Harden adds flourish to Nelson College victory

Last updated 12:00 02/02/2013

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A double century from Joel Harden capped a perfect northern tour and quadrangular tournament for the Nelson College First XI.

Nelson played their annual game against Rongotai College on the way home from finishing the quad unbeaten. Batting at No 3, Harden cracked 200 runs from the 40 overs he was at the crease.

Harden hit 25 fours and three sixes as Nelson made 325 from their 45 overs.

In reply, Rongotai were dismissed for 118 to hand Nelson a 207-run victory.

The match followed the 2013 quad tournament, in which Nelson played the top teams from Rathkeale College, Hutt International Boys' School and Marlborough Boys' College.

Nelson were untroubled over three victories at the annual meet.

In the three one-day games, Rathkeale fell 110 runs shy of Nelson's target, while Hutt were defeated by the same margin. Batting second against Marlborough, Nelson cruised to an eight-wicket victory.

Nelson College cricket coach Garry MacDonald said the manner of the results was unexpected.

"Nelson College traditionally do well at this tournament, but to win so comprehensively was a bit of a surprise. I thought we might have been tested a little more than what they were.

"There were some really good performances by the likes of Daniel Grimes and Josh Clarkson. The boys play quite intelligently."

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