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The Willows vs
Wellington College 1st XI


Report by Richard McGuire

The match day weather at the Willows was superb, with temperatures in the high twenties. Ironically, fog in Wellington delayed flights and the game was adjusted to a 45 over match with a lunch break part way through the first innings. Willows won the toss and elected to field.


The pitch was excellent in providing good carry and movement early on, and The Willows opening bowlers Matt Farrant, and Tom Agnew bowled very well but did not receive the support in the catching department, and early opportunities were not taken. The Wellington opening batsmen withstood the early pressure, and adjusted well to playing on grass for the first time this season. Peter Boner made an outstanding 91 retired. He was ably supported by Sam French (74), Oscar Jackson (24) and Jacob VanDenberg (28). Wellington were patient, and then displayed great power as well as sharp running between the wickets. Despite the changes to playing conditions requiring a further adjustment part way through the innings to 40 overs (not even this worked), Wellington amassed an impressive 261 for 9 from 40 overs.


The pick of the bowlers for the Willows were Matt Farrant with 2 for 15 off 7 overs, Andrew Nuttall, 3 for 30, and Stan Wooliscroft, 1 for 26. Tim McConnell was his usual high standard behind the stumps including two stumpings.


In reply the Willows benefitted from an early partnership between Nic Hill (19) and Tim McConnell (21), and we were all then treated to fine innings from Ash Singh, with a swashbuckling 52, including a towering six onto the roof of the pavillion.  Tom Agnew scored a hard hitting 66, including a six which cleared the pavillion. Matt Farrant kept the home team's hopes alive with 29 at less than a run a ball, but the Willows tail failed to provide the neccesary support, with the team falling well short, all out for 204.  From the fielding side, K Werasander took 4 for 40, and Matt Sarj took 3 for 31.


It was a pleasure to host the Wellington College team and support staff. Those new to the ground were fullsome in their praise for what a fantastic experience the Willows provides, with such an outstanding atmosphere, large ground and excellent pitch. The connections with Wellington College were noted including the Assistant groundsmen's fathers 1st XI cap from 100 years ago on display on Sunday.


Thanks to all those involved, in making such a superb day, and congratulations to Wellington College for a well deserved win.

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