OTAGO Country earned a first innings win against Southland in their Hawke Cup match in Alexandra last weekend.
On Saturday morning, Otago Country won the toss and chose to bat at Molyneux Park.
A minute’s silence before play acknowledged the passing of Otago Country patron, life member and friend Stewart McKnight, who died on the bowling green in Ranfurly earlier this month.
The locals then worked through to 314 before being bowled out in their 80th over. Sukhdev Singh scored a patient 92 runs with support from an equally controlled Mitchell van Schaik (38).
Further down the order, three batsmen scored runs quicker than a run a ball; Amrit Gossal 43, Marcus Frost 44 and Sam Blakely 33.
Southland bowlers Kieran Lloyd, Kurt Thompson and Jack Mockford took three wickets each.
Southland batsmen had some awkward overs to get through before ending day one on 14-1 with captain Jared McKenzie at the crease.
McKenzie and Brendon Domigan (25) put together a 66-run partnership on Sunday morning. Classy teenager Benji Culhane (35) then looked comfortable before being trapped LBW by Singh. Southland’s hopes rested on McKenzie who brought up his century before lunch.
Soon after lunch, Michael Goldstein took the wicket of McKenzie (114) and Swaran Sandhu took two wickets the following over to leave Southland reeling.
Otago Country bowler Sam Blakely took the final wicket of Hamish Skelt (19) to finish the innings with the figures of 3-46.