Rathkeale College advanced to the next round of the national secondary school boy Gillette Cup competition with a resounding 118 run win over  Wairarapa College at the Rathkeale Oval today.

Rathkeale Captain and Central Districts Under 17 representative Liam Burling starred with the bat making a superb century (103) as Rathkeale amassed an impressive 348-5 off their allotted 50 overs. Burling hit 12 fours and two sixes in his run a ball knock which led his side through to the daunting total.

It wasn’t just Burling who had the scorers scrambling as he had solid support from Zac Caldwell who plundered 67 not out off just 39 balls which included 11 fours. Opener Charles Morrison chimed in with 45 off 62 balls (six fours) and Miller Paton-Masters made a solid 62 off 71 balls including nine fours.

The only Wai Coll bowlers who went unscathed were Lucien Burt 1-56 off 10 and Hamish Woolgar 0-48 off 10.

Wairarapa College’s reply never got going with Josh Pepperell falling with just 14 runs on the board. Lucien Burt 24 and Brad Griffith 34 gave their best effort to keep up with the scoring rate but the pressure of such a large total was always hard to break.

Number 7 Donald Reisima threw the pressure right back at the Rathkeale bowlers and smote the ball all over the ground to score a quickfire 42 off 30 balls with five fours and three sixes. Gus Wakeling added to that pressure with 28 off 24 balls with five fours but once both were removed so were the hopes of a Wairarapa College victory.

Miller Paton-Masters completed a fantastic all round effort claiming 4-53 and received excellent support from leg spin bowler Jack Forrester who claimed the most economical figures of the game in taking 2-33 off 10. Forrester opened the bowling to Wairarapa College’s surprise and the gamble paid dividends.

Rathkeale College now advance as the Wairarapa regional winners and will most likely meet the winner of the Manawatu section.

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Liam Burling (second from right) with his Central Districts Under 17 team mates produced a man of the match performance today against Wairarapa College scoring a century