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GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 11/12/2012

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The Palmerston North Boys' High School first XI got the win that was required, but did not meet the other factors they needed to win the Gillette Cup in Lincoln yesterday.

Boys' High finished tied for first along with Christchurch Boys' High School and Auckland's King's College after they beat St Peter's College (Cambridge) by three wickets yesterday, but the overall winner was Christchurch who had the superior run rate.

For the Palmerston North school to win, they needed to win by four wickets or more and hope Christchurch beat King's but not by more than five wickets.

Christchurch, Auckland's King's College and Boys' High finished equal on three wins.

"We knew what was required at the start of play," Boys' High coach Mike Taiuru said.

"The goal was we had to win without losing more than four wickets because we were still at the mercy of another game.

"That's all because we lost to Hutt Valley [High School] on Saturday.

"Our destiny was sealed in that game. We dropped the ball really.

"[But] we played really well, punched above our weight the whole time we've been here. The boys felt like we came first-equal, we won three games just like King's College and Christchurch Boys'."

Having finished sixth last year, coming joint first is a good achievement and the result could have been different if their game against King's hadn't been rained off on Friday.

Boys' High bowled St Peter's out for 181 in the 49th over with Navin Patel, Cameron Rowe and Hayden Hill taking two wickets each.

In reply they went for it early on with Tiago Jahufer and Arana Noema-Barnett at the crease.

Noema-Barnett batted aggressively, hitting 41 from 26 balls while Jahufer was more conservative for his 32 to reach 64 without loss inside nine overs.

Once they departed, Boys' High lost a cluster of wickets, before Jackson Gattsche with 30 and Hayden Spencer with 34, came together to see them home. Hill was named the best fielder of the tournament, Hutt Valley's Jarrod Pike was the best batsman of the tournament and the overall MVP, while Jono Whitley, from St Peter's, was the best bowler.

Noema-Barnett was unlucky not to win the overall award with his performances opening the batting and his off-spin bowling.

AT A GLANCE

St Peter's 181 (Tim Seifert 54, Sam Pulis 30; Cameron Rowe 2-28, Hayden Hill 2-37, Navin Patel 2-40) lost to PNBHS 183-7 (Arana Noema-Barnett 41, Tiago Jahufer 32, Hayden Spencer 34, Jackson Gattsche 30; Whitley 4-33, Josh Oakley 3-19) by three wickets.

Final standings: 1 Christchurch Boys' High School 7 points (10.8 run rate), 2 King's College 7 (6.8), 3 Palmerston North BHS 7 (6.4), 4 St Peter's College 3, 5 Hutt Valley High School 3, 6 Otago Boys' High School 3.

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- The Manawatu Standard

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