Sth Otago T20 title to Milton after deciding super over

The Milton King Crabs won the South Otago twenty20 competition with a super-over win over the Kai Kings at the Balclutha Showgrounds on Saturday.

Kai limped through to 100 all out in the final over of the innings. Kai could not form any meaningful partnerships and was up against a fired-up Milton bowling attack.

The Kings were 64 for the loss of seven when Allan Thomson and son Luc combined for the biggest partnership of the innings.

The two ran well between the wickets and piled plenty of pressure on the Milton fielders.

Thomson senior top-scored for the Kings with 21 off 22 deliveries.

Luc Thomson’s 17 was also a useful contribution.

Opening bowler Brad Frost took three for 14 runs and Kent Nurse claimed three for 17.

Milton’s chase was in trouble early, with both openers back in the sheds in the first over.

Skipper Braden Adams and Dylan Mathieson helped rebuild.

The two took their time and blunted the Kai attack to push Milton through to 28 for the loss of three in the ninth over.

Frost, though, anchored the chase with 54 not out. But he was running out of partners as Kai captain Mark Shepherd turned the match back in his side’s favour with four wickets for three runs from four overs.

Milton needed 11 to win off the final over with one wicket remaining.

The Crabs got 10 off the first five balls to level the score but Kings bowler Ethan Gilder held his nerve and bowled No11 batter Jared Hayes to set up the first super over in South Otago Cricket history.

Milton batted first in the super over and scored nine runs.

King’s fell two runs short in reply.

 - Francis Parker

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