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Canterbury Country (Batting) v Otago Country

Hawke Cup home for the winter

The Canterbury Country cricket team were aiming to tuck the Hawke Cup away for the winter, after capturing it from Hamilton, when they met Otago Country at Mainpower Oval over the weekend. Otago Country won the toss and elected to bat, however morning dew delayed the start to the match. Once underway, Otago Country put on 228/7, with Steve Hobson reaching 93 not out. Shannan Stewart was the pick of the Canterbury Country bowlers taking three wickets.

On day two, Canterbury Country had their country cousins, Otago, all out for 257, Hobson making his century, finally out for 111. Former Netherland international, Tim Gruijters , also picking up three wickets for the local side. The early loss of New Zealand U19 player, Rhys Mariu, was a blow, but by the end of day two, Canterbury Country were only 32 runs behind, at 226/2. Rupert Young finished the day unbeaten on 116.

Day three saw another lengthy delay to the start of play. Young finished his innings at 166, finally out bowled by Sam Bastin. He was ably supported by Harry Chamberlain, who picked up a half century. Canterbury Country had taken a first innings lead, and by lunchtime the match was called a draw, with the Canterbury Country at 357/5, and the Hawke Cup secured for the off season.

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