North Otago vs South Canterbury
North Road Ground, Oamaru, 23/24 January 1896

South Canterbury 117 ( Ferguson 28, C.H. MacIntosh 21no, C.A. Jefferson 20, S.G. Raymond 14, M.S. Holmes 4-31, Hewat 3-33, Crawford 2-32 ) & 58 ( Allen 21, Hewat 5-21, M.S. Holmes 5-28 )
North Otago 144 ( W. McDonald 48, R. Hewat 28, M.S. Holmes 14, Allen 4-32, MacIntosh 3-56, Fanthorpe 2-18 ) & 33-5 ( A. Crawford 15, McIntosh 3-0, Allen 2-0 )
North Otago won by 5 wickets.
Scorecard for the match

Throughout the 1800's, there was a developing close bond between cricket in what are now the North Otago, South Canterbury and the Mid Canterbury Cricket Associations. The Oamaru Cricket Club had frequently played matches against teams from Timaru clubs and Waitaki Boys High School which had opened in the 1880's played its first interschool's in both cricket and rugby against the Timaru High School. It was this close bond that saw the creation of the Waitaki Association in 1892 to regulate cricket in the regions, however in less than a year this Association collapse due to various factors. Cricketers in Timaru and Ashburton were quick to move after the disbanding of the Waitaki Association, with South Canterbury being formed soon after including all the regions that made up the old Association excluding south of the Waitaki river.
Cricketers south of the Waitaki were slow to move after the collapse and it wasn't to be until 1897 that a new cricket association, the North Otago Cricket Association, would be formed.
One year before this event the North Otago Senior Cricket Team made its debut against South Canterbury in Oamaru. The team was dominated by Oamaru Cricket Club players with all players being from the club. Robert Hewat had played one first class match for Otago during the 1889/90 season.

The following reports appeared in the North Otago Times on the 24th January, 1896
The above match was started yesterday afternoon at the North Road Ground in the presence of perhaps 1000 spectators most of whom were ladies. The visitors comprised players from different clubs playing in the South Canterbury Association, but as the match lasts two days many of the best men were unable to get away. The North Otago team consisted altogether of the Oamaru Cricket Club. Jefferson, who captained the South Canterbury, won the toss from Francis and decided to bat.
Raymond and Sugden were the opening batsman. Both batted very steadily till Sugden was run out with the total at 12. The next two wickets fell rapidly, and with 4 wickets at 23, things did not look to well for the visiting team. Raymond contributed 14 out of the total by nice play. On Jefferson's advent matters began to improve, the seventh wicket falling with the total at 60, Jefferson making 20 by pretty cricket. Ferguson, and Mackintosh, however, made the stand of the innings, and for a time seemed to have got the upper hand of the bowling, Ferguson was eventually caught at the wickets for 28, made by vigorous cricket, marred however, by an easy chance. MacKintosh carried his bat for a very serviceable 21, the total of the innings being 117. The fielding of the North Otago team was only fair.
At 4.30 North Otago commenced their innings. The first wicket fell with the score at 1, and the next at 25. J Borton and W McDonald then become associated and, notwithstanding several changes in the bowling, scored rapidly; Borton however, after together 13, was clean bowled by Fanthorpe. Hewat took his place, and the score continued to mount, the runs principally from McDonald, who was at length caught after making 48 - a very useful innings. The fifth wicket fell at 96, and then, when the visitors total was just reached, Hewat was bowled for 28. Chaffey and M. S. Holmes then got together, and managed to keep up their wickets till the call of time, the score being 132 for 6 wickets.
The tedium of the afternoon was nicely broken by afternoon tea kindly provided by Mrs Francis, and greatly appreciated.

Play was resumed this morning at 10a.m. North Otago's score standing at 132 for 6 wickets. The remaining batsmen however only added 12 runs to the score of which C Ferens made 8 not out, the innings closed for 144 - 27 runs to the good.
South Canterbury then commenced their second innings to the bowling of Hewat and M.S. Holmes. The batsmen made a very poor stand, indeed the first 9 wickets falling for 23 runs. Kallaugher and Allen getting together hit out and increased the score by 25 for the last wicket, the former carrying his bat for 12 while Allen made 21. Hewat and Holmes both bowled splendidly. North Otago knocked up the 32 runs required with the loss of 5 wickets. A. Crawford 15 and Chaffey 11 (not out) getting double figures. The game thus ended in favour of North Otago by 5 wickets.


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