College team plays solid cricket against Tokoroa
The Matamata College First XI cricket team defended their first innings total of only 165 with a marvellous display of bowling on Saturday.
In the hot and dry Tokoroa conditions, the top order batsmen for Matamata played solid cricket.
Despite this, the top four batsmen could only muster up 27 runs between them, hardly enough to create a competitive total.
Kieran Holdsworth arrived at the crease at the 13th over and his impact was immediately felt. Kieran and his school teacher, Daryl Bennison, shot the college up to 100 runs in no time.
Controversy struck moments after lunch however, as the imperative partnership was ended after Bennison was given out to a wide bound LBW appeal.
After a two-year absence from the sport due to injury, David Palmer came through and finished the job as the seventh batsman. Even after Holdsworth was caught out on an excruciating 49 runs, Palmer fired through, eventually scoring 25 off just 19, leading the way for a respectable total.
The opening batting duo for Tokoroa cared only for slogging the ball for quick runs. After initially suffering 22 runs in the first two overs, Tom Conner would step up in the third to remove the danger man who had already scored 15 runs.
Conner would go on to take three more wickets in his following four overs. The batting hero, David was charged with taking out the lower order with Riley Pratt after Conner was denied an opportunity to bowl for a five for.
While the wickets did come eventually, the quality of bowling had definitely dropped, with the new bowling duo lacking the swing, speed and precision of the opening bowler. Numerous dropped catches by coach, Anthony Sewell didn’t make it easy for the visitors, but the job was done in the end.
K. Holdsworth 49 off 49 balls; D. Palmer 25 off 19 balls; R. Pratt 15 off 45 balls.
T. Conner 4 for 36 off 6 overs; R. Pratt 3 for 22 off 4.5 overs; D.Palmer 2 for 17 of 4 overs.