2018 Gillette Cup Match Reports

Tournament Final Positions: Wellington College 10, Christchurch Boys High School 6, King’s College 4, Hamilton Boys’ High School 4, Palmerston North Boys’ High School 4, Kings’ High School 2

Wellington College 250-9 (J McArdle 62, T Campbell 59, L Chapman) beat Christchurch Boys’ High School 210 all out off 45 overs (A Redfern 67, H Hunter 4-50), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Wellington College have finished their Gillette Cup campaign with a commanding victory over Christchurch Boys’ High School beating them by 40 runs to claim their second title and first since 2001. Wellington College were sent into bat and made 250 runs off their 50 overs, opener Josh McArdie (62), Tim Campbell (59) and Devan Vishvaka (39) were the main contributors. After the great start Christchurch Boys pulled back Wellington charge and it took some big hitting including 20 runs off the final over to get Wellington through to 250. Christchurch made a great start to their chase and were in a strong position until they lost their fourth wicket at 158 after 34 overs. From there Wellington took control asserting pressure and quickly rolled through the Christchurch lower order. A spirited 67 from Christchurch’s Archie Redfern wasn’t enough with some stand out bowling from Wellington’s Harry Hunter (4-50). This was fantastic finish to what has been an extremely competitive week of cricket. Congratulations to Wellington College.

King’s College 275-5 (N Robinson 81, T Simmonds 66, T Parkes 49*) beat Hamilton Boys’ High School 267-8 (J Parker 110), Lincoln Green
King’s College have beaten Hamilton Boys’ High School in a high scoring match by 8 runs. In a nail biting contest, King’s chose to bat first and made a more than competitive first innings total scoring 275 runs. Openers Nathan Robinson (81) and Thomas Simmonds (66) helped give their bowlers a healthy total to defend. In reply, Hamilton Boy’s got off to a flying start, opener Jacob Parker made a brilliant century scoring 110 runs. A flurry of late wickets fell for Hamilton and eventually they fell 8 runs short. These two teams finished the week in 3rd and 4th places with just 0.01 difference in run rate in favor of King’s College securing 3rd.

King’s High School 172 all out off 48.2 overs (J Murray 56, H Wakeling 4-34, F Martin 3-19) lost to Palmerston North Boys’ High School 175-4 off 39.4 overs (S Russell 73*), Lincoln No. 3
Palmerston North Boys’ High School have ended their Gillette Cup campaign on a winning note against King’s High School as they beat them by 6 wickets. King’s decided to bat first, Jacob Murray (56) and Izaak Parata (30) top scored for King’s and steered their side to a first innings total of 172 runs. Palmerston Norths bowlers exerted pressure throughout the innings and restricted King’s High School to a below par total. Hugo Wakeling (4-34), Finn Martin (3-19) and Thomas Kirk (3-27) shared the King’s wickets. In reply, Palmerston North reached their target with 10 overs to spare. Their middle order all made handy contributions to get their team the victory on the last day of the tournament. At a point when King’s were starting to exert some real pressure Sam Russell entered the fold and took the game away from King’s. His innings of 73* came off just 44 balls and involved just three singles amongst 13 4’s and 3 6’s. Ruben Love (27) and Risbah De (25) provide great support to get Palmerston North through to their target. A positive end of the week for Palmerston North two wins on the final two days. A young King’s High School will take a lot from their experiences and hope for qualification again next year.

Tournament Points After Round Four: Wellington College 8, Christchurch Boys High School 6, Hamilton Boys’ High School 4, King’s College 2, Palmerston North Boys’ High School 2, Kings’ High School 2

King’s High School 167 all out off 49.3 overs (J Gilbert 37, L Foulkes 3-30, L Chapman 3-49) lost to Christchurch Boys’ High School 171-3 off 29.4 overs (L Chapman 77*, T Sutherland 48, N Hastie 2-36), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Christchurch Boys’ High School are still in the hunt to retain the Gillette Cup after a dominant win over Kings’ High School by seven wickets. King’s High School batted first and made 167, Jacob Gilbert top scored for King’s making 37 runs but they were no match for the Christchurch spinners restricting their progress and taking regular wickets. Off spinner Liam Foulkes ( 3-30) and left arm orthodox Louie Chapman (3-49) were the main destroyers. In reply Christchurch Boy’s made light work of King’s first innings total reaching it with 20 overs to spare. Louie Chapman stood out again with the bat making an unbeaten 77 to lead his team to victory and a large boost in the teams run rate.

Palmerston North Boys’ High School 220-9 (S Russell 48, M Harris 38, J Dinan 3-40) beat Hamilton Boys’ High School 183 all out off 47.1 overs (J Parker 85, T Kirk 3-37), Lincoln Green
Palmerston North Boys’ High School entered this match still looking for their first victory and with a clinical performance they bet one of the more favored sides Hamilton Boys’ High School by 37 runs. Palmerston North batted first and put a competitive 220 runs on the board in their first innings. Sam Russell top scored making 48 runs and was well supported by Max Harris making 38 runs and contributions throughout the Palmerston order. Despite an excellent innings from Hamilton Boys’ High School’s Jacob Parker (85), he eventually ran out of partners and Hamilton suffered their 2nd loss of the tournament to no longer be in the running for the title. The pick of the bowlers for Palmerston North was Thomas Kirk who took 3 wickets for 37 runs. Palmerston North now has the chance to double their wins for the week with a final round match against fellow strugglers Kings’ High School.

Wellington College 235 all out off 49.3 overs (T Campbell 78, K McArdle 42, H Kukreja 3-25, C Dickson 3-40) beat King’s College 234 all out off 49.4 overs (T Parkes 82, N Robinson 62, D Sharma 4-31, H Chandler 4-41), Lincoln No. 3
Wellington College entered their penultimate match as the only unbeaten team and have come away with a nail biting 1 run victory over King’s College. Tim Campbell continued to show his classy form as he made 78 runs, which helped Wellington College make a first innings total of 235 runs. King’s College run chase started poorly with two early wickets, but skipper Thorn Parkes (82) and Nathan Robinson (62) built a n excellent partnership of 115 to place King’s in the box seat. As the pressure of the chase came on wickets started to fall. With just a single run needed and four wickets in hand King’s were in prime position to record their second victory of the week. Remarkable bowling from Wellington’s Dylan Sharma (4-31) and Henry Chandler (4-41) had something to say about that and with three balls remaining King’s last batsman was run out handing victory to Wellington. The title will now be decided with the final round match against Christchurch Boy’s High School a winner take all match.


Tournament Points After Round Three: Wellington College 6, Christchurch Boys High School 4, Hamilton Boys’ High School 4, King’s College 2, Kings’ High School 2, Palmerston North Boys’ High School 0,

Wellington College 230-9 (T Campbell 88, D O’Brien 3-39) beat Hamilton Boys’ High School 122 all out off 33.2 overs (T Valentine 3-27), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Wellington College have outclassed Hamilton Boys’ High School this afternoon beating them by 108 runs to remain the only unbeaten team in the Gillette Cup. Wellington College were sent into bat first, and a solid middle order performance propelled them to a quality first innings score of 230. The pick of the batsmen were Tim Campbell (88), Tom Valentine (33) and Devan Vishvaka (26). Hamilton’s best bowler was Declan O’Brien who took 3 wickets for 39 runs. Hamilton’s run chase never really got going thanks to some brilliant bowling from Wellington College, Valentine (3-27), Harry Hunter (2-8) and Tim Robinson backed up his performance with the bat taking 2 wickets for 17 runs. Hamilton Boys were bowled out for 122 runs. Wellington are now in the box seat for the title, but have two challenging matches to finished the week against King’s College and defending champions Christchurch Boy’s High School.

Palmerston North Boys’ High School 164-9 (B Wilson 35, L Chapman 6-36) lost to Christchurch Boys’ High School 166-1 off 20 overs (M Hay 110*, A Redfern 52*), Lincoln Green
Christchurch Boys’ High School have continued to build into the tournament after their first round defeat as they beat Palmerston North Boys’ High School by 9 wickets. Palmerston North Boys batted first and never real fired a warning shot. Superb bowling from Christchurch Boys played a big part in restricting their total. Skipper Louie Chapman lead by example for Christchurch with the ball, taking 6 wickets for 36 runs as he knocked over Palmerston North’s line-up. Palmerston North made 164 runs in their innings and that was easily achieved by the Christchurch Boys top 3 batsman. Mitchell Hay was promoted up the order to improve the teams run rate, did just than. Hay made an explosive 110* from just 62 balls (his 100 coming off just 57 balls) guiding his team to victory, first drop Archie Redfern maintained his good form after a century earlier in the week with a run a ball half century to keep Christchurch in the hunt.

King’s High School 225-7 (J Gilbert 57*, B Wheeler-Greenall 46, H Kukreja 2-31) beat King’s College 221all out off 49.4 overs (N Robinson 65, D Gallage 49, K Short 2-32), Lincoln No. 3
There was only going to be one king to come out of this fixture between Kings High School and Kings College. In what was a nail biting contest, it was King’s High School that prevailed winning by 4-runs. King’s High School were sent into bat first and made a competitive 225 runs off their 50 overs. Both openers for King’s High School laid a good platform for the rest of their line-up, Beckham Wheeler-Greenall (46) and Ethan Booth (28). King’s High Schools middle order showed how far down their batting depth goes, Jacob Gilbert top scored for King’s High School with and unbeaten 57. King’s College got their run chase off to a promising start with opener Nathan Robinson belting 65 runs off 83 balls. Despite some cameo performances from the middle order it wasn’t enough to get King’s College over the line as they were bowled out in the final over for 221, falling just short of victory.


Tournament Points After Round Two: Hamilton Boys’ High School 4, Wellington College 4, Christchurch Boys High School 2, King’s College 2, Palmerston North Boys’ High School 0, ‘Kings’ High School 0

King’s High School 159 all out off 47 overs (D O’Brien 2-21) lost to Hamilton Boy’s High School 162-2 off 18 overs (W Muldowney 66, J Russ 61*), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Hamilton Boys’ High School continued their strong form in round two easily accounting for King’s High School today, beating them by 8-wickets. King’s made a first innings score of 159 in 47 overs. Hamilton Boys did well to restrict and place pressure on the King’s batsmen, Declan O’Brien was the pick of the Hamilton bowlers taking 2-21, wickets were shared across all six bowlers used. Hamilton Boys chased the total down with ease only losing 2 wickets. William Muldowney (66) and skipper Jake Russ (61*) making his second significant contribution of the tournament lead Hamilton to a convincing victory knocking off the target in just 18 overs.

Christchurch Boys’ High School 247 all out off 49 overs (L Chapman 76, M Hay 46, M Abbas 3-42) beat King’s College 211 all out off 41.5 overs (T Parkes 46, T Simmonds 37, T Sutherland 2-16), Lincoln Green
Christchurch Boys’ High School have won a tight tussle with King’s College beating them by 36 runs. Christchurch were sent into bat first and made a very competitive 247 after 47 overs. Louie Chapman (76) and Mitchell Hay (46) had set a wonderful platform and Christchurch looked set to post a total near 300. Tight bowling and pressure lead to late wickets but Christchurch still posted a challenging total to defend. Muhammad Abbas was the stand out bowler for Kings High School taking 3-42. In reply, Kings High Schools run chase looked threatening at times but the regular loss of wickets saw them only reach 211. Thorn Parkes (46) and Thomas Simmonds (37) top scored but without substantial partnerships the target quickly became out of reach. Run out were again a factor in the second innings the outstanding Christchurch fielding leading to four of the King’s top six batsmen falling to run outs. Christchurch Boys’ built pressure through the match, Tom Sutherland was the most successful taking 2-16 late in the innings. The defending champions are back in the hunt.

Wellington College 245 all out (K Vishvaka 119, J McArdle 47, T Kirk 2-35) beat Palmerston North Boys’ High School 160 all out off 44 overs (S Russell 43, H Hunter 4-30), Lincoln No. 3
Wellington College have produced another dominant performance beating Palmerston North Boys. Devan Vishvuka scored Wellington Colleges second century in as many games with 119 to steer his team to a first innings total of 245 runs. . Tim Campbell (40) and Josh McArdie (47) also made handy contributions with the bat for Wellington. Wellington produced some wonderful early partnerships, but late wickets cost them a much larger total with 7 wickets falling for 13 runs in the final 3 overs They continued that momentum onto the field as they bowled Palmerston North out for 160 runs. Harry Hunter was fantastic for Wellington College taking 4 wickets, Tim Robinson also took 2 wickets for 16 runs. Despite some strong hitting in the middle overs from Sam Russell (43) Palmerston North were always behind in the game eventually lost by 85 runs. Wellington College remain unbeaten.


Tournament Points After Round One: King’s College 2, Wellington College 2, Hamilton Boys’ High School 2, Christchurch Boys High School 0, ‘Kings’ High School 0, Palmerston North Boys’High School 0

Palmerston North Boys’ High School 200-9 (B Wilson 46, H Dickson 2-13) lost to King’s College 201-5 off 42 overs (T Parkes 81*, M Abbas 67, B Wilson 2-34), Bert Sutcliffe Oval
Kings College have kicked of their Gillette Cup campaign off with a 5-wicket victory over Palmerston North Boys’ High School. Palmerston North batted first scoring 200 runs off their 50 overs, B Wilson top scored for Palmerston North scoring 46 runs, H Dickson was the pick of the King’s College bowlers taking 2 wickets for 13 runs. A crucial last wicket partnership of 36 runs got Palmerston North up to a competitive total. In reply, Kings College slowly built into their innings losing regular wickets until Thorn Parkes and Muhammad Abbas came together and shared a 96 run partnership. Parkes made an unbeaten run a ball 81 while Abbas chimed in will an explosive 67 off 44 balls. An excellent start to the tournament from King’s College.

Wellington College 289-7 (T Campbell 114, T Valentine 59*, B Wheeler-Greenall 3-42) beat Kings High School 253 all out off 48.5 overs (J Murray 60, N Hastie 59, T Robinson 5-46), Lincoln Green
Wellington College have put in a commanding performance in their first fixture beating Kings High School of Dunedin by 36 runs. Tim Campbell helped Wellington to an impressive first innings total of 289 for 7 by scoring 114 runs, Tom Valentine provided great support with an unbeaten 59. Kings High School’s run chase looked ominous as Jacob Murray (60) and Nathan Hastie (59) kept Kings in the game, however the Wellington bowling attack stuck to their game and bowled Kings out for 253, Tim Robinson was the pick of the Wellington College bowlers taking 5 wickets for 46 runs.

Christchurch Boys’ High School 233-8 (A Redfern 100, M Hay 44, K Clarke 4-28) lost to Hamilton Boys’ High School 234-6 in 48 overs (J Russ 88, W Muldownie 45, A Sidey 2-44), Lincoln No. 3
Hamilton Boys’ High have kick started their campaign with a 4-wicket win over Christchurch Boys’ High School. After winning the toss and inserting Christchurch Boys’ Hamilton immediately had them in trouble with early wickets leaving Christchurch in a perilous position of 38 for three. Two impressive partnerships involving Archie Redfern who scored a century, set Hamilton 233 runs to chase. In reply, Hamilton absorbed pressure throughout the inning from Christchurch Boys’ but partnerships were the difference between the two teams in the end. Captain Jake Russ lead the way with an excellent 88 while contributions throughout their batting line-up secured the victory with two overs to spare. Hamilton Boys’ certainly made a statement with their performance in round one defeating the defending championships.

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