St Patrick’s College, Silverstream are the Wellington Premier Youth First XI cricket champions for the
first time since 2006 - defeating Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) by 15 runs in the final on Saturday.
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HIBS have set the pace locally for the best part of a decade, but they surprised Silverstream when they elected to bowl first in the Premier Youth final.
“It was the first game of the year on grass and the surface looked pretty solid,” Seth Lougharn revealed.
“HIBS usually set the score, but we thought our best chance to win was to bat first. When HIBS won the toss and bowled that was fine by us,” he said.
Silverstream didn’t make the most of the surface however, limping to 212-7 off their 50 overs. Sam Morgan impressed with 74, but the remaining batsmen succumbed after starts. “It wasn’t a huge score, but we knew if we bowled our lines, stopped every run we could, and built pressure it was defenable.”
“Things were pretty comfortable in the first 25 overs; they only scored 70 odd, but when Campbell (Webster) and Nikunji (Patel) started building a partnership we were under pressure,” Lougharn said.
Webster fell for 34 in the 35th over when the score was 116. Patel was dismissed by Ryan Jackson a dozen overs later for 81 - at which point HIBS chase petered out lamely, finishing 202-9 off 50 overs.
“It was a great effort from the boys,” Lougharn acclaimed.
“We are typically a quiet team, except for Rory Wollett, but our chat and energy was exceptional. It was our last game together. We were keen to make it memorable.”
In the winter Loughran was a member of the Silverstream First XI football team. The season wasn’t memorable at all with Silverstream finishing last in the Trevor Rigby Cup and 27th at Nationals.
Loughran stood above the pack as leading goal scorer and team MVP.
“It’s not easy when your losing with boys who are essentially your brothers. Our pre-season was real promising and losing definitely took its toll,” Loughran admitted.
“You kind of learn how to accept defeat and work harder to be better next week.”
Loughran lost his sporting father when he was 10 years old. His perspective and ambition is largely driven by his late dad.
“I try to do my best for him in everything I do, even if it’s just little things,” Loughran concluded.
Wellington College will represent the capital at the Nationals next week after they defeated Silverstream in the qualifying fixture earlier in the season.
Wareham Sports Media Stat Attack
Premier Youth First XI Top Five Run Scorers
1: Sam Morgan - St Pats Silverstream - 273
2: Jonty Cameron - Wellington College 2nd XI - 229
3: Adam Richardson - Wellington College 2nd XI - 170
4: Hugh Morrison - Wellington College 1st XI - 158
5: Peter Bonar - Wellington College 1st XI - 157
Premier Youth First XI Top Five Wicket Takers
1: Ryan Jackson - St Pats Silverstream - 11
2: Sam Stewart - St Pats Silverstream - 10
3: Max Sargentina - Wellington College 1st XI - 9
4: Charlie Wilson - Hutt International Boys School - 9
5: Elliot Seddon - Scots College - 9
In Just Under 10 days, the 29th Edition of the New Zealand Secondary Schools First XI Cup competition, the Gillette Cup, gets underway.
The Gillette Cup is a five-day Tournament featuring schools from all six Major Associations (Auckland, Northern Districts, Central Districts, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago). Where everyone plays everyone once across the five days and the team that finishes top of the table on usually the Friday, but this year the Thursday, wins It.
There have been instances where we have had ties, with King’s College and Christchurch Boys’ High School being tied both in 1999 and 2006. As well as Palmerston North Boys’ High and Kings in 2004, then the following year Christchurch Boys’ High School and Tauranga College.
Wellington College are back at the tournament this year after ending the most successful school, Christchurch Boys’ High’s two year reign on the Cup. They will be aiming to be the first Wellington side to go back-to-back in its 28-year history and the first to go back-to-back since CBHS in recent seasons and before that King's College who won two years running in 2010 and 2011.
The Six Teams That Have Qualified For This Year’s Tournament Are As Follows:
Rosmini College - Auckland
Rosmini College are entering just their second every Gillette/First XI Cup, after entering their first one very recently in 2017 where they finished a respectable second and only losing one game and tying with Otago Boys’ High School along the way.
Out of that 2017 side, only one player is returning in 2019 to the same tournament, all-rounder and Rosmini College captain Cameron Lowry.
Rosmini have made a good start to College Cricket in Auckland in Term Four for 2019/20. Out of the Four Games they’ve played so far they have won three and lost one.
A key strength for Rosmini is definitely their bowling attack, as out of the four sides they’ve come up against no team has made more than 190, with King’s College posting the highest score against their bowling attack with 189 all out.
Two key players for them recently have been Nathan Page and Jordan Gatley who sit joint second on the wicket taking list with Nine Wickets Each. Also, Brodie Harrison has performed with the bat making two half centuries in Four Innings.
Hamilton Boys High School - Northern Districts
Hamilton Boys High School are entering their Twelfth Gillette Cup after first making the tournament in its third year in existence in 1993, winning it three times in 2002, 2003 and 2008.
Hamilton Boys’ have been known for a mid-table finish, as was their run last year that saw them win their first two games against reigning champions Christchurch Boys’ and Kings High School then lose their remaining three games and slipping to fourth place.
Hamilton Boys’ have five returning players from last year’s attempt at reclaiming the Cup, including Jacob Parker, opener Sukijit Singh, bowlers Josh Dinan, Ethan O’Donoghue and all-rounder Kristian Clarke who will be hoping for a great tournament to solidify his place in the New Zealand Under 19’s for the World Cup next year after being used only sparingly in the recent series against Bangladesh Under 19’s.
Lindisfarne College - Central Districts
Lindisfarne College are arriving at just their second ever Gillette Cup this year after their first in 2013 when they finished third behind Christchurch Boys’ and Mt Albert Grammar School.
Lindisfarne will be wanting to make a name for themselves after Palmerston North Boys’ High and Nelson College have been the CD staples usually making the trip to Lincoln over the years.
Fred Mowat and Hunter Lowe have been standouts for Lindisfarne this year, with Mowat fourth on the wicket taker charts with 11 scalps while Mowatt tops the charts with 15 victims. Both in seven matches.
Wellington College - Wellington
At the start of the year people in Wellington thought that the defending National Champions might go through a bit of a rebuilding phase after losing everyone but Hugh Morrison, Henry Chandler and despite most of the year, Tim Robinson.
However, luckily for them their Second XI get to play in the same competition as their First XI and hold their own at times. So they have only dropped two games all year on the road but have been invincible at home.
Wellington College are the most successful Wellington side at the tournament, winning it twice. Once last year and for the first time in 2002, showing just how sparingly it has been between drinks for Wellington teams not including HIBS’ title win in 2015 and St Pats Silverstream lifting the Cup in 1996.
Rithwick Negi has been in college career best form, being placed in the Wellington College Second XI in the start of the year, he scored 389 runs across seven games with an average of 97.25. As well as Max Rodgers finishing top wicket taker in the Term One competition, with 14 wickets in seven Games.
Based on successful transitions between Second XI and First XI at the end of last year, Wellington College could be people’s favourites to go back-to-back.
St Andrew’s College - Canterbury
St Andrew’s in 2019 are arriving at their first Gillette Cup since their founding in 1917 and the competition’s inception in 1990. Ending the reign of Christchurch Boys’ High School who have attended the past seven First XI Cup Finals as the representative from the Canterbury Association.
St Andrew’s have made an impeccable start to college cricket in Christchurch for Term Four, winning all six games which sees them sit top of the table and ten points clear of the next team, St Bede’s College with one round remaining against St Bede’s.
New Zealand Under 19’s Rep Rhys Mariu has been an outstanding performer for StAC with the bat in Term Four Cricket for 2019, sitting third on the Top run scorer charts with 194 runs across six games with an average just shy of 40.
Meanwhile, Jesse Frew has been up near the top in the wicket taking standings with 10 Wickets. Jordy Frew and Zak Foulkes aren’t too far back in the standings with nine wickets each.
Otago Boys High School - Otago
Otago Boys High’ find themselves back at the Gillette Cup after being pipped by Kings High School in the local final last year which saw Kings make the trip to Lincoln.
This is Otago Boys’ 16th trip to Lincoln and they will be seeking their first win since they went back-to-back in 1992 and 1993, they brushed aside Kings High School last Friday to book their place, rolling them for less than 100 and chasing it down for a six wicket win.
Otago play their cricket in Dunedin in the Second Grade club cricket competition and currently sit mid-table, despite their up and down former over the six weeks of matches they have had so far two players have shown promise for Otago Boys.
With Alex Wilson sitting atop the Wicket Taking Charts with 11 wickets in three games, meanwhile with the bat Xavier Chislom has been in the runs with a top score of 60 and he has a total of 96 runs across three games.
All Gillette Cup Matches Will Be Live Scored On NZC.NZ, also On Cric HQ
Article prepared by Hamish Wareham. Follow Wareham Sports Media on Facebook
The St. Hilda’s Collegiate cricket team will be returning to Lincoln in early December to defend its New Zealand title that it won in a tense final last year against Christchurch Girls' High School.
Otago representatives St Hilda’s will join the five other schools representing the other major cricket associations at the recently renamed Gillette Venus Cup tournament.
Teams joining St Hilda's in this year's Gillette Venus Cup finals are Epsom Girls’ Grammar School (Auckland), Waikato Diocesan School for Girls (Northern Districts), St Matthew’s Collegiate School (Central Districts), Hutt Valley High School (Wellington) and Christchurch Girls’ High School (Canterbury).
HVHS and St Matthews from Masterton will be attending their first ever tournament, while Waikato Dio have been absent for a number of years.
College Sport Media caught up with St Hilda’s coach Neil Rosenberg for some more about the team and tournament.
Molly Loe (captain) Megan Meltzer, Chloe Deerness, Jordan Meltzer, Anna Duncan, Pippa Clarke, Amelia Newlands, Summer Phillips, Zarah Moana, Anna McClean, Hannah Wilson, Belle King-Begg, Nova Wright.
Management: Neil Rosenberg (coach) Adam Gain (coach) Dave Patchett (scorer) Nic Loe (manager).
Initially, all 12 who received a gold medal at last year’s finals were available to play. However, this year sees a clash with the third round of the domestic women’s Hallyburton Johnstone competition.
St Hilda’s is in the envious position of having three contracted players to the Otago Cricket Association - however this cloud does not necessarily have a silver lining as Olivia Gain, Emma Black and Eden Carson are required by the Otago Sparks and therefore are unavailable for one last crack at nationals for their school team.
Eight of last year’s team will be returning and Molly Loe who is captain is also in the Otago Sparks squad for the 2019-20 season, having debuted in February as a Year 11 student.
Molly will captain the team at this year’s Gillette Venus Cup finals. From Weston just out of Oamaru, Molly is a boarder at the St Hilda’s hostel. She is in her third year in the school 1st XI and debuted for the Otago Sparks earlier in 2019 against Central Districts in Palmerston North. On debut, she claimed the prize scalp of White Fern Jess Watkins. Molly is a fast bowler and she brings a great deal of athleticism to the team and she is growing in her ability to provide leadership to the team.
Of the team travelling to Lincoln, a number of players have represented Otago from the elite Sparks down to the U15 age group. This bodes well for a strong unit again in 2019.
The team qualified back in Term One with games against St Kevin’s College from Oamaru and Otago Girls’ High School from Dunedin. The final of the region was played at the University of Otago Oval and St Hilda’s comfortably saw off Columba College with a 97 run victory.
We are delighted to be returning and representing the Otago region again this year. Last year, NZC introduced a final after pool play had been completed and it was a thrill to play Christchurch Girls’ High School on Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln in that final. This year’s final is proposed to be played on the test match venue of Hagley Oval which will be a real incentive to all the teams. We will be taking one game at a time and we will respect all the opposition.
It is great that NZC values this tournament as it provides the school girls the opportunity to play at the highest level at excellent facilities over 3 days.
Recently we were privileged to be the first ever women’s team to be invited to play at The Willows in Loburn, North Canterbury. We played a re-run of last year’s Venus Cup final against Christchurch Girls High School in a 40 over match. It was great to have legends of the game in New Zealand, Sir Richard Hadlee, Amy Sattherthwaite and Lea Tahuhu in attendance and everyone enjoyed the festive occasion.
Gillette Venus Cup tournament information:
Tournament information and draw (once added) is here: www.nzc.nz/community/tournaments-and-hawke-cup/gillette-venus-cup
Venus Gillette Cup – last 10 winners:
2018 St Hilda's Collegiate
2017 Epsom Girls Grammar School
2016 St Hilda's Collegiate
2015 Tawa College
2014 Tawa College
2013 Havelock North High School
2012 Havelock North High School
2011 Christchurch Girls’ High School
2010 Christchurch Girls’ High School
2009 Wellington Girls College
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