Softball: Otago snaps 20-year losing streak

Otago has broken a 20-year drought with a stunning win over Canterbury at the Jefferies Cup men's softball tournament in Christchurch today.

Led by a spectacular performance from Ben Watts, Otago has beaten the formidable Canterbury Red Sox 3-0 in the opening game.

Watts, the finest Otago-developed player in years, smashed a home run with brother Cam on base to give Otago a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

Ben Watts also pitched the full game, holding Canterbury scoreless and to just three hits.

An insurance run in the fourth inning gave Otago a first win over its powerful neighbour since 1992.