Canterbury Country has locked away the historic Hawke Cup for the 2020 winter after having dominated a drawn match with Zone 4 challenger Otago Country at Rangiora’s Mainpower Oval.
Despite having won the toss and batted on Friday, Otago Country’s first challenge since 2011 – when the diminutive association briefly held the Cup – saw them overtaken on the first innings during the first session of the final day today, before the captains agreed to call the game at lunchtime.
By then, Canterbury Country had coasted to 357 for the loss of just five wickets, a lead of 100 runs.
Rupert Young (166) and veteran Shanan Stewart had guided the side past Otago Country’s marker of 257 all out earlier in the session, after play finally got underway following a lengthy ground delay.
Harry Chamberlain had then been dismissed on the fifth ball of the morning without adding to his overnight 56, but Young carried on from his overnight 116* to reach 166 in a six-hour knock that took Canterbury Country beyond the 300-mark.
It’s been a good week on the batting front for the Young family with elder brother Will having scored an unbeaten Plunket Shield century (133 not out) for the Central Stags on Friday, down the line in Dunedin.
Canterbury Country will host the first challenge match of the 2020/21 Hawke Cup season in January 2021.