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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

South Canterbury win Hawke Cup match outright over Otago Country

Dinesh de Silva 8-31

Dinesh de Silva 8-31

A superb bowling effort by Dinesh de Silva with 8 wickets for just 31 runs, and a maiden century (114) by Glen Drake were the catalysts for a superb team performance as South Canterbury took maximum points from their Hawke Cup match with Otago Country at Aorangi Oval to keep their challenge chances alive.

In hot conditions the Otago Country side won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision they would soon regret as they fell to 11-2 in just the eighth over as the South Canterbury opening bowlers quickly found their rhythm, line and length with Stan Mair making the initial breakthrough in just his second over.

Mair who bowled superbly on his way to 4-28 had good support from de Silva (1-19), Craig Hinton (2-28) and captain Sam Carlaw (2-30) as there was no respite for the batsmen with ‘golden arm’ Ben Watson removing Country’s best batsman, debutant  Cam Jackson for 39.

South Canterbury’s fielding matched their bowling with wicketkeeper Phil Lill taking all four chances offered while Carlaw also picked up 3 catches, and a scorecard that showed zero extras was just reward as Otago Country was dismissed for 120 in the 54th over.

South Canterbury’s chase began solidly as openers Carlaw (28) and debutant George Morgan (15) saw them safely through the first hour to tea at 41-0.

Glen Drake scored maiden Hawke Cup century with 114

Glen Drake scored maiden Hawke Cup century with 114

After tea wickets fell and the home team was 70-4 before Drake found a solid partner in de Silva (23) and together  they added 75 runs for the 5th wicket and gave South Canterbury first innings points at the same time. Despite a couple of wickets South Canterbury were happy with their day on 160-5 at stumps as they looked to only bat once with Drake 74no and Josh Smallridge (also on debut) 4no.

Day 2 dawned as warm as ever and the loss of two early wickets brought Watson alongside Drake and they quickly added 72 runs in better than even time with Drake realising the promise he has always shown with his maiden Hawke Cup century, an innings that included 22 boundaries at just under a run a ball, very impressive scoring when compared with other innings.

When Drake was eighth out with SC on 236, Watson carried on his powerful cameo before he was last out caught in the deep for 49, an innings that included 8 fours, a five and a six and gave his team a lead of 134 runs.

An early wicket to de Silva was followed by Otago Country’s best partnership of the match, as they went to lunch at 51-1.

However after lunch South Canterbury went back to their opening bowlers who delivered when de Silva, who had bowled well the whole match, was rewarded as his array of slower balls had the batsmen confounded. He started his onslaught with a diving caught and bowled to dismiss Liam Cotton for 21 and then had his team mates take a further six catches, before his figures of 7-19 at that stage were mildly damaged by the final pair of Sam Blakely and Tommy Myles as they added 34 for the last wicket to get Otago Country to 135 and require South Canterbury to bat again. De Silva’s 8-31 off 15.5 overs was great reward for a stirling effort.

Chasing 2 runs to win, one of those strange situations that can arise in cricket happened again as Otago Country’s Tommy Myles took a hatrick in his first over to have South Canterbury 0-3 before Matt Brown calmly pushed the ball into the offside for two on the 6th ball to give South Canterbury the win.

In a fortnight South Canterbury take on Southland in Invercargill and the outcome of that match may determine the challenger from Zone 4.

Click here to read the full scorecard at NZ Cricket 

South Canterbury match reports from SIPST in Nelson

South Canterbury Primary A XII for SIPST in Nelson

Day 1 Match Report

South Canterbury played Southland Country in their first game of the South Island Primary School Cricket Tournament in Nelson.

Things started well with captain Toby Clemett winning the toss on a wicket effected by showers the previous day, he promptly chose to bowl.

Luke Slee set the tone with a wicket on the first ball of the match. A fine bowling and fielding display followed resulting in Southland Country being dismissed for 61. Leading wicket takers were Jock Rollinson (3), Lucas Histon, Harry Schmack and Dougal Gibson with two each.

SC started their innings brightly with 23 off the first four overs before losing opener Oliver Linton. A good partnership of 51 between Flynn Smith (21) and Clemett followed for the second wicket. SC declared on 192 for 4 after 30 overs with an outstanding knock from Clemett of 91 off 89 balls, including 13 fours. He was well supported by Fletcher Rhodes, 34 not out off 33.

Southland Country’s second innings was substantially better than their first, finishing on 133 for 5. This denied SC an outright victory but they did claim 5 points for the first innings win, which is a great start to this prestigious 14 team tournament.

There are no games on Tuesday as all teams are attending the Black Caps v Pakistan, with SC’s next game on Wednesday against the traditionally strong Canterbury Country side.

Full Scorecard

Day 2 Match Report

SC lost the toss with Canterbury Country opting to bowl, which was an influential part of the days play.

Our batsman worked hard in difficult conditions against a quality attack.

Heading into the field in improving batting conditions Canterbury Country battled against our opening bowlers. While creating a number of opportunities, which unfortunately didn’t stick, there were some memorable moments including 3 wickets for Eli Kerse, two great catches from Henry Scott and a screamer from Oliver Linton.

South Canterbury were asked to bat again, trailing by 113. Their second turn at bat was interrupted a number of times by rain with Country looking for an outright win. SC battled away and when play was finally called off in torrential rain at 7pm they were 66 for 6. Main contributors were Toby Clemett 27 not out and Fletcher Rhodes 18.

Full Scorecard

Day 3 Match Report

South Canterbury v Dunedin Metro – Abandoned due to rain

Day 4 Match Report

South Canterbury v Buller

SC started by winning the toss and choosing to put Buller in to bat on a good track with a damp outfield after heavy rain in the past 36 hours in Nelson.

What followed was a consistent and polished bowling and fielding display resulting in Buller being dismissed for 60 in 19.4 overs. Lucas Histon was rewarded for a fiery spell of fast bowling with figures of 4 for 7 off 5 overs.  He was backed up by Dougal Gibson with 3 for 13 off 5 and Eli Kerse 2 for 4 off 2.

SC replied with 166 for 5, declaring after 27 overs. This was set up by an opening partnership of 108, from Fletcher Rhodes 50 and Jock Rollinson 78.

Buller were content to occupy the crease, with the threat of rain lingering, which halted play a number of times. They were eventually dismissed for 76 off 24 overs, not before some drama as the match was suspended with them 9 down and talk of the game being abandoned. The tournament director instructed the covers to be removed and play resume, amidst Buller’s protests. Henry Scott, 2 for 12 off 7, claimed the last wicket in the first over of resumed play.

Outstanding bowling from Kerse, 3 for 10 off 3 overs, gave him 5 wickets for the match along with Histon, 1 for 11 off 3. Other bowlers to contribute were Harry Schmack 2 for 10 off 3 and Rollinson 2 for 14 off 2.

SC finished the 14 region tournament 3rd, which was won by Canterbury Country.

Coaches Jaime Linton and Nigel Clemett were extremely happy with the performance of the team. Noting their outstanding fielding, a number of spectacular catches taken during the week, which backed up their bowlers and the consistent batting by their top order.

Full Scorecard

South Canterbury Primary A XII for SIPST in Nelson

SC Yr 6 Rep team off to first of 2018 Cricket Tournaments

South Canterbury Yr 6 Rep Cricket team for 2018 tournament.

The South Canterbury Yr 5&6 Representative team had their last practice and a photo opportunity before heading off to the Canterbury Yr 6 Regional Tournament with their first match on January 2nd at Mandeville, where South Canterbury are the defending champions.

Coach Grant Brookland will be hoping these boys can continue to show South Canterbury’s strength at this junior level and we wish his team all the best.

To follow the team at tournament, scorecards are here 

Pleasant Point win first Senior Title

Pleasant Point Cricket Club won their first Senior title after moving into senior ranks three seasons ago, getting across the line against the Temuka side who had been unbeaten until now this season in the final of the 60/60 over competition at Aorangi Ovl on Saturday.

A very good final with the team in ascendency changing throughout the match saw Will Harvey with 38 runs from 34 balls with good support from George MacDougall in his best innings of the season (8no) get Pleasant Point home with two wickets and 17 balls to spare.

Pleasant Point won the toss and decided to bowl first, a good decision as they soon had Temuka 23-3. However Temuka captain Glen Drake set about changing the script as he and Warren Morgan added 57 for the 4th wicket.

Drake showed a full array of strokes, scoring at  run a ball as he looked like scoring a century before a top edge off a pull shot saw him the eighth batsman out for 90 in the 51st over, but by then Temuka were looking much better at 168-8.

Dillon Lees then played a real cameo scoring 37 off 31 balls including 4 sixes to help Temuka to a very competitive 205 all out.

Pleasant Point lost their first wicket with only 13 runs on the board, before solid partnerships built around opener Joe Williams who batted 2 1/2 hours for his 63, supported by twins Liam and Adam Beck, both with 35 had Point on target at 143-4.

However the loss of these three batsmen gave Temuka a sniff and with the spin of Herath (3-35) and Drake (2-46) to the fore, Point lost a further 4 wickets for 25 runs and with the score 169-8 it looked to be going Temuka’s way.

However Will Harvey found support from MacDougall and together over the next six overs took Point close and then eventually to the win, leaving a disheartened Temuka side to congratulate a jubilant Pleasant Point side, club and supporters as they achieved their first ever senior win.

Full Scorecard

The Pleasant Point Senior Side who played the final.
Back l to r: L Gibb, C Diederiks, G MacDougall, C Lundie, J Williams, T Leonard, M Otley (coach)
Front l to r: S Wills, W Harvey, L Beck (c), T Costley, B Dryden, A Beck.

South Canterbury first innings gives North Otago Hawke Cup points despite fightback

A dismal first innings by South Canterbury, even considering the worst of conditions to bat gave North Otago the momentum and important first innings points in their Hawke Cup encounter at Centennial Park in Oamaru over the weekend.

Put in to bat with overcast conditions and a greenish pitch, South Canterbury quickly lost wickets and with only No 4 Liam Beck last out for 25, Jake Naylor 13 and Dinesh de Silva 11 making double figures the total of 77 was still well short of a par score.

In reply South Canterbury looked like holding North Otago to a small lead when they had them 106-6 and then 123-7 but the tail wagged with Francois Mostert holding an end up on his way to a top score of 45no as North Otago for through to 175, a lead of 98 runs.

For South Canterbury, captain Sam Carlaw led the bowing taking 4-37 off 20 overs while Dinesh de Silva put ina huge spell to be miserly with 3-41 off 17 overs.

However with a big job ahead to try and first pass the North Otago score and try and avoid an outright, or better still get into a position where we could chase an outright, there was a sigh of relief when Joe Williams and Carlaw managed to get SC trough the 8 overs to stumps on 15 without loss overnight.

Day 2 began and wickets began to fall as both openers and Beck were gone with the score only on 54, still 45 in deficit.

However when Jake Naylor was joined by Glen Drake the pair set about knocking those runs off. Naylor fell for 42 but by then SC had a 6 run lead, and with an attacking mindset from Drake who brought up his fifty off 49 balls SC went to lunch 41 runs ahead and thinking positively about setting a declaration target.

After lunch Drake lost some of his momentum as he wasn’t getting to face as many balls, and eventually was out for 72 when the total was 71. However de Silva then picked up from his century the previous week as he posted his fifty, and with Phil Lill, Ben Watson and Stan Mair all getting into double figure, South Canterbury eventually were all out for a much improved 250, leaving North Otago a target of 153 for an outright victory, and more importantly 38 overs for SC to try and dismiss North Otago.

A fired up Stan Mair bowlinbg pretty quickly soon got into the North Otago batsmen on his way to a haul of 5-55. North Otago looked vulnerable at 28-4, and again at 50-5 but then the experienced head of their skipper Mostert closed up shop as they decided to settle on their first innings points and not go for the outright.

South Canterbury picked up one more wicket, but the other bowlers couldn’t get the extra breakthroughs needed and North Otago finished on 111-6 when play ended and took the 8 first innings points thankfully.


Below is a gallery of photos from the match.

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