Canterbury gives Emus a lesson

THE Northern NSW Emus Colts cricket tour of New Zealand ended on a disappointing note yesterday after the Australians were thrashed by 329 runs by the Canterbury Kiwi Colts during their three day Test match.

The Emus were bowled out for just 123 on the final day chasing a mammoth 452 for victory.

The Boomerang Trophy returns to New Zealand while the Graham Frampton Trophy for the one day match will return to Australia.

After overnight rain, which did not affect the wicket at all but left a cool cloudy day, the Emus' cause suffered a an early blow when form bat Ben Davis (Coffs) was out first ball of the day.

Taylor Nichols (Singleton) went two balls later and it was left to North Coast pair Sam Dietrich (Casino) and Marcus Tickle (Taree) to lead the recovery.

They looked solid until the score reached 55 and Canterbury re-introduced spin and Tickle fell for 22.

Dietrich played his best innings of the tour but eventually fell for 32 and there was little resistance after his departure.

It was a disappointing end after the Emus had held a 13 run lead after the first innings.

However, Canterbury smashed 486 in their second innings which was always going to be too much for the visitors to chase down.

Local spinners Scott Shephard and Wes Koskela claimed two wickets each in Canterbury's second innings.

Meanwhile, Casino's Sam Irvine will play for NSW County in the final match of the Australian Country Cricket Championships against Queensland Country today at Mackay.

The winner of the two-day encounter will claim the title as both teams are undefeated.

The Bush Blues hold the upper hand as they lead the pointscore so if rain intervenes they could claim victory.

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