In theory, these were the two best teams on paper in the HRV Cup. Well according to the Big Bash League they had the most desirable players.
But when Northern Districts met Otago at Seddon Park in the final round it was a battle for third place.
You know the script. Schoolboy Jacob Duffy ripped the top off at the start of the innings, and then this was to follow.
Well travelled Hamish Marshall, resplendent in pink, made us trying to remember why he is no longer available to play for New Zealand.
Scott Styris, possibly not quite so resplendent, made us try to remember the same question.
The home side ended up with 187. A winning score surely.
But remember who was opening for Otago. That’s right; Neil Broom; the much maligned Neil Broom, and he managed to run Hamish Rutherford out in the only incident of note in the maiden that opened the innings.
So that brought Prince Brendan to the crease, in the final match of what had been a pretty quiet tournament by his standards.
And off he went; in the best innings he’d played since that time he was flicking Tait and co over his shoulder at Lancaster Park a couple of seasons ago.
Thanks to Bruce Lim for the photos. He’s on Facebook here