Having been defeated by Glenwood High School on day one, Cornwall Hill College desperately needed a victory on day two to get their campaign underway.
Faced with a strong Michaelhouse 1st XI, Cornwall Hill needed most things to go their way on Day two, and when the captain won the toss, there was hope of a better day out in the middle.
Their decision to bowl was motivated by the bowling attack’s good form following Tristan de Klerk’s four-for on day one.
This time around, it was Jason Jansen who put his hand up with the new-ball as the bowler took the prized wicket of Dylan Hewlett for a duck.
Bowling in tandem with Jansen, De Klerk (0/26 in 10 overs) delivered an economical spell giving nothing away to the opposition batters.
But with an in-form Murray Baker in the Michaelhouse 1st XI, it was inevitable that runs were going to come. Baker went on to score a second-successive half-century, following his 97 on Day One with an 89-ball 81 runs that saw him smash eight 4s in his stay in the crease.
As the case was on Day One, Baker was the only batter that dug-deep to score a fifty-plus score while the next best score was from Ethan Muir with 24 off 48, a knock that included two 4s.
Richard Williams (4/10) was the pick of the bowlers for Cornwall Hill as they were able to restrict Michaelhouse to a chaseable total of 220 runs.
In reply, Cornwall Hill struggled to put together partnerships of substance with the bat, with the best partnership on Day two only amounting to 33 runs between Herselman and Williams.
Eventually, Cornwall Hill were bowled out for 114, losing the match by 106 runs and going down for the second consecutive time in the week. This is after they were bowled out for 111 runs by Glenwood High on Day one.
Left-arm orthodox Cameron Strudwick (5/17) picked up a five-for for Michaelhouse while Nathan Hoastan picked up 3/28, following up his figures of 4/37 on Day one.
Amidst the batting collapse, opening batter Ryan Herselman looked a lot more comfortable out in the middle and went on to score 50 off 92 deliveries and finished top-scorer in the Cornwall Hill innings.
Michaelhouse 220/8 (Murray Baker 81, Ethan Muir 24, Cameron Strudwick 22; Richard Williams 4/10, Ryan Herselman 1/27, Amogelang Thoagong 1/25); Cornwall Hill College 114/10 (Ryan Herselman 50, Gerhard Lock 13; Cameron Strudwick 5/17, Nathan Hoastan 3/28). Michaelhouse won by 106 runs.