Rosmini College claim secondary school cricket title
A nail-biting finale to the secondary school premier boys cricket final has seen a new named added to the R H Marryatt Cup.
Rosmini College defeated Saint Kentigern College by two wickets in the limited overs final at Eden Park on April 1.
Winning the toss, Rosmini sent Saint Kents into bat. St Kents were all out for 159 in 49.2 overs, with captain Fergus Ellis top scoring with 26.
Rosmini's Ryan Harrison claimed 3/11 off 6.2 overs and opening bowlers Giles La Ville and Niko Weerakoon both took two wickets.
In reply, Rosmini were quickly reduced to 39/4. But number three batsman, Zakk Finlay, helped stabilise the innings. He scored 44 to guide his team close to victory, before he was dismissed with the score on 130.
Rosmini's lower order helped pull the first-time finalists through to victory, with La Ville hitting the winnings runs in the final over.
Rosmini's director of cricket, Amita Weerakoon, who is leaving the role after four years, can sign off satisfied he has overseen the rise of the school's cricket programme.
He describes the R H Marryatt Cup win as "the greatest day of Rosmini cricketing history".
As winners of the cup, Rosmini will now represent Auckland at the national secondary school's championships in December.