Presidents Defeat Coaches On Final Ball
North Otago walks of the field at stumps on the second day of the Hawke Cup Challenge
Monday, 13 December 2021

The match of the second round of the Dick Hunt Competition was played between the two Oamaru Cricket Club sides with the Presidents XI beating the Coaches XI on the final ball of the innings.

Chasing 168 for victory, they got there with 5 wickets in hand after Kunal Mahajan notched up 79, and Lakshay Raj Siwach scored 38.

Earlier, the Coaches XI was led by Stephan Grobler's 80, 68 of his runs coming from boundaries. Fellow opener Regan George scored 28. For the President's XI Siwach took two for 37, and Reece Curle two for 26.

After being asked to bat first against Glenavy, Union reached 153/8 thanks to Kane Mclauchlan's 54 and Daniel Martin's 24. Jackson Henshaw (2-39), Hamish McCulloch (two for 21) and Zach Graham (two for 4) where the best of the bowlers.

Glenavy got off to a fast start thanks to opener Rodney Van Leeuwuen, however with his dismissal for 79 the home side struggled to maintain momentum. At the completion of 20 overs Glenavy was 138/6, 15 short of the Union total. Jackson Henshaw scored 24, while Jack Cameron (two for 17), and Blake James (two for 18) took two wickets each.

At Weston Albion made 137/6, with Ravinderjit Lalia making 27, Jacob Davies then scored 40 replacing Lalia when he was dismissed.

In its chase Robbie Smith fought hard to get Valley close, but with wickets falling at the other end he was playing a lone hand. Smith was eventually dismissed in the final over for 57, Valley finishing with 130/9, eight runs short of victory. For Albion Ricky Whyte took three for 23, Jacob Fowler took two for 17 and Ravinderjit Lalia took two for 21.

Presidents XI 168/5 (K. Mahajan 79, L Siwach 38) defeated Coaches XI 167/4 (S. Grobler 80, R. George 28, L. Siwach 2-37, R. Curle 2-26) by 5 wickets.

Union 153/8 (K. Mclauchlan 54, D. Martin 24, J. Henshaw 2-39, H. McCulloch 2-21, Zach Graham 2-4) defeated Glenavy 138/6 (R. Van Leeuwen 79, J. Henshaw 24, B. James 2-18, J. Cameron 2-17) by 15 runs.

Albion 137/6 (J. Davies 40, R. Lalia 27) defeated Valley 130/9 (R. Smith 57, R. Whyte 3-23, R. Lalia 2-21, J. Fowler 2-17) by 7 runs.

-Scott Cameron

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