North Otago win over old enemy

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North Otago 7/8 proved too strong for Mid Canterbury 7/8 at Excelsior on Sunday, surpassing the visitors’ total of 99 in the 23rd over.

On an inconsistent pitch and losing openers Liam Neilson and Mason James with nought on the board, Mid Canterbury could be forgiven for thinking it was their lucky day, but George Bell and Joshua Camplin calmly went about their work and made it a 46 run partnership until Bell was dismissed lbw.

Tom Dempster then joined Camplin, with the duo finishing with a 54 run partnership.

Team manager Blair Camplin said the youngsters must work on the amount of wides bowled but praised the players’ performances and is now looking ahead to an exciting 2014 campaign.

“Our bowling attack is strong, having Mid Canterbury all out for 99 after 41 overs, everyone contributed to wicket taking,” he said.

“Another highlight was our over rate, 3.52 minutes per over 41.5 overs in 146 minutes, however 21 wides is an issue to work on, one run free every two overs, 21.23 per cent of runs from wides, no matter which stat you look at, the boys know to work on this.

“With the bulk of North Otago 7/8 still in the team and with immense talent coming through, 2014 is another exciting year.

“We’ll celebrate the wins but continue to assess and critique on a pedagogical path for the kids and parents combined.”

By JAMES FORD