North Otago beaten by Hawkes Bay in first defence
By Terry O'Neil/Scott Cameron on Tuesday, 01 March 2016

Below are the reports from Terry O'Neill of the Otago Daily Times at the end of play of both days in the Hawke Cup Challenge.

Day One

In a thrilling end to the first day of the Hawke Cup challenge between the holders North Otago and challengers Hawkes Bay North Otago snatched a three run first innings lead with North Otago opener Lachie Kingan (37) the ninth wicket to fall. North Otago won the toss at Milner Park and put Hawkes Bay in to bat. North Otago took the honours in the first session going to lunch with Hawkes Bay 100 for the loss of seven wickets with Jeremy Smith and Francois Mostert taking three each and Ben Cant grabbing the other. The bowling was backed up by committed fielding by North Otago. Hawkes Bay opener Jacob Smith looked comfortable for his 37 while Angus Schaw(21) was the only other batsman to offer support. North Otago wrapped up the Hawkes Bay innings taking the last three wickets for 122 in the thirty fourth over. Francois Mostert added to his haul of wickets with four for 65 off 13.4 overs while Jeremy Smith took three for 21 off ten overs and Ben Cant, the only other bowlers used, claimed three for 34 off his ten overs.

The Hawkes Bay spin attack of Gilliam Pretorius and Ajaz Patel slowed down the run rate with Pretorius finishing with six for 39 while Patel was all economy conceding only eleven runs off eleven overs. Jacob Smith took two for 14 and the other wicket went to medium pacer Liam Dudding.

In the seven overs remaining on the first day Hawkes Bay at stumps was thirteen for two having lost the wickets of Edmondson and Patel.

Day Two

Hawkes Bay denied North Otago the opportunity of a second defence of the Hawke Cup when it scored a convincing 152 run win over the home side at Milner Park late on Saturday afternoon with a third day of play not required.

Hawkes Bay started the second day at 13 for two but it was the top and bottom batting order that swung the game the Hawkes Bay way. Skipper and opening bat Jacob Smith led the way with a confident 79 to give the innings impetus but apart from Indika Senarathne(36) it was left to Gilliam Pretorius(59) and Liam Dudding to feature in a tenth wicket stand sixty six runs which effectively took the game away from North Otago. Mostert off twenty five overs took four for 98 to give him an eight wicket bag for the match. The left off spin of North Otago captain, Jordan Horrell earnt him three for 66 while the leg spin of Stephan Grobler took two for twenty as Hawkes Bay sailed on to 248.

Requiring 245 to win North Otago was soon in trouble losing opener Jeremiah Shields at four and the side tumbled to sixty for six with only Ben Cant(22) showing any stick ability against the spin attack of Gilliam Pretorius, Ajaz Patel and Angus Schaw which ripped through the North Otago line-up which collapsed to be all out for 93. Schaw took four for 21, Patel, three for 21 and Pretorius, two for 15.

Hawkes Bay started the second day with an overall lead of ten runs with eight second wickets in hand. It dominated the bulk of the session with captain Jacob Smith dominating the North Otago bowling attack which was not helped by some loose fielding. Smith and Rupert Young added ninety one runs for the third wicket before Young was dismissed for twenty. Smith(79) went without any addition to the total. The session then swung North Otago’s way as Francois Mostert grabbed two further wickets to have Hawkes Bay 167 for six at lunch an overall lead of 164 with four wickets in hand. But it was the Hawkes Bay tail that added the cream after the sixth and seventh wickets fell at 167 but a sixty six run tenth wicket stand between Gilliam Pretorius(59) and Liam Dudding(18) gave North Otago a target of 246 runs to retain the Shield. Bowling for North Otago Mostert took four for 98 and Jordan Horrell, three for 66 while Stephan Grobler claimed two for 20.


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