Hawke Cup team finish with first innings loss
By Terry O'Neil on Tuesday, 21 February 2017


North Otago 120 ( G.R. Cameron 28, T.M. Shields 20, B.N.J. Lockrose 6-41, J.I. Mockford 3-34 ) & 213-6 ( C.M. Smith 83, R.J. George 39no, F. Mostert 23 )
Southland 176 ( S.M. Fitzgibbon 70, J.I. Mockford 26no, B.N.J. Lockrose 23, R.J. Prattley 20, F. Mostert 3-60, M.I. James 2-6, C.M. Smith 2-36, S.C. Kitto 2-46 )
First innings win to Southland
Scorecard for the match

Southland confirmed its Zone four challenge for the Hawke Cup when it defeated North Otago in Invercargill over the weekend on the first innings. North Otago won the toss and Thomas Shields(20) and Glynn Cameron(28) gave North Otago a forty three run opening stand but against the Southland attack only Regan George and Jeremy Smith reached double figures as Ben Lockrose carved through the North Otago line up taking six for 41 off his twenty overs.Lockrose was well supported by Jack Mockford who finished with three for 43 as North Otago was bundled out for 120. Southland struggled against the North Otago bowlers and it was only a fine innings from Shaun Fitzgibbon(70) and a 36 runs tenth wicket stand from Mockford(26 not out) and Lockrose(23) that carried the home side through to 176.Craig Smith and two first class debutantes, Scott Kitto and Mason James ,took two wickets each.

The respective captains called it quits as North Otago in its second innings battle through to 213 with Craig Smith the anchor with a fine 83 before he was run out. Regan George showed plenty of skill and confidence and was unbeaten on 39 when the stumps were pulled.

Mid Canterbury won its first outright victory of the season in Ashburton when it defeated Otago Country by thirty two ransomed Canterbury batted first against Otago Country and was dismissed for 142 with Bevan Ravenscroft(27), Bo Houston(26) and James Southby(20) the best of the batsmen. Otago Country's Fraser Wilson destroyed the Mid Canterbury line-up bowling eight overs, three of which were maidens to take five wickets for six runs. Otago Country however was dismissed in tsp. first innings for 121 with Jonathan Homer(24) and Tom Myles(30) showing some resistance. Mid Canterbury was 32 for one at stumps on the first day and it was dismissed for 139 in its second innings. Otago Country needing 161 to win outright was dismissed for 129.

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