Hutt International Boys’ School are one win away from a national title.
A well constructed 76 from Rachin Ravindra saw HIBS post 188 and Hamilton Boys’ appeared to have the chase in hand at 165-6 after 43 overs with two set batsmen.
But the competition’s leading wicket taker, Ben Sears (3-38), struck in the 44th over and skipper Troy Johnson took two wickets in four balls in the next over to set up a thrilling finish as Hamilton still required 22 off 30 balls with just one wicket remaining.
But Johnson (4-21) had the last laugh, getting No 11 Ravindu Pathirana stumped with 17 runs to spare.
Westlake Boys’ beat Christchurch Boys’ on Thursday, which left Westlake and HIBS alone atop the table.
With their superior net runrate, HIBS need to beat Palmerston North Boys’ and hope Westlake don’t thrash Hamilton Boys’ to claim the title.
AT A GLANCE
Hutt International 188 off 48.2 overs (R Ravindra 76, J Tashkoff 36; M Perera 2-14, J Gibson 2-29, B Gaylor 2-40) beat Hamilton Boys’ 171 off 46.4 overs (Perera 62; T Johnson 4-21, B Sears 3-38) by 17 runs.
Standings after day four: HIBS 6, Westlake Boys’ 6, Hamilton Boys’ 4, Christchurch Boys’ 4, Otago Boys’ 2, Palmerston North Boys’ 2.
Video Footage From the Game:
1st Innings – HIBS Batting
2nd Innings – HIBS Bowling