Te Anau crowned 2016/17 Southland Combined Country cricket champions
Te Anau have been crowned 2016/17 Southland Combined Country cricket champions.
The Combined Country competition is made up mainly of country clubs and also second tier teams from Southland's senior competition.
Thirteen teams started out in the competition and on Saturday it was whittled down to the victorious Te Anau team.
They knocked over Central-Western in a commanding and low-scoring final played at Te Anau.
Batting first Central-Western could only muster 47 runs as the Te Anau bowlers ripped through the batting line up.
Former long-serving Southland representative Johnathan Hodson took 4-10, while Greg Taylor picked up three wickets.
Gareth Paul (12) was the only Central-Western batsman who reached double figures.
In reply, Te Anau lost just two wickets and required only 8.5 overs to chase down the target to claim the Combined Country title.
Taylor finished unbeaten on 23.
The win added to what is the feel good story of Southland cricket with Te Anau not even able to field a team a few years back and now are a real force in Southland cricket.