Christchurch Boys’ High School has won the 2007 Gillette Cup secondary schools cricket tournament in Palmerston North after a 78 run win over Westlake Boys’ High School in the final.
It is Christchurch Boys’ High’s third straight Gillette Cup win, however they have shared the title for the past two years.
For Westlake their second placed performance was their first ever Gillette Cup finals appearance.
Batting first, Christchurch piled on 259 with captain Sam Noster top scoring with 50, while up and comer Corey Anderson, a Canterbury State Championship player, contributed 44.
In reply Westlake were bowled out for 181, with left arm spinner Jordie Gibbens the pick of the Christchurch bowlers with a miserly 3 wickets for 12.
Captain Sam Noster says his players are rapt with the victory and as a year 13 student in his last year at Christchurch Boys’ High the win is extra sweet.
"I think the boys played really well over the last four days, it’s great to win for a third time and finally to win outright after having to share it for the last two years is good", says Noster.
Tauranga Boys’ College claimed third place after a 14 run win over Palmerston North Boys’ High School.
Northern Districts rep Kane Williamson was the star for Tauranga scoring a century in his side’s score of 196. In reply Palmerston North were all out for 182 with Tauranga’s Brett Hampton taking 5 wickets.
Wellington College claimed fifth after downing Hamilton Boys’ by 3 wickets.
Wanganui Collegiate took out seventh spot. In a Gillette Cup first Wanganui tied with Kavanagh College but took seventh spot as they didn’t lose as many wickets as Kavanagh.
Tauranga Boys’ College star Kane Williamson was named player of the Gillette Cup.
At the conclusion of the tournament a Gillette Cup Elite Squad was named. The squad will meet in Wellington on March 12 for a coaching session with selected Black Caps before playing a match and will be guests of New Zealand Cricket at the first day of the test against England at the Basin Reserve.
Gillette Cup Elite Squad: Kane Williamson (Tauranga Boys’ College), Corey Anderson (Christchurch Boys’ High School), Alex MacDuff (Westlake Boys’ High School), Harry Boam (Wellington College), Nick Beard (Kavanagh College), Anurag Verma (Hamilton Boys’ High School), Alex Rowe (Christchurch Boys’ High School), George Worker (Palmerston North Boys’ High School), Bevan Small (Palmerston North Boys’ High School), Craig Cachopa (Westlake Boys’ High School), Tyler Bleyendaal (Christchurch Boys’ High School), Declan McKeefry (Wanganui Collegiate), Thomas Latham (Christchurch Boys’ High School).
Final Placings: Christchurch Boys’ High School 1, Westlake Boys’ High School 2, Tauranga Boys’ High School 3, Palmerston North Boys’ High 4, Wellington College 5, Hamilton Boys’ High School 6, Wanganui Collegiate 7, Kavanagh College 8.
With the World Cup just around the corner, how do you think the Black Caps will go?