Col­lege team plays solid cricket against Toko­roa

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.

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