A whopping 15 sixes from Daniel Winter helped give Rosmini College the Gillette Cup Regional title, as they won by two wickets against Westlake Boys’ High School at Devonport Domain today.
Winter’s 127 not out was far and away the standout performance, after Rosmini were struggling most of the way through their innings.
Westlake won the toss and opted to bat, making a good start at the top of the order, BJ Jacobs (42) and Matt van Dyk (20) helping to get Westlake to 76/1. Both set batsmen were then dismissed in consecutive overs, and Westlake had to start again.
Jock McKenzie and Thomas Pleciak put on a 50-run partnership, before McKenzie holed out for 29, and a sharp bit of work behind the stumps from Carlo Robb had Pleciak stumped for 21 in the next over.
The next wicket, though, was an incredible bit of fielding by Jordan Gatley. After Matt Mingo played the ball straight enough to give a caught and bowled chance, Gatley ran to his left and took a diving, one-handed catch. Westlake had foundered slightly at 151/6.
Cameos from Joe Moore and Sam Reidy helped put more runs on the board for Westlake, but when they were bowled out for 189, their bowlers needed to be on-song from the first.
And at first, they were. Combined with good work in the field, McKenzie and Tyran van Ingen-Kal had Rosmini on the ropes at 22/4.
That brought Winter to the middle. Along with Isaac Miller, the pair set about rebuilding the Rosmini innings.
There was some indication of how well Winter was seeing the ball after he hit his first two sixes in two balls off van Ingen-Kal. Miller played a good supporting innings, making 9 off 50 balls before Jacobs ran him out.
With Rosmini soon at 85/6 in the 34th over, Winter decided it was a case of going big or they’d be going home. He slammed three consecutive sixes to get Rosmini over the hundred-run mark. Westlake might have been feeling nervous at this stage, but there was certainly nothing to panic about.
It was an apocalyptically big over from Winter that hit the panic button. Four sixes – including the one that brought up his own century. Twenty-seven runs came off the over. Suddenly Rosmini had seven overs to make 23 runs, and one player who was seeing it like a beachball.
Westlake tempted the single on the first ball of the next two overs, with number 10 Ewen Thompson seeing off McKenzie’s last five balls. McKenzie’s figures of 2-14 made him the only bowler Winter didn’t send to the boundary.
When he finally had an over to himself in the 47th, Winter wasn’t going to let the game slip away. He hit the first three balls for three sixes, getting Rosmini College to victory by two wickets.
Westlake Boys’ 1st XI 189 (BJ Jacobs 42, J McKenzie 29; C Howell 3-35, E Anderson 2-35) lost to Rosmini College 1st XI 190/8 (D Winter 127*; J McKenzie 2-14, P Ruffell 1-20).