The South Canterbury under-19 team is in desperate need of runs from their batsmen to be competitive at their regional tournament in Christchurch.
After a drawn two-day game against Canterbury Country, South Canterbury lost to Christchurch Metro by 163 runs in a 50-over match yesterday.
South Canterbury made a strong start with the ball, thanks to opening bowlers Temuka's Nathan McNicol and Celtic's Ben Watson removing the openers before the home team scored.
That was as good as it got for South Canterbury as a third wicket stand of 242 made them toil hard.
Christchurch Metro eventually finished on 272 for three from their 50 overs.
McNicol finished with two for 50 from his 10 overs.
South Canterbury put up little resistance with the bat, bundled out for 109, with Matt Brown's 21, the only notable contribution.
South Canterbury coach Justin Thompson said he had the batting lineup to scores runs but their fielding would need to improve.
"I thought we were slack in the field; ones became twos," Thompson said.
South Canterbury's draw with Canterbury Country suffered from the same batting issues.
South Canterbury managed 151 all out in their first innings, with Waimate's Glen Drake top-scoring with 22, with fellow Waimate batsman Lachie Robertson and Celtic's Tom Pavletich adding 21.
Canterbury Country's reply of 175 was anchored by 80 from Harry Chamberlain.
South Canterbury spinner Brown took four for 66 from 19 overs, while Drake, Watson and McNicol each grabbed two wickets.
Having given up first-innings points, South Canterbury mustered a slightly better 177 all out in their second innings.
Canterbury Country ended their second innings on 88 for four, with Watson taking three wickets.
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