President’s XI beat St Charles

2010-02-10 00:00

MONDAY saw the first match of the Sunfoil Schools Nite League, and the excitement built up as the winning team was not evident until the last over. Favourites St Charles were undone by the President’s XI.

St Charles batted solidly, keeping the rate at about five to the over throughout the 40 overs. They ended on 204 and would probably have thought that they had done enough to win the game that, in terms of points, was vital to both teams.

There were no major partnerships in the St Charles innings and only Grant Stone batted at better than a run a ball when he made 63 off 46 balls.

Ryan Stanbury (Howick) captured a brace of wickets in each of his two spells to finish with four wickets for 51 in his eight overs.

After five overs, the composite side had already lost two wickets for just 10 runs and the rate required began to climb.

Brian Kuntz, who had opened the innings, was joined by his Howick team-mate, Cody Mortimer, after the loss of the fourth wicket, and they gradually increased the rate. Mortimer was the more aggressive, with Kuntz playing the supportive role.

When Mortimer was caught for 62 off 43 balls, the hopes of his President’s XI team-mates fell, as 96 in 80 balls had been added and it had given the President’s XI a definite chance for a win.

Kuntz was given good support by Suhail Ganie (Heather Sec.) who made 16 off 19 balls. Ganie was bowled with 11 runs still required in the two remaining overs.

Four runs were scored in the penultimate over, leaving seven needed in the final over.

Kuntz scored two off each of the first two balls and then a winning boundary with three balls remaining.

This is an historic win by a composite side because they have seldom won a game. They have now beaten Westville and St Charles and are likely to go through to the semi-finals.

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