Pukekohe High has once more proven to be the top cricketing school in Counties Manukau.
The boys 1st X1 has won the Counties Manukau Gillette Cup qualifying competition for the third year in a row and have gone on to be the inaugural winners of the Northern Districts Super Smash T20 competition.
Northern Districts is the largest of the six cricket associations in New Zealand and takes in Northland, Counties Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Hamilton, Poverty Bay and Thames Valley. Dozens of secondary schools entered this competition. Pukekohe High School’s 1st X1 boys qualified for the ND finals by comfortably beating Rosehill College and Strathallan in local games.
On Monday they performed outstandingly to firstly, defeat Kerikeri High School, and then Aquinas College from Tauranga. Both games were incredibly exciting and went down to the wire. Against Kerikeri, they successfully chased 156 with one ball to spare. Marcel Marconi batted through the innings and finished on 75 not out. He was ably assisted by Hamish Nicholl with 36 and captain Lucas Latham with 17 not out.
The final against Aquinas was even closer with Pukekohe High getting home off the last ball in a thrilling finish. Adam Brash batted from the first over until the last to score 72, Marcel added 30 and Lucas also contributed 22. The team and manager Brian McDonald were presented with the trophy and gold medals by an official from New Zealand Cricket.
The junior boys’ team also triumphed in the local section of the NZCT Cup and Pukekohe High School girls’ team frightened off their opposition to such an extent that they have retained the Counties girls’ title unopposed! Thanks to Mrs Williams, Mr Kemp and Mr Slee for their help with those teams.
The boys first XI after winning the inaugural Northern Districts Super Smash T20 competition