North Otago’s young cricketers capped off a tough South Island Primary Schools Tournament with a nail-biting win against West Coast in its final game last week.
It was the team’s only win at the West Coast tournament, but the young players were competitive in all of their games, co-coach Glynn Cameron said.
The team, made up of year 7 and 8 pupils from Oamaru primary schools, held its own against teams that had much larger player bases, such as Christchurch and Dunedin, Cameron said.
“Even Buller and West Coast had three Canterbury players each, but we went on our own.”
The team played five twenty20 games and two 40-over games, which included the final game against West Coast.
Against West Coast, North Otago managed to defend its score of 169 when Angus Loe bowled out the last West Coast batsman nine runs short of the total.
“It was a bit nerve-racking,” Cameron said.
Loe stood out with bat and ball throughout the tournament, Liam Cameron was solid at the top of the order and Lloyd Fellowes made some good contributions with the bat.
Two year 7 players who will return next year showed plenty of promise, Cameron said.
“Jack Nicol got a couple of 40s in the last two days.
“Angelo Bush is a good leg-spinner, and scored some runs.
“For his age, he can turn the ball. If he keeps that up, he could be one for the future.”