Three from three at Junior Champs
The King’s College year 9 and 10 team are looking good after winning three matches from three at the Junior Secondary Schools Championship in Palmerston North.
In their first match on Monday against New Plymouth Boys’ High School, Karl Wallace scored 64 to get King’s off to a great star. Along with Nick Tapper, the pair put on a 100-run partnership, which was followed up with 37* from 39 balls by Jake Olliver. In their 40 overs, King’s reached 234/5.
Bowler Corban Drake then put the brakes on the New Plymouth chase with a six-wicket haul for just 35 runs. King’s maintained pressure and were able to withstand a lower-order fightback to win by 59 runs.
In yesterday’s match against Christchurch Boys’ High School, another impressive batting display underscored the win. Wallace made his second half-century. After a slower start setting the platform, Tapper, Olliver, and Tom Stephenson then all scored at more than a run-a-ball to get King’s to 226/6.
After a fast start from Christchurch Boys’, two wickets in the 21st over slowed progress and by the 30th over, the Cantabrians needed to score at more than 10 an over.
James O’Connor and Harrison Waymouth picked up wickets, and Christchurch Boys’ finished at 159/9, 67 runs short of King’s.
Today’s match against King’s High School from Dunedin saw King’s College winning the toss and deciding to bowl first. It was an impressive display – Waymouth and Jack Willis had King’s High School at 26/7. Waymouth finished with figures of 4-10, and Willis with 3-14. King’s College bowled out their opposition inside 20 overs for just 64 runs.
The chase was finished in 10 overs, without losing a wicket.
Tomorrow’s clash against Hutt International Boys’ School could prove the deciding match of the tournament. King’s College currently sits in second, as HIBS is also unbeaten and has an advantage in run-rate. The match starts at 10:00am.