Clarkson in commanding form

Last updated 14:29 22/01/2013

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Marlborough all-rounder Josh Clarkson was one of three Central Districts batsmen to score a century as his side scored a convincing first-innings win over Otago in their first match of an under-17 quad tournament being held in Christchurch this week.

Batting first on day one of the two-day encounter on Sunday, CD posted a formidable 376-4 at Burnside Park before declaring.

With two top-order players making tons, Clarkson was the only Marlborough player to get out to the middle, making 14 before being run out.

In reply yesterday, Otago were all out for just 182, with Marlborough left-arm seamer Nick Weaver and Clarkson each taking a wicket. Weaver finished with 1-25 from 15 overs, while Clarkson had 1-9 from nine and Marlborough wicketkeeper/batsman Matthew Stretch took three catches.

CD batted out the remainder of the match, reaching 171-4.

The undoubted highlight of that innings was a brilliant unbeaten ton from Clarkson, the Wairau youngster belting 19 fours on his way to 103 not out from 77 balls. Stretch also batted, hitting 17 off 19 balls.

CD start another two-day match today against Wellington.

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- The Marlborough Express

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