Waitaki XI fails to beat King’s boys

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The Waitaki Boys’ High School First XI suffered a disappointing loss to King’s High School in the team’s final summer interschool contest for the season at King’s High School last week.

Waitaki Boys’ High School had earlier beaten King’s High School in a Gillette Cup match held in Oamaru, but the team was unable to produce the same result against a plucky King’s outfit.

The Dunedin School won the toss and interestingly decided to bat first, managing to scrape their way to 140 all out with Eamon O’Brien (23) top-scoring for King’s High School.

Waitaki’s bowling, which has been their strong point all season, again came to the fore, with Nathan Smith leading from the front by taking three for 37 off 19 overs, Blake James also bowled well to pick up two for 35 from 14 overs and spinner Scott Kitto also claimed two wickets.

The side was unable to get the 140 runs required for a first-innings lead, being bundled out for 102 with Smith’s 28 and Jonty Naylor’s 14 the only real scores of substance, with six of the team failing to reach double figures, while O’Brien claimed six for 25 off just nine overs with his offspin.

In King’s second innings, Smith and James led from the front with the ball again, something they have done all season, with both claiming five wicket bags, Smith took five for 34 off 17 overs while James claimed five for 25 from 12.1 overs, dismissing the opposition for just 142.

It left Waitaki a target of just 181 to claim victory, however, their batting was again disappointing and the team was bowled out for just 103 in reply, giving King’s a 78-run win.

Smith continued his strong match and posted 53 before he was out caught and bowled with Josh Hayward scoring a fighting 13 down at No9, but it wasn’t enough. As the side capitulated for just 103, with only four players making it to double figures, King’s pace bowler Kurt Johnston captured four wickets.

Waitaki is now finished for the season and will look ahead to another strong season in 2015-16.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Waitaki Boys’ High School captain Nathan Smith played a back foot punch on his way to scoring 53 against Kings in an interschool match last week.