Slow start for South Canterbury primary team

Last updated 05:00 08/01/2014

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South Canterbury have got off to a slow start at the South Island primary schools' cricket tournament in Southland.

Yesterday's match against Marlborough in Winton was abandoned after 10 overs. Marlborough batted first and was 21-1 when rain stopped play with Charlie Martin the successful bowler with 1-8 off four overs.

However, on Monday, South Canterbury ground out a draw against North Otago in Invercargill.

North Otago batted first and after being in trouble at 9-2 went on to make 176-5 declared from 59 overs.

Unfortunately for South Canterbury, while the ground fielding was excellent, they dropped North Otago's S Kitto three times including while on a duck and he went on to anchor their innings with 97.

Standout bowlers for South Canterbury were Gabriel Evans with 1-17 off 10 overs, Charlie Martin 1-18 off 10 and Tedd Grigg 0-10 off 7.

In reply, South Canterbury lost wickets just as they were establishing new partnerships and this often meant starting again. Gabriel Evans (14) and top-scorer William Sharp (47) added 45 for the third wicket, and James Arscott (22no) and William Johnson added 30 runs for the ninth wicket as they helped South Canterbury to get very close to their target, but facing less overs (50) ended up with a draw finishing the day 161-9.

South Canterbury play Mid Canterbury in Gore today.

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- The Timaru Herald

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