A patient knock from Christchurch Boys' High skipper David Wakefield was not just a match-winning one, but a national secondary schools' tournament winning one too.
Wakefield's 115-minute, 114-ball 41 not out may not seem amazing but it was exactly what Boys' High needed to win a record sixth Gillette Cup at Lincoln yesterday.
CBHS needed to not only beat the previously unbeaten King's College (Auckland), but also had to improve their runs-per-wicket ratio.
CBHS, King's and Palmerston North Boys' High all finished the six-team tournament with three wins, a washout and a loss, but the runs-per-wicket ratio was the deciding factor and CBHS's six-wicket win yesterday over King's proved the difference.
They needed to win by five wickets or more.
CBHS started perfectly with the ball reducing King's to 4-47 in the 17th over.
Late resistance from Kim Kingstone (26) and Tom Donnelly (34) sparked a tailend revival, but they still only managed 148-9.
Like they had with the ball, CBHS started well with the bat. They put on 54 for the first wicket in just 12 overs and at 117-2 were cruising to victory.
They stuttered when they lost two wickets in two balls, but Wakefield's mature knock saw them through to a six-wicket win with three overs to spare.
The win makes them the first team to take the title six times.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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