Both the Otago men’s and women’s sevens teams are through to the national finals in Tauranga in two weeks.
Southern football teams made it three from three this weekend.
Canterbury got the points decision by three runs across two games.
Ollie Newton is the Otago half of the Wellington duo which sunk the Volts in the Ford Trophy final in Dunedin on Saturday.
The bowlers hogged all the fun at Sunnyvale on Saturday.
Despite Otago’s desperate attempt to claw their way back into Ford Trophy final on Saturday, Wellington emerged as deserving winners.
Wellington all-rounder Malcolm Nofal has led his side to a three-wicket win in the Ford Trophy final against the Volts at the University of Otago Oval.
You want Bradley Scott in your line-up if you are playing in a final. The former Otago left-armer played in four consecutive one-day finals and collected three titles — a very acceptable hit rate.
Why is it typically a top-order batsman who captains a side?
Otago’s Cinderella rise from battler to finalist this season has been put down to the wonderful form Hamish Rutherford has shown at the top of the order.
Nathan Smith opens the bowling. He bats in the top five. He is in the leadership group. He bowls during the death. He has scored critical runs. He is just 20 years old.
Wellington has claimed a spot in the one-day final with a three-wicket win against Auckland in the elimination final at Eden Park Outer Oval yesterday.
Junior cricketers (from left) Jay Berry (9), Fletcher Key (10), Harry Bezett (10), Ella Bezett (8) and Brooke Paterson (9) burst through the gates of the University of Otago Oval yesterday.
Neil Broom is the only survivor from the last Otago team to host a one-day final and his memory is pretty sketchy.
The one-day final is on Saturday but the Otago Cricket Association is already a winner.
If Otago could order up an opponent for Saturday's home final, it would have to be Auckland.
Jayden Tohill has the hardest job in Dunedin this week.
Dunedin boxer Kurt Winklemann credits the sport for helping him turn his life around.
Otago will skip the one-day elimination final and host the final instead.
Otago is hosting the one-day final at the University of Otago Oval on Saturday and you would not want to miss the conclusion to one of the best Cinderella storylines this year.