The North Otago Primary Boys Cricket Team has been in fine form at the 51st South Island Primary tournament.
North Otago almost took an outright win against South Canterbury with an exciting finish on Monday at Queens Park in Invercargill making 176/5 while South Canterbury amounted 161/9 in their allotted time, protecting the draw in the last three overs.
A slow start partnership of 90 runs between Mason James and Scott Kitto laid a firm foundation. Tom Dempster (16) produced a fine cameo, turning the strike over with Kitto progressing the run rate.
The bowling attack was tidy, with Mason James taking two wickets for 21 off 10 overs, George Bell collected two wickets for 19 runs off eight overs while Thomas Harding took two wickets for 20 runs off five overs and a wicket a piece for William McLellan, Henry Smillie and Scott Kitto.
The game progressed to an exciting climax with an outright win accessible to both teams with North Otago applying pressure to South Canterbury to preserve their last wicket to pick up a draw.
Tuesday’s wet weather forecast didn’t stop North Otago and Southland Country from producing positive starts.
Southland won the toss and opted to bat first.
After 29.1 overs in the dismal conditions with the umpires keeping the game going through heavy precipitation, North Otago had Southland Country at 80/4 through wicket takers Ben Paton with 1.1 overs for three runs and two wickets and another wicket to Henry Smillie and George Bell.
The weather eventually got its was, ending proceedings with all tournament games being called at 4pm on Tuesday and yesterday.
By JAMES FORD