College bowls over Otago BHS
Christ’s College has taken the honours over Otago Boys’ High School (OBHS) in their first Summer Sports Exchange since 2020.
Played this week, the College tennis team of George Brakenridge, Jack Hansen-Ratter, Louis de Lautour, Tasman Daly, Yul Kwon and Mitchell Young proved too strong, defeating OBHS 13–8.
Louis, Yul and Mitchell won both their singles games, with all boys playing two singles and three doubles matches over two days. Going into the last round of doubles, the score was 10–8 to College. However, College won all three doubles matches to comfortably take the overall win.
The Christ’s College 1st XI beat OBHS by 42 runs in their two-day cricket clash. Played at the College Grounds in Hagley Park – next door to the Black Caps–South Africa test – College batted first, making 207 runs, with solid performances from Ben Breitmeyer (59) and George Ryan (45). In reply, OBHS declared at 204/9, with Nick Gibb snaring three wickets.
College then scored quickly, reaching 197 to set up a late run chase. Matt Lewis opened the innings, scoring 66 runs off 44 balls, including three sixes, while Matt Hocquard added 41 runs late in the innings. In the final chase, OBHS was 62/5 and then 130/7, needing a run a ball for the last 10 overs. However, the key wicket was taken at 142, with Nick Gibb snaring the catch with the opposition batsman on 72. OBHS was bowled out for 158, delivering a 42-run win to College. Along with Gibb’s bowling efforts, Matt Hocquard and Ben Breitmeyer both took two wickets.
In the 2nd XI match, College made 226 runs, thanks to a very good 63 by James Kelly. In reply, OBHS was all out for 142, with Hamish Falls-Anderson taking 4/33. College then made the most of a good first-innings lead, finishing on 186/6 declared to give OBHS a target of 270-runs.
In the second innings, Nate Ovendale scored 53, Alex Stead 38, James Kelly 30no, and Jack Coles 27 for College. Chasing hard, OBHS reached 100/1. However, a trio of College bowlers then took control, steadily capturing wickets to leave OBHS all out for 197. Tom Harrison, Hamish Falls-Anderson and Josh Beaglehole bagged three wickets each.