A top all-round display by the Palmerston North Boys' High School first XI got them off to the perfect start at the Gillette Cup in Lincoln yesterday.
Boys' High beat Otago Boys' High School by 43 runs in the first match as they posted a respectable total of 253 for six, then despite a few nervous moments, bowled Otago out for 210.
Openers Tiago Jahufer (30) and Arana Noema-Barnett (38) put on a solid opening stand of 58 before Jahufer was run out.
Batting at No 3, Cameron Rowe came in and gave the innings some starch with 58 and put on partnerships of 53 with Noema-Barnett and 75 with Hayden Hill, who made 41.
Navin Patel was unbeaten at the end after hitting a quick-fire 35 not out from 29 balls to capitalise from his top order's efforts, as not many of the Otago bowlers managed to penetrate their batting.
Noema-Barnett then opened the bowling for Boys' High in Otago's turn at bat and got through 10 quick overs of off-spin which proved difficult for Otago to get away. Rowe, Matthew Wells and Anu Ganugapati all took two wickets each as they kept chipping out Otago wickets.
Only Josh Renton held out for Otago with 79 and was part of an eighth-wicket stand that had Boys' High a bit nervous.
But once he was dismissed it went in their favour and Boys' High had them out for 210 in 47.1 overs.
Boys' High were to play reigning champions King's College from Auckland today and Hutt Valley High School tomorrow.
PNBHS 253-6 (Cameron Rowe 58, Hayden Hill 41, Arana Noema-Barnett 38, Navin Patel 35*; J Finnie 1-12) beat OBHS 210 (Josh Renton 79; Noema-Barnett 2-27, Matthew Wells 2-36, Anu Ganugapati 2-45, Cameron Rowe 2-43) by 43 runs.
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