St Kevin’s College First XI cricket team have moved on to round two of the Gillette Cup Otago Southland District Competition with two victories on Monday.
The side took part in two twenty/20 fixtures against Logan Park High School and East Otago High School with the winners progressing to the next round.
Up first, St Kevin’s faced Logan Park on an artificial pitch at Opoho Park and scrapped their way through to 136, thanks to handy contributions from Hawke Cup squad member Brady Kingan, who scored 39, and William Sunderland, who top scored with 43 batting at six.
The side then went into the field and dismissed Logan Park High School for 68. Matt Brien proved too quick for the opposition batters to handle on his way to claiming 2-7 with the ball while Karan Ratgali chipped in with 2-8.
The side then took on East Otago, with the winner of this contest moving on to the next round.
With the second game being played at the small North East Valley cricket ground, St Kevin’s decided batting first would be their best chance.
Kingan was dismissed for 10 and the score just 13, however Ricky Singh and Sami Havea put on an 86-run partnership getting the score to 99 before Havea was next man out caught for 80. his innings included five 6s, while his 50 was scored off just 18 deliveries.
Singh was removed soon after leaving Matt Brien and William Sunderland to carry on and they did just that with Brien unbeaten on 59 and Sunderland dismissed late in the innings for 34.
St Kevin’s set East Otago 214 to win and managed to restrict their opponents to 186 with Singh taking 2-47.
For East Otago, Jackson Dempster was the star with 52, while Kingan three overs for nine runs were crucial in guiding St Kevin’s to victory.
It has not been decided who the side play next but a possible second-round clash with Waitaki Boys’ High School could be on the cards.
By Brayden Lindsay