Batting blitz - Centuries to Jacobs, Chambers as runs flow in Hope Cup cricket
There is such a thing as “The 200 Club”.
Gisborne Boys’ High School and Campion College are its newest members, having posted 200-plus runs in club cricket on Saturday.
Round 5 of 16 in the 30-over Hope Cup was transferred from Harry Barker Reserve’s grass wickets to the artificial pitches of Nelson Park.
Competition leaders Rawhiti Legal Old Boys Rugby (15 points) turned in a great performance to beat fifth-placed Campion College (3pts) by 35 runs.
Two-time defending Hope Cup champions Civil Project Solutions Ngatapa Green Caps (in second place on the six-team table with 12 points) won by seven wickets against Siteworx Horouta (6pts).
Bollywood High School Old Boys Presidents (9pts) put up 300-3, then conceded 244-5 to Gisborne Boys’ High School second 11.
■ The batsmen in the OBR-Campion clash gave the bowlers a pasting.
OBR second-drop Jannie Jacobs hit seven sixes and 11 fours in his 111 from 61 balls.
Then Campion’s mighty left-hander Darryl Dunn struck five sixes and five boundaries for 61 off 35 balls as the College reached 201-5 in pursuit of OBR’s 236-5.
Having won the toss, OBR posted an intimidating total courtesy of (in the main) Jacobs, leftie Peter Stewart’s 31 at No.3 and Rongomai Smith’s 28 off 29 balls at five before he was bowled by Blake Marshall.
Marshall, with three wickets for 26 runs off six overs, continued his excellent season with the new ball for Campion.
A total of 236 in 30 overs is an asking rate of almost eight runs an over but by dismissing captain Craig Christophers, his off-sider Thom Berry and Smith, Marshall was the difference between OBR scoring 300 and his team chasing a remotely gettable target.
Campion captain, Liam Spring, who, like Berry, keeps wicket and opens the batting, put up 35.
Cameron Rowell (an unbeaten 30 off 37 balls from No.5) and Matt King (23 in 28 balls at six) were the other major contributors.
Veteran Christophers was impressed by the leadership of Spring and put OBR’s success on the day down to the support Stewart and Smith leant Jacobs during his debut century.
■ Ngatapa are hot on OBR’s heels.
The Green Caps made it four wins from five games with a seven-wicket defeat of Horouta.
Horouta captain Heyan Ranasinghe won the toss and chose to bat, but the Waka were bowled out for 106 in 27.4 overs.
Etienne Botes (25) at six, Rubi Perano (24) at seven and Northern Spirit opening bowler Kayley Knight (21) at five made useful starts.
But medium-pacer Ben Holden (4-19 off 5.4 overs) and off-spinner Grant Walsh (2-9 off 6) hobbled Horouta.
Ngatapa’s Jack Jefferd, at three, thumped an unbeaten 55 off 67 balls, including three sixes and four boundaries.
Second-drop Harry Cave made a stylish 36 off 30 balls with five fours.
Knight shared the new ball with Botes (1-26 off 4) and went wicketless in five overs, but conceded only 12 runs, bowling a maiden to boot.
■ HSOB Presidents’ Jeff Chambers is a genuine character — a “Bard of Banter” on and off the field who professes to play the game for fun.
On Saturday, however, he proved he can rise to the occasion in their 56-run win against GBHS.
Chambers scored his maiden century at second-drop — 113 not-out from 67 balls, replete with five sixes and 15 fours.
Captain-keeper Ollie Needham won the toss and opted to bat first.
Chambers joined the fray three balls into the third over, with his side at 3-26.
GBHS opening bowler David Gray took 2-55 off six overs with inswing at pace.
The high-bouncing artificial wicket made front-foot play difficult but those batsmen who chose to play from the back foot profited.
No.2 Matt Jefferd made 63 off 66, No.6 Israel Turner an unbeaten 40 and No.7 Inderpreet Singh Bassi 37.
Turner and Singh were not out at the end of 30 overs, Jefferd and Chambers having chosen to retire.
GBHS produced by far their best batting performance of the last decade to amass 244-5.
Keeper Jack Whitehead-McKay (75 from 80 with a six and 10 fours) scored his first half-century in senior club cricket and shared a whirlwind opening stand of 47 with Gray (38 off 25, including two sixes and five fours) in 5.3 overs.
Whitehead-McKay then put on 87 for the second wicket with captain Dylan Foster, whose run-a-ball 42 featured six boundaries.
No.4 Kelan Bryant also went at a run-a-ball 24.
HSOB seamer Turner took four Boys’ High wickets for an eye-watering 85 runs in six overs but bowled as accurately and consistently as any other bowler in the match.
The game was played in a truly Corinthian spirit, which at one stage extended to rushing out a choice of water and Coca-Cola to a felled umpire.