Otago Country wins schools tournament

The winning Otago Country primary schools cricket team after winning its final in Rangiora. Back...
The winning Otago Country primary schools cricket team after winning its final in Rangiora. Back row: Sandy Wilson (coach), middle row (from left) Tony Omelvena (coach), Harley Turnbull, Richie Cavanagh, Oscar Crowe, Angus O’Neil, Baxter Dimond, Jack Scott, Reuben Bogue (manager), front row (from left) Ethan McSkimming, Billy Wilson, Hugo Bogue (captain), Alfie Omelvena-Flame (vice-captain), Jack O’Connor. PHOTO: ANGELA SPACKMAN
Otago Country may possess some of the south’s future cricket stars.

The association won the South Island Primary Schools Boys Cricket Championship, held in Rangiora earlier this month.

A strong performance in the final, in which it beat Canterbury convincingly, clinched the trophy.

Coach Sandy Wilson said it had been a great effort from the team.

Different players had stepped up at different stages throughout the tournament and contributed to the result.

He said the team’s fielding and bowling in particular had been exceptional.

The tournament consisted of four twenty20 games over two days in qualifying, before 40 over games in the semifinals and finals.

Otago Country qualified fourth, despite losing just one of its four opening games.

It then toppled the unbeaten South Canterbury in the semifinal by 29 runs, Alfie Omelvena-Flame key in taking four wickets for 19 runs to hold it to 108 for eight.

In the final it set Canterbury 184 for eight, Hugo Bogue putting in an impressive knock of 64.

It then bowled out Canterbury for 118, Harley Turnbull taking three for eight and Jack Scott chipping in with two for 17.

Dunedin Gold finished seventh, and North Otago bounced back with two wins in the 40 over games after struggling on the first two days.

The girls tournament begins today in Christchurch.


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