Wellington College On Target To Become Local Champs

National First XI cricket champions Wellington College have taken a huge step towards adding the Premier Youth title to their burgeoning trophy cabinet, edging St Patrick’s College, Silverstream in a thrilling top of the table clash in Wellington.

Set 243 for victory the visitors fell three runs short of the target, restricted to 239-9 off their 50 overs.  Silverstream needed 72 runs from the last 10 overs to win. Ryan Jackson’s brisk 33 off 27 balls heightened Wellington’s anxiety, but when Brayden Lomax failed to hit the last ball for four, Wellington remained the only unbeaten side in the competition.

Wellington made a shaky start and after 12 overs were 29-2. Skipper Hugh Morrison (52) and Sam French (43) shared a partnership of 96 for the third wicket to inject the innings with some momentum.  Oscar Jackson smashed 66 off 48 deliveries lifting Wellington to a competitive total.

Silverstream openers Rory Woollett and Caleb Montague quickly wiped 40 from the total before Woollett was run out by Morrison for 15.  Montague and Sam Morgan put on 43 for the second wicket to take Silverstream to drinks in a commanding position. The break was timely for Wellington with Montague caught at slip by Max Rodgers off the bowling of Henry Chandler for 49 off 50 balls.  Morgan and Max Griffith shared 37 for the third wicket, until Griffith was caught in close by Max Sargentina off the bowling of Kevinda Weerasundara for 23.

Weerasundara bowled superbly to finished with 2/32 from 10 overs, stifling Stream’s scoring rate.  When Morgan was removed for 46 and Flynn McCaul run out by Boston Hart two balls later, Silverstream was suddenly in trouble at 170-5.  Jackson, recently selected for the New Zealand Under-18 Maori squad, tried his best to keep Silverstream on course, but three wickets from Max Rodgers supplied Wellington with a pivotal advantage.

The final of the Premier Youth Grade is at the Basin Reserve on April 1. Wellington are five points clear of Silverstream with Hutt Valley High School, St Pats Town and one yet to be confirmed Twenty20 fixture remaining.  Silverstream should bounce back next week at home against Scots College.  HIBS stayed in second equal place with a five wicket win against Onslow College.

Article courtesy of College Sport Media

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