Volleyballers seal annual exchange for TBHS

Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013

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The annual summer exchange between Timaru Boys' High School and their Otago counterparts was a close run affair with volleyball clinching it 3-2 for hosts Timaru.

The first XI were up against it from the start when OBHS put on 310 on the first day with Dan O'Brien, Dan Mehrtens, Josh Mehrtens and Mark Otley taking two wickets apiece.

In reply, TBHS struggled and were out for 144. Chris Hogan top-scored with 28.

Forced to follow on, they performed better with Alistair Harvey making 67, O'Brien 44, Hogan 47 and Matt McKenzie 38.

Their total of 248 left a target of 82 for Otago Boys', who achieved it for the loss of three wickets with two overs remaining.

The Colts also struggled against a side which had recently returned from a two-week tour to South Africa.

OBHS batted first and scored 345-7 declared, with both openers scoring centuries.

TBHS found the going tough in reply and could put together only an inadequate score of 84.

Forced to follow on, they showed moderate improvement but fell short of making Otago bat again with a second innings total of 110.

Cullen Grace was the main contributor with 30, in the loss by an innings and 157 runs.

The tennis exchange included both juniors and seniors but it was a complete performance by TBHS.

The senior team of Tom Deeley, Sam Benny, Angus Rollinson and Josh Reddicliffe easily dispatched Otago 4-2, while the junior team of Jack Deeley, Hugh Rollinson, Jono Ellis and Connor Prentice were even more dominant winning 8-0.

TBHS then needed their volleyballers to win to secure the school the overall tie, which they achieved in emphatic fashion.

With Cam Keelty in destructive form with his spikes, TBHS were easy winners, 3-1 in the first game and 3-0 in the second, with Caleb Grace one of the young players to impress.

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- The Timaru Herald

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