North Otago beat Mid Canterbury outright by 132 runs to
move to the top of the Hawke Cup points table, although this
was North Otago's final game.
Evergreen David Sewell took eight wickets for the match and
in doing so, claimed his 200th wicket for North Otago.
Mid Canterbury won the toss on a greenish Milner Park pitch
and put North Otago in to bat on Saturday.
North Otago lost top order batsmen Jeremiah Shields (15),
Jordan Horrell (8), Ben Cant (10) and Ed Smith (35) to be 80
for four. Rob Polson took the wickets of Shields and Cant.
Stephan Grobler (58) and Duncan Drew added 32 for the fifth
wicket before Drew was dismissed and, further down the order,
Sean Conlan (24) and Jeremy Smith (39 not out) ,batting at 10
on his debut, along with David Sewell (12), enabled North
Otago to close at 219, 75 minutes before tea.
Ben Ward (28) and Rob Polson (19) gave Mid Canterbury an
encouraging start to be 48 without loss at tea, but the final
session of the day was disastrous for Mid Canterbury. It lost
eight wickets to be 138 for eight at stumps on the first day,
81 runs in arrears.
The top four Polson (28), Ward (33), Des Kruger (20) and Jono
Print (29 not out) provided some stability, but the last four
wickets to fall added only 19 runs. David Sewell, off 19
overs, finished the day with three for 52, while left arm off
spinner Jordan Horrell and Smith took two wickets each.
Mid Canterbury was dismissed for 139 early on the second day
with Print unbeaten on 30. Sewell took four for 52, Horrell,
three for 10 off nine overs and Ed Smith two for 33.
At lunch North Otago had a lead of 188, with five
second-innings wickets in hand. Of the top five batsmen, only
Cant, with 34, showed any resistance. At the break Drew (21)
and Conlan (15) were not out.
The North Otago second innings closed at 178, leaving Mid
Canterbury to score 259 runs, in a minimum of 53 overs. North
Otago wicketkeeper Sean Conlan top-scored with 61, adding an
invaluable 44 runs for the ninth wicket with Jeremy Smith.
Mid Canterbury went to tea at 44 for three and wickets fell
regularly, as Sewell finished with four for 33. His dismissal
of Rhys Phillips gave the left armer his 200th first class
wicket for North Otago. Mid Canterbury was dismissed for 126,
as spinners Horrell and Grobler wrapped up the win.
By Terry O'Neill.