Otago never in hunt in loss to Canterbury

Otago was behind the eight-ball right from the start of its one-day game against Canterbury in Christchurch yesterday and suffered a heavy loss.

The home team opted to bat first at Hagley Oval and simply did not muck about.

It was going at five an over straight away and, at one stage, looked to be headed to well over 300.

At the halfway mark, Canterbury was 130 for one wicket and would have been confident of getting a big score.

It eventually ended up on 292 for five.

In reply, Otago failed to get going and was out for 175.

Josh Finnie dislocated his shoulder while fielding a ball and had to go to hospital to get it put back in. He did not bat.

Otago coach Rob Walter said it was an OK bowling and fielding performance and the last 10 overs were good to keep Canterbury under 300.

But the batting was not good enough and players were guilty of poor shot selection and not enough partnerships.

The Otago chase lost wickets early and could not sustain any momentum.

The loss of Finnie was felt as he had been in good form, Walter said.

Canterbury batsmen Cole McConchie scored a brisk 60 to get his side closer to 300.

He faced just 49 balls and hit three sixes and three fours as he put the foot down near the end of the innings.

The Otago bowling attack did not fare well.

Captain Jacob Duffy and Nathan Smith took a wicket each while Matt Bacon and Rippon were expensive.

Facing a hefty target against a quality attack, Otago needed to get off to a quick and solid start.

But it had to wait until the third over to get its first run and Canterbury has a reasonable attack, the likes of Ed Nuttall and Andrew Hazeldine asking plenty of questions.

Mitch Renwick was the first to go and he was followed by Nick Kelly and Dean Foxcroft, who fell in the same Hazeldine over.

When Neil Broom went halfway through the 14th over with just 51 runs on the board, it was white-flag material from Otago.

Otago did not bring up its 100 until the 22nd over as it slipped further behind the asking rate. Rippon hit some good shots but it was too little, too late and Otago slipped out of the contest.

At Lincoln, Central Districts won the toss and batted, getting through to 270 in its 50 overs.

In reply, Northern Districts reached the target with eight balls to spare.

The other match was also at Lincoln and Wellington scored a hefty 344 for five wickets against Auckland. Andrew Fletcher and Rachin Ravindra shared a 222-run opening partnership and the side from the capital kicked on from there.

In reply, Auckland put up a solid effort in which Colin Munro scored a century but it fell seven runs short.


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