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The Hutt International Boys' School year 7 and 8 cricket team performed well but had to be content with second place at the recent national T20 finals in Palmerston North.
The side won two of three games to finish runner-up, losing only to undefeated Tauranga who took out the title for a second year.
HIBS, playing in the four team finals for the first time, started with a four wicket win over Christchurch's Medbury School.
Chasing 110, Nathan Watt and Adam Webster came together with their side rocking at 68/6 and took them to victory with an unbeaten partnership and scores of 23 and 22 respectively.
Earlier Webster (2/10) had the best bowling return with Jesse Tashkoff economical with one for 14 off four.
Tauranga were always the tough ask and they won the toss and batted their way to 129.
HIBS replied well early with the captain Josh Rogerson hitting a run a ball for 29 to see the side at 56/2 before wickets fell too regularly for any further momentum. HIBS were bowled out for 105 off only 17.3 overs, losing by 14 runs.
The second day saw HIBS finally win a toss and batting against Dunedin's John McGlashan College. Rogerson was again a stand out batting 39 of his side's 104/7. HIBS then put in their best fielding effort of the tournament to defend their modest total. After 10 overs the southerners were marooned at 32/2 and continued pressure saw the last wicket snared off the final ball to deliver the 14 run win which secured HIBS' second-placing overall.
Rogerson's three for 17 runs saw the all rounder claim the best figures in the team's solid bowling effort.
The HIBS side: Josh Rogerson (c), Caleb Hewson (vc), William Arrowsmith, Franco Ashton, Finn Bamber, Daniel Blair, Brett McBride, Ryan Skene, Logan Slee, Jesse Tashkoff, Nathan Watt and Adam Webster.
- Upper Hutt Leader