The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XI started their Super 8 campaign with a 57-run win over Tauranga Boys' College in Hastings yesterday.
Looking to improve on their performance at last year's tournament where they lost in the final to Hamilton Boys' High School, Boys' High started well as they scored 180 before bowling Tauranga out for 123.
Boys' High coach Mike Taiuru said Tauranga were getting away from them for a while but they reeled them back in at the end.
"It was a bit tense there for a while but we got the last couple of wickets to win the game," he said.
Batting first, Boys' High were dismissed for 180 in 47.1 overs as opener Dylan Gaskin and No 6 Tom O'Connor both top scored with 49, while Isaac Harris made 22.
Boys' High then made a good start with the ball as they reduced Tauranga to 55 for 7, but No 7 Tom Renouf proved hard to get out, scoring 44 and put on a partnership of 60 with Jared Tutty (18).
The Boys' High bowlers did the job, though, to get them out and Brad Fulton finished as the best bowler with 3 for 12 from 6.4 overs, including Renouf. Tom Wilson and Jack Gleeson picked up two wickets each as they bowled out Tauranga in the 34th over. Boys' High were to play Napier Boys' High School today and Gisborne Boys' High School tomorrow. Napier beat Gisborne by 167 runs yesterday.
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