The 2015 edition of the McBride Peterson Cup offered up more drama as the traditional fixture between the Wairarapa College and Rathkeale College 1st XIs unravelled on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of February.
After losing the toss on Day One, the Wairarapa College bowlers bowled with determination and courage as wickets fell at consistent intervals. An accurate performance in the field aided the bowling effort with outstanding catches by Brad Griffith and Nathan Elliott. Rathkeale were bundled out for 139, Liam Burling top scoring on 24. The top performers with the ball for Wairarapa College were Brad Griffith (3/24), Lucien Burt (2/11) and Guy Percy (2/25).
Wairarapa College got off to a flying start with an aggressive 76 run partnership between Nathan Elliott (48) and Josh Pepperell (38). A 54 run eighth wicket partnership between Tom Simpson and Guy Percy helped take the total up to 256. Tom Simpson batted very well, facing 87 balls and scoring 61.
Leg Spinner Jack Forrester was the pick of the Rathkeale bowlers, taking a quality 6/67 on a track which offered him assistance when he got it in the right places.
Wairarapa College had a first innings lead of 117.
Rathkeale’s second innings got off to a horrid start, losing opening batsman Charles Morrison for 0 in the last 3.3 overs of Day one. The situation got even better for Wairarapa College when Rathkeale found themselves at 27/3, including danger-man Liam Burling out for 14 to a fine delivery from Gus Wakeling clipping the top of off stump. Aggressive knocks in the middle order from Fahey (35), Paton-Masters (42) and Caldwell (49) helped the visitors to 197/9 when it looked like Wairarapa College were in a dominant position. Childs brothers Quinn and Ethan batted superbly with guts and determination putting on a faultless 70 run tenth wicket partnership. Wickets were shared around by Gus Wakeling (4/59), Lucien Burt (3/21) and Brad Griffith (2/53). All out for 267, Rathkeale left Wairarapa College 151 runs to win in 53 overs.
Chasing 151, Wairarapa College lost their first wicket at 22 with Josh Pepperell (9) being caught behind off Garnett. The Rathkeale tails were up, however a stubborn Nathan Elliott and a determined Lucien Burt put on 112 runs for the second wicket. It was a partnership highlighted by sound defence and quality stroke play. Nathan Elliott was eventually dismissed for 61 off 85 balls including 10 fours and a six.
With the skies darkening and the drama of rain potentially falling any minute, Lucien Burt hit the winning runs and finished unbeaten on 72 off 44 balls including seven fours and five sixes.
Wairarapa College reached the target of 151, 3 wickets down from 26.1 overs. It was a great victory from Wairarapa College who have not won the McBride Peterson Cup since 2008. A competitive weekend ended with meaningful speeches from Craig McBride and Ashley Peterson, along with the presentation of the Cup.
The full score card can be viewed here