A strong Napier Boys High School side continued a wonderful season by turning aside the best that Wairarapa could offer in a Gillette Cup match played in Napier.
Rathkeale College boast a proud record in Gillette Cup history (having made the finals on three occasions) but this year they found themselves up against an impressive team from the Hawkes Bay.
Batting first, Rathkeale were never allowed to settle and it wasn’t surprising that they failed to complete their allotted 50 overs. Wickets fell steadily under the pressure exerted by Stoyanoff, Sutton, Lennox and Donaldson. With the score reaching 80-7, it seemed that 100 would be a good total. A brave 54 (9 fours) from the young Liam Burling was the highlight of the Rathkeale batting. Along with the ever reliable Ryan Tonkin (16) they were able to keep the game going for another 18 overs to put some respectablility (and hope) into the final total of 147.
Napier BHS made no race of the target set, reaching the total 1 down inside 27 overs. An impressive 93 notout from J Lennox was the highlight of the innings. Best of the Rathkeale bowlers were George Deans and John Ryan (who claimed the only wicket to fall).