NO determined to be resilient in Cup challenge

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North Otago’s representative cricket XI will take on Canterbury Country in their Hawke Cup challenge on March 13, 14 and 15.

Canterbury Country took a first innings victory against holders Manawatu in Palmerston North on Sunday.

Country posted a first innings total of 317, which proved too tall of an order for Manawatu, who were all out for 178 to give the visitors a 139 run first innings lead.

Canterbury then posted 182 for six in their second innings for an overall advantage of 321 before play was called off mid-afternoon on Sunday.

North Otago will now set their sights on the clash in Rangiora.

“We never focused on who the opponents might be,” said North Otago manager Hamish McMurdo.

“It had always been about the challenge. We’ve just needed a destination to plan our logistics around.”

McMurdo said the North Otago players will now focus on preparing well for what he anticipates to be a tough encounter.

“As far as the match prep goes, we’re working hard on our own skill sets rather than thinking about the opposition.” he said.

”¬†We know they’ll be well prepped and match hardened. Our focus has to be based around being resilient, determined and taking every opportunity on offer.”

By James Ford

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Canterbury Country won the Hawke Cup following an impressive display against Manawatu. Pictured is North Otago’s Francois Mostert celebrating a century against Mid Canterbury.