GBHS first 11 turn victory corner

They’ve turned a corner.

Gisborne Boys’ High School’s first 11 showed signs of improvement in their 32-run loss in a 30-over cricket game against Napier Boys’ High School in Gisborne on Monday.

Yesterday, as the Poverty Bay representatives, they went one step futher with a 44-run win against Bay of Plenty qualifiers Bethlehem College in the Super Smash T20 Cup.

“We were confident going into the game,” said Gisborne Boys’ High captain Drew Scott, whose side play Campion College in the Hope Cup final on Saturday.

“We won the toss and Matt McNeil (28 runs off 20 balls) at No.5 was solid. We made 137-5.

Jacob Colbert (3-9 off four overs), Travis Mitchell (2-16 off four) and Adam Whibley (2-14 off four) then bowled well for us. We took early wickets, got on top and knew we could win from there.”

Batting at No.4, Scott top-scored in the match and played all the shots in his innings of 59 not out from 50 balls.

No.7 Amani Karauria-Lunt (12 not out off nine balls) played an excellent hand to close the innings.

Scott shared a 45-run stand with McNeil for the fourth wicket. McNeil chipped the ball over the infield skilfully, and Karauria-Lunt’s aggressive running was a feature of his crucial 37-run partnership with the captain.

Gisborne Boys’ High dismissed Bethlehem for 93 in 19.5 overs. No.8 Jack Hendy (25 not out off 21 balls) was Bethlehem’s leading run-scorer.

The visitors were dealt a major blow with the dismissal of first drop Cameron Riley — a Northern Districts under-17 teammate of Scott last season and member of the Bay of Plenty team who lost to Poverty Bay at the Harry Barker Reserve on Sunday.

Riley was out for a duck, caught and bowled by Colbert, and Bethlehem were in trouble at 11-2.

Bethlehem later lost five wickets for 10 runs between 51 and 61.

Zeppo Page, operating off a short run, had Jacob Marshall caught at mid-on by Mitchell for five to clinch the win.

Gisborne Boys’ High School’s first 11 and Colts will play their Hastings Boys’ High counterparts on Sunday and Monday in Hastings.

They’ve turned a corner.

Gisborne Boys’ High School’s first 11 showed signs of improvement in their 32-run loss in a 30-over cricket game against Napier Boys’ High School in Gisborne on Monday.

Yesterday, as the Poverty Bay representatives, they went one step futher with a 44-run win against Bay of Plenty qualifiers Bethlehem College in the Super Smash T20 Cup.

“We were confident going into the game,” said Gisborne Boys’ High captain Drew Scott, whose side play Campion College in the Hope Cup final on Saturday.

“We won the toss and Matt McNeil (28 runs off 20 balls) at No.5 was solid. We made 137-5.

Jacob Colbert (3-9 off four overs), Travis Mitchell (2-16 off four) and Adam Whibley (2-14 off four) then bowled well for us. We took early wickets, got on top and knew we could win from there.”

Batting at No.4, Scott top-scored in the match and played all the shots in his innings of 59 not out from 50 balls.

No.7 Amani Karauria-Lunt (12 not out off nine balls) played an excellent hand to close the innings.

Scott shared a 45-run stand with McNeil for the fourth wicket. McNeil chipped the ball over the infield skilfully, and Karauria-Lunt’s aggressive running was a feature of his crucial 37-run partnership with the captain.

Gisborne Boys’ High dismissed Bethlehem for 93 in 19.5 overs. No.8 Jack Hendy (25 not out off 21 balls) was Bethlehem’s leading run-scorer.

The visitors were dealt a major blow with the dismissal of first drop Cameron Riley — a Northern Districts under-17 teammate of Scott last season and member of the Bay of Plenty team who lost to Poverty Bay at the Harry Barker Reserve on Sunday.

Riley was out for a duck, caught and bowled by Colbert, and Bethlehem were in trouble at 11-2.

Bethlehem later lost five wickets for 10 runs between 51 and 61.

Zeppo Page, operating off a short run, had Jacob Marshall caught at mid-on by Mitchell for five to clinch the win.

Gisborne Boys’ High School’s first 11 and Colts will play their Hastings Boys’ High counterparts on Sunday and Monday in Hastings.

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