Kaikorai batsman Saj Senadeera looks to guide the ball
through the off side during the Otago-Southland knockout
final at Bishopscourt yesterday. The Invercargill Metro
wicketkeeper is Ryan Duffy. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Dunedin cricket club Kaikorai will represent the Otago
and Southland region in the national knockout tournament in
Auckland at Easter, after beating Invercargill's Metro Tigers
Bathed in sunshine, Bishopscourt looked set to produce an
enthralling final between the two sides but the match turned
into a one-sided fixture.
The Kaikorai bowlers bowled with skill and precision to
embarrass the more southern Metro side, winning by 142 runs.
Opening bowlers Tom Myles (four for 17) and Will Deerness
(two for 10), destroyed any chance Metro had of chasing down
199 for victory.
Batting first, Kaikorai started slowly and was struggling at
26 for three, before Saj Senadeera (32) and Shamika Rodrigo
(52) combined for a 73-run partnership to help control the
After Senadeera's dismissal, Tim Muir came to the crease and
hit 48 off 46 balls, before Will Deerness (22), hit a late
flurry to finish the innings off and give Kaikorai a total of
198 to defend.
Metro would have felt confident chasing 199 for the win,
after an impressive performance against Green Island a
However, Deerness and Muir ripped through the openers,
dismissing three of the first four batsmen for ducks.
The only stand of solidarity by the Metro batsmen was between
Hamish Cooke and Mark Beer, the couple hitting 38 runs for
the seventh wicket, before spinner Tim Muir came into the
attack and skittled the Metro batsmen.
Muir finished with figures of three wickets for three runs.
Kaikorai captain Iain Robertson said it was good for his
young team to win the contest.
''After the good year last year, it was good to pick up
things [this season] and win something.''
Robertson attributed the team's success in making the
national finals to the players that continually stepped up
all year when numbers were thin.
''It paid off today, and also playing at home helped,'' he
By John McKenzie.