Heavy loss for junior cricketers in Blenheim

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The North Otago South Island Primary Schools Tournament Team suffered a heavy first innings loss to Canterbury Red at the South Island Primary Schools Tournament being held in Blenhiem.

North Otago opened its account against Christchurch Red, before facing Otago Country, Canterbury Country, West Coast and Buller over the remaining days of the tournament.

Canterbury are always a tough ask especially first up at the tournament and showed their superior player depth in Monday’s match with a convincing first innings win.

The games are played based on time with the team batting first getting longer to bat, and often better set up to win the match outright.

North Otago won the toss and inserted Canterbury Red into bat.

A dropped catch in the slip cordon proved costly as Nicholas Lidstone capitalised on this opportunity and scored 108 before being bowled by spinner Liam Neilson.

Canterbury continued to score at a steady pace and made their way to 230 before deciding they had enough runs and declared.

Neilson was the best of the North Otago bowlers taking 2 for 57 off 15 overs, while George Bell also bowled well taking 2-39.

It was then North Otago’s chance to bat and in the first innings they struggled with only Conner Lough showing any real resistance scoring 25, Blake Martin finished on 13 not out.

They scraped their way to 90 before being bowled out with extras contributing 21 runs.

In the second innings after they were asked to bat again North otago feared a bit better making it through to 91-6 before the game was called a draw.

Tom Dempster showed some promise in the second innings making his way to 52 not out, while extras scored 20.

Yesterday North Otago faced Otago Country in a game they would be targeting as a win.

By Brayden Lindsay