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Gisborne Boys High School prove too strong for Horouta

Gisborne Boys High School have notched their first win of the season with a convincing victory over Horouta.

Chasing 123-to-win, Galaxy World GBHS cruised home in the 21st over with seven wickets in hand after strong performances from the whole team.

The Siteworx Civil Horouta team struggled again to find partnerships that would see them post a defendable total.

Captain David Situ said they weren't good enough and GBHS made them pay, deserving the win.

While they are still searching for form with the bat, knowing that several players in the team have the talent, he said there were still positives.

“Heyan (Ranasinghe Ranasinghe) and Bruno (Judd) batting for about 10-to-20 overs and making sure we didn't get completely rolled,” he said.

Judd and Billy Morse bowling eight overs on the trot was also a positive as the team looks for how they change their approach going into the semi-finals.

Captain Nathan Trowell led the wicket-takers in the first innings, with three, as six GBHS players took wickets.

His 36-not-out missing out on the top score by just one run to opener Cohen Loffler, who paired with Luke Fisher for a 60-run opening partnership.

Trowell said he was “stoked” to have picked up the win, after a great team performance with the bat and ball.

“We bowled very well early and picked up early and crucial wickets.

“It's good to see us back scoring runs which we will have to address next weekend into the semis.”

Final scores:

Horouta 122/10 after 36.5 overs (Harmanpreet Gill 20; Bruno Judd 2/53).

GBHS 126/3 after 20.4 overs (Cohen Loffler 37, Nathan Trowell 36; Travis O'Rourke 2/26, Trowell 2/21, Daniel Foster 2/22).

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