North Otago down South Canterbury

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North Otago year 7/8 cricket team recorded a 89 run win over South Canterbury 7/8 at Celtic Park in Timaru on Saturday in their first representative game of the season.

North Otago posted a total of 247 in an exceptional effort off 47 overs before declaring.

Mason James (30) and Josh Camplin (34) laid a good foundation for George Bell (69 not out) and Tom Dempster (29) to continue, Jack Martin (20) and Toby Johnson (13 not out) pushed on with Bell to progress to 247.

Partnerships were key, the North Otago side kept runs coming at 5.25 runs per over with 200 off the bat and seven leg byes.

North Otago then produced a fine display with the ball, having South Canterbury all out for 159 off 47 overs.

Mason James and Tom Dempster opened the bowling with five overs apiece and combined to take 3/24. They were well supported by Sam Senior and Ben Mavor who bowled well in tandem to take 1/20, while George Bell contributed with a wicket in the 24th over to claim 1/4 from his spell of five overs.

James returned to take two wickets and  Dempster one while Bell came back in the 47th over to complete the South Canterbury Innings.

North Otago manager Blair Camplin said it was a creditable performance by South Canterbury and praised the North Otago players’ efforts.

“Although North Otago had South Canterbury all out for 159 off 47 overs it was a respectable score by South Canterbury,” he said.

” Although the score cards show a win by 89 Runs to North Otago over South Canterbury there were ebbs and flows.

“The main difference would be the consistent accuracy of North Otago quick bowlers and holding catches. This is an exciting team with a love for the game and enjoyment of each other’s company, It’s rubbing off on the parents too as we enjoy the great cricket they are playing.

“This team is doing North Otago proud.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – George Bell  posted 69 not out on Saturday at Celtic Park in Timaru.