Fine win sets Otago up for vital clash

Otago has struck good form heading into the crunch stage of the New Zealand men’s interprovincial at the Ashburton club.

A resounding 4-1 win over Tasman yesterday afternoon was the ideal way to prepare for a titanic clash with defending champion Canterbury today.

Otago had the bye yesterday morning and wasted no time taking control of the afternoon match.

No 1 Tom Lee (6 and 5), No 2 Ryan Bellamy (8 and 6) and No 4 Jacob Bellamy (5 and 4) all had comfortable wins.

At No 3, Callum Judkins won the last hole to halve his clash with Matt Grimes.

No5 Brandon Hodgson also came through under pressure, making birdie on the last hole to halve his match against Paul Silke.

Otago would not be out of the running for the semifinals if it could not beat Canterbury today, but a loss would mean Otago would almost certainly have to beat both Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay tomorrow, plus have other results go its way.

Otago is one of four teams with two wins. Wellington, Waikato and Taranaki lead the tournament with three wins each.

 - Hayden Meikle

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