Country takes unexpected win

Otago Country came from well back to beat South Canterbury outright in a Hawke Cup contest in Timaru over the weekend.

The Country team won by 68 runs after it dismissed the home side for just over 100 late yesterday.

Otago Country had batted first and was dismissed for 178. Steve Hobson was the only Country payer who did any damage with the bat and scored 82. Matt Brown took a five-wicket bag for South Canterbury.

Glen Drake, who batted in the middle order for South Canterbury, made 110 and the home side ended up all out for 207, a lead of 29 runs. Tom Myles bowled well to take six wickets for just 44 runs.

Otago Country went back into bat and put the pedal down, chasing quick runs. Taylor Cumberland and Cam Jackson combined for an opening partnership of 119 runs off just 70 balls.

Jackson was dismissed for 68 while Cumberland was out for 55. Central Otago declared for 201 for seven wickets in the 26th over.

The target for South Canterbury was 173 and the home team got off to a quick start, scoring 39 off the first six overs.

South Canterbury came out after tea and appeared to be going well before the wheels quickly fell off.

Guy Rowley came to the bowling crease for Country and took three wickets in an over.

South Canterbury gave up the chase and tried to bat for survival. The home team kept losing wickets, although the tail tried hard.

Myles picked up an injury and had to stop bowling with eight balls left in the game.

Tim McCormick came on and with his second ball gained the final wicket, Cam Jackson taking the catch to seal an unexpected victory.


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