News from the Quadrangular Tournament in Nelson will be added here throughout the week.

The first quadrangular tournament organised by Rathkeale College was held in 1992. It was held at Rathkeale College. Along with Marlborough Boys College, Rathkeale are the only full survivors. In the origin days, Nelson were there along with Scots College. These two schools have played “tag” for a number of years with HIBS (Hutt International Boys School).

It was fitting that Rathkeale returned to Nelson College 20 years later to join Marlborough and HIBS.

Game One: Rathkeale return to original venue with brave display

This is not the strongest side that Rathkeale have fielded over the years. It is one of the better Nelson sides.

Rathkeale found themselves batting and struggled against some exceptionally disciplined bowling from the Nelson new ball attack. O. Jones-Allen’s impressive figures told the story.

Rathkeale Captain, Harry Clinton-Baker kept things ticking over nicely until he departed with the score at 42 and when Xavier McCluskey was run out the score had slumped to 83 – 7.

A fighting knock by Ryan Tonkin kept the Nelson boys in the field for more than 45 overs, but 123 was never going to be enough.

Nelson had a nervous moment when the score was 45 -3 but the scoring rate was never under threat. Rathkeale will need to curb their tendency to bowl wides if they are to pressure batting sides as the week develops. It may be that Clinton-Baker is making a comeback at the bowling crease for his figures were quite impressive. The best of the bowlers was George Deans, however, who kept the game interesting in claiming all three wickets.

This tournament has always been labelled and played as a development tournament. Already there are signs that Rathkeale will gain much from it.


 Game Two: Rathkeale struggle with Marlborough Boys

Rathkeale lost the toss and were always on the back foot in their match against a strong Marlborough Boys College team held in Nelson yesterday.

Captain Harry Clinton-Baker continued to develop his off spinners to return the fine figures of 3 -31 (off 10 overs). However, the propensity to bowl wides continues to take the pressure off the opposition in these limited overs matches.

Best of the batting came from Elliot Mason (31) – it was good to see him return to form.

Scores:  Marlborough Boys College  240 – 8 (50 overs) F. McIntosh 72 not out,  Harry Clinton-Baker 3 -31 (10 overs)

Rathkeale College 167 (43 overs)  Elliot Mason 31, Matthew McKenzie 27, George Deans 25,  J. Clarkson 3 – 28

A win to Marlborough BC by 73 runs.