Tuffin heads strong Silverstream effort

Kenneth Tuffin led by example at the weekend.

The St Pat’s Silverstream head boy and first XI captain showcased his skills with an impressive double as Silverstream knocked over Wellington College in their premier youth clash.

Tuffin, who also excels at athletics and basketball, scored 125 not out – his first premier youth century – and kept the pressure on Wellington College with a tight opening spell with the ball.

Batting at four, Tuffin began relatively sedately, with 13 runs from his first 25 balls but accelerated as his innings developed, finishing with 16 fours and a strike rate of 96.15. A partnership of 111 for the third wicket, with keeper Callum McLachlan, set the base for Silverstream to reach 277 in their 50 overs.

Tuffin, a left-hand batsman and left-arm bowler, then took 1-17 from his six over opening spell.

Louis Stevens batted bravely for Wellington College, with 77 from 83 balls, and was the last man out but his side was still 62 runs short.

Wellington College have a young team and have won just two of their six games, while Silverstream, the beaten finalists last year, are in fourth place with a three-win, three-loss record.

Silverstream lost more than half of their 2014 squad. Coach Ewen Thompson is hoping the team will peak for the regional Gillette Cup tournament later this month.

St Pat’s Town, who were in premier two last year, are now the only unbeaten team this year, after defeating Onslow in a key match last Saturday.

Onslow, who also went into the game unbeaten, batted first and looked in trouble when dismissed for 178. Town batted positively and knocked off the runs in the 33rd over, to win by four wickets.

Cameron Thomson, who took 2-23 from 10 overs, and Luke Georgeson, with 4-25, led the way in another strong bowling effort from Town. Remarkably, none of Town’s opponents this year has managed to bat out the 50 overs, with only HIBS and Onslow getting past 45 overs.

Hamish Johns, with 55 not out, and Jack Nelson Murray, who made 43 in his return from injury, were Town’s top scorers and put on 91 for the fifth wicket.

In the other matches at the weekend, HIBS beat Tawa, with Troy Johnson getting 90 for HIBS, and Hutt Valley made it three wins on end when beating Scots.