Junior players from six of New Zealand’s leading cricketing schools converge on Palmerston North this week for the 2017 National Junior Secondary School Boys’ Finals.
The Tournament will feature the top year 9 and 10 cricketers from around the country and played in a round robin format over five days from Monday-Friday, with two points given for each win. Then at the end of the five days the winner will be the team with the most points and best record.
Auckland Grammar School are the defending champions, having broken the stranglehold that South Island Schools had on the title for the previous five years.
Last year Auckland Grammar ended Christchurch Boys high school’s two-year stranglehold on the title, while Otago Boys’ High School won the previous two years. If a South Island champion in found, it will be a new school however, with both CBHS and OBHS failing to qualify this year. Meanwhile, Wellington College will hope to finally get a win on the board for a Wellington team, as in the 13 years that this tournament has run it hasn’t ever been won by a school from Wellington. Schools representing home province Central Districts or Northern Districts haven’t won for almost a decade.
The Tournament will be played across two grounds in Palmerston North - Fitzherbert Park and Manawaroa Park.
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
2009: King’s College (Auckland)
2008: Palmerston North Boys High School
2007: Hamilton Boys High School and Otago Boys High School
2006: Tauranga Boys College
2005: Christchurch Boys High School and Auckland Grammar School
2004: Christchurch Boys High School
The six schools competing this year are:
Auckland Grammar School (Auckland)
Hamilton Boys’ High School (Northern Districts)
New Plymouth Boys’ High School (Central Districts)
Wellington College (Wellington)
St Bede’s College (Canterbury)
Kings High School (Otago)
2017 Draw and predictions:
Hamish Wareham at Wareham Sports Media has cast his CLICK HERE to read.
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