IMPRESSIVE: Trident High School 1st XI batsman Daniel Ford scored an impressive 215 runs not out in last Saturday’s cricket match. Photo John Morin D8121-24

TRIDENT batsman Daniel Ford had an exceptional innings with the bat last Saturday to achieve 215 not out.

It was a dominant performance from the opening batsman to not only clock up his first century, but then go on to achieve 215 runs from just 131 deliveries.

Trident High School 1st XI won the match 364/2 and had Papamoa Cricket Club’s Titans team all out for 92.

Trident coach Brent Jones said it was “an exceptional performance from Dan Ford”.

“Records aren’t kept at the college grade, but I’ve been told by Bay of Plenty Cricket they believe it’s the first time a college-level player has scored over 200 runs in a one-day match.”

Jones said Daniel played strategically up until the first 100 runs, only “looking to capitalise on the bad balls, and he knew he was getting close as everyone stood up and got their phones out ready for the century.”

After reaching 100, Jones said “Daniel let rip and hit six after six and just kept going with fours until with two overs to go, I ran out in a break and told him he was on 190 and to take it carefully to get to 200.”

It was a case of “earning his luck” Jones said after the match with Daniel having played a strategic first tonne and then opening the floodgates.

From 131 balls, he hit 215 runs including, 11 sixes and 20 fours. The innings gave Daniel a strike rate of 164 percent and moved him to first place in the Western Bay’s College Gold competition’s MVP (most valuable player) ladder. His previous high score with the bat was 83.

With only three Trident players getting to pick up the bat, it was a quiet first innings for most bar Ethan Forbes who scored an impressive 89 runs before being caught in the 33rd over. Together Ethan and Daniel clocked up a huge 274-run opening partnership.

Harry Jones was the third batsman at the crease, scoring 13.
Despite most of the team having a quiet first innings, Jones said what was pleasing was that “everyone chipped in for the second innings with the ball”.

“In the first over we got a couple of wickets and even the fielding was stepped up with two catches that we previously may not have caught.”

Trident bowler Travis Hart took three wickets and team-mate Ethan Forbes took two wickets. Other Trident bowlers to claim one wicket each were Noah Camburn, Harley Turner, Kieran Butler, Ronan van Niekerk, and Isaac Clements.

This weekend the team play at home again, taking on an in-form John Paul College 1st XI.
Coach Jones said they had shown they were “more than capable” of taking the win.

“It’s about getting it right on the day, with the ball, bat and fielding.”