Hamilton Boys' High School have taken out the Dave Hoskin Trophy, defeating St Peter's School by one wicket in a thrilling Division 1 college cricket match on Saturday.
St Peter's elected to bat after winning the coin toss at their home ground, and made the most of the conditions and poor Boy's High fielding to post 247-6 from their 50 overs.
Matt Whitley patiently batted for 91 not out, while Brandon Weal hit 14 boundaries on his way to 83, seizing on any short of a length bowling.
Boys' High dropped several catches in the field, and it paid as St Peter's hammered 84 runs in the final 10 overs with wickets to spare.
Ben Morris-Brown was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 3-39.
Needing five runs an over to overhaul the St Peter's total, Boys' High lost two early wickets but were always running at the right run rate.
Bodie Hodges hit nine boundaries in his hard hitting 57, while 28 of Johnny O'Sullivan's 40 runs also came from boundaries, punishing some wayward bowling during the middle overs.
St Peter's kept taking wickets, and when they had reduced Boys' High to 172-8 they looked like certain winners.
A 37 run ninth wicket partnership gave Boys' High hope, but when that was broken, Boys' High required a mammoth 38 runs for the last wicket to win the match.
On the back of a career best 42 not out from opening bowler Liam McNally, Boys' High scraped home to claim the trophy.
In the other Division 1 matches, St John's College chased down Cambridge High School's 230-9 from 50 overs, bringing up the total with 11 overs to spare.
Marcel Koning's 80 and Matthew Cooper's 49 steered St John's home, after 76 from Nick Bateman had set up the Cambridge innings, while Harry Cooper ripped through Cambridge with 5-58.
Meanwhile, St Paul's Collegiate beat Matamata College by 103 runs in the other match.
St Paul's posted 245-7 from 50 overs, with Chris Higgins scoring 58, Aubrey Fish, 34 and Reuben Rajan 33 not out.
Matamata struggled through to 142 all out after 40 overs, with Scott Spence claiming 4-22 and Eli Spadoni getting 3-36.
- Waikato Times