- Rosmini College 113 all out (51.3 overs)
- King’s College 105/3 (39 overs)
On one of the coldest days, with the unrelenting south-easterly wind prevailing, King’s won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the visitors to bat. This proved to be a justified decision as the host’s pace bowlers and spinners were amongst the wickets at regular intervals.
The opening attack of Van Riele and Ratnayake constantly beat the bat with both pace and prodigious movement. They bowled accurately in this early encounter after the winter break and forced the batsmen into committing themselves to playing at the ball. The pace attack continued with the involvement of Douglas and St John, who gave the batsmen no respite.
At the fall of O’Rielly’s wicket in the 17th over, Rosmini was in a spot of bother with the score on 37/3. In strode their best batsman, Josh Du Rand who took their score to 73/4 when Seedall lost his wicket and then into triple figures in the company of the durable Harrison. At this stage Rosmini were hoping to get at least 180 runs, which is testimony to the confidence of the 5th wicket pair.
King’s kept to their task, bowling and fielding with skill and determination but it took a bad ball from Van Riele to break this dangerous partnership. Du Rand was lured into flaying his bat at a wide delivery that he bottom-edged to the keeper, Payle to bring to an end a threatening partnership - 104/5. This also signalled the end of the Rosmini response as the next 5 wickets contributed a mere 9 runs with Mabin picking up 3 wickets in 9 balls. All the bowlers were successful with St John grabbing a brace. Nash commanded his troops intelligently, rotated his bowlers superbly and kept the fielders motivated and alert.
When Douglas departed in the 7th over (10/1) the Rosmini pace bowlers were given a huge boost to complement their lively but wayward spell. The fall of the first wicket saw the exciting Payle join Hardy in the middle. The second wicket pair added 32 runs in 10 overs before Hardy lost his wicket just as he was looking solid and growing in stature (42/2). The Rosmini bowlers knew that another quick wicket would cause panic in the home team so they stuck to their task dutifully. McLean, batting in an uncharacteristic No 4 spot, was the perfect foil for the attacking Payle. This experienced duo withstood the best of the Rosmini attack and began to subdue the bowling. Payle was severe as he cut, pulled and drove superbly, whilst McLean was circumspect and aware of the situation at hand. The partnership blossomed and grew to a hard-fought 63 (21 overs) before Payle was trapped in front by the pacey Bowden to have the umpires call an end to the day’s play with King’s within a whisker of overhauling Rosmini to claim first-innings points.
Nevertheless, King’s was in a strong position to dictate terms on day two and aim for an outright win but bad weather thwarted this possibility. So, after dominating all of the first day the home team had nothing in terms of points to show for it – a disappointing closure to a game that held so much of promise.