Canterbury too tough

Last updated 05:00 12/12/2013

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Southland found the going tough against home team Canterbury in the Jefferies Cup Tournament at the weekend.

Wins over Nelson (7-1) and Otago (5-2) on the opening day were balanced with a 9-0 loss to Marlborough, who had Black Sox squad member Kurt Schollum in good form.

Southland lost 9-0 to Canterbury to start the second day, and qualified to meet the same opponent in a semifinal.

Despite making a good start, two crucial errors at the top of the fourth saw Canterbury take a 5-0 lead, and eventually win 7-0.

Pam Craig's young Southland women's team, of which half the team are still under 17, beat Canterbury under-19 9-8 after two tiebreaker innings and then edged Nelson 7-6 in another cliffhanger. Tia Tuhakaraina had two hits in each game.

Southland ended their programme with an 18-0 loss to the Canterbury Red Hawks.

The Southland under-17 boys team, playing in a South Island tournament at the same time, lost 7-0 to eventual tournament winners Nelson, but beat Mid-Canterbury 14-4 and Canterbury 5-3.

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- The Southland Times


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