On a beautiful Sunny day in Masterton the stage was set for the Premier Men’s Rock T20 final between Lansdowne and Wairarapa College. The college won the toss and put Lansdowne in to bat, rep players Brock Price and Jamie Holmes got Lansdowne off to a good start with a flourish of boundaries in the first 6 overs and they kept the score moving forward until Holmes was dismissed LBW for 49 in the 14th over, with the score at a healthy 109-1. Lucien Burt started off the come back for the college removing Treseder without scoring and Twogood several balls later for 2. He was the pick of the bowlers finishing with figures of 4-15 off his 4 overs. Price made a valuable 49 before he too was also bowled by Burt. Tim Griffith finished off the Lansdowne innings in style scoring a quick fire 28 off just 18 deliveries, leaving Lansdowne with a more than competitive 153 runs on the board.
Wairarapa College commenced their reply with a bang as Justin Herbert drove two deliveries in the opening over for boundaries and gave the college boys some hope. The college were ticking along nicely until Gus Walking was caught at long off by Sanjay Patel, off the bowling of Buchcanan in the 8th over with the score at 50-1. Burt then came to the crease but didn’t hang around for long, feathering one through to the keeper for 5. Herbert was removed for 32 an over later and from there things went pear shaped for the college. Holmes came on to bowl and started with a wicket maiden, any chances the college had of coming back were soon demolished as Holmes continued to take wickets and finished with amazing figures of 6 wickets for 4 runs off 3.5 overs. Wairarapa college were bowled out for 87 runs.
The game was played in good spirit and it was great to see Wairarapa College being the first college team to make a T20 final. Lansdowne were the better team on day but there were a couple of standout performances from the college boys.
At the presentations in the Long Room following the game, Jamie Holmes was awarded the MVP player award nominated by the umpires, Mark Elliott and Chris Cogdale.