North Otago takes first innings
By Terry O'Neil on Tuesday, 12 December 2017

South Canterbury 77 ( L.J. Beck 25, B.C. Cant 4-14, F. Mostert 3-20, C.M. Smith 2-28 ) & 250 ( G.A. Drake 72, J.D.M. de Silva 54, J.L. Naylor 42, B.J. Watson 19, F. Mostert 5-95, B.C. Cant 2-24 )
North Otago 175 ( F. Mostert 46no, J.B. Smith 25, B.J. Kingan 20, B.C. Cant 19, N.G. Smith 14, S.J. Carlaw 4-37, J.D.M. de Silva 3-41 ) & 111-6 ( F. Mostert 31no, L.T. Kingan 27, N.G. Smith 16, S.G. Mair 5-55 )
First innings win to North Otago
Scorecard for the match

North Otago hung to retain first innings points in a Hawke Cup elimination game against South Canterbury in Oamaru over the weekend.

North Otago won the toss and asked South Canterbury to bat first on a pitch which was to produce some variable bounce. The decision of North Otago captain Craig Smith produced its rewards as South Canterbury was dismissed in its first innings for seventy seven with only three of the South Canterbury batsmen, Jacob Naylor(13), Liam Beck(25) and Dinesh de Silva(11) reaching double figures. North Otago's last'[[ seasons top allrounder Ben Cant made his first appearance for the season and off just five overs two of which were maidens took four for 14 and Cant was well supported by Francois Mostert who from the other end claimed three for 20 off thirteen overs.

Mostert carried over this form to the North Otago first innings where he top scored with an unbeaten forty six but five other batsmen, Cant(19), Jeremy Smith(26), Nathan Smith(14), James Ferris(13) and Brady Kingan(20) enabled North Otago to hold a first innings lead of ninety eight. Bowling for South Canterbury left arm spinner Sam Carlaw took four for 37 off twenty overs while de Silva off seventeen overs took three for 41 as North Otago was dismissed for 175.

At stumps on the first day Joe Williams (10) and Carlaw(4) saw their side through to fifteen without loss but still 83 runs in arrears going into the second day.

South Canterbury cut out the deficit in the first session on the second day and went to lunch at 139 for five an overall lead of 41 runs with Jacob Naylor leading the way with 42 invaluable runs. Glen Drake(72) batting at five looked settled but lost his wicket with a century in sight. Dinesh de Silva(54) stiffened the middle order before the South Canterbury tail order crumbled for the side to be all out for 250 an overall lead of 153 runs. Bowling for North Otago Francois Mostert bowled a massive 34 overs to take five for 95.

Chasing 153 to win North Otago lost opener Cant with the total at seven and then Craig Smith six runs later and the wicket of Duncan Drew fell with the total at 18. with Stan Mair taking two of the three wickets. North Otago closed up shop at six for eighty nine with Francois Mostert unbeaten on thirty one.


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