Duffy in hot form during Hawke Cup trial
Ryan Duffy was the star of a Southland Hawke Cup trial yesterday, scoring his second hundred in eight days.
Cup coach Steve Jackson selected a squad to play in a 60-overs-a-side game at Southland Boys' High School to study players a fortnight out from their opening game against Otago Country in Alexandra.
The purpose was to give the players a game at a level above club cricket and fringe players the opportunity to impress.
Duffy was always going to be one of the first players selected in the Southland team this season.
Yesterday's knock was a positive sign in the leadup to the representative campaign. Opening the batting for the team, which batted first yesterday, he produced an almost chanceless hundred.
The week before he scored a century for Metro against Marist in club cricket.
Yesterday's knock got his team through to 232 for nine from their 60 overs.
Rhuebyn Prattley highlighted his hitting ability late in the innings with his quickfire 30.
Former Indian under-19 spinner K Saikia was the pick of the bowlers.
He took three for 36 from 12 overs.
The second team was put under a lot of pressure in their stint at bat as veteran Hawke Cup players Ronnie Kotcamp and Jonathan Hodson made them work hard.
Michael Gratton and Simon Wadworth did well to survive but runs were a struggle.
They got through to 118 for seven from 44 overs before rain fell and the game was called off.
The trial was a good initiative from Jackson and the Southland Cricket Association, giving players a clearer pathway to the Hawke Cup team.
Jackson will now select a team to play against Otago under-19 on Sunday before he final settles on a 12 for the first Hawke Cup game.
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