New arrivals Tawa claim prize scalp

Last updated 07:57 26/02/2014

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Tawa College sandbagged Wellington College in the premier one cricket competition last weekend.

Tawa provided further evidence that they warranted their promotion to the top grade with a six-wicket win over the Wellington College first XI on Wellington's home ground.

Wellington College, who were put in by Tawa, made a dreadful start, losing four wickets in the first 10 balls.

Both of Tawa's opening bowlers - Ashvin Muthumala and Bob Kortegast - got two wickets in their first over.

Wellington never recovered and limped through to be all out for 81 in the 26th over, with the 18 wides making the biggest contribution to the total.

Tawa lost a couple of early wickets but a 64-run partnership for the third wicket took them to safety, with Michael Fenton 31 not out at the end.

It maintained a good start to the year for Tawa, who returned to the top division after winning their three matches in the grading rounds. They lost to HIBS in the opening premier one round and then had a five-run loss against Onslow, before beating Hutt Valley and Wellington College.

"We started the season expecting to be competitive and hoping to finish mid-table," said Merv Parr, who coaches the Tawa team with Neeraj Chawla.

"We bowled well and took our catches on Saturday. We have probably been more of a bowling team and batting has tended to be our Achilles heel.

"But we have got eight year 13 players, most of whom have had two or three years in the team. They were hammered a few times in the Gillette Cup games early on but now is their time to start doing some damage," Parr said.

"But not being a big school, it might be a struggle to replace so many players next year."

Muthumala, a left-arm medium bowler, is now the leading wicket-taker in premier one, with 14 wickets from four games. He took 3-20 against Wellington College, after getting 6-16 against Hutt Valley the previous week.

Kortegast, skipper Hamish Lockhart and Heshan William are other medium pacers in the side. "They don't usually go for too many runs," Parr said.

Fenton, who captained the Wellington Year 10 team, is a promising batting prospect.

Silverstream, who comfortably beat Onslow last weekend, are the only unbeaten team after four rounds, with Onslow and HIBS winning three from four.

The Wellington College second XI gained their first win for the year last Saturday, against Hutt Valley, while Scots remain winless after losing to HIBS.

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- The Dominion Post

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