Southland v North Canterbury
Hawke Cup 1975/76 (Challenge Match)
VenueTurnbull Thomson Park, Invercargill on 6th, 7th, 8th February 1976 (3-day match)
Balls per over8
TossSouthland won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn (Southland won on first innings)
UmpiresNF Tapper, AJ Watkins
Close of play day 1North Canterbury (1) 4/0 (Williams 0*, AJ Jenkins 4*; 4 overs)
Close of play day 2

Southland first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
+NR Thompsonb Merrin6 68-- 
KJ O'Connorc Williams b Merrin1 28-- 
RW Andersonc Williams b Merrin91 20611- 
RJ Verrallc PW Jenkins b Sowden16 1503- 
BJ McKechnierun out29 423- 
K Keenanst Williams b Heslop29 853- 
DS Cocksc Devlin b Newton5 21-- 
*GD Alabasterb Heslop5 16-- 
SJ Ashworthc and b McNally24 6611 
RJ Hillc Devlin b McNally38 635- 
GB Thomsonnot out0  -- 
Extras(3 b, 3 lb, 8 nb)14
Total(all out, 86.5 overs)258
Fall of wickets:
1-7 (O'Connor), 2-31 (Thompson), 3-84 (Verrall), 4-144 (Anderson), 5-161 (McKechnie), 6-171 (Cocks), 7-177 (Alabaster), 8-200 (Keenan), 9-253 (Hill), 10-258 (Ashworth, 86.5 ov)
North Canterbury bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Merrin29   8713-2
Sowden17   3651-2
Heslop24   6612--
Newton3   0191--

North Canterbury first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
+PR Williamsc Verrall b McKechnie171191031- 
AJ Jenkinsc Keenan b Alabaster32831083- 
PW Jenkinsc Keenan b Alabaster01510-- 
MT Johnstonst Thompson b Alabaster12136-- 
*SJ Ryanc Verrall b McKechnie1050382- 
RJ Sowdenb Alabaster571038861 
RC Merrinst Thompson b Alabaster501291604- 
PC Devlinc McKechnie b Alabaster0915-- 
WH Newtonb Alabaster527141- 
CJ Heslopc Thompson b Alabaster1221271- 
SR McNallynot out1125221- 
Extras(6 b, 6 lb)12
Total(all out, 78 overs)207
Fall of wickets:
1-50 (Williams), 2-50 (PW Jenkins), 3-52 (Johnston), 4-61 (AJ Jenkins), 5-65 (Ryan), 6-137 (Sowden), 7-149 (Devlin), 8-161 (Newton), 9-190 (Heslop), 10-207 (Merrin, 78 ov)
Southland bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Thomson16   6300--
McKechnie27   9612--
Alabaster32   8898--
Cocks3   0150--

Southland second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
+NR Thompsonc Williams b Merrin511541817- 
KJ O'Connorc Merrin b McNally211021051- 
RW Andersonc Williams b Heslop1029310995 
RJ Verrallnot out20 512- 
BJ McKechniec PW Jenkins b Merrin01611-- 
K Keenannot out3 5-- 
DS Cocksdid not bat      
*GD Alabasterdid not bat      
SJ Ashworthdid not bat      
RJ Hilldid not bat      
GB Thomsondid not bat      
Extras(1 b, 2 lb)3
Total(4 wickets, declared, 51 overs)200
Fall of wickets:
1-43 (O'Connor), 2-138 (Thompson), 3-190 (Anderson), 4-197 (McKechnie)
North Canterbury bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
McNally14   3591--
Merrin14   4292--
Sowden5   270--
Heslop14   4691--
Johnston1   040--
Newton3   0290--

North Canterbury second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
RJ Sowdenc Thomson b Hill35404431 
AJ Jenkinsc Ashworth b Thomson4651- 
WH Newtonb Hill2528523- 
PW Jenkinsrun out299-- 
*SJ Ryanlbw b Anderson1456451- 
+PR Williamsc Hill b Anderson29827631 
CJ Heslopst Thompson b Anderson239831 
MT Johnstonnot out517221- 
RC Merrinnot out211-- 
PC Devlindid not bat      
SR McNallydid not bat      
Extras(4 lb)4
Total(7 wickets, 31 overs)143
Fall of wickets:
1-5 (AJ Jenkins), 2-66 (Sowden), 3-69 (Newton), 4-69 (PW Jenkins), 5-88 (Ryan), 6-116 (Heslop), 7-141 (Williams)
Southland bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Thomson4   0271--
McKechnie5   0260--
Hill3   1182--
Ashworth2   030--
Alabaster4   250--
Cocks8   2290--
Anderson5   2313--

--> RW Anderson (2) 50 in 40 minutes
--> RW Anderson (2) 100 in 93 balls, 105 minutes with 9 fours and 5 sixes

RJ Sowden and RC Merrin added 72 in 78 minutes for the sixth wicket in the North Canterbury first innings
NR Thompson and RW Anderson added 95 for the second wicket in the Southland second innings
North Canterbury were given 130 minutes to score 252 for the outright victory