North Otago aiming for more consistent batting

North Otago has an opportunity to get its Hawke Cup campaign back on track at home today.

After a first-innings loss to Otago Country before Christmas, it will host South Canterbury in Oamaru this weekend.

A poor batting effort hindered North Otago when it met Otago Country.

It was bowled out for 118, while its opponent put on 253 to claim first innings honours.

North Otago responded well in the second innings with 306 for five, on the back of a century from young batsman Amal Ashok on debut.

More of that resilience will be needed against South Canterbury.

North Otago coach Stu Slack told the Oamaru Mail earlier this week that a good start was the team’s focus.

"We obviously did really well in the second innings down there but we need to make sure that happens in our first innings," he said.

"Hopefully we get a big score on the board, and bowl really well, and make them earn their runs."

He said South Canterbury was an aggressive team with the bat and it would be important for North Otago to hit its areas well with the ball.

The team will have to make do without star batsman Llew Johnson, who will be away playing for the Volts in the Super Smash.

Stephan Grobler and Ben Kay would also be missing from the team that played Otago Country.

Spin bowler Scott Kitto and seamer Blake James would come in to replace them.

The match is due to begin at 10.30am today at Centennial Park and will be played over two days.

Hawke Cup

Centennial Park,  this weekend

North Otago: Lachie Kingan (c), Jeremy Smith, Amal Ashok, Tom Dempster, Cameron Grubb, Blake James, Mason James, Nick Johnston, Scott Kitto, Jeremiah Shields, Thomas Shields, Quinn Wardle.

South Canterbury: Liam Beck, Daniel Campbell, Toby Clemett, Taine Cordell-Hull, Ben Davenport, Caleb Donaldson, Glen Drake (c), Phil Lill, Sam Porter, Mart Otley, Shaun Rooney, William Sharp.

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