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1st XI Cricket win three out of three at North Island Cricket Festival

On Monday, 28 January, St Paul’s 1st XI took on St John’s for the start of the Cricket Festival competition.

After winning the toss and batting first, St Paul's managed to put on 302 in the 50 overs behind the batting efforts of Jack Collins (39), Oliver O'Meeghan (49), but once again it was Kuwyn Price’s day, scoring 102 off 96 balls for his maiden century. With the ball, St Paul's was able to make quick work of the St John’s batting line up, not allowing anyone in St John’s to score over 16 and dismissed St John’s for 103, giving St Paul's a 199 run victory.

Tuesday, the boys knew, would be the hardest of the tournament against Mt Albert Grammar. St Paul's was put into bowl first and after a good start having Mt Albert 6/2, Mt Albert was able to get away to 111 before being bowled out. George Ott was a gun in the field with two direct run outs. St Paul's was able to chase the runs down in 28 overs, winning by five wickets.

On Wednesday, St Paul's won the toss and batted first and put up an impressive 310 runs behind. Sam Lints (58), Campbell Robb (58) and Jack Sturm with 76 really put St Paul's on the front foot and St Peter’s was under the pump after being 3/13. St Peter’s really had no answer for the two quicks with David Hancock picking up three wickets for just 12 runs and Shivam Achary 4 wickets for 11 runs and St Peter’s were rolled for 82 giving St Paul's a 228 run victory. 

Waikato Valley Club Competition 

On Saturday, 26 January, the 1st XI prepared to play the first game of the two-day competition, after winning the toss and electing to bowl first. 

St Paul's dismissed Hinuera for 221. The pick of the bowlers was Curtly Harper on debut, taking four wickets for 29 runs and Campbell Robb grabbing his first five wicket bag for the 1st XI. With the bat, St Paul's managed to put on 224/8 behind solid batting performance by Sam Lints (53) and Jack Collins (45), before declaring and asking Hinuera to bat again. This time Hinuera had no answer to stop the pure pace of Shivam Achary getting not only a hat-trick, but claiming four wickets in four balls, and St Paul's dismissed Hinuera for 162. St Paul's managed to chase down the required runs losing only three wickets behind Dave Hancock 38 not out, but the day belonged to Kuwyn Price scoring a match-winning 101 not out including 17 fours. St Paul's won by seven wickets.