|Posted by levinoldboys on November 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM|
The college team had a rough start to the season this year by narrowly losing the few first few games but came into this game knowing that they had the potential to knock over any team on their day. The team headed down to Kena Kena park to play against the table topping Paraparaumu.
Taking off the covers to discover that the pitch looked like a muddy backyard the teams ended up going to Te Atiawa to play on a artificial. Winning the toss LOB choose to bat first and looked to put on a good score before the rain came along. The team didn't get off to the best starts, but things started to look better when Nick Putt and Kobe Monk stabilized the innings before Kobe was dismissed LBW after a misunderstanding of the LBW rule. Nick carried on punching gaps and clean hitting to the boundary rope and made his way into the 90's before Paraparaumu's captain bought himself on again to try 'knock' over our last two batsmen before Nick could reach triple figures. Ben Watson had other plans and sent a bouncer aimed at his head over the mid wicket boundary for a massive six. Nick ended up on 106, a brilliant knock which gave LOB a defendable total of 197.
Austin Cooper and Caleb O'Connel opened the bowling and found some good lines at kept hitting the pads in good positions numerus times but with little luck from the umpires and PCC found themselves in a good position of about 60 runs for the loss of no wicket. The inclusion of Nick Putt this week bought a different spark to the fielding and then things started to turn. A few good catches and a good swinging ball saw the boys take a surge of wickets and take the game down to the wire. Caleb O'Connel ended up taking the last wicket with PCC falling about 10 runs short. Nick Putt ended up with a cheeky 3 wickets as well as Curtis Maclachlan getting 3/13 of his 5 or so overs. A good win the college boys which has restored some much needed faith in our abililties as we hope to tackle a few more wins before the Christmas break.