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Story by Hamish Wareham, at Wareham Sports Media
Last week Rhys Mariu captained his St Andrew’s College Team to their first Gillette Cup Title, winning four out of five games at the annual NZSS cricket tournament.
Victory capped off a good year for Rhys who was named in the New Zealand Under 19’s team for series against Australia and Bangladesh Under 19’s.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mariu to find out about what the week was like on the inside as St Andrew’s won their first Gillette Cup on first arrival at the near thirty year tournament.
How had St Andrew’s been results-wise heading into the Gillette Cup?
“We were having our best season to date as we hadn't lost a match all term leading into the Gillette Cup Tournament.
What were your personal performance goals heading in to the tournament?
“I was hoping to score a few more runs than I did. No set amount but I wanted to contribute significantly each day, which I didn’t quite manage.
What did it mean to you to captain St Andrew’s College 1st XI, winning their maiden Gillette Cup in the process?
“It was something very special to me and something I wanted to do since year 9, so to just captain was very meaningful, and then to have the season we’ve had finishing with our first national title is definitely one of the most memorable moments and seasons.
Did the change in pitches have any effect on your team, and how did you readjust?
“Going from Lincoln to Hagley wasn’t too difficult as they’re quite similar. Being from Canterbury and having the luxury of having played on most of the grounds before definitely helped us continue to play our brand of cricket, so we didn’t have to change too much.
How did the team and you as captain manage to pick yourselves up from the Day Three slip up versus Lindisfarne?
“We were pretty gutted, however knowing that most teams had lost at least one game we knew we were still well in the running to win. So we just focused on improving from what we had done and going back to what we had done which worked well for us.”
What was the team talk prior to the Hamilton Boys’ High School game and at the end of the first innings?
“Before the game we were quite pleased that they (Hamilton Boys’) had sent us into bat. There was nothing different in our preparation leading up to it as we didn’t want to change what was a winning formula.
“So we just talked about getting a good start and not losing too many early wickets. In doing so it set us up to hit big in the last few overs to get a good total and then after the first innings having 280 on the board we knew if we bowled and fielded well then it would be a very tough chase.”
How is the team boding for next year - who is to watch coming through or hanging around?
“Six of us are leaving so there's still a good core of players remaining for next year. Especially Jordy Frew and Zak Foulkes who performed not only brilliantly throughout the tournament week but all season for St Andrew’s College and hopefully will continue to do so in the years to come.
Rhys Mariu performances throughout Gillette Cup:
Day One: 104 Runs And One Wicket vs Wellington College
Day Two: 39 vs Rosmini College
Day Three: 3 vs Lindisfarne College
Day Four: 19 vs Otago Boys High School
Day Five: 89 vs Hamilton Boys High School
Half Century: One
Strike Rate: 90.71
Article by Hamish Wareham - follow Wareham Sports Media HERE
Today was the end of yet another Gillette Cup, with St Andrew’s College taking out the title after Hamilton Boys' High School led for the majority of the week before being beaten for the first time today by StAC who passed them on Net Run Rate In The Process.
The final points table was:
1: St Andrew’s College - 8 Points
2: Hamilton Boys High School - 8 Points
3: Wellington College - 6 Points
4: Lindisfarne College - 4 Points
5: Rosmini College - 4 Points
6: Otago Boys High School - 0 Points
Below Is My Team Of The Tournament For 2019.
1. Rhys Mariu - St Andrew’s College - Rhys was coming to the Gillette Cup with a big point to prove, after being selected in the New Zealand Under 19’s Tournament for the five match series and only playing in the warm-up game and In the first game of the series. So A good Gillette Cup was a must for Rhys and he did deliver, winning player of the tournament, as well as scoring 254 Runs with one half and one century and with a highest score of 104 on opening day vs defending champions Wellington College.
2. Jacob Cumming - Otago Boys' High School - While results it would be fair to say definitely didn’t go Otago Boys’ way, Cumming was one of the better players in a team that ended the tournament without a win. Scoring a half century on opening day as they fell agonizingly short against Lindisfarne College, then a century on Day Three after the games were moved to different locations against Rosmini College.
3. Harrison Mowat - Lindisfarne College - Mowat finished third on the list of Top Run Scorers at this year’s Gillette Cup, notching up three half centuries while he didn’t make three figures throughout the week he scored a total of 239 Runs at an average of just under 48.
4. Jacob Parker - Hamilton Boys' High School - The Hamilton Boys High School captain was their best performer throughout the week. Finishing as their top run scorer and fourth on the overall standings with 245 runs at an average of 61 with One Half Century and One Century. Also a handy option with the ball, as the same day he made the century against Otago Boys’ he took 3-27 off Eight Overs.
5. Hunter Lowe - Lindisfarne College - Lowe was the top run scorer for the entire tournament batting at Number Five for Lindisfarne. Combining well with Harrison Mowat and Bailey McDonald to form big partnerships through their innings, scoring One Century and one half century as well as he scored 269 Runs at an average of 53.80.
6. Jesse Frew - St Andrew’s College - Jesse much like others in this list made One Half Century and One Century, with his best 103 off 78 not out against Otago Boys High’ on the penultimate day. He linked up well with Zak Foulkes, Mariu and Darling. As well as a well made 58 while other wickets constantly fell around him against Lindisfarne College on Wednesday.
7. Zak Foulkes - St Andrew’s College - Despite Seven not being his natural position in anyone’s batting order, how based on his performances in recent weeks could you leave him out. Finishing just two runs behind overall top run scorer Harrison Mowat with 267 Runs with One Half and One Century at an average of 267. As well as, finishing second on the wicket taking charts with Nine Wickets behind Gatley and teammate Jordy Frew who both took Ten Wickets.
8. Jordan Gatley - Rosmini College - A bit like Cumming from Otago Boys’, an over performer in what was a average side throughout the week, picking up 10 Wickets sharing the top spot on the wicket taking chart. Taking seven wickets across two days with Three against StAC on Tuesday, then Four against Otago Boys’ on the Wednesday.
9. Jordy Frew - St Andrew’s College - Joint top wicket taker with Gatley, taking 10 Wickets and being the only bowler to pick up a five wicket bag throughout the entire tournament taking 5-26 off Nine Overs against Otago Boys. Jordy also played a few key knocks at the end of St Andrew’s first innings to help extend their total that could have made the difference between winning and losing if it had of got close in some of their games.
10. Max Sargentina - Wellington College - Sargentina was key for Wellington College, as an all rounder batting at Number Seven for Wellington College he nearly got them over the line on the first day with 47 as well as 41 vs Hamilton Boys on Day Three, then hit the final ball for Four to secure a win over Lindisfarne on Day Two. He also was handy with the ball picking up Four Wickets with the ball over the Five Days.
11. Sam Sinclair - Hamilton Boys' High School - Wicket Keeper Another not being batted this low in any line up Sam played a crucial role in getting Hamilton Boys’ over the line against Lindisfarne yesterday and was brilliant behind the stumps across the five days. Playing a part in two run outs, five stumpings and nine catches.
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