Wellington and HIBS Beat the Rain to make Premier Youth Cricket Final

Josh Dean (St Pat’s Town) – took a hat-trick against Wellington College 2XI

Wellington College and Hutt International Boys’ School will contest the Premier Youth First XI cricket final on Saturday after a double round robin over the weekend saw the top two schools emerge in a rain plagued season.

Wellington accomplished two resounding victories to seal top spot for the decider while HIBS recovered from a shock defeat to the Wellington College 2nd XI on Saturday to deny Silverstream a place in the climax 24 hours later.

HIBS faltered embarrassingly against the Wellington College 2nd XI.  Rain intervened with HIBS finishing on 142/7 after 39 overs.  Four HIBS players made over 20, but were unable to push on.  Connor McArdle often stalled the momentum for Wellington sneering 3/21 in an outstanding spell.  In a revised affair, Wellington reached 159/8 from 39 overs to win the game on the Duckworth Lewis method.  Sam French top scored with 37 while Charlie Wilson took 3/27 for HIBS.

The Wellington First XI enjoyed frequent momentum in both of games.  On Saturday, Wellington beat St Pats Town by six wickets chasing down 162 with 12 overs to spare.  At one stage Wellington was 91-4, but Tim Campbell (55) and Hugh Morrison (39) combined to guide Wellington home.

Against Tawa College there were no batting wobbles at all.  Wellington amassed 311/8 from 50 overs.  Campbell was among the runs again reaching 70, the same score as Ollie Peterson as Wellington scored at over a run a ball for the entire innings.  Tawa was bundled out cheaply for 110 with Tom Valentine boasting the destructive figures of 6/26.

Tawa only achieved six more against Silverstream, but rain prevented a finish.  Crucially Silverstream suffered two abandoned fixtures as opposed to HIBS one.

However HIBS toppled Silverstream on Sunday.  Batting first, Silverstream was bowled out for 152 with Max Griffith anchoring the hosts tally with 69.  Nikunji Patel took 3/22 for HIBS.

In reply HIBS was 124/3 when the rain arrived and were declared deserving victors on the Duckworth Lewis method. Logan Slee was unbeaten on 32 when play stopped.

Defending champions St Pats Town have underachieved this season, but finished with a flourish.  Spinner Josh Dean claimed a rare hat-trick against the Wellington College 2nd XI while Nate Wiggins spearheaded the attack with 4/26 as Wellington was bowled out for 84 – a total Town chased down with six wickets to spare.

The final starts at Wellington College at 11:00am.

Article courtesy of College Sport Media