Bay of Plenty will take the Hawke Cup into next year’s NZ Cricket competition, after retaining the prestigious Minor Association prize, with the fourth Direct Challenge of the season ending in rain affected draw against Southland over the weekend (10-12 March 2017).
A slightly delayed start, to the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge played at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, saw the South Island visitors bat first after winning the toss.
At 113 for the loss of five wickets, the early momentum lay with the home side. At stumps on day one, Southland had reached 187/5 with Jason Domigan on 73not out.
The recuperative powers at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui, were on display in spades, on the second day of the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge. Continuous overnight and morning rainfall made the chances of play look improbable, however Southland recommenced their turn at bat 2.10pm, resuming at 187/5.
The home side bowlers struck quickly taking five wickets in the first hour’s play, however Jason Domigan continued on from his overnight total of 73 runs, before he was given out hit wicket for 82. Southland were eventually removed for 247 just before tea. Jono Boult was the best of the home sides bowling attack taking three wickets for 44runs.
The Southland bowlers struck early, grabbing their first wicket with just 16 runs on the board. The second Bay of Plenty wicket fell at the 30 run mark. Bad light stopped play on day two, with the hosts in some trouble at 70 for the loss of three wickets.
Southland continued on from where they lost off on the morning of the final day, grabbing two quick wickets, to have the Bay five down with just 95 runs on the board. Jono Boult and Sean Davey, set about getting their side back into contention for first innings points, however the players were on and off the field several times due to the continuing rain.
Bay of Plenty reached 157/5 at tea, however the heavens opened again with the match eventually declared a draw. Jono Boult finished on an unbeaten 38 with Sean Davey 32 not out.
Hawke Cup Direct Challenge 10-12 March 2017 - Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Southland 247 (JM Domigan 82, SM Fitzgibbon 33, JDYK Ng 23, JB McKenzie 22, JF Mockford 22: JJ Boult 3/44; BR Hampton 2/41, TC Goodin 2/60)
Bay of Plenty 157/5 (JJ Boult 38no, SB Davey 32no, RPO Drysdale 28; JL Osbourne 2/26, BJ Andrews-Kennedy 2/45)
Result: Match Drawn
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