Half-century boosts effort
On a weekend of low scores, a half-century from Hayden Hill and five wickets from Anu Ganugapati gave Palmerston North Boys' High School a four-wicket win in their one-day game against competition leaders United at Manawaroa Park on Saturday.
Ganugapati starred with the ball taking five for 51 and Hill dominated with the bat, scoring 66, as Boys' High reached 117 for six, chasing United's 116.
Batting first, United lasted for only 26 overs and were lucky to get reach 116 thanks to a last-wicket partnership of 37 between Phil Mecredy (11) and brother Liam (23).
A number of United batsman made starts, but were unable to go on, the next-best score after Liam Mecredy, was Sonpreet Singh with 20.
Ganugapati ripped the top off the United batting order, removing the top five batsman.
In reply, Boys' High were struggling early on at three for 16 and four for 55, after openers Scott Mitchell and Tiago Jahufer were both out for first-ball ducks.
But Hill put on a good partnership with Jackson Gattsche, who scored 14 from 34 balls, to see them home with four wickets in hand.
United's best bowler was Singh who took four for 33, but it wasn't enough to stop the schoolboys.
On a green deck with the ball nipping around, Old Boys were too good for Freyberg, beating them by 25 runs at Manawaroa Park.
Old Boys batted first and were all out for 177 in the 48th over.
Dan Barr top-scored with 48 and received support from Wairarapa batsman Henry Cameron (35) and Josh Jaques (30).
Grayson Harwood was the pick of the Freyberg bowlers, taking 4-31 and Bevan Small, back from his Central Districts commitments, took two for 12.
Freyberg's innings never got off the ground as only Glen Blay with 28 and Harwood with 25 were able to stay in.
Jamie Yule was the chief destroyer, taking four for 21 from only six overs.
Marist stayed ahead of the pack in second place as they had an easy seven-wicket win over Palmerston.
Three wickets each from Ian Sandbrook and Chris Miller restricted Palmerston to 138 all out from 42 overs.
Sandbrook took three for 28 with his medium pacers and Miller's offspin snared him three for 24.
Rob Sheary played a lone hand for Palmerston, scoring 33 as wickets fell around him.
Marist dropped a number of catches but in the end it didn't matter.
Marist stumbled early on, reduced to three for 68 as veteran Rob Robinson took two wickets trying to defend the meagre total.
But 34 off 28 balls from Anthony Cliff at the top of the order and an unbeaten 40 by their new acquisition from Boys' High, James Holland, got them home comfortably.
Rain canned the national under-18 tournament at Lincoln yesterday, but Central Districts are top of the table after a seven-run win over Canterbury on Saturday.
Boys' High student Arana Noema-Barnett made 36 as Central made 233 for eight and their death bowling, including two wickets from Navin Patel and one from Robbie Yule, left Canterbury seven runs short at 227 for seven from 50 overs.
Central Districts are now seven points clear.
A full round of one-day games were abandoned but will be played on Tuesday.
Under-18 points: Central Districts 20, Canterbury 13, Otago 12, Auckland 11, Wellington 8, Northern Districts 2. Club results:
PNBHS 117-6 (Hayden Hill 66; Sonpreet Singh 4-33) beat Old Boys 116 (Anu Ganugapati 5-51) by four wickets.
Freyberg 152 (Jamie Yule 4-21) lost to Old Boys 177 (Dan Barr 48, Henry Cameron 35, Josh Jaques 30; Grayson Harwood 4-31) by 25 runs. Marist 139-3 (James Holland 40*, Anthony Cliff 34) beat Palmerston 138 (Rob Sheary 33; Chris Miller 3-24, Ian Sandbrook 3-28) by seven wickets.