South Canterbury in strong position
South Canterbury are in total control after the opening day of their two-day Hawke Cup cricket match against North Otago at Aorangi Oval.
South Canterbury are 124 for two, just 23 runs behind North Otago's first innings of 147 all out.
Craig Davies is unbeaten on 54 and former Northern District's batsman Nick Horsley is with him on 25.
The pair will look to earn first innings points and then look to build a big enough lead while offering the South Canterbury bowlers a chance at earning a valuable outright win to start the competition.
The home team were spurred-on by four wickets from English import Matt Woods who extracted enough movement from the pitch to ensure his left-armer seamers would earn him plenty of reward.
South Canterbury outplayed North Otago in every area, today.
They were more positive and energetic in the field and they stuck to their bowling plans.
Tight lines and patience earned wickets against a pedestrian, uninspiring effort from North Otago with the bat.
The visitors appeared desperate to keep the game to a one innings affair.
Their dull 147 all out took them 77 overs to compile and while the South Canterbury bowling was disciplined, few of the visiting top-order played a shot in anger and perished as a result.
To their credit, the South Canterbury bowlers did not let two batsmen settle.
The best partnership the visitors could must was 33 for the first wicket.
All four seamers picked up a wicket in the first session, with Woods, James Laming, Craig Hinton and Simon Murphy refusing to leak runs.
Woods finished with four for 25 from 21 overs, while Carlaw grabbed three for 40 from 18 overs.
Duncan Drew tried to hold the innings together with a well-compiled 33, while Ed Smith managed a brisk 17, but when both became victims to the left-arm spin of new captain Sam Carlaw, North Otago's tactics had come back to haunt them.
South Canterbury made batting look far easier on the usually batsman-friendly pitch.
Davies unbeaten 50 included nine boundaries, while Horsley has hit three fours and a six so far.
Davies was dropped in the last 15 minutes of play and will look to cash-in tomorrow.
South Canterbury have scored at just under four runs an over, twice as fast as North Otago scored their runs.
South Canterbury v North Otago At Aorangi Oval
Toss won by North Otago who chose to bat.
North Otago first innings
J Shields c Davies b J Laming 11
B Cant c Woods b Murphy 22
J Horrell c Davies b Hinton 1
S Grobler lbw Woods 10
D Drew c Geddis b Carlaw 33
S Conlan c Davies b Woods 10
T McCormick c Geddis b Woods 14
E Smith lbw Carlaw 17
C Ware lbw Woods 15
D Hooper-Smith not out 5
R Whyte c Davies b Carlaw 1
Extras; (5b,1lb, 1w, 1nb) 8
Total; (for 10 wickets, 77 overs) 147
FOW: 31, 35, 40, 51, 71, 99, 121, 126, 146, 147.
Bowling: C Hinton 19-7-39-1, M Woods 21-10-25-4, S Murphy 10-3-29-1, J
Laming 9-6-8-1, S Carlaw 18-8-40-3.
South Canterbury first innings
C Davies not out 54
J Laming c Drew b Cant 27
J Geddis lbw Horrell 10
N Horsley not out 25
Extras: (4nb, 2lb, 2b) 8
Total (for two wickets, 35 overs) 124
FOW: 51, 81
Bowling; C Ware 9-1-23-0, B Cant 9-1-30-1, E Smith 8-1-33-0, J Horrell
5-1-24-1, R Whyte 4-1-11-0.
Match progress: South Canterbury trail by 23 runs with eight first
innings wickets in hand.