Jackson sets agenda for Hawke Cup squad
Southland coach Steve Jackson wants his players to make a mark in the coming rounds of the Southland declaration competition.
The 2013/14 Southland Hawke Cup squad started their campaign in perfect fashion last weekend when they crushed North Otago with an outright win, while only having to bat once.
They bowled North Otago out for 69 in the first innings and 77 in the second to make an impressive statement in the first of their four southern zone Hawke Cup games.
Jackson would have preferred to have continued on with that momentum but instead his side will have to wait until January 25 when they play their next game against Mid Canterbury in Ashburton.
In the meantime Jackson said he wants his players to use the Southland declaration club competition to build on their first-up win.
"We want our guys to be playing a bit of declaration cricket because they haven't been doing that and that builds the type of cricket they need to be playing. So we need our players focusing on that and then come back even stronger for the next [Hawke Cup] game."
Jackson said it was important the Southland representatives continued to prove their worth at club level.
"They've got to be taking that [form] into club games as well and not relaxing. They need to be striving to push a point because there is competition for selection. We've got guys like Amar [Singh] pushing for a spot, Ryan and Jake [Duffy] could potentially come back in, it's a really healthy situation to be in."
Albion and Invercargill-Old Boys have taken an early lead in the declaration competition and are the only teams to grab a win over the first two weeks of competition.
Albion will look to extend their lead when they host Metro on Saturday, while Invercargill-Old Boys will make the trip to Waikoikoi.
In the other game Appleby will host Marist.
Albion v Metro Tigers
Waikoikoi v Invercargill-Old Boys
Appleby Rams v Marist
Waikaka v Metro Cubs
Albion v Wyndale
SBHS 2nd 11 v Riversdale
Tuatapere v SBHS
Central-Western v Waikoikoi
Lumsden v Appleby Cannons
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