King's College Claim Final in Convincing Fashion
King's College convincingly won the final of the NZCT Cup against Christchurch Boys High School to claim the trophy for 2009. Batting first in glorious weather Kings proved their superiority in setting a competitive target and then defending it with a penetrative bowling performance.
Playoff for Frist and Second
King’s College 190/5 (Mark Chapman 65, Harry Nash 30, Sam Klippel 32no; Tim Braid 2/38, Toby Jeffery 2/17) beat Christchurch BHS 102/9 (Harry Nash 3/16, Sam Klippel 3/15)
Christchurch BHS won the toss and put King’s College in – a bold decision. At 2/16 it looked like it was the right one, but captain Mark Chapman  had other ideas and combined with Harry Nash  to set the foundation for Sam Klippel to come in late in the innings and blast 32 not out which saw King’s College compile a tidy 190/5. Tim Braid and Toby Jeffery were the best of the Christchurch BHS bowlers. Harry Nash [3/16] came out after his batting and with his penetrative right-arm medium-fast deliveries ripped the heart out of the Christchurch BHS innings. At 5/31 they were always up against it and wickets continued to fall regularly until the last pair Nick Tilley and Angus Philpott put up solid resistance to see their side through to 102/9, but well short of the required total. Sam Klippel also had a very good double capturing three wickets. A complete victory for King’s College.
Playoff for Third and Fourth
Otago BHS 198 (Sam Ellis 44, Nic Rapley 38, Marcus Frost 46; Jack Arnall 2/33, Angus Smith 2/39, Michael D’Esposito 2/36) beat Lindisfarne College 172 (Michael D’Esposito 29, Dominic Thompson 51; Alex Hodgson 5/32, Jack Hunter 3/14]
Lindisfarne also won the toss and put Otago BHS into bat. After being 3/17 they dug in and thanks to solid efforts by Sam Ellis, Nic Rapley and Marcus Frost saw Otago BHS through to 198 in the 40th over. Jack Arnall, Angus Smith and Michael D’Esposito took two wickets each for Lindisfarne. Like their opponents Lindisfarne lost wickets early, although opener Michael D’Esposito managed a capable 29. However, it took an aggressive half century by Dominic Thompson to breathe life into their innings and cause Otago BHS a few jitters. But Alec Hodgson with three wickets in an over and a bag of 5/32 saw Otago BHS to victory by 26 runs. He was well supported by Jack Hunter with 3/14.
Playoff for Fifth and Sixth
St Peter’s College 132/9 (Ben Schilt 30; Kieran McComb 3/26, Ben Skilton 3/10) lost to Hutt International BS 136/2 (Mark McIIvride 42no, Brett Johnson 52no;Harsimran Mahal 2/28)
St Peter’s batted first, but at 5/34 would have wondered about their decision. Only Ben Schilt with 30 had an innings of substance and managed to get his side through to 132/9 in their allocated overs. Kieran McComb and Ben Skilton each snared three wickets. In reply Hutt International stumbled at the start and was 2/27, but an outstanding 3rd wicket stand of 109 between opener Mark McIIvride and Brett Johnson saw them cruise to a win with eight wickets to spare. Harsimran Mahal took 2/28.
Playoff for Seventh and Eighth
Hamilton BHS 180/3 (Mitchell East 77no, Ben Calvert 40, Sam Holmes 23no;Shaun Sullivan 2/37) beat Francis Douglas MC 176 [Gerald-John Pike 60, Ryan Watson 25; Toa Davis 2/46, Mohammad Awad 2/16, Matthew Lowe 2/10]
Hamilton BHS were asked to bat and after a slow but steady start amassed a fine 180/3. This competitive total was built around a patient effort by Mitchell East who batted right through the innings to finish on 77 not out. He was well supported by Ben Calvert, who he had a 2nd wicket stand of 96 with, and then Sam Holmes. Shaun Sullivan picked up two wickets for Francis Douglas. Francis Douglas then got away to a flying start courtesy of Gerald-John Pike who hit an aggressive 60 and then 25 from Ryan Watson. At 165/4 they had a win in their sights but tight bowling by Hamilton BHS saw them fall over and be all out for 176 – four runs short! Toa Davis, Mohammad Awad, Matthew Lowe each took two wickets.
1 King’s College
2 Christchurch Boys’ High School
3 Otago Boys’ High School
4 Lindisfarne College
5 Hutt International Boys’ School
6 St Peter’s School
7 Hamilton Boys’ High School
8 Francis Douglas Memorial College