Takapuna Grammar cricketers return to the top competition for 2018
Cuts to the Auckland secondary school cricket competition this season forced four first XIs out of the premier grade, but one Shore school has won their way back to the top tier and another could join them.
Takapuna Grammar School and Rangitoto College were among the schools that dropped out of the premier competition, down to 1A, after changes to the structure of the schools' competition.
So it was some consolation for the two teams to find themselves in the 1A limited overs final on April 1, fighting for the right to be promoted straight back up to the premier grade.
Rangitoto secured a berth in the final after a memorable semi-final against Avondale College which involved a bowl-off after the match finished in a draw.
But Rangitoto couldn't replicate their winning ways in the final.
Batting first Takapuna, who have this season been coached by Cole Mahoney, put on 155/9 from their 50 overs. In reply Rangitoto were all out for 101.
As winners of both the limited overs final and the twenty20 title, Takapuna Grammar will play in the 2018 premier competition.
However, Rangitoto also have a second chance to get back into the premier competition next season.
On April 7 Rangitoto and St Peter's College will playoff in a promotion/relegation match.
Takapuna's first XI girl's team, playing in the premier grade, were runners-up in the twenty20 tournament and are scheduled to play in the limited overs final against Epsom Girls Grammar on April 5.
This is an exceptional feat for a team mainly made up of Year 9, 10 and 11 players.