The North Otago under-17 cricket team mustered a third place finish in the Otago District under-17 Boys’ Tournament in Oamaru at the weekend.
The side faced Dunedin Metro, Southland Metro and Otago Country and came away with a loss and two draws from the tournament.
It’s a declaration style tournament so teams can play for the outright result to gain maximum points.
On day one, the side faced a talented Dunedin Metro line up at King George Park and were comprehensively beaten, with Dunedin scoring a daunting 226/9 after being put into bat with Nathan Smith claiming 4/26 and captain Brady Kingan taking 3/38.
North Otago could only manage 68 in their first turn at bat, with Smith providing the only real fight with 18. After being asked to bat again North Otago managed to get through to 113/8 stopping Dunedin from claiming an outright win. Llew Johnson hit 65 not out from just 31 deliveries, while Kingan scored 23.
Southland was up the second day, and North Otago were put into bat with Smith standing out again scoring a fighting 78, while Josh Hayward batting at 8 compiled a patient 28, which got the side through to 179 all out.
They managed to restrict Southland to 143/9 with Dallas Mahuika taking 3/31 and Kingan claiming 2/14, but with them unable to bowl the visitors out, only a draw was possible.
On the last day they faced Otago Country at Waitaki Boys’ High School, needing an outright win to claim second place, with Otago Country beating Southland outright on the opening day.
It was a very positive start from North Otago who won the toss and chose to bat, with Mahuika scoring 26, before fellow opener Elliot Love and Kingan took over.
They put on an unbroken 177 run partnership, with both batsman reaching three figures. Love was unbeaten on 107, while Kingan made 101 not out. Both hit the ball to all parts of the ground, with 21 boundaries scored between them.
In the field it was tough going at times for the side, they managed to restrict Otago Country to 208/7 but were unable to claim the wickets required to set them up for an outright win.
Smith starred with the ball again, bowling a fantastic line and length which helped him claim figures of 4/18 including six maidens.
Players will now wait to see if they have been selected for an Otago under 17 trial next month ahead of the national under 17 tournament in January.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
HOWZAT: North Otago cricketer Josh Hayward gets hit on the pad as he looks to play a leg side shot against Dunedin on Saturday.