A vic­tory long-awaited

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By GLENN ROWSELL

Last Satur­day the Mata­mata Col­lege First XI cricket team de­feated St Paul’s First XI by nine wick­ets to win back the cov­eted Dave Hoskin tro­phy.

It’s the first time in 17 years that Mata­mata has beaten St Paul’s.

Mata­mata held the tro­phy – the ‘‘Ran­furly Shield of Waikato First XI cricket’’ – go­ing into this sea­son but lost it to Hamil­ton Boys’ High School in a poor per­for­mance in the first game of the sea­son. Hamil­ton Boys’ sub­se­quently lost it to St Paul’s who were un­de­feated in the com­pe­ti­tion, un­til Satur­day, that is.

Mata­mata bowled first and soon had St Paul’s un­der pres­sure with ex­cel­lent con­trolled bowl­ing, backed up by out­stand­ing field­ing.

Tay­lor Green, (4-39), and Nick Per­ring, (2-31), knocked the top off the St Paul’s in­nings and Michael Hol­lier, (2-30), and Zach Bell, (1-34), kept the pres­sure on. Wicket keeper Ge­orge Trower took two ex­cel­lent catches and St Paul’s were dis­missed for 158 in 42 overs.

Mata­mata had been in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion against St Paul’s many times in the past but the bat­ting had let the team down. Not on Satur­day.

Open­ers Ciaran O’Mal­ley and Chanchal Singh put on 103 for the first wicket to set up the win. With im­pres­sive con­trolled ag­gres­sion they frus­trated the St Paul’s team with good run­ning be­tween the wick­ets.

Cap­tain O’Mal­ley took the fight to the two St Paul’s spin­ners who had caused Mata­mata grief in the past, end­ing up 95 not out; an in­nings that in­cluded 10 fours and two sixes. Singh ended on 29.

Nick Per­ring then joined O’Mal­ley to see Mata­mata home with 18 overs and nine wick­ets to spare.

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