Tight Waimea side takes Nelson down
Waimea College First XI produced a disciplined all-round effort to upstage two-time defending champions Nelson College in their D'Arcy Cup final yesterday, and progress to represent Nelson in national competition.
Lower Ngawhatu's fairly mild wicket may have suited Waimea College First XI, but their seven-wicket victory was well-earned through tight bowling, dynamic fielding and a patient, committed run-chase.
Batting first, Nelson College was never afforded any momentum as wickets fell at regular intervals.
The Waimea opening bowlers Nathan Irvine and Bradley Duncan bowled with good length and control and the much-heralded Nelson College top order was frustrated by a lack of bad balls. Pressure built as singles were saved inside the circle, and false shots were forced and Waimea College took their chances in the field.
Josh Clarkson was the only Nelson College top order batsmen to fire as he made 31, but it was not until the final overs that Nelson College made any headway, with Daniel Grimes (20) batting at number seven and Joseph Gregan (30) at eight.
Irvine went for a little tap in the final overs which blew excellent figure to a still respectable 2-40, while Josh Kennedy was the pick of the Waimea bowling effort, taking two wickets for just 17 runs off his 10 overs.
In contrast, and with the benefit of an achievable total set for them, Waimea College were methodical in their run chase.
A number of balls were left alone, and there were very few risks taken as Waimea used 45 overs to pass the total with just three wickets down.
Partnerships were the hallmark of Waimea College's innings, with openers Shaw Mori and Andrew Drummond putting on 56 for the first wicket, while Mori and Hamish Drummond added another 41 runs for the second.
Mori top scored with 72 while Hamish Drummond contributed 24 and Sam Field scored 23 not out.
While economical, the Nelson College bowlers were unable to strike, and get the early wickets needed to put pressure back on their opposition.
Nelson College coach Garry MacDonald, had predicted Waimea College would be a strong outfit to face in the final, and conceded his side were "completely outplayed" on the day.
Waimea College coach Sean Weir praised a team effort.
He said while the Waimea College individuals may not be as well recognised as some of the Nelson College First XI, they were a tight unit who enjoyed each other's company.
"We stopped them getting partnerships and from our perspective that was quite important, and we had another good performance in the field," said Weir.
"We didn't give them too many opportunities to score freely, they made errors and we capitalised on that.
"Our openers did their job, which was to blunt their very strong opening attack. Our plan was to not expose our middle order to those opening bowlers," he said.
Waimea College executed their plans with assurance, and will be representing the Tasman region in the Central Districts zone New Zealand junior boys' cricket finals in Palmerston North next month.
Nelson College 158-9 (J Clarkson 31, J Gregan 30, D Grimes 20, J Kennedy 2-17, N Irvine 2-40) def by Waimea College 162-3 (S Mori 72, H Drummond 24, S Field 23*, F Murray 1-22, Zane Khan 1-27) by seven wickets.
- The Nelson Mail