Otago coach Will Deerness was pretty satisfied with his
side's fourth placing at the under-19 national tournament in
Canterbury was the best team all tournament and won by a
comfortable margin when final games were played at the
Otago let some opportunities slip but also had some fine
moments and had four players named in a New Zealand under-19
training squad: bowlers Michael Rae and Jack Hunter and
all-rounders Alec Hodgson and Josh Finnie.
''If we had won our last game we were a chance at finishing
second, and that was probably a credit to the way everyone
performed rather than a couple of individuals,'' Deerness
''There were probably a couple of key games where we had
points on offer which we did not quite grasp.
''The one-day game against Wellington was one and the other
was in the twenty/20 game against Canterbury. If we had won
both those games, we probably would have finished a clear
''Having said that, I thought the boys played really good
cricket at times and they are young. We have seven returning
Hunter was Otago's second-leading wicket-taker at the
tournament with 17 wickets at an average of 20.23. The
right-arm medium pacer opened the bowling and was one of the
''standout bowlers at the tournament'', Deerness said.
''[Hunter] is a little bit quicker than you think. He has a
really good short ball and he has another year [in the
''Rae is a big strapping lad. He's tall, he bowls into the
wicket and got some really important wickets for us. His
economy rate wasn't that low but he certainly nicked off some
decent players and that was his role.
''Josh is 16 and a right-arm offspinner. He was brought into
the squad after we had a few injuries and was a really good
performer for us.
''He bowled really well... and had a couple of opportunities
up the batting order and made 67 batting at No 3 for us in
our twenty/20 game against Canterbury. He is certainly a kid
with a really promising future.''
Hodgson bowled first change and opened the batting in the
one-day games. He is a right-arm outswing bowler and another
''player of promise''.