2018 Gillette Cup – Day Four and Five

Tournament Points After Round Four: Wellington College 8, Christchurch Boys High School 6, Hamilton Boys’ High School 4, King’s College 2, Palmerston North Boys’ High School 2, Kings’ High School 2

King’s High School 167 all out off 49.3 overs (J Gilbert 37, L Foulkes 3-30, L Chapman 3-49) lost to Christchurch Boys’ High School 171-3 off 29.4 overs (L Chapman 77*, T Sutherland 48, N Hastie 2-36), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Christchurch Boys’ High School are still in the hunt to retain the Gillette Cup after a dominant win over Kings’ High School by seven wickets. King’s High School batted first and made 167, Jacob Gilbert top scored for King’s making 37 runs but they were no match for the Christchurch spinners restricting their progress and taking regular wickets. Off spinner Liam Foulkes ( 3-30) and left arm orthodox Louie Chapman (3-49) were the main destroyers. In reply Christchurch Boy’s made light work of King’s first innings total reaching it with 20 overs to spare. Louie Chapman stood out again with the bat making an unbeaten 77 to lead his team to victory and a large boost in the teams run rate.

Palmerston North Boys’ High School 220-9 (S Russell 48, M Harris 38, J Dinan 3-40) beat Hamilton Boys’ High School 183 all out off 47.1 overs (J Parker 85, T Kirk 3-37), Lincoln Green
Palmerston North Boys’ High School entered this match still looking for their first victory and with a clinical performance they bet one of the more favored sides Hamilton Boys’ High School by 37 runs. Palmerston North batted first and put a competitive 220 runs on the board in their first innings. Sam Russell top scored making 48 runs and was well supported by Max Harris making 38 runs and contributions throughout the Palmerston order. Despite an excellent innings from Hamilton Boys’ High School’s Jacob Parker (85), he eventually ran out of partners and Hamilton suffered their 2nd loss of the tournament to no longer be in the running for the title. The pick of the bowlers for Palmerston North was Thomas Kirk who took 3 wickets for 37 runs. Palmerston North now has the chance to double their wins for the week with a final round match against fellow strugglers Kings’ High School.

Wellington College 235 all out off 49.3 overs (T Campbell 78, K McArdle 42, H Kukreja 3-25, C Dickson 3-40) beat King’s College 234 all out off 49.4 overs (T Parkes 82, N Robinson 62, D Sharma 4-31, H Chandler 4-41), Lincoln No. 3
Wellington College entered their penultimate match as the only unbeaten team and have come away with a nail biting 1 run victory over King’s College. Tim Campbell continued to show his classy form as he made 78 runs, which helped Wellington College make a first innings total of 235 runs. King’s College run chase started poorly with two early wickets, but skipper Thorn Parkes (82) and Nathan Robinson (62) built a n excellent partnership of 115 to place King’s in the box seat. As the pressure of the chase came on wickets started to fall. With just a single run needed and four wickets in hand King’s were in prime position to record their second victory of the week. Remarkable bowling from Wellington’s Dylan Sharma (4-31) and Henry Chandler (4-41) had something to say about that and with three balls remaining King’s last batsman was run out handing victory to Wellington. The title will now be decided with the final round match against Christchurch Boy’s High School a winner take all match.

Tournament Final Positions: Wellington College 10, Christchurch Boys High School 6, King’s College 4, Hamilton Boys’ High School 4, Palmerston North Boys’ High School 4, Kings’ High School 2

Wellington College 250-9 (J McArdle 62, T Campbell 59, L Chapman) beat Christchurch Boys’ High School 210 all out off 45 overs (A Redfern 67, H Hunter 4-50), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Wellington College have finished their Gillette Cup campaign with a commanding victory over Christchurch Boys’ High School beating them by 40 runs to claim their second title and first since 2001. Wellington College were sent into bat and made 250 runs off their 50 overs, opener Josh McArdie (62), Tim Campbell (59) and Devan Vishvaka (39) were the main contributors. After the great start Christchurch Boys pulled back Wellington charge and it took some big hitting including 20 runs off the final over to get Wellington through to 250. Christchurch made a great start to their chase and were in a strong position until they lost their fourth wicket at 158 after 34 overs. From there Wellington took control asserting pressure and quickly rolled through the Christchurch lower order. A spirited 67 from Christchurch’s Archie Redfern wasn’t enough with some stand out bowling from Wellington’s Harry Hunter (4-50). This was fantastic finish to what has been an extremely competitive week of cricket. Congratulations to Wellington College.

King’s College 275-5 (N Robinson 81, T Simmonds 66, T Parkes 49*) beat Hamilton Boys’ High School 267-8 (J Parker 110), Lincoln Green
King’s College have beaten Hamilton Boys’ High School in a high scoring match by 8 runs. In a nail biting contest, King’s chose to bat first and made a more than competitive first innings total scoring 275 runs. Openers Nathan Robinson (81) and Thomas Simmonds (66) helped give their bowlers a healthy total to defend. In reply, Hamilton Boy’s got off to a flying start, opener Jacob Parker made a brilliant century scoring 110 runs. A flurry of late wickets fell for Hamilton and eventually they fell 8 runs short. These two teams finished the week in 3rd and 4th places with just 0.01 difference in run rate in favor of King’s College securing 3rd.

King’s High School 172 all out off 48.2 overs (J Murray 56, H Wakeling 4-34, F Martin 3-19) lost to Palmerston North Boys’ High School 175-4 off 39.4 overs (S Russell 73*), Lincoln No. 3
Palmerston North Boys’ High School have ended their Gillette Cup campaign on a winning note against King’s High School as they beat them by 6 wickets. King’s decided to bat first, Jacob Murray (56) and Izaak Parata (30) top scored for King’s and steered their side to a first innings total of 172 runs. Palmerston Norths bowlers exerted pressure throughout the innings and restricted King’s High School to a below par total. Hugo Wakeling (4-34), Finn Martin (3-19) and Thomas Kirk (3-27) shared the King’s wickets. In reply, Palmerston North reached their target with 10 overs to spare. Their middle order all made handy contributions to get their team the victory on the last day of the tournament. At a point when King’s were starting to exert some real pressure Sam Russell entered the fold and took the game away from King’s. His innings of 73* came off just 44 balls and involved just three singles amongst 13 4’s and 3 6’s. Ruben Love (27) and Risbah De (25) provide great support to get Palmerston North through to their target. A positive end of the week for Palmerston North two wins on the final two days. A young King’s High School will take a lot from their experiences and hope for qualification again next year.