Teens’ Otago call-up

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Four 13-year-old Queenstown cricketers from a champion Otago Country primary schools side have won Otago selection.

The foursome are spin bowler Quinn McDonald, opening batsman Reece Collin, captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Jackson and opening bowler Joel Malcolm-Smith.

Otago Country – also including local boys Charlie Davies, Angus Frew and Jak Jessop – was joint winner with Nelson of the South Island primary schools tournament held in Gore last week.

Another local Jaxon Collins played the last game as an injury replacement.

Otago Country coach and Queenstowner Donald Jackson, who’s coached the team for three years, says the side’s triumph in the 14-team tournament was massive.

“We do it on a shoestring – the city teams are much better-resourced.”

The team had four warm-up games but only one full practice together because the region’s so spread out.

Otago Country also won the tournament’s fielding trophy.

A member of the last Otago Country side to win both the tournament and the fielding trophy, in 1981, was Charlie Davies’ father Mike.

The Otago primary schools team plays the Dunedin under-15s in Dunedin this coming Monday.