Hutt International Boys’ School have overcome a sluggish start to record an 84-run win in their opening national secondary schools first XI cup match.
Skipper Troy Johnson won the toss and elected to bat against Otago Boys’ High School at Lincoln on Tuesday, but found trouble when both he and opener Ben Sears went early on as the team reached 25-2 after 12 overs.
Akshar Patel (41 off 83) played a steady knock to get his team out of a tough spot, but when he went it was 117-6 in the 40th over.
However, the tail wagged, with quick-fire 20s from Akansh Kanuparthi and Tyler Simpson helping get their team through to 187-8 off 50 overs.
Otago started evenly, but Sears came on and ripped through their middle to lower order, taking two wickets in two balls in the 14th over as Otago reached 40-5.
He would take another three wickets to complete his five-for, including the vital scalp of Otago captain Taine Bayly on 41, as the southerners were bowled out for 103.
The win sends HIBS top after day one on net runrate, ahead of Palmerston North Boys’ High School, who recorded a 62-run win over Westlake Boys High School.
Three-time defending champions Christchurch Boys’ High School sit third after beating Hamilton Boys’ High School by four wickets.
AT A GLANCE:
Hutt International 187-8 off 50 overs (A Patel 41; D Su’a 3-36, S Angus 2-39, W Hunter 2-41) beat Otago Boys’ 103 off 33.4 overs (T Bayly 41; B Sears 5-23, T Simpson 2-21) by 84 runs.
Palmerston North Boys’ 200-8 off 50 overs (W na Nagara 42, C Parker 39; K Russell 2-29) beat Westlake Boys’ 138 off 38.5 overs (R Doubell 53; J Lord 4-30, H Wenham 3-19) by 62 runs.
Hamilton Boys 232-9 off 50 overs (J Moore 73, C Rowell 35, M Clarke 58; F Sheat 4-22, J turner 3-19) lost to Christchurch Boys’ 235-6 off 43 overs (M Hay 81; S Sistern-Tate 3-47, B Gaylor 2-32) by four wickets.
Video Footage From the Game:
1st Innings – HIBS Batting
2nd Innings – HIBS Bowling