At last, trophy returns to Taieri

Warren Barnes
Warren Barnes

Taieri has got its hands on the Jack Fraser Memorial cricket trophy.

The trophy has been contested between Taieri and Carisbrook-Dunedin since the late 1980s.

Carisbrook - before it merged with Dunedin - had a mortgage on the cup for the first eight years.

It is up for grabs during the first one-day match played between the two clubs each season and Taieri emerged victorious late last month at Tonga Park.

Taieri batted first and posted 190. Jack Hunter top-scored with 43 and Sam Butler (30), Jarryd Taig (28) and Ben Lockrose (28) all made useful contributions.

Richard Sillars picked up four wickets for Carisbrook-Dunedin and scored 25 at the top of the innings.

But the home side faltered and was dismissed for a paltry 127, gifting Taieri a 63-run win.

Taieri fast bowler Warren Barnes took four wickets to help seal the win.

Jack Fraser was a stalwart of the Carisbrook club. He served on the board of the Otago Cricket Association and lived in Mosgiel during the 1950s.

His family donated a trophy in his name after he died. It is one of three trophies Taieri regularly plays for.

Taieri once again looks to have a promising bowling attack but the batting tends to let the team down.

Former Otago and New Zealand wicketkeeper Barry Milburn has been helping out at the club, providing some coaching for the keepers, while club stalwart Michael MacKenzie is coaching the seniors and life member Malcolm Hope is also chipping in with some coaching.

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