U-Bix Cup Challenge
Southland vs North Otago
Queens Park, Invercargill, 22/23/24 March 1991


North Otago 119 ( M.J. Dodd 34, G.D. Johnston 33, R.J. Hill 5-27, J.K. Lindsay 5-50 ) & 80 ( K.J. Mansfield 38, J.W. Wilson 5-18, J.K. Lindsay 3-25 )
Southland 461 ( R.N. Hoskin 138, M.J. Lamont 130, K.B.K. Ibadulla 57, K.J. Burns 39, D.R. Murdoch 28, E.J. Hills 3-81, M.J. Dodd 2-79, D.A. Cartwright 2-100 )
Southland won by an innings and 262 runs.
Scorecard for the match

Jeff Wilson in action for NZ in 1993

Twenty three years after North Otago played in its first Hawke Cup challenge against Hawkes Bay, North Otago qualified for its second challenge, this time against Southland. The Hawke Cup had undergone a name change with U-Bix sponsoring the tournament. During the qualifying matches the team had one no result against Central Otago, an outright against Ashburton and a first innings win against South Canterbury. The first match was a high scoring affair with both teams scoring over 300 runs in their single innings and for North Otago opener David Reid making 130 runs. In the second match North Otago won by five wickets where in a contrast to the previous match was lower scoring affair. Pat Bleach taking 6-65 in Ashburton's second innings. Nigel Cartwright was the best of the batsmen scoring 47, and in the second batted North Otago through to the win with Michael Willetts (36 not out) recording a score of 72 not out when Ashburton's total was surpassed. The third and final game of the series saw North Otago easily take first innings points against South Canterbury with North Otago scoring 327 in its first and only innings. South Canterbury were asked to bat first they were bowled out for 114, Pat Bleach proved to be again the main wicket taker for the innings with 5-31. Batsman John Hills was the top scorer of the innings being caught out just one run short of a deserved century. Once again Nigel Cartwright was in the runs with 55. When stumps were called at the end of the second day South Canterbury had a 30 run lead with 3 wickets remaining in their second innings. After gaining first innings points North Otago qualified for the U-Bix Challenge.
Facing them was a formidable Southland team. For two seasons they had held the title of best minor association's side after beating the previous holders Northland in February 1989. When North Otago travelled south to Invercargill they had held the Hawke Cup for 14 defences and the team of 1990-91 contained five then current Otago Representatives in Michael Lamont, Ben Harris (brother of Chris Harris), Richard Hoskin, John Lindsay and Kasem Ibadulla. In the team also was a talented young 17 year old all-rounder called Jeff Wilson who in the next three years would debut for New Zealand in both cricket and rugby, and become a "double All Black".
Southland would hold the U-Bix cup for another season, and two defences -; until the final challenge in the 1991-92 season losing to the team they had previous taken the trophy of, Northland.

The North Otago team that played Southland was:
Grahame Johnston (captain), Kelvin Mansfield, Patrick Bleach (Valley), Alan Sandri, Grahame Ballantyne (Albion), David Reid, John Hills, Ross Ward, Nigel Cartwright (wicket keeper), David Cartwright (Oamaru), Michael Dodd (Union)
Grahame Pitches (Albion) was 12th man.

The Oamaru Mail published two reports on the match, one after the first days play entitled "Southland on target to retain U-Bix Cup", and another after the completion of the match entitled "Southland out-classes North Otago in U-Bix". Both articles were written by Simon Bloomberg.

The first article:
Southland cricket team are on target to record their 13 th successive defence of the U-Bix Cup after dominating North Otago on the first day of the final challenge for the trophy this season at Queens Park yesterday.
Opting to bat first, North Otago went to lunch in the impossible position of 41 for seven wickets and though all-rounder and his captain, Graeme Johnston, featured in a 61-run partnership for the eighth wicket, Robbie Hill and John Lindsay wrapped the innings up for 119 early in the afternoon session.
Medium pacer Hill finished with five for 27 of 22.2 overs and Lindsay, after having figures of 4-4 at the interval, finished with 5-50.
Otago representatives Michael Lamont and Kassem Ibadulla took Southland past the North Otago total in better than even time before their opening partnership was broken at 123.
John Hills picked up a second wicket before stumps when he bowled Ben Harris, but Southland had a 60-run lead by the close of play, Lamont was unbeaten on 89.
North Otago's manager Russell Kircher said today that his team was very nervous before the start of the game as a result played too tentatively.
"In hindsight it would have been better if we had bowled first to give the team a chance to calm down", he said.
Mr Kircher said North Otago was a much better side than yesterdays performance suggested and was hoping for a much better effort over the next couple of days.

The second article:
The North Otago cricket team lost its U-Bix Cup challenge against Southland by an innings and 262 runs at Queen's Park, Invercargill on Sunday.
The classy Southland side, strengthened by the return of its Otago Representatives, proved too good for the visitors, who did not play to their potential.
North Otago never recovered from the game's opening session on Friday when it was dismissed for 119 in its first innings.
A fiery opening spell of opening bowling by Jeff Wilson rocked North Otago in its second innings and it was bundled out for 80 runs.
Kelvin Mansfield batted very well for his 38 and was the only batsman part from Nigel Cartwright, who scored 13, to reach double figures.
Mike Dodd and Graham Johnson batted tenaciously on the first day.
North Otago's manager Russell Kircher said yesterday the players were disappointed with the result.
Despite the loss it was good experience for the team in particular the younger players he said.

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