
S Carlaw not out 33
Extras (b 4, lb 6, nb 1) 11
Total (for 3 wickets declared, 53 overs) 286
Fall of Wicket: 16, 173, 249.
Bowling: S Blakely 13-1-45-1, B Buttar-Scurr 13-1-45-1, M Knox 9-1-39-0, S Windle 5-0-28-0, H Burns 8-0-56-0, M Goldstein 4-0-39-1, L Cotton 1-0-24-0.
Otago Country second innings
H Burns c Carlaw b Arthavidu 47
L Cotton lbw b Watson 20
M Goldstein c Porter b Blackstock 82
J Andrew not out 28
F Wilson not out 0
Extras (b 2, lb 6, w 6, nb 1) 15
Total (for 3 wickets, 45.3 overs) 192
Fall of Wicket: 33, 114, 192.
Bowling: J Blackstock 10.3-3-38-1, B Watson 10-1-59-1, G Watt 8-0-35-0, P Arthavidu 5-0-22-1, S Carlaw 12-3-30-0.
Result: South Canterbury won on first innings.


Timaru and Celtic will fight out Placemakers T20 final

Glenn Matthews  lead the scoring with 59

Glenn Matthews lead the scoring for Celtic with 59

Timaru sealed a meeting with Celtic in this season’s Twenty20 club cricket final after both notched comfortable wins against the competition’s cellar dwellers.

Celtic got the better of Star by 21 runs at Aorangi Oval on Friday evening, while Timaru scored 34 runs too many for Temuka to chase at Temuka Oval.

Celtic openers Glenn Matthews and Andy Scott made first use of a good track and dusty outfield on a perfect night for cricket at Aorangi.

Matthews, in particular, looked to hit straight on his way to 59 as the Celts made their way past 100.

Off-spinner Hamish Race pegged it back for Star, his flighted deliveries undoing Andrew Buckingham and Dan Laming cheaply on his way to 3-23 off four overs.

Leg-spinner John Beeby sent down an entertaining three overs at the death, picking up four wickets but conceding 39.

All-rounder Tom Pavletich came out swinging and connected with a couple for 25, including one six where he slipped and fell on his nose as he hit it.

Star took some quality catches including Phil McGregor’s diving effort to snare a high ball and as a result Celtic were never able to put the game to bed, finishing on 167-8 from their allotted 20.

Star started badly, losing McGregor for a duck, but a 61-run partnership between Hamish Race and Jacques Marais gave them the slightest of sniffs.

After Race departed Marais opened his shoulders bringing up Star’s 100 with a six.

Marais, a South African import, has shown the pedigree of playing schoolboy cricket against the likes of Neil Wagner, and is easily Star’s top run-scorer this season.

When he finally departed on 75, Star’s challenge was over, finishing 21 runs short with just four wickets down.

In Temuka, Zane Sanders top scored for Timaru with 42 and Josh Smallridge chipped in with 23 as they set Temuka 157 to win.

Nick McGuire was the best of the Temuka bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-30.

In response Temuka were always behind the run rate with a fighting 44 from Adrian Cunningham allowing them to get through to 122-7 off their 20.

The Timaru attack kept it tight throughout with Hayden Leonard (2-20) and Jason Stevenson (2-21) both bowling out.

In the weekend’s other match Waimate’s total of 114 proved too much for Roncalli/Celtic at Knottingly Park.

Nathan Sew Hoy top scored with 25 as the Roncalli/Celtic bowlers restricted Waimate’s hitters, none of the attack going for more than six runs an over.

Chasing down a gettable target the visitors folded. Glen Drake took 3-12 off his four overs as Roncalli/Celtic collapsed to 100 all out, no-one making it past 16 with the bat.

The next round of Twenty20 matches will be dead rubbers with Timaru and Celtic looking to find individual form before the final at Aorangi on February 13.



South Canterbury Primary Development (Yr 7) Tournament 2015

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoBelow you can follow daily results from the regional Prmary Development tournament being played at Mandeville this week.

Click here to follow the whole competition, and where operating live scoring.

South Canterbury have started well with a win first up.

Day One

South Canterbury 182-6 defeated CJCA Rep Astle 172-6

Click here for the full scorecard

Day Two

South Canterbury 47-8 rained off against CJCA Rep Cairns   – view scorecard 

Day Three

South Canterbury 66-10 lost to Canterbury Country 254-7 – view scorecard

Day Four

South Canterbury 224-8 defeated Nelson 41-11 – view scorecard

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