Col­lege team fails to fire with bat

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - TOM CON­NER

An abysmal dis­play with the bat proved costly to the Mata­mata Col­lege First XI.

Em­bar­rass­ingly, sun­dries were the sec­ond high­est scorer as they went down to Kai­here by six wick­ets.

Cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als with pres­ti­gious bat­ting cre­den­tials to their names found it dif­fi­cult to score freely against the Ngatea-based op­po­nents’ swing.

Bradley Rumble was the only player to re­ally boast a re­spectable to­tal, scor­ing 30 runs not out in an in­nings that saw two mas­sive sixes struck back over the bowlers head.

Rumble looked to be play­ing free flow­ing shots in a dis­play that drew sim­i­lar­i­ties to Mar­cus Stoi­nis’ knock against the Black­caps at Eden Park.

Just like the Aussie in­ter­na­tional how­ever, Bradley came in too late to of­fer his full in­nings.

Ar­riv­ing in as the sev­enth bats­man, the con­stant stream of wick­ets meant Bradly was re­stricted the op­por­tu­nity to go for his half-ton.

The bowl­ing saw hope, Trent Wil­liams se­cur­ing three wick­ets in quick suc­ces­sion in­spired a push of en­thu­si­asm from the col­lege team, but ul­ti­mately their first in­nings to­tal of just 84 wasn’t enough to de­fend against a Kai­here line up that played pa­tient and in­tel­li­gent shots.

The match fin­ished within three hours of the open­ing de­liv­ery.

Bradley Rumble 30 off 39 balls. Trent Wil­liams 3 for 17 off 6 overs.

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