The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XI made the best possible return to the Super 8 tournament this week with a comfortable win at Manawaroa Park yesterday.
Boys' High didn't enter the tournament last year, but showed they are far from easybeats on their return, beating Napier Boys' High School by six wickets.
Chasing down Napier's total of 215-6, Boys' High made 219-4, with opener Jack Leenards providing the bulk of the runs with 88. That came just a day after he won the Manawatu-Wanganui under-19 golf championship.
Tom O'Connor (39 not out) and Corey Perrett (22 not out) then came together to get them over the line in the 43rd over.
Earlier, Isaac Harris led the bowling attack for Boys' High with 3-47 to keep Napier to a modest total on what was a flat wicket, as all teams found the pitches in good condition.
The Boys' High 2nd XI, playing in place of Rotorua Boys' High School who pulled out this year, gave New Plymouth Boys' High School a fright and were unlucky to lose by one wicket.
The seconds scored 184 all out on the back of 84 from Brandon Keenan, then picked up three early wickets to make New Plymouth work hard to get to 185-9.
The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XI were to play Tauranga today after Tauranga had lost by three wickets to Hastings BHS yesterday. Hamilton BHS thrashed Gisborne BHS by 219 runs in the other game.
DAY ONE SCORES
PNBHS 219-4 (Jack Leenards 88, Tom O'Connor 39*, Hayden Spencer 23, Corey Perrett 22*) beat Napier BHS 215-6 (J Winson 54; Isaac Harris 3-47) by 6 wickets. Hamilton BHS 290-7 beat Gisborne BHS 71 by 219 runs. Tauranga BC 228-7 lost to Hastings BHS 229-7 by 3 wickets.
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