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OBR defeat GBHS

MASTERCLASS PERFORMANCE: Nick Greeks (pictured) and Matt Cook combined for an 83-run 9th wicket partnership after OBR stumbled early in the opening round of the DJ Barry Cup.Picture by Paul Rickard

A heroic ninth-wicket stand between Nick Greeks and Matt Cook was the key to victory for OBR against Gisborne Boys’ High School in the opening round of DJ Barry Cup cricket on Saturday.

OBR were 79-8 at the start of their partnership. They then put on an 83-run masterclass in tail-order batting to steer Coastal Concrete OBR towards a defendable total of 188.

The game had a picture-perfect start for Galaxy World GBHS. Captain Nathan Trowell took two wickets from three deliveries in the second over to have OBR at 5-2.

Trowell was the standout performer in the GBHS bowling effort, earning five wickets for 56 runs from 9.2 overs and taking a catch.

GBHS had OBR on the ropes. It was undoubtedly a bowlers’ wicket, but Greeks (85 runs) and Cook (20) — the only two OBR batsmen to score in double figures — retrieved the situation.

“It’s not often you are batting with the No.10 batsmen in only the 18th over,” OBR skipper Greeks said.

“We actually had a bit of a laugh about the situation and how many overs were left in the innings.

“Cookie batted perfectly for the situation and hung around and did a great job for us getting 20 off 69 balls.”

Although both sides produced great bowling figures, extras plagued them. Boys’ High bowled 41 wides and OBR, 36.

“I’d say we were putting the ball in the right areas, but once an over there was a four and the extras killed us,” Trowell said.

It seemed Boys’ High had the upper hand in the 50-over format of the DJ Barry Cup, but Greeks said OBR knew they had a defendable total.

“Making 188 gave us a fair bit of confidence going into the field, as the pitch wasn’t easy to bat on.

“We knew if we took our chances we would win the game. The bowlers all stood up throughout and we held some good catches.”

GBHS came out with confidence but gave up eight catches and a run-out on their way to 164 — 24 runs shy of OBR’s total.

Trowell said it was a good wake-up call on where they needed to be, moving forward in the competition.

“Two or three batters in the top six need to get a score for us to win the game,” he said.

“We rated our chances, for sure, but we needed someone to pull off a big score or have a longer-lasting partnership.”

GBHS had taken a slow approach to the innings, knowing they needed a run-rate of only 3.76 to win the game.

Their patience got them good starts, but on a tough batting wicket they then struggled when looking for runs.

Luke Fisher, starting as opener, faced 50 deliveries for his 13 runs. No Boys’ High batsman had a strike rate above 65.

Greeks said he was proud of every member in his team for keeping morale high when their batting was in trouble.And he gave credit to the GBHS bowling attack.

“Boys’ High started really well with the ball and took their chances. Both Cohen (Loffler) and Nathan (Trowell) did a good job with the new ball.

“To get a win from being 79-8 was a great effort and all the boys played a part in some way or another.

“We look forward to a better batting performance against Horouta next week.”

OBR 188 (Nick Greeks 85, Matt Cook 20; Nathan Trowell 5-56, Cohen Loffler 3-23) defeated GBHS 164 (Alex Shanks 28, Keegan Jooste 22, Seb Wilson 20; Amit Vyas 3-13, Paul Stewart 2-11).