WBHS, OBHS tie at interschool

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Waitaki Boys’ and Otago Boys’ high schools could not be separated in Monday and Tuesday’s interschool which ended with a 2-2 overall result.

The boys competed in cricket and tennis. Otago Boys’ won the First and Second XI cricket matches while Waitaki dominated on the tennis court, with wins at junior and senior level.

The Waitaki Boys’ Second XI batted first and were soon in trouble in tricky conditions.

After losing three early wickets, stability was provided by the resilient partnership of Whetu Stirling and Jake Matthews.

Waitaki posted 164 and batted the majority of their overs after Stirling scored a fine 72 with support from Matthews’ 24.

Otago Boys’ survived a fiery opening spell in their first innings from Mason James, but through good fortune and well-placed shots, the visitors managed to get through the opening bowlers without losing a wicket.

OBHS took a measure of control in the chase and despite a spirited display in the field from Waitaki, made the target with five overs to spare for a four wicket win.

Waitaki’s First XI fell to a one-wicket loss in their encounter.

Waitaki batted first and recorded 183 all out, with Llewelyn Johnston (41) and Blake James (41) top-scoring.

Otago Boys’ first innings were restricted by impressive bowling performances from Blake James (5/50 off 20) and skipper Nathan Smith (5/51 off 22) and were all out for 123 runs.

Waitaki were unable to take control of the tie in their second innings with a poor batting display to be all out for 49.

Blake Buttar-Scurr (6 for 19 off 12) played the role of chief destroyer while Will Hunter took 4 for 22 or his 12 overs leaving OBHS a second innings target of 110 for the win.

Waitaki’s bowlers performed well as James (4 for 21 off 6) and Smith (2 for 25 off 11) continued their fine form, but could not prevent Otago Boys’ surpassing the total in the 31st over with 113/9.

Waitaki had more joy on the tennis courts with the junior team of Isaak Tauwhare, Callum Bayne, George Parker and Flynn Reyntjes taking a 4 games to 2 win over their Dunedin counterparts.

The senior side of Ben Carter, Caleb Ludeman, Caleb Roberts and Henry Bower also amassed a 4-2 victory.

By James Ford

PHOTO: PAULA SYMES – Blake James (left) and Nathan Smith took five wickets each in the opening innings of the First XI match against Otago Boys’ High School.