KCC skipper Jono Sole stepped off the plane from Auckland on the morning of the match against Collegians with plenty on his mind. At 86-6 chasing a well below par score of 209 on the postage stamp that is Anderson Park not many of those thoughts had been laid to rest. However, a superb partnership of 117 between the skipper (78 off 61) and Harry Wright (47* off 61) ensured Karori banked the 4 points and arrested the mini slump of back to back loses in previous weeks.
It was Jono's performance in the first innings with the ball that had restricted Collegians to 209, taking 4-47 off his 10, after Ben McMahon (68 off 40), batting at 7, had shaken the sleepy Collegians innings awake in style. Ben hit the ball crisply, making the most of the short boundaries, but clearing them by a considerable margin in most of his 5 maximuims. 209 would have been a lot more had Jono not got him with his now infamous 'knuckle' ball, collegians were skittled out soon after.
Karori move from one inner city club to the next with a match up against University on Saturday at Karori Park followed, in a double-header weekend given the first round was a washout, by a Sunday game against Johnsonville. Both Uni and Jville look like Pearce Cup quality this summer. Win both and Karori will be on track to make the Chatfield Trophy Final at a little over the half way mark of the one day campaign.