There was more than one drought broken in Oamaru over Labour Weekend.
As well as a downpour of rain on Monday, the North Otago Cricket under-19 women’s team won its first game at an Otago under-19 provincial tournament in several years – beating Otago Country by eight wickets on Sunday. That game followed a 78-run loss against Dunedin on Saturday.
Unfortunately North Otago’s game against Southland was rained off on Monday.
Played in Oamaru, the tournament was a chance for players to put their hands up for the Otago under-19 side.
In the first game against Dunedin, North Otago started well, restricting the visitors to 30 for four early, but the visitors went on to post 184.
Phoebe Dundass (three for 20) and Molly Loe (one for 20) were the best of the North Otago bowlers.
North Otago fought hard to chase the big total, but was all out for 106. Katelyn Walton (21), Alice Petrie (15) and Emma Fox (18) all made handy contributions.
Against Otago Country, the home side bowled first.
Led by Emma Meikle (three for 10) and Katelyn Walton (three for 18), Otago Country was bowled out for 117.
In reply, a fantastic innings from River Cunningham (64) meant the team cruised to an eight-wicket win, despite missing skipper Molly Loe to Otago Sparks duties.
Coach Hamish Loe said the win was “a long time coming”.
“Overall it was good to get a win, and the girls really enjoyed it,” Loe said.
It was a shame the Southland game was washed out, as North Otago fancied its chances, he said.
The players all had at least one more year in the under-19 age-grade, which was positive for the team’s future.
“Next year we will try and win a couple and grow from where we were this time.”