Bowden's bat snaps losing streak

Last updated 05:00 05/03/2014

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Scots College have woken from their slumber.

After a disappointing start to the premier one competition, the first XI has had a much improved week.

Victory in the three-day traditional against Lindisfarne College was followed by their opening win in local competition at the weekend against Tawa College.

The win over Lindisfarne, who like Scots made the Gillette Cup finals in December, was based on a notable double with the bat from Joseph Bowden and six-wicket bags by off-spinners Josh Lawrence and Connor Beleski.

Bowden, who had been struggling for runs leading into the match, scored 80 in the first innings and followed with 104 not out from 91 balls in his second knock.

"It was a classy hundred," Scots coach Christie van Dyk said.

"He's a quality player and nice to watch."

However, in case Bowden thought he had conquered the game, he was dismissed first ball against Tawa.

Oli McMahon was Scots' batting hero against Tawa, recording his first century for the first XI with 107 from 90 balls.

Most of his runs came in boundaries, with 18 four and two sixes.

McMahon has been Scots' leading batsman this year, with 515 runs from 12 innings, including the pre-season tournament in Geelong, while opener Scott Oldham has scored 469 runs.

"Oli's strike rate was a weakness last year but he has scored at a good clip this year and is very good against spin," van Dyk said.

Scots got though to 222 against Tawa and used eight bowlers as they dismissed Tawa for 177, with Tawa skipper Hamish Lockhart run out for 64.

"We have been inconsistent but we might have turned the corner," said van Dyk, who is hoping Scots can peak for the Wellington Gillette Cup tournament, which begins on March 23.

Three teams - Hutt International, St Pat's Silverstream and Onslow - now share the top of the table in premier one after Silverstream suffered their first loss last weekend, when beaten by HIBS.

HIBS skipper Troy Johnson was run out for a duck but made amends by taking 5-5 with his off-spinners from 6.4 overs as Silverstream's normally reliable batting crumbled to be all out for 58. Earlier, Rachin Ravindra had made 88 as HIBS reached 169.

It was a tough week for Silverstream, who lost their traditional three-day game against Christchurch visitors St Bede's and then were dismissed for 37 in less than nine overs by Wellington College in the Twenty20 competition the following day, with Bhavik Patel taking 5-3 for Wellington.

Silverstream had a first innings lead over St Bede's but spent more than 100 overs in the field in the second innings, as St Bede's made 377-3 declared, with opener Hamish Kennett becoming the first St Bede's player to notch a double century for the first XI.

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Onslow downed Hutt Valley in premier one last weekend and the Wellington College first XI beat their seconds.

- Wellington

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