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HSOB in cup final

High School Old Boys are into the Doleman Cup 40-over cricket final, after crushing Horouta by 126 runs.

Thorn Parkes hit 77 runs and Josiah Turner took five wickets in a dominant display at Harry Barker Reserve on Saturday that secured High School Old Boys’ position at the top of the table.

Horouta and OBR will play off this week for the other spot in the Poverty Bay club cricket limited-overs final.

Bollywood Stars HSOB made 192 for nine and Horouta had a horror start in their reply, collapsing to 12-5 before being bowled out for 66 in 19.1 overs.

Nineteen-year-old Parkes batted at No.3 and had to be watchful on a deck that was nipping about a bit.

He ran well between the wickets with his various batting partners and played several decisive cut shots to keep the scoreboard ticking over during his 136-minute stay at the crease.

The opening bowlers for HSOB kept the ball full and shared nine wickets between them — Turner taking 5-29 off six overs and left-armer Jak Rowe, 4-19 off eight.

HSOB captain Carl Shaw wasn’t happy with the way his side batted, however, as they provided too little support for Parkes.

“It was a forgettable batting performance from most people.”

Shaw said they would need to be better in the final.

His bowlers were on-song from the start. None of the top three for Horouta got off the mark and five of the first six batsmen dismissed were bowled.

Shaw said the Horouta bowlers, too, did their job well.

Horouta captain David Situ said both teams’ bowlers had the ball moving in the air and off the wicket.

Horouta had HSOB under some pressure in the first innings but Situ said a “sloppy last 10 to 15 overs” in the field cost them.

The run chase never got going, with Horouta losing five wickets in four overs at the top.

“They bowled really well with the new ball,” Situ said.

No.11 Aman Kamboj top-scored for Horouta with 17.

Wicketkeepers Situ and Scott Tallott both pulled off diving catches in the match.

Horouta leg-spinner Parminder Kulaar took 3-37 from seven overs.

HSOB have three wins in the competition. Horouta have two, both against OBR, and OBR have a solitary win against HSOB.

The weather is forecast to be fine on Saturday for the playoff between Horouta and OBR to determine who will play HSOB in the final.

High School Old Boys 192-9 off 40 overs (Thorn Parkes 77, Josiah Turner 22; Parminder Kulaar 3-37, Keegan Martin 2-28, Ryan Nepe 2-31) beat Horouta 66 off 19.1 overs (Josiah Turner 5-29, Jak Rowe 4-19).

ACCOMPLISHED KNOCK: Thorn Parkes, who has done well as a schoolboy cricketer for Poverty Bay in past seasons, scored 77 for High School Old Boys against Horouta at Harry Barker Reserve on Saturday. HSOB won the match by 126 runs and secured their spot in the Doleman Cup final. File picture by Paul Rickard