South Canterbury triumph
A maiden South Canterbury century from Nick Horsley and eight wickets from English pace bowler Matt Woods have taken South Canterbury to an innings-and-26-run victory over North Otago in their Hawke Cup match yesterday.
Horsley hit 101 from 128 balls to help South Canterbury make 293 for five declared at Aorangi Oval, in reply to North Otago's meek 147 all out on day one.
The former Northern Districts batsman hit 14 fours and two sixes in the innings.
Woods picked up four wickets in each innings to spearhead a disciplined South Canterbury seam attack, who rolled the visitors for just 120 in their second innings, three overs after tea.
Woods finished with match figures of eight for 49.
He was supported by Craig Hinton, Simon Murphy, James Laming and new captain Sam Carlaw, who all grabbed wickets.
South Canterbury were far more positive in their play than the visitors.
After winning the toss and batting, North Otago took 77 overs to make 147, compared with South Canterbury's 293 for five that came off 69 overs.
Opener Craig Davies made 55, while Carlaw made 50 from 59 balls to help accelerate the run-rate and ensure his team could declare before lunch with a 146-run lead.
Ben Cant was the only one to put up a fight for North Otago in the second innings. He made 62, but when he was the ninth wicket to fall, North Otago's fate was sealed.
Carlaw said his team fronted up in all areas of the game.
"I thought we bowled really well, and we had to on a pretty flat deck. There weren't many demons in it, so full credit to Woods, [Hinton] and Murphy for toiling away out there.
"Fielding would be something we'll need to work on. We dropped a few catches . . .
"We bowled too [well] in the right channels and they couldn't hit us."
Carlaw said it was good to see Horsley show how classy he was with the bat.
"We needed it from him otherwise we wouldn't have been able to push for the outright win."
South Canterbury's next Hawke Cup match will be against Southland at Aorangi Oval, on January 12 and 13.
Southland, one of the heavyweights of the southern zone, gave up first-innings points to Otago Country in their match yesterday.
- The Timaru Herald