Waihi School versus Raroa Normal Intermediate School
Raroa Normal Intermediate School 222/7 – Joseph Bowden 103 BEAT Waihi School 120 all out – Alastair Harvey 40, William Harvey 31, Joseph Bowden 3/22, Dylan Wood 4-23 by 102 runs
Waihi School won the toss and elected to bowl first.
They were soon put under pressure by the star of the day Joseph Bowden who added his name to the record books by scoring a blistering 103 off only 62 balls. His innings included an astonishing 15 fours and 2 sixes.
Bowden was given good support by Sam Gifkins and together they put on 77 for the fifth wicket.
It was a tough morning in the field for the boys from Waihi School and towards the end of the innings they were scampering around the outfield trying to stop the onslaught from Bowden who brought up his century in style with a big 6 over mid-wicket.
Buoyed from their large total Raroa Normal Intermediate put a lot of pressure on the Waihi top order. Brothers William and Alastair Harvey put on a partnership of 78 for the fourth wicket and it looked like their calm approach could get them close.
However, Raroa were relentless and Dylan Wood and Joseph Bowden bowled exceptionally well picking up 4/23 and 3/22 respectively.
Raroa Normal Intermediate are the MILO Cup champions for 2010.
Well done to the Waihi boys who did themselves and their school proud and while runner-up is not the cup they wanted, they still managed to create history for their school by reaching the final.