Auckland Grammar School won the National Junior Secondary Schools cricket tournament last week.
The tourney features the leading Year 9 and 10 cricketers in the country and is played over a round-robin format with two points rewarded for each win. There were five matches played and Grammar won four of them which was one better than St. Andrew’s College, Hutt International Boys’ School and Hamilton Boys’ High School.
Matches are contested over 40 overs. Oliver White was the leading scorer at the tourney with 290 runs. Shaan Bhatia took 14 wickets
Auckland Grammar Results
Day One: Auckland GS: 171-8 (Ritapraj Gill, 41) beat St. Andrew’s College: 80 (Sanjeev Kumar Somnath, 4/20) by 91 runs.
Day Two: Auckland GS: 51/1 (Oliver White,26*) beat New Plymouth Boys’ High School: 50 (Charles Cleal, 0-2) by nine wickets.
Day Three: Auckland GS: 220/4 (Oliver White, 92) beat John McGlashan College: 140/9 (Kaylin Daji, 4/25) by 80 runs.
Day Four: Auckland GS: 270/4 (Oliver White, 116, Flynn Dudson, 104) beat Hamilton BHS: 86 (Oliver White 3-15) by 184 runs.
Day Five: Auckland GS: 126/8 (Ritapraj Gill, 49) lost to Hutt International BHS: 128/7 (Kaylin Daji, 2-22) by three wickets.
2016: Auckland Grammar School
2015: Christchurch Boys’ High School
2014: Christchurch Boys’ High School
2013: Otago Boys’ High School
2012: Otago Boys’ High School
2011: Christchurch Boys’ High School
2010: Auckland Grammar School
2009: Kings College
2008: Palmerston North Boys’ High School
2007: Hamilton Boys’ High School & Otago Boys’ High School
2006: Tauranga Boys’ College
2005: Christchurch Boys’ High School & Auckland Grammar School
2004: Christchurch Boys’ High School
Hamilton Boys’ High School have won the Northern Districts Regional cricket final to reach the Nationals in Christchurch in December. Hamilton have won the National title three times and also represented the region in 2015.
Hamilton played St. John’s College in the Northern Districts decider and posted 257-6 off 50 overs. Hamilton had several significant batting contributors. Cullen Aislabie top scored with 64, Max Gaskell made 50 and William Muldowney and Hamish Mellow made 30 each.
In reply St. John’s was dismissed for a paltry 110. Riyan Perera took four wickets and Brayden Gaylor sneered three wickets.
In beating Waitaki Boys' High School by 238 runs in the regional zone final of the NZ First XI Cup, Otago Boys’ High School qualified for the New Zealand Finals for the fifth time in the last six years. This will be played in December at Lincoln.
Waitaki Boys’, captained by NZ Under 19 player Nathan Smith, won the toss and asked Otago Boys’ to bat first.
What followed was a masterclass in batting from opening batsman and Otago Under 19 player Cameron McAuslan, who took complete control of the game in scoring 156 runs.
Mixing power and timing with precision placement, McAuslan dominated all of the Waitaki bowlers in a record-establishing innings. Nathan Smith did however, not go home empty-handed picking up five wickets along the way.
McAuslan was ably supported by Hunter Kindley (44), Max Chu (41) and Jarryd Taig (39). The team’s final total of 345 is believed to be a record for a zone final in Otago and Southland.
Needing to score at a rate of almost seven an over was always going to be a very difficult task for Waitaki and so it proved. Wickets fell at regular intervals in the face of accurate bowling from Tim Horton (3/12) and Joe Turner (2/26). The bowlers were supported by excellent fielding and catching.
Waitaki Boys’ were dismissed for 107.
The day earlier Otago Boys’ beat Southland Boy’s High School for a finals berth, while Waitaki Boys’ beat John McGlashan College.
John McGlashan College beat Southland Boys’ in the play-off for third and fourth placing.
Nathan Smith is only 17, but he has already played First class cricket. The captain of the Waiktai Boys’ High School First XI recently appeared for Otago in the Plunket Shield and preformed extremely well dismissing two Black Caps. Additionally he was New Zealand’s best preformed bowler at the World Under-19 Championships in India. He took seven wickets in five matches at an average of 26.
When did you start playing Cricket?
I started playing cricket when I was four years old. My older brother who is three years older than me played so I guess I looked up to him as a youngster and wanted to do the things he did.
Tell us about your success at Waitaki BHS?
Waitaki’s season was a very good one. We won our senior club 50-over competition for the first time since 1967/68. We also made the final of the First XI Cup in our region (Otago/ Southland) for the first time in a long time. This year has been very positive as we haven’t been strong in recent times, but this season we’ve really peaked. We have great juniors coming through so hopefully they can continue the success.
My best batting for Waitaki is 168 not out in a junior Interschool against Timaru Boys’. For the First XI I haven’t managed a ton. My best score is 91 not out while my best bowling is 9-21 against Timaru Boys.’
Note: His remarkable haul included a double hat trick – four wickets in four balls .
Tell us about your call up for Otago, was it a surprise?
I got a phone call from the coach Nathan King a week before the penultimate round of the Plunket Shield. He said he wanted to involve me in the last two games of the season so I was 12th man for the Volts against the Central Stags in Dunedin on March 23rd. King then said I would travel to Whangarei and he would try his best to play me and fortunately the day of the game he gave me the nod just before warm ups.
Tell us about your First Class Debut?
My first class debut match, and so far only appearance for Otago, was against the Northern Knights at Cobham Oval, Whangarei. I got three runs with the bat which was disappointing, but took 3-80 off 27 overs with the ball. My first wicket was a full length ball that nipped back off the seam to trap Dean Brownlie (Black Cap) in front. My second wicket was Anton Devcich (Black Cap). I came round the wicket and he played across the line and he was hit in front as well. My third wicket was Daryl Mitchell, he inside edged a full ball onto his pad that ballooned up to gully for an easy catch.
Why was New Zealand not very successful at the Under-19 World Cup?
The conditions weren’t what we were used to. It was very spinner friendly and we struggled a lot to rotate the strike against good spin, this troubled us as we faced a lot of spin over there. We got better at playing spin as the World Cup progressed, but too little too late as they say.
Who have been the most important supporters for your cricket?
Family for sure, lots of support. Coaches for the technical and tactical support and My Waitaki Boys and North Otago Manager Hamish McMurdo for the help with the mental side of things, as cricket is a heavily impacted by your mind.
Note: Alimuddin is the youngest player to ever play first class cricket. He made his debut for Rajasthan aged only 12 years 73 days in 1942. Black Cap Corey Anderson debuted at 16 for Canterbury, while Jeff Wilson was in his teens when he first played for Otago.
Hutt International Boys’ School have earned the right to defend their National Cricket title after defeating Wellington College by 45 runs in the Wellington final today.
HIBS batted first and reached 232/8 off their 50 overs at the Basin Reserve. New Zealand Under-19 rep Rachin Ravindra was in imperious form belting 112 off 111 deliverers. His innings included 16 boundaries, but he lacked support from his colleagues. The next highest scorer for HIBS was Adam Webster with a cautious 32. Connor Goggin and Joshua Peake each claimed three wickets for Wellington whose reply never threatened the HIBS total.
Wellington struggled to build consistent momentum and three run outs were the by product of HIBS pressure in the field. Matthew McComb was outstanding taking 2/23 off 10 overs and Ravindra also applied the squeeze taking 2-38 in nine overs. Wellington’s top scorer was Tim Campbell with 55.
The National Cricket Championships are in Christchurch in December.
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