Summer sport exchange
06 Mar 2018
The annual Christ’s College vs Otago Boys’ High School summer sport exchange started with bad weather. Rain affected play on the morning of Monday 26 February, but eventually the weather cleared and the cricket matches were able to get underway.
On the first day College declared for 156/4 after 42 overs, and OBHS batted slowly but comfortably to the close of play. Day two, and OBHS were aggressive in the morning, while College was slow to start. Stern words from the coach ignited some fire and passion and the boys’ game rapidly improved. Their renewed vigour almost paid off, with the tantalising possibility of a win, but after a reasonably tight and close game, the match eventually ended in a draw.
With a late start on day one, only two balls were bowled before the umpires declared it was unsafe to continue. The decision was made to relocated to a composition pitch on the polo grounds and stage a T20 match. A first for both teams and College’s first T20 win.
The pitch had dried enough to play a 50 over one-day match on day two. OBHS batted first and made a good start, but our bowlers managed to turn the game around with OBHS dismissed in 37 overs for 118. At first it looked like College would tumble for a low score, but the team got it together and the match ended with a second win in two days.
Of the 32 matches played in doubles and singles, College won them all. It was a very one sided affair. The College players showed professionalism and a fantastic attitude and determination, which gave us the win.
The summer sports exchange was held from Monday 26–Tuesday 27 February.