Spinners close to saving day

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 14/12/2012

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The spinners almost got the South Canterbury under-19 cricket team out of a hopeless situation, before Mid Canterbury prevailed by four wickets in their 50-over match yesterday.

South Canterbury have struggled for runs at this week's Canterbury regional tournament at Burnside Park in Christchurch, and the trend continued.

South Canterbury were skittled for 127 in 36 overs, but the spin of Glen Drake almost got them home.

His figures of four for 17 had reduced Mid Canterbury to 67 for five in pursuit of the lowly target.

Brown then added a wicket with the score on 104, but in the end there were not enough runs to defend and Mid Canterbury reached the target with eight overs to spare.

Scott Willoughby opened with 21 off 19 balls, but when he departed the innings lost momentum. A battling 32 from Matt Brown was the only other score of substance.

South Canterbury coach Justin Thompson said his spinners did well, but he lamented the lack of a third spinner in the attack.

Captain Glen Drake did not use the third spin option in Ben Richards, who batted at No 11.

"It was a spinners' pitch, low and slow, and we took advantage (to get back in the game).

"Glen turned the ball and got good flight but we just couldn't get the breakthrough we needed."

Thompson said he was hoping two Twenty20 matches today would be the ideal format for his team to make their mark on the competition during the final day.

"We're threatening but so far haven't done it."

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