OBR complete the treble

DJ Barry Cup added to OBR's Walker Shield and Doleman Cup successes.

DJ Barry Cup added to OBR's Walker Shield and Doleman Cup successes.

OBR cricketers celebrate a tremendous season after they added the D.J. Barry Cup to their Walker Shield and Doleman Cup collection at the weekend. The Jonathan Purcell-led team beat High School Old Boys in a drama-filled 40-overs final. OBR had to survive some anxious moments as HSOB refused to throw in the towel, defending a modest 154-8. The triumphant team are, back row from left, Arun Kurup, Josh Adams, Hamish Evans, Matt Cook, Kieran Venema, Timoti Weir, and in front, Craig Christophers, Cohen Loffler, Ian Loffler, Jonathan Purcell and Jimmy Holden.
OBR players also cleaned up in the Poverty Bay Cricket Association’s end-of-year prizegiving on Saturday night. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Josh Adams hit the winning runs for Old Boys Rugby in the DJ Barry Cup final against High School Old Boys at Harry Barker Reserve on Saturday.
Hamish Evans produced a man-of-the-match performance, taking three wickets for 31 runs and then top-scoring for OBR with 43 runs.

HAMISH Evans produced a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday as Old Boys Rugby (OBR) sealed their first club cricket treble.

They added the DJ Barry Cup to their Walker Shield and Doleman Cup successes.

Evans took three wickets for 31 runs off 10 overs as Bain Construction OBR dismissed Bollywood Stars High School Old Boys for 154 at Harry Barker Reserve.

Evans then scored 43 runs from 56 balls and shared a 31-run partnership with Josh Adams (11 not out) for the sixth wicket.

They were instrumental in OBR reaching their target with three wickets in hand and 10 balls remaining.

It was a day of twists and turns

When the players arrived at the ground, they found that the cover on the representative wicket had been damaged and overnight rain had made the pitch unplayable.

The main final was then switched to the only available pitch, where Gisborne Boys’ High School were scheduled to play Campion College in the Hope Cup (bottom three) final.

The Hope Cup game was deferred to Sunday, when Boy’s High retained the trophy.

Play in the DJ Barry Cup final did not start until 2pm, one hour after it was due to begin, with HSOB batting first after skipper Scott Tallott won the toss.

“We wanted to set a target through the top order and then look to hit out in the last 10 overs, but it didn’t work out that way,” said Tallott, whose side slumped to 114-9 before a last-wicket stand of 40 from Sam Tallott (69 off 92 deliveries) and Ryan Majstrovic (11no) gave the bowlers something to defend.

Evans had struck the first blow when he had opener Carl Shaw caught by Arun Kurup for 8 with the score at 23.

Matt Cook then trapped Glen Udall leg before wicket 16 runs later.

From 39-1, HSOB lost the next eight wickets for 75 runs. Cook, Craig Christophers and Kurup each claimed two wickets. Christophers was the most economical. His eight overs cost only 17 runs.

As OBR openers Christophers and Kieran Venema prepared to lead the charge, rain and fading light threatened to cut the game short. Twenty overs needed to be bowled, otherwise the teams would have to return the following day to replay the final.

And if the game was abandoned after 20 overs had been bowled, run rate would decide the outcome.

Captain Jonathan Purcell said 154 was a below-par score for HSOB, but it was on a slow pitch.

“So we had to bat sensibly, keeping an eye on the run rate as we got close to the 20 overs.”

HSOB opening bowlers gave their side a great start

HSOB opening bowlers Jak Rowe and Sam Tallott, who would have been man of the match had his side won, gave their side a great start. In 10 overs they conceded only 24 runs and took one wicket, that of Venema (1). He was caught brilliantly by wicketkeeper Udall, diving to his right to catch the ball millimetres off the ground, with the score at 5.

Christophers and Timoti Weir began the rebuild with a partnership of 33 before Weir was out, leg before wicket, to Shaw for 21 off 35 balls.

When Christophers was on 5, he was dropped by Scott Tallott off the bowling of Jak Rowe. Christophers and Ian Loffler then added 33 runs before Tallott made amends by taking a catch off Rowe’s bowling to dismiss Christophers, whose 28 runs came off 67 balls.

Loffler and Evans looked set to steer OBR home as they took control of the game and, aided by some loose fielding, advanced the score to 120.

Then Gagan Dhingra had Loffler caught close to the boundary off the last ball of the 32nd over. Loffler’s 31 runs had come off 48 balls, and OBR needed 35 to win off 48 balls, with six wickets in hand.

“It’s a doddle,” one spectator said.

'Game on'

However, when Sam Tallott had Purcell lbw with the first ball of the 33rd over, it was “game on”.

Adams joined Evans and was beaten all ends up by Tallott’s next five deliveries, which produced a precious wicket-maiden.

Adams began to get bat on ball and he and the in-form Evans took OBR to within four runs of victory before Sam Tallott skittled Evans’s stumps with the fifth ball of the 38th over. He followed that with a wide before bowling Kurup for nought.

'What a way to finish'

OBR needed three runs to win and had three wickets in hand, but Tallott and Rowe were steaming in at the death.

Adams then became the toast of his side when he smacked Rowe for two, then a single to clinch the win.

“That’s the second final Josh has won for us,” Purcell said.

“He is so quick running between the wickets he puts pressure on the fielders.

“It’s been an awesome season. What a way to finish. The boys have worked hard in training and in the games. We’ll have a good night.”

Purcell paid tribute to HSOB.

“They made us work hard for that win.”

Although his side lost, Scott Tallott said he was proud of the way his players never gave up.

“Nobody, apart from me, gave their wicket away and I felt we were always in the game, until near the end when we had some lapses in the field.

“Sam’s innings was great. He saw that it was not a 200-run deck, so he just kept grinding away and it took a pearler of a catch, one-handed diving to his right by Craig Christophers, to end his innings.”

  • OBR 155-7 (H Evans 43, I Loffler 31, C Christophers 28; Sam Tallott 3-25, J Rowe 2-29) def HSOB 154 (Sam Tallott 69, G Udall 20; H Evans 3-31, C Christophers 2-17, Arun Kurup 2-18, M Cook 2-31) by three wickets.

HAMISH Evans produced a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday as Old Boys Rugby (OBR) sealed their first club cricket treble.

They added the DJ Barry Cup to their Walker Shield and Doleman Cup successes.

Evans took three wickets for 31 runs off 10 overs as Bain Construction OBR dismissed Bollywood Stars High School Old Boys for 154 at Harry Barker Reserve.

Evans then scored 43 runs from 56 balls and shared a 31-run partnership with Josh Adams (11 not out) for the sixth wicket.

They were instrumental in OBR reaching their target with three wickets in hand and 10 balls remaining.

It was a day of twists and turns

When the players arrived at the ground, they found that the cover on the representative wicket had been damaged and overnight rain had made the pitch unplayable.

The main final was then switched to the only available pitch, where Gisborne Boys’ High School were scheduled to play Campion College in the Hope Cup (bottom three) final.

The Hope Cup game was deferred to Sunday, when Boy’s High retained the trophy.

Play in the DJ Barry Cup final did not start until 2pm, one hour after it was due to begin, with HSOB batting first after skipper Scott Tallott won the toss.

“We wanted to set a target through the top order and then look to hit out in the last 10 overs, but it didn’t work out that way,” said Tallott, whose side slumped to 114-9 before a last-wicket stand of 40 from Sam Tallott (69 off 92 deliveries) and Ryan Majstrovic (11no) gave the bowlers something to defend.

Evans had struck the first blow when he had opener Carl Shaw caught by Arun Kurup for 8 with the score at 23.

Matt Cook then trapped Glen Udall leg before wicket 16 runs later.

From 39-1, HSOB lost the next eight wickets for 75 runs. Cook, Craig Christophers and Kurup each claimed two wickets. Christophers was the most economical. His eight overs cost only 17 runs.

As OBR openers Christophers and Kieran Venema prepared to lead the charge, rain and fading light threatened to cut the game short. Twenty overs needed to be bowled, otherwise the teams would have to return the following day to replay the final.

And if the game was abandoned after 20 overs had been bowled, run rate would decide the outcome.

Captain Jonathan Purcell said 154 was a below-par score for HSOB, but it was on a slow pitch.

“So we had to bat sensibly, keeping an eye on the run rate as we got close to the 20 overs.”

HSOB opening bowlers gave their side a great start

HSOB opening bowlers Jak Rowe and Sam Tallott, who would have been man of the match had his side won, gave their side a great start. In 10 overs they conceded only 24 runs and took one wicket, that of Venema (1). He was caught brilliantly by wicketkeeper Udall, diving to his right to catch the ball millimetres off the ground, with the score at 5.

Christophers and Timoti Weir began the rebuild with a partnership of 33 before Weir was out, leg before wicket, to Shaw for 21 off 35 balls.

When Christophers was on 5, he was dropped by Scott Tallott off the bowling of Jak Rowe. Christophers and Ian Loffler then added 33 runs before Tallott made amends by taking a catch off Rowe’s bowling to dismiss Christophers, whose 28 runs came off 67 balls.

Loffler and Evans looked set to steer OBR home as they took control of the game and, aided by some loose fielding, advanced the score to 120.

Then Gagan Dhingra had Loffler caught close to the boundary off the last ball of the 32nd over. Loffler’s 31 runs had come off 48 balls, and OBR needed 35 to win off 48 balls, with six wickets in hand.

“It’s a doddle,” one spectator said.

'Game on'

However, when Sam Tallott had Purcell lbw with the first ball of the 33rd over, it was “game on”.

Adams joined Evans and was beaten all ends up by Tallott’s next five deliveries, which produced a precious wicket-maiden.

Adams began to get bat on ball and he and the in-form Evans took OBR to within four runs of victory before Sam Tallott skittled Evans’s stumps with the fifth ball of the 38th over. He followed that with a wide before bowling Kurup for nought.

'What a way to finish'

OBR needed three runs to win and had three wickets in hand, but Tallott and Rowe were steaming in at the death.

Adams then became the toast of his side when he smacked Rowe for two, then a single to clinch the win.

“That’s the second final Josh has won for us,” Purcell said.

“He is so quick running between the wickets he puts pressure on the fielders.

“It’s been an awesome season. What a way to finish. The boys have worked hard in training and in the games. We’ll have a good night.”

Purcell paid tribute to HSOB.

“They made us work hard for that win.”

Although his side lost, Scott Tallott said he was proud of the way his players never gave up.

“Nobody, apart from me, gave their wicket away and I felt we were always in the game, until near the end when we had some lapses in the field.

“Sam’s innings was great. He saw that it was not a 200-run deck, so he just kept grinding away and it took a pearler of a catch, one-handed diving to his right by Craig Christophers, to end his innings.”

  • OBR 155-7 (H Evans 43, I Loffler 31, C Christophers 28; Sam Tallott 3-25, J Rowe 2-29) def HSOB 154 (Sam Tallott 69, G Udall 20; H Evans 3-31, C Christophers 2-17, Arun Kurup 2-18, M Cook 2-31) by three wickets.

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