Old enemy downs North Otago

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The dismal weather reflected North Otago’s performance against South Canterbury at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium during the weekend’s Hawke Cup clash.

The visitors took out a decisive first innings win, with the rain ending play on Sunday for the eight points.

South Canterbury posted 276 all out after being asked to bat first, before Craig Hinton produced a fine bowling display, taking five for 32 in the home side’s first innings.

The old enemy limited North Otago to 152 for seven on Sunday before the rain ended proceedings.

Skipper Ben Cant said his team’s performance was not good enough, needing a more resolute response to South Canterbury’s impressive start.

“(We) played pretty poorly, didn’t react well to the strong start they got off to,” he said.

“Fielding was below par and we only bowled well in short periods. Francois (Mostert) finished with four wickets though and Jordy’s (Jordan Horrell) three tied up that bottom end.

“They ended up posting 276 and we fell short for 157. Myself and Jeremy Smith’s partnership of 70 put us in a decent position but we couldn’t kick on. Rain came at about 11.45am Sunday and we didn’t get back on after that.”

By JAMES FORD