College victorious at Otago exchange

01 Mar 2019

For the first time in almost 20 years College has scooped the pool in the sports exchange with Otago Boys’ High School.

The College 1st XI scored a fine win against Otago Boys’ High School in a two-day match at the annual summer sports exchange -- their first win since 2010-- while the 2nd XI, tennis and golf teams also recorded excellent victories.

The 1st XI lost the toss, Sam Averill taking the first wicket in the 2nd over and Lachie Harper following up with a good run out a few overs later. OBHS were all out for 178 and in reply Toby Beale and George Anderson started well putting on 48 for the opening wicket. It took a 46 run 9th wicket partnership between Tom McClean and Sam Averill to get College towards its target score. In the end College fell 26 runs short, all out for 152.

On the second day OBHS were all out for 186, setting College 213 to win off around 55 overs. The team got home with three wickets and five overs to spare, Nick Lidstone scoring 70 not out.

The 2nd XI dismissed OBHS for 133. College’s innings of 168 was based around a half century to Sam Idiens and a committed 42 from Henry Eglinton. Fletcher Miller and Jamie Barr combined to add 25 runs as the innings concluded. Day two saw Zac Gimblett in outstanding form collecting 5/14 and stunning catches by Alex McKenzie-Rimmer and Sean Rutherford-Bradford. Otago were dismissed for 96 leaving College requiring 63 for victory. In pursuit Sam Dickie looked good before being dismissed for 19, James Luxon attacking the bowling and taking the team to an eight wicket victory by finishing undefeated on 42.

The tennis team played in variable weather, all playing very well on day one with only 18 games conceded in the 12 matches played. Day two began with the doubles, the first three matches all won convincingly by the College teams. However, in the fourth pairing of doubles, Otago Boys 7 and 8 beat College 7 and 8, 7:5 7:6 in a grueling encounter. Payback occurred in the singles with all players beating their opposition. Match score: Christ’s College 23 OBHS 1.

The golf team of Zach May, Tim Seeto, Robbie McClean and Santino Felitti-Duter started early at St Clair golf course and enjoyed a warm up round bedfore the seeds paired up to for a matchplay round. College won all four games for a solid lead going into day two which was played on the Balmecewen golf course. Zach, Tim and Santino won their matches with the final match coming down to the 18th hole. Robbie had won the 16th and 17th holes and needed to win the 18th to halve the match. He missed by one stroke to lose narrowly. Final exchange score College 7 OBHS 1.