North Otago Year 7/8 bounced back from there opening day loss to Christchurch Red to record a seven wicket win over Otago Country Year 7/8 at the South Island Primary Schools Tournament in Blenheim on Tuesday.
North Otago won the toss and opted to bowl.
Otago Country batted slowly and lost wickets consistently but solid displays from Charlie Marsh (36) and Blake Cormack (24) pushed there total to a respectable 151 all out, with extras contributing 41 runs.
North Otago bowled well but Sam Senior and Ben Mavor were the standouts, posting 3 for 16 off 5 overs and 4 for 18 off seven overs respectively, while almost all of the North Otago bowlers were economical.
Opener Sam Clulee went for a duck before Mason James (57) and Josh Camplin (50) forged a second wicket partnership of 127 with some clean hitting.
Tom Dempster (7 not out) and George Bell (19 not out) took North Otago over the line with six overs of allotted time remaining.
No second innings were required with both captains shaking hands on a first innings win for North Otago.
North Otago manager Blair Camplin said the youngsters produced a refreshing performance.
“Just good honest old fashioned cricket graft with the bat and line and length bowling,” he said.
“Cricket that was so honest it would have made the previous generations realise these kids do have the same attitude to cricket as they did.”
North Otago gained five points for the first innings win and took on Canterbury Country yesterday.
Pick up tomorrow’s edition of the Oamaru Mail for the match report.
By James Ford
PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Mason James top scored with 57 runs for North Otago.