Waimea, Nelson set for D'Arcy Cup final
Waimea College will meet defending champions Nelson College in the final of the D'Arcy Cup one-day competition following two comprehensive semifinal victories yesterday.
As well as vying for the D'Arcy Cup, the top local college First XI sides will play off for a place in the Central Districts zone Gillette Cup playoffs, part of the national secondary schools competition.
Waimea College earned their final berth with a 108-run win over Marlborough Boys at Marsden Rec.
Winning the toss and choosing to bat first Waimea College made 243. Daniel Hooper made 68 and Hamish Drummond 55, while Rory Weston's 31 not out helped Waimea post the imposing total.
Marlborough's bowling attack was led by the we-l performed Corey Bovey, who took five wickets for 36.
Tight bowling and quality work inside the circle saw Waimea College restrict scoring opportunities, and build pressure through saving singles. The sterling work limiting Marlborough to four down for just 40 runs off 20 overs.
Braden Stewart top-scored with 32 and Bovey also made 24 in the run chase, but eventually Marlborough were bowled out for 135.
Waimea College's Matt Weir returned figures of three for 30 while Nathan Irvine claimed two wickets for a miserly six runs.
Waimea College First XI coach Sean Weir was pleased with an all-round effort.
"The fielding was probably the best aspect of the day . . . they stopped a lot of singles" Weir said. "It was a nice batting performance and our opening bowlers bowled extremely well. Nathan Irvine bowled an opening spell of seven overs two for six."
Weir said the team was looking forward to the final.
"It will be a good game, both teams are well prepared and it is an exciting opportunity for both teams."
Their opponents, Nelson College, will go into the match slightly underdone in the bowling department, as they removed their opponents Motueka High School cheaply at Lower Ngawhatu.
Batting first on a low and slow wicket, the Nelson College batmen were unperturbed as they made 300 from their 50 overs.
Joel Harden fell short of another century in 2013, out for a top score of 93. In a string of good contributions, Josh Clarkson scored 65 and Daniel Grimes chipped in with 35.
But it was to be with ball in hand where Grimes would cause the most damage.
The Central Districts under-17 bowler ripped through the Motueka lineup, taking seven wickets for 21 runs.
Nelson College First XI coach Garry MacDonald said beating Motueka High School by 262 runs came down to removing some key figures early in the innings.
"Motueka had two or three batsmen at the top of the order who we managed to get out very cheaply," MacDonald said.
"It's probably not the best preparation. Our bowling group wasn't put under any pressure, so we didn't get a gauge on that."
MacDonald said he believed the final would be a tight encounter.
"We went down and had a look at Waimea playing Marlborough and I was very impressed with Waimea.
"I think it is a true final tomorrow, we are certainly not going into this game with any over-confidence. They are a good team and we respect them immensely."
The final was set to begin at 10.30am today at Lower Ngawhatu.
Waimea College 243 (D Hooper 68, H Drummond 55, R Weston 31no, C Bovey 5-36, N Weaver 1-17) beat Marlborough BC 135 (B Stewart 32, Z Harrison-Jones 26, C Bovey 24, M Weir 3-30, N Irvine 2-6) by 108 runs.
Nelson College 300 (J Harden 93, J Clarkson 65, D Grimes 35) beat Motueka HS 38 (D Grimes 7-21, J Gregan 2-9) by 262 runs.
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