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vs St Bede’s College 1st XV College 218/8 (Manson 95, Gibb 40) beat St Bede’s 165ao (Belcher 2/24, Huntley 2/31, McClean 2/32) by 53 runs Our only warm up for the Term 4 fixtures proved to be a good one, with Caleb Manson and Nick Gibb anchoring our total, and Caleb last man out with two balls of the innings to go. In response, we kept the run scoring to a minimum and, with the wickets shared around, won at a canter with nine overs still to play. vs St Thomas of Canterbury College 1st XI – NZ Cup quarter- final St Thomas 50ao (McClean 4/4) lost to College 50/1 (Anderson 21) by 9 wickets College totally dominated this match, with tight bowling, enthusiastic fielding and then aggressive batting to win before lunch. The match lasted less than 30 overs in total. vs St Andrew’s College 1st XI – NZ Cup semi-final StAC 1st XI 269/4 (Breitmeyer 2/51) beat College 258/9 (Manson 49, Rookes 83, Averill 42*) by 11 runs This was a fantastic game of cricket. At 150/0 off 30 overs, StAC were set for an enormous total, but College stuck to their plan and stifled any increase in pace by the StAC batsmen. In reply, College were quickly in trouble at three for three off six overs, but Caleb Manson and Monty Rookes produced a brilliant partnership which looked to be taking the game our way. In the end we lost a few wickets at crucial moments, but still took the match into the final over. Requiring 20, Sam Averill hit the first ball for four, but could not quite get us home. vs St Bede’s College St Bede’s 173/9 (Breitmeyer 3/29) beat College 151ao (Luxon 46) by 22 runs In a disappointing performance, College allowed St Bede’s to get a few more runs than they should, and

then gifted wickets at vital times which stymied our chase. Matters were not helped when Sam Idiens broke his finger taking the first catch of the match, but this allowed James Luxon to open the batting and he gritted out a fine 46 run knock which nearly took us home. vs North West Youth Cricket College 239ao (Manson 46, Hocquard 46) defeated NWYC 155ao (Averill 4/29, McClean 3/17) by 124 runs College got the term back on track with an excellent win over North West. Batting was a challenge, but College posted a decent total on the back of solid scores from James Luxon, Caleb Manson, Will Hocquard and Zach Gimblett. North West never got going, with Sam Averill making the best use of the new ball and Tom McClean wrapping up the middle order. A great result with College winning with 14 overs still remaining. vs Christchurch Boys’ High School 1st XI CBHS 294/9 (Anderson 3/47) defeated College 102ao (McClean 47) by 192runs Despite a relatively strong bowling performance in the middle of the CBHS innings, College were let down by some dropped catches and a somewhat passive fielding effort. The batting was similarly poor, with the continuation of CBHS dominance only briefly halted by a strong innings of 47 by Thomas McClean. Sadly, the loss was confirmed with more than 15 overs remaining. vs Ashburton College College 121ao (Gimblett 33) lost to Ashburton 123/3 (Lund 2/14) by 7 wickets Ashburton went into this match as strong underdogs, but their mixture of medium-slow but accurate bowling and slick fielding proved to be perfect for the conditions. College struggled to get to grips with the opposition attack batting first, and 121 was never likely to be

enough. Ashburton reached their target in the 23rd over, despite Harrison Lund collecting two wickets in an over to give College a glimmer of hope when 43 runs were still required. vs Christchurch Boys’ High School 2nd XI CBHS 2nd XI 181ao (Anderson 3/33) defeated College 167 (Manson 41, Averill 39*) by 14 runs Here was another game that got away. Decent bowling through most of the CBHS innings looked to have kept them under 150, but their final two wickets put on 68 runs to give us more of a challenge. Caleb Manson looked to be leading us home, but when he was 8th out the battle was on, and despite a 51-run partnership for the 10th wicket between Sam Averill and Ciaran Huntley, we ended 14 runs short. vs Ashburton College College 161ao (Rookes 51) defeated Ashburton 120ao (Breitmeyer 2/15, Averill 2/21, Lund 2/21, McClean 2/22) by 41 runs Following the disappointing earlier loss, College put in a far better performance in the final match of the season, particularly in the field. Monty Rookes led the way with the bat in a somewhat fortunate innings of 51 (his 5th score of 50+ this season) and 161 on the Ashburton wicket was always likely to be more challenging than it might appear on paper. All the bowlers bowled well, with the accuracy of the slower bowlers putting a great deal of pressure on the opposition batsmen. We completed the win with 18 overs remaining through as run out.

Andrew Levenger Manager, 1st XI Cricket


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