In Bidwell Cup two day matches played at the weekend, Lansdowne and Red Star both received maximum points. Lansdowne were required to play only one day of their match against Rathkeale due to other commitments of the school side. They were delivered a favour by Red Star who managed to secure the full quota of points on offer in beating a determined Wairarapa College outright.
Recent Rathkeale old boys, Matthew Stringfellow and Jamie Holmes returned to haunt their old school in the one day game. Stringfellow scored a magnificent 100 not out (his second of the season) and Jamie Holmes took 7 wickets for Lansdowne.
Red Star v Wairarapa College
A determined and steely performance by Wairarapa College was the feature of this match. At times the Red Star side expressed frustration as the College boys defended stoutly and resolutely in an attempt to use up as much playing time available to them.
One of the stars for the youngsters was Tim Griffith who dominated the scoring in making 61 out of a first inninings total of 97.
In their second turn at bat Corey Wilkinson (45) batted for 70 overs and was very unlucky not to get to 50. He was well supported by Liam Burt who made 43 and also chipped in with a good spell of bowling. College coach, Jake Ross, was proud of the efforts of his team and singled out these players along with Stefan Hook and Andy Williams who bowled very well in the Red Star first innings.
For Red Star Jared Watt stood out with both bat (making 64) and ball (4-19 and 3-1)
An outright win to Red Star by 7 wickets
Lansdowne v Rathkeale
Lansdowne batted first and declared when Stringfellow reached his 100. Rathkeale toiled manfully at the bowling crease but their lack of penetration was not aided by the last minute change from a grass wicket to an artificial surface. Robbie Spiers (72) and Chris Jefferies (50) made sound contributions.
It was a great effort by Rathkeale to survive being dismissed at the end of the 104 overs, which earns them a “losing draw”.
Captain Harry Clinton-Baker continued his run of good scores top scoring with a polished 44. He was well supported by Elliot Mason (37) and the promising youngster Liam Burling who proved that seniority is no barrier in compiling 37.
Jamie Holmes had an impressive stint at the bowling crease to take all but two of the wickets. The Rathkeale boys were able to cash in on the odd loose delivery but his general control earned him another visit to the Honours Board with 7 – 76.
Flight Centre Lansdowne 282 – 4 declared (Chris Jefferies 50, Matt Stringfellow 100 not out, Robbie Spiers 72) Rathkeale 209/9 (Harry Clinton-Baker 44, E.Mason 37, Liam Burling 37, Jamie Holmes 7/76)