Canterbury have set Otago a demanding target of 284 if the
visitors are to win their Ford Trophy one-day match in
The first round of the Ford Trophy one-day competition has
thrown up plenty of challenges - and a possible new cap - for
Otago coach Vaughn Johnson.
Shortly after learning how to hold a bat or how to bowl
overarm, you were probably taught to always bat first - well,
Otago opening batsman Hamish Rutherford got some good news
for lunch and it had nothing to do with fact there was ham on
Gloucestershire professional James Fuller helped carry Otago
to its largest win with a maiden 10-wicket bag on Saturday.
What a thrill it was to watch Otago complete a near-perfect
twenty/20 season with a four-wicket win against Wellington in
the final on Sunday.
People deal with victory very differently. Otago
all-rounder Ian Butler leapt down the pitch and punched the
air in delight.
It was not perfect, but it was the perfect finish.
Otago import Ryan ten Doeschate should get plenty of sleep on
his flight to Bangladesh today.
From the moment Jacob Duffy was first sighted in Otago
colours, there seemed to be something a bit special about the
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