Tauranga Boys’ College and Hutt International Boys’ School gave spectators a real spectacle, with Hutt International successfully chasing a down a strong total.
Tauranga Boys opted to bat first and would have been questioning that decision as they quickly fell to 18 for three after seven overs. Thankfully the collapse stopped there with Cameron Neal and Joshua Dwight forming a valuable partnership for the fourth wicket. Dwight was dismissed for 57, only to be replaced by Ben Musgrave who smashed a lightning fast 22. Neal stuck around long enough to bring up his first century of the tournament, playing brilliantly for his 107 and carrying his team to 230 for five after 50 overs. The pace of Will Brunton troubled the Tauranga batsman as he claimed the impressive figures of three for 39 off nine overs.
Hutt got off to a flyer in their innings as Mark McIlvride and Michael Parish put on 103 for the first wicket. Parish fell just short of his half century on 47 and Hutt struggled to form another meaningful partnership. McIlvride did his best but was finally dismissed for 70 after giving his team a chance of victory. With three wickets in hand, Hutt needed 24 runs off the last six overs. Captain Sam Fraser and Will Brunton kept level heads and finished off this nail biting match in the 48th over. It was Hutt International’s first win of the tournament.
Tauranga Boys’ College 230-5 (Neal 107, Dwight 57) LOST to Hutt International Boys’ School 232-5 (McIlvride 70, Timoti 3-34)
Result: HUTT INTERNATIONAL BOYS' SCHOOL won by 3 wickets
Overall standings after 4 rounds of the Gillette Cup finals:
King’s College - 8 points
Christ’s College - 6 points
Otago BHS - 3 points
Hutt IBS - 3 points
Tauranga BHS - 2 points
Palmerston North BHS - 2 points