The 2016 men's cricket National U19 Tournament gets underway tomorrow at Lincoln University, featuring the country’s leading current and recent secondary school players.
The tournament, featuring many current school players and 2016 school leavers and graduates from the best First XIs in the country, will see a group of players backing up from the National Secondary Schools Boys tournament played at the same venue last week.
Christchurch Boys’ High School won last week’s tournament, with Auckland’s Saint Kentigern College finishing runners-up. Three CBHS players, Jack Turner, Ben Donkers and Fraser Sheat, are in Canterbury’s U19 team for this tournament. Canterbury are also the defending champions.
Canterbury and Auckland have a mortgage on the National Under-19, having won each of the past nine editions between them.
Similarly, an exciting incentive for players at this year’s National U19 tournament is the chance to be selected in the New Zealand U18 team that will compete in the National Provincial ‘A’ tournament in January.
The format of the U19 tournament is a six-team round robin 50-over competition, followed by play-offs and a finals day. It runs for eight days, from this Thursday to next Friday (15-23 December).
At least a couple of players in this tournament have already played first-class cricket, such as Central Districts’ Christian Leopard, while Leopard and several others were in the Junior Black Caps squad at the U19 World Cup.
Of note, the National U21 Women’s tournament that is being played in Auckland from this Thursday to next Wednesday will also feature many current and recent secondary school girls’ cricketers from around New Zealand.
National U19 cricket Tournament – at a glance
What: 2016 Men’s National Under-19 cricket Tournament
Where: Lincoln University
When: December 15-23 (Wednesday – Friday)
Format: Five-match round-robin series, followed by a rest day and then a playoffs day and a finals day
Draw: View the draw at http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/media/7135/under-19-tournament-draw-201617.pdf
National U19 cricket Tournament – squad lists
Squad lists as available. Players’ current and former schools brackets (where known)
William O’Donnell (Captain, Westlake Boys’ High School)
Finn Allen (St Kentigern College)
Keegan Russell (Westlake Boys’ High School)
Angus McKenzie (Westlake Boys’ High School)
William St John (King’s College)
Dale Phillips (Pakuranga College)
Daniel Young (St Kentigern College)
Ariyan Hassan (Mount Albert Grammar School)
Ryan Schierhout (Westlake Boys’ High School)
Flynn McGregor-Sumpter (Auckland Grammar School)
Benjamin Beecroft (Westlake Boys’ High School)
Will Hamilton (St Andrew’s College)
Ben Chamberlain (Christ’s College)
Jack Turner (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
Matt Hay (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
Ben Donkers (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
Jack Lewis (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
Sam Gilbert (St Andrew’s College)
Joel Williams (Burnside High School)
Fraser Sheat (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
Mark Otley (Timaru Boys’ High School)
Angus Hamilton (St Bede’s College)
Connor Sullivan (St Bede’s College)
Harry Fitzpatrick (St Bede’s College)
Kaylum Boshier (Captain, New Plymouth Boys’ High School)
Ma'ara Ave (V Captain, Marlborough Boys’ College)
Fraser Bartholomew (Horowhenua College)
Luke Dravitzki (Francis Douglas Memorial College)
Josh Borrell (New Plymouth Boys’ High School)
Mason Hughes (Palmerston North Boys’ High School)
Christian Leopard (Napier Boys’ High School)
Davis Mills (New Plymouth Boys’ High School)
Felix Murray (Nelson College)
Liam Pinfold (Horowhenua College)
Todd Watson (Napier Boys’ High School)
Bayley Wiggins Hawke's Bay (Hastings Boys’ High School)
Taylor Williams Taranaki (New Plymouth Boys’ High School)
Cullen Aisalbie (Hamilton Boys High School)
Alastair Blackett (St Paul’s Collegiate)
Sandeep Patel (St Kentigern College)
Katene Clarke (Mount Albert Grammar School)
Dion Joll (Botany Downs College)
Jamie Moore (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
Matt Whitley (St Peter’s, Cambridge)
Robbie Tallott (Gisborne Boys’ High School)
Brayden Gaylor (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
Ravi Pathirana (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
Alex Clare (St John’s College)
Matthew Fisher (St Paul’s Collegiate)
Cooper Rowell (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
Anjus Bhogal (John McGlashan College)
Cameron McAuslan (Otago Boys’ High School)
Hunter Kindley (Otago Boys’ High School)
Taine Bayly (Otago Boys’ High School)
Jarryd Taig (Otago Boys’ High School)
Nathan Smith (Waitaki Boys High School)
Llew Johnson (St Andrew’s College)
Max Chu (Otago Boys’ High School)
Alex Tait (Southland Boys’ High School)
Ryan Whelan (John McGlashan College)
Kurt Johnston (King’s High School)
Elliot Love (King’s High School)
Ben Lockrose (Otago Boys’ High School)
Rachin Ravindra (Captain, Hutt International Boys’ School)
Jakob Bhula (Wellington College)
Michael Fenton (Tawa College)
Luke Georgeson (St Patrick’s College, Wellington)
Calvin Harrison (King’s College, Taunton)
James Hartshorn (Wellington College)
Troy Johnson (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Matt McComb (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Callum McLachlan (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream)
Josh Peake (Wellington College)
Nicholas Pile (Onslow College)
Ben Sears (Hutt International Boys’ School)
Tyler Simpson (Hutt International Boys’ School)
St Hilda’s Collegiate won their first National Secondary Schools' Girls cricket title last week. Here is an account from the Otago Daily Times and some additional stats illustrating this fine achievement.
St Hilda’s Collegiate coach Neil Rosenburg reckons this year’s group is the best team he has coached in his 20 years at the school.
And it is hard to argue with him after the team won the national girls secondary school title for the first time yesterday.
It won all five matches and that was "pretty good to be fair", Rosenburg said.
"Five from five was a great result. The girls have benefited enormously from Otago Cricket’s accelerator programme through the winter.
"They have really just taken their game to another level. We’ve been to the finals five years in a row and we are really rapt that it was so comprehensive."
Sparks player Bella James captained the side and, not only led superbly, but was the competition’s leading scorer with 191 runs at an average of 38.20.
"[Bella] is a legend. She is in the Sparks and has just benefited from being with Katey [Martin], Suzie [Bates] and Morna [Nielsen] so much.
"We are really proud of Bella."
The Heffernan twins, Kate and Georgia, played starring roles as well. Kate was the second-leading scorer with 155 runs at 38.75 and the joint-leading wicket-taker with eight wickets at an average of six — yes, six. Georgia took six wickets at 8.17.
They bowled in tandem at the top for St Hilda’s and proved a formidable duo.
"They’ve been great. They bowl three overs each at the top and teams are finding themselves one or two down for not many. But we’ve got nine bowlers and at school girls cricket that is just unheard of."
"[The Heffernans] bat three and four and they know each other’s game so intuitively. It is poetry in motion. They take two or three strides and they are down the wicket."
St Hilda’s opened the tournament with wins against Palmerston North Girls’ High School and Tauranga Girls’ College on Friday.
Olivia Gain scored 72 not out to help her side beat Cashmere High School by 83 runs on Saturday and, later in the day, Georgia Heffernan took five for 11 to help beat Epsom Girls’ Grammar School by 52 runs.
Yesterday, St Hilda’s beat Tawa College by eight-wickets to seal the title. Kate Heffernan took four for 15 and James top-scored with 40.
St. Hilda's Results (20 Over Matches)
St. Hilda's: 102/8 (Isabella James 34, Grace Minnis 3/7) beat Palmerston North GHS: 68/8 (Sally Wenham 20, Eden Carson) by 34 runs
St. Hilda's: 178/4 (Isabella James 83, Kate Heffernan 64) beat Tauranga GC: 99/2 (Nensi Patel 44, Georgia Heffernan 1/6) by 79 runs
St. Hilda's: 158/2 (Olivia Gain 72) beat Cashmere High School: 75/7 (Isla McKenzie 17, Eden Carson 3/10) by 83 runs
St. Hilda's: 123/7 (Georgia Heffernan 34, Gemma Adams 2/15) beat Epsom Girls Grammar: 71(Amie Hucker 40, Georgia Heffernan 5/11) by 52 runs
Tawa College: 84/5 (Phoenix Williams 33, Kate Heffernan 4/15) lost to St. Hilda's: 85/2 (Isabella James 40) by 8 wickets.
The Secondary School Boys’ cricket First XI Cup (First XI Cup) began in 1990 and is among the longest-running competitions in secondary school sport. Many first-class and international cricketers have made their name in this tournament.
The 2016 national finals are being played at Lincoln University from 5-9 December. College Sport Media profiles the defending champions, Hutt International Boys’ School.
Hutt International Boys’ School
First XI Squad: Rachin Ravindra ©, Tyler Simpson (vc), Joseph Foote, Matthew McComb, Caleb Hewson, Adam Webster, Jesse Tashkoff, Harry Simpson, Logan Slee, Nathan Watt, Nikunj Patel, Cole Kennedy.
Coaches: Mark Borthwick, Paul Brennan
Representative Cricketers: Rachin Ravindra (NZ Under 19, Wellington Under 19 Captain), Tyler Simpson (Wellington Under 19), Matthew McComb (Wellington Under 19), Jesse Tashkoff (Wellington Under 17).
What are your previous best finishes in the tourney?
What’s it going to take for your school to do well in the tournament?
It will take a team effort by all the players for the team to have any chance of winning back the 1stXI Cup after winning it for the first time in 2015. The team has New Zealand Under 19 player Rachin Ravindra to lead the side in the batting department and Vice Captain Tyler Simpson who will spearhead the bowling attack. Three spinners in the team have served us well.
What local competitions do your team play in, and how did they go last season/this season?
The team played in the College Sport Wellington Premier Youth Grade and went on to win this competition. This is made up of one day matches home and away throughout the year. Earlier this year we won our Regional NZSS Tournament beating Wellington College 1st XI by 45 runs in the Wellington Regional Cup Final. Rachin Ravindra scored 112.There are two pools of Four teams and HIBS beat St Pats Silverstream, St Pats Town and Hutt Valley High School to top the pool and then played Wellington College at the Basin Reserve in the Wellington Final. HIBS batted first and scored 232/8 in their 50 overs. In reply Wellington College scored 187 all out.
What’s been one memorable match your team has played this year?
Winning the Regional one Day game against St Pats Town. In the second round of matches HIBS batted first and at one stage were 94/9 after 35 overs but managed to reach 123 all out after 46 overs. In reply the strong St Pats Town side battled towards the target only to fall short by one run as the last pair tried to scamper for a single only to be undone by a direct hit.
How many players are returning to your First XI from this time last year (if you played in this tournament in 2015) and what’s the age balance/composition of the side?
We have seven players returning this year with 3 year 13, 4 Year 12’s, 3 Year 11’s & 2 x Year 10’s.
Who is your leading run scorer and wicket taker?
Rachin Ravindra is our leading batsman and leading bowler. He has scored 2464 @ 34.7 and taken 163 wickets at 10.6.
Who are the individuals in your team that are successful in other sports?
Tyler Simpson,( 1st XV Rugby), Caleb Hewson (Senior A Basketball) Nathan Watt (1st XI hockey), Jesse Tashkoff (First XI Football).
Who are the recent former players that have played for this First XI team now playing first-class domestic cricket or for New Zealand?
We have three current contracted professional cricketers. Fraser Colson, Matt Taylor and Iain McPeake who are all contracted players to the Wellington Firebirds.
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