Wellington College 1st XI finally win a final

Wellington College will represent the capital at the National First XI finals after defeating St Patrick’s College, Silverstream by 109 runs at the Basin Reserve.

Wellington had lost three previous finals, but a dominant all-round display earned a place in Christchurch in December.

Wellington batted first and posted a competitive 260/8 from their 50 overs. A feature of the Wellington innings was the positive running between the wickets and the continued aggression of the lower order, despite being 129/5 at the halfway point.

Wellington stated briskly posting 60 runs in the first ten overs. A change in bowling slowed the Wellington scoring rate and when opener Josh McArdle was run out for 78, Wellington appeared to be in trouble.

However, a sixth-wicket stand of 63 between James Wallace and Hugh Morrison provided the Wellington innings with renewed impetus. Morrison clubbed 41 off 44 balls before being bolted attempting another lusty blow.

Tim Valentine joined Wallace and together they shared 54 runs for

the seventh wicket lifting Wellington to a fine score. Wallace finished unbeaten on 44 and Valentine contributed a brisk 28 from 32 deliverers. Jono Tuffin was the best performed Silverstream bowler taking 4/49.

Silverstream’s chase began promisingly. Toby Meyrick (27) and Caleb Montague (26) amassed 53 runs for the first wicket, but when the former was dismissed it triggered a collapse. Silverstream lost 3/12 and in the next ten overs and slipped well behind the required rate.

Silverstream fought to 88 for 3, but then lost three wickets for nine runs crushing any prospects of victory.

Silverstream was eventually rolled for 151. Tuffin top scored with 31. Spinner Henry Chandler sneered 4/44 for Wellington and Valentine completed a top display by claiming two wickets.

– Article courtesy of College Sport Media