Whangarei Boys' High School's (WBHS) first XI will be hoping Cyclone Pam washes away their misery in the wake of the side's two narrow T20 losses to Onerahi and City on Saturday.

The Boys' High team, whose form in the T20 format has been shy of par, managed 89 off their 20 overs after a healthy onslaught from Onerahi bowlers Henry Cooper and Junaid Khan.

Cooper and Khan both took two wickets each to keep the Boy's High team at bay and set-up what proved to be a tight second innings finish.

The second innings proved to be a nail-biter with Onerahi scoring their match-winning runs late inside the last over.


WBHS's Russell Smith said his sides bowlers showed form early on.

"Matt Lobb clean bowled both their openers which got us off to a good start," he said.

Needing 90 to win within the restricted 20 over format, Onerahi's run-chase was not as smooth as they had hoped for.

"It was a close one obviously," says Onerahi's Henry Cooper.

"We needed one to tie off the last ball, two to win and our new player Tim Pearce hit a 4 over long-on," which gave Onerahi the hard-fought win, finishing 92/6.

With their head's down after the day's first narrow loss, WBHS took on City looking to better their earlier performance.

Setting a steady total of 101 of 18.2 overs, Tyler Lortan carried the WBHS side through with 37 runs off 44 balls.

Heading into the second over, the WBHS team managed to show snippets of the good bowling seen in their first match versus Onerahi.


The City side had a few batting scares early on with Lortan in charge of the WBHS bowling rebuttal.

He managed five wickets for 15 runs off his four bowling overs.

"They (City) almost got into trouble early," said Smith.

"They had a few early scares, at one point they were 61/5 in the ninth over."

However, a steady streak from City's lower order helped ease their batting output which saw them chase down the required total of 102 after 17.3 overs at the crease.

In other T20 matches at the weekend, Kamo played two T20's, one against Maungakaramea and another against Kaipara.

Kaipara also played City, beating them with a score of 144/4. Kaipara will play Onerahi next week in the Northland T20 final.