Prior to this week Hamish Thomson’s highest score for the St. Pats Town First XI cricket team was 45. The Year 13 had been plagued by an elbow injury and inconsistency.
“I missed five weeks at the start of this season when I injured my elbow. I have struggled with consistency because I am impatient. I like to get on with it, but I was taking too many risks before getting my eye in,” Thomson complains.
This week in the annual traditional fixture against Christchurch’s St. Bede’s College at Kilbirnie Park, Thomson shattered the record books by making a double century in the first innings and a century in the second innings. How does Thomson explain such sudden and spectacular success?
“My highest score before St. Bede’s was 150 not out in Year 9 so I knew I was capable of making big scores. The first 30 runs I made were off 100 balls then my confidence grew and I really accelerated,” Thomson explains.
Thomson (right in picture) ended the first innings 201 not out from only 207 deliveries. He struck 20 fours and 15 sixes and shared a partnership of 320 for the fifth wicket with Aaron De Rose who scored 122 off 141 balls. St. Pats was 88 for 4.
“Our top order batsmen were unlucky as they all got peaches of balls. Aaron was great to bat with. We’re close mates and built a good partnership quickly,” Thomson says.
St. Bede’s was able to respond strongly amassing 453 all out in 100 overs. Will Aynsley 98, Jimmy Johnstone 85, Matthew Boyle 72 and Cameron Jopson 69 all flourished on the friendly batting surface. St. Bede’s blasted a total of 12 sixes in their innings leaving Town facing a second innings deficit.
In their second innings Town at one stage was 41 for 3 and still in arrears by four runs, leaving open the possibility of a St. Bede’s victory, but Thomson has other ideas. He smashed 105 off 156 balls clubbing 14 fours and five sixes. Which innings was better?
“The second innings hundred was more important because it saved the match, but technically I played better in the first innings. In the second innings I was dropped on 48, which was lucky,” Thomson reveals.
There were a total of 41 sixes in the match. An unusually short boundary was a factor as was a brazen mindset from Thomson.
“The boundary in one direction was just over 30-metres so I targeted that area often. Actually I told the groundsman to reduce the size of the boundaries beforehand,” Thomson laughs.
Thomson rates a reverse sweep over point as his favourite maximum of the match and is hopeful Town’s retention of the Dry Family Cup can kick start some momentum for Town’s season. Presently Town are fifth out of eight teams in the Wellington Premier competition, one place short of a semi-final spot.
“It’s been a tough season so far. We have had a few disruptions with injuries and other things, but we are starting to get it together and are feeling good after a tough draw this week,” Thomson concludes.
P.S. Double centuries are rare events in first XI school cricket, but St. Bede’s have been victims of a double hundred twice. In 2011 Henry Walsh made 225 for St. Pats Silverstream against St. Bede’s. Walsh later played for the Wellington Firebirds. Some impressive names have scored double centuries in the past.
The Auckland record is thought to be held by Bert Sutcliffe, the outstanding batsman of his time in New Zealand, who scored 268 for Takapuna Grammar against Mt Albert Grammar in 1942.
Martin Crowe, another who went on to become a world-class batsman, established an Auckland Grammar School record when making 247 in 1978, while Sachin Variath scored 261 not out for Avondale College against Macleans College in Auckland in 2010.
Former Firebird Joe Austin-Smellie scored a record 214 not out for Wellington College in the traditional fixture against Wanganui Collegiate in 2006.
The highest score ever made by a schoolboy is 628 by AEJ Collins, as a 13-year-old, in England in 1899.
Tawa College year 12 Melie Kerr will soon have good reason to be absent from school.
Melie is in the WHITE FERNS squad that is about to play a series of six games against Australia, three Twenty20s over the Tasman starting tomorrow and three ODIs coming up in New Zealand.
Melie explained her involvement. “I’m not selected for the three Twenty20s over there, but I meet up with the team next Thursday for the one-dayers that are in Auckland [26 February] and Tauranga [2 and 5 March].
“It’s going to be exciting to play the team that is considered the best in the world.”
It will be the first time she’s played against most of the Australians. “In my first season with the Blaze when I was 14 I played Elyse Villani when she played for Northern Districts, but no one else.”
“But I was watching a bit of the Big Bash and the T20 games will be on TV so I can watch those and do a bit of scouting.”
Melie has been selected for New Zealand as a leg-spinner and lower order bat. In her four previous ODI internationals against Pakistan she wasn’t required to bat at all. But it’s with the blade where she’s been in hot form of late.
Earlier this month she scored 119 for Wellington, which was the 100th century scored in the women’s domestic One-Day competition - she bet Sara McGlashan to it by 14 minutes. She also became the youngest ever centurion in the competition – a tick over two years younger than Suzie Bates was when she scored 183 not out against Auckland when she was 18.
“At the moment I’m in the New Zealand squad as a bowler, but at every other level I’m considered an all-rounder as well. At the start of the [Wellington] Blaze season I was batting about seven and then I worked my up to be opening.
“It is my goal to become an all-rounder at the top level too. In a few years when I am bit bigger and stronger and I keep developing my batting I will be both.”
She followed her century up for Wellington by scoring 110 for the Tawa College First XI against the Wellington College 2nd XI in the Premier College Grade.
What’s it like playing against the boys?
“It’s really good practice for me, each week’s a good challenge!
“With the pace bowlers, each team has one quick bowler. Lea Tahuhu [WHITE FERNS bowler] is probably the same pace as the quickest bowlers in Premier 1. So it is really good practice getting to face bowlers that will challenge me, so that if I do bat at the end of an international cricket match and they bring their fast bowlers on I will be used to it.”
Was her call-up to play Pakistan late last year a surprise?
“No, I didn’t think it would happen this soon. When I was young I had a goal of making the WHITE FERNS when I was about 18. Then last year I had a goal of making the side for the Women’s World Cup later this year [June and July in England].
“I wasn’t really expecting the phone call but when I did I was pretty happy. But I had a big winter and worked really hard and thought that I felt ready. I didn’t feel like I was too young to be playing in the series against Pakistan.”
What was most memorable about her debut series?
“Making my debut was pretty special; I’m never going to get to do that again. But I think the last ODI in Nelson where I got four wickets [4 for 42] and three catches and also the T20 I played in were probably my two favourite games of the series.”
Melie had previously represented New Zealand in indoor cricket. “In year 9 when I had just turned 14 I had played in the U20 indoor cricket world cup and in the year after that the U18 world cup.”
In 2015 she played a series for the New Zealand A team against Sri Lanka A.
The granddaughter of former Black Caps Test opener Bruce Murray, who passed 50 on 49 occasions in 187 first-class innings, Melie comes from a cricketing family.
“My older sister Jess always wanted to be playing sport when she was three or four. But I wasn’t really interested at that age. Then when I was about five or six I joined a team at my club in Tawa with all my friends. There was me, one other girl and lots of boys and I started that way.
“I remember going up to Hastings every January for cricket camp and all my family was there as well, so that is probably one of my favourite cricket tournaments that I played in from about aged seven to 12.”
They say bowling leg-spin is the hardest art in cricket. Melie explained how she started.
“I used to bowl medium pace when I was little. Then one day I was just in the cul de sac outside our house with dad mucking around trying to bowl off-spin and leg-spin and dad said to me that the leggies are coming out quite naturally and said that I should keep practising it.”
Melie was introduced to Cricket Wellington representative coach and Wellington College first XI coach Ivan Tissera, who has been mentoring her for the past several years.
With the help of Ivan and others she’s still developing her bowling craft, including working on a googly which she hopes to add to her variation.
As well as family, another obvious role model is WHITE FERNS all-rounder Sophie Devine, also from Tawa College and who played for Wellington at a young age before going on to play for New Zealand.
Melie used to play other sports, but naturally all her time is taken up with cricket now.
“When I was younger I used to play lots of other sports, because they were all in school time. I used to do running and play football. But I stopped running a few years ago and stopped football in year 11.”
Currently, she’s got up to five quality skills and training sessions and then two strength sessions at the gym a week, plus playing, plus attending school during the week.
If selected in the playing XI in any of the upcoming ODIs, Melie will be the second youngest New Zealand cricketer, male or female, to play internationals against Australia, after current New Zealand Cricket President Debbie Hockley.
Melie, who made her international debut last November against Pakistan aged 16 years and 27 days, is the second youngest New Zealander to debut against any team after Auckland’s Munokoa Tunupopo who played for the WHITE FERNS against England in 2000 a week before turning 16. Hockley, who scored over 4,000 international runs, was 16 years and 80 days when she first played Australia nearly 40 years ago.
Hamilton Boys’ High School have enjoyed a vice like grip on the Super 8 cricket title, but the trophy nearly slipped through their grasp at the recent edition of the annual tournament in Hamilton.
In the final against Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Hamilton appeared to be coasting to victory. Hamilton was 110 for 2 chasing a modest 172. Captain Dilan Nanayakkara explains what happened next.
“I was well set on 43 when I chipped the ball gently back to the bowler for a caught and bowled. I was really annoyed with the way I got out. It was a soft dismissal after working so hard,” he laments.
A rot set in for Hamilton and a flurry of wickets tumbled. With 49 runs required from 90 balls and with 5 wickets in hand, the equation seemed a mere formality for the hosts. However in the space of half an hour, the equation became much more difficult, as 36 was required from 60 balls with 4 wickets in hand and soon 24 from 42 with a solitary wicket remaining.
“It was a wet, slow wicket and Palmerston North bowled really well. We started terribly, but managed to steady the ship. When wickets started falling again it was hard to arrest the momentum back,” Nanayakkara concedes.
Fortunately Hamilton’s batting runs deep. No.11 Declan O’Brien is capable of batting much higher in the order.
“We’ve got a lot of good batsmen in our team, it’s definitely our strength this year. Declan could properly bat at six or seven if needed,” Nanayakkara says.
With the support of middle order batsman Jack Devane (53 not out), Hamilton gradually reduced the target, but not without major anxiety.
“With about 12 runs needed there was nearly a run out. The ball was struck just wide of mid on and the two batsmen hesitated mid pitch. We were lucky to get away with it,” Nanayakkara admits.
The match ventured into the final over where Hamilton needed three runs to win. A single and two dots still left two runs to win from the final three balls of the match. Inexplicably Palmerston North bowled a wide tying the scores. Nanayakkara captures the final moment.
“Palmerston North brought the field up and Declan hit it over cover for four. It was a great moment and a huge relief.”
Nanayakkara laughs, “Declan will get a promotion soon.”
Earlier in the tournament batting proved little hassle for Hamilton who defeated Napier Boys’ High School and Tauranga Boys’ College with relative ease and amassed over 350 against their own 2nd XI (Rotorua BHS withdrew from the tournament). Cullen Aislabie smashed 132 from 80 balls in this match and Nanayakkara chuckles “we showed them whose boss, though I only made five.”
Nanayakkara enjoys captaining Hamilton because there is a “lot of talent” in the team and it’s “less demanding” than other sides he has led in the past because of the skill level of the roster.
Nanayakkara was born in Rotorua, but his parents are of Sri Lankan extraction. He represented Northern Districts U17’s at the recent National tournament in Christchurch. His goals for the remainder of the year are to qualify for the National finals in December and push for a place in the New Zealand U19 team.
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Even as a restless and naive eight year old Adam Jones was more determined than most to improve his bowling and had a plan of action to do so.
The Year 13 at Sacred Heart College in Auckland recalls approaching former New Zealand spinner Dipak Patel at the Howick Pakuranga cricket club and seeking advice on how to bowl spin.
“I was bowling pace and found I couldn’t land the ball. It was ridiculous really, but Dipak agreed to teach me how to bowl spin and I guess the rest is history,” he says.
Last week Jones was the leading wicket taker for the triumphant Auckland team at the National Under-17 cricket championships in Christchurch. The left-arm orthodox spinner sneered 23 wickets in six games. His best spell was against Otago where he took 6-13 off 17 overs, a spell which included 11 maidens.
“I enjoy bowling in the two day games because there are no fielding or over restrictions. It means you can get into a better rhythm and pressure the batsman more,” Jones enthuses.
Auckland won both their two day games which were worth extra points. Chemistry was another big component in the teams’ success.
“We were a very close knit team. Everyone knew each other well and I think that helped us gel quicker than the other teams,” Jones observers.
Despite an unusually soggy summer the only game disrupted by the weather was the Wellington fixture which Auckland lost. The contest was reduced to 22 overs and Wellington prevailed by four wickets chasing 99.
“When its wet moisture gets on to the wicket which helps the fast bowlers. We didn’t bat well enough in that game, but the groundsman deserve a lot of credit. They produced some outstanding pitches which made for some great cricket,” Jones says.
Cricket has been on a positive ascent at Sacred Heart College. New coach and former first class representative Alan Hunt had added much enthusiasm and expertise to the program.
“Alan’s been great. He’s been there and done that so he knows what it takes. In December we won the Marist Cricket Carnival in Australia. It’s the first time we have won it in Australia. The results are getting better all the time,” Jones warns.
Jones’ best spell for Sacred Heart was in a Colts fixture last year. In nine overs he took 6-6. His ultimate goal in the immediate future is to make the New Zealand Under-19 team for the 2018 World Cup in New Zealand.
“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but to make that team would be awesome,” Jones concludes.
National Under-17 Champs: Final Points Table
1: Auckland – 34 Points
2: Wellington – 25 Points
3: Otago – 21 Points
4: Central Districts – 10 Points
5: Canterbury – 4 Points
6: Northern Districts – 4 Points
Top Five Run Scorers
1: Conor Ansell – Auckland – 386 Runs
2: Llew Johnson – Otago – 291 Runs
3: Devan Vishvaka – Wellington – 278 Runs
4: Jake Russ – Northern Districts – 266 Runs
5: Keegan Weeks – Central Districts – 263 Runs
Top Five Wicket Takers
1: Adam Jones – Auckland – 23 Wickets
2: Dylan Sharma – Wellington – 19 Wickets
3: James Mockford – Otago – 18 Wickets
4: Ben Lockrose – Otago – 13 Wickets
5: Ryan Harrison – Auckland – 13 Wickets
2014/15: Central Districts
2012/13: No Tournament
2011/12: No Tournament
2010/11: No Tournament
Note: The tournament consisted of four 50-over one day games and two, two day games.
Credit: Hamish Wareham for the stats.
In a competition first, the New Zealand U18s (selected from the National U19 tournament late last year) has recently been competing at the New Zealand Provincial A tournament at Lincoln University, in preparation for the Under 19 World Cup, which is to be held in New Zealand in January 2018.
The team won two 50-over matches of six and lost four, finishing level in the wins column with Canterbury and Auckland and ahead of Otago. Wellington won the tournament.
The National U17 tournament is at Lincoln next week.
The New Zealand U18 team was (schools in brackets):
Finn Allen – St Kentigern College
Benjamin Beecroft- Westlake Boys’ High School
Max Chu - Otago Boys’ High School
Katene Clark - Mount Albert Grammar School
Ben Donkers- Christchurch Boys’ High School
Matthew Fisher - St Paul’s, Hamilton
Will Hamilton - St Andrews College
Llew Johnson - St Andrews College
Hunter Kindley * - Otago Boys’ High School
Ben Lockrose - Otago Boys’ High School
Felix Murray - Nelson College
Sandeep Patel - St Kentigern College
Dale Phillips - Sacred Heart College
Todd Watson - Napier Boys’ High School
Ryan Whelan - John McGlashan College
Kaylum Boshier - New Plymouth Boys' High School
*Ruled out before the tournament with injury
Some notable performances were:
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.
Six of the country’s leading schools converge on Lincoln University near Christchurch this weekend for the 2016 NZCT Secondary School Girls National Cricket finals.
The schools, each representing one of the six major association cricket provinces, play a round-robin of Twenty20 matches over three days from Friday to Sunday, with the leading team after five rounds on Sunday afternoon declared the champion.
Wellington’s Tawa College are the two-time defending champions and as such the team to beat, but will have strong competition from other schools such as last year’s runners-up St Hilda’s Collegiate of Dunedin.
Tawa won’t have the services of leading player Amelia Kerr as she’s playing in Whangarei for the Wellington Blaze representative team instead. Another player, Danielle Watson, is away this weekend too at a National kayak regatta. But they can still call upon seven players returning from last year’s win.
St Hilda’s have a balanced squad from last year’s team that finished second in Palmerston North, with just three players competing at this tournament for the first time. Captain Bella James is the side’s sole year 13 cricketer, with six year 10s also in the mix.
The other four schools competing are Cashmere High School (Canterbury), Epsom Girls’ Grammar School (Auckland), Palmerston North Girls’ High School (Central Districts) and Tauranga Girls’ College (Northern Districts) – each of whom will be playing to win their maiden title.
The Player of the Tournament is awarded the Ina Lamason Trophy, with Amelia Kerr winning this for each of the past two years. Other past winners of this have been current White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen and other well-known internationals Rachel Priest, Suzie Bates and Kate Broadmore, and Kendra Cocksedge who is the current halfback in the New Zealand Black Ferns rugby team.
What: 2016 NZSS Secondary School Girls cricket finals
Where: Lincoln University, Canterbury
When: 2-4 December (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Format: Round-robin Twenty20 matches (five matches scheduled over three days)
Coverage: Live scoring at this link here http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/community/tournaments-and-hawke-cup/nzct-secondary-school-girls/points-tables-and-leaderboards
Squads (as provided):
Cashmere High School (Canterbury) Isla McKenzie (Captain), Hannah Rose Daldry, Jodie Dean, Sydnee Edwards, Sophie Harris, Emma Hunt, Eloise Lovett, Morven MacKean, Aiyana Manson King, Rachael Pullan, Olive Topping, Jenna Waghorn, Elizabeth Whittington
Epsom Girls’ Grammar School (Auckland) Jayda Tainui (Captain), Gemma Adams, Celina Campbell
Mei Coates, Ella Drumm, Grace Evans, Annie Ewart, Amie Hucker, Phoebe Jones, Jayna Patel, Jessica Philpot, Ede Rogan
Palmerston North Girls’ High School (Central) Olivia West (Captain), Imogen Bos, Sarah Calkin, Elizabeth Dombroski, Janis Gordon, Kaitlin Herron, Alice Little, Grace Minnis, Molly Noema-Barnett
Jasmine Odell, Jessica Ogden, Eikam Singh, Sally Wenham
St Hilda’s Collegiate (Otago) Bella James (Captain), Emma Black, Eden Carson, Ella Coggan, Taylor Duffy, Olivia Gain, Olivia Hall, Georgia Heffernan, Kate Heffernan, Molly Johnson, Megan Meltzer, Laura Taylor
Tauranga Girls’ College (Northern) Briana Perry (Captain), Georgia Bartlam, Meila Eades
Christina Gatenby-Hinton, Shay Little, Nensi Patel, Rebecca Richard, Paris Robertson, Taylah Stack
Ella Steenson, Brooke Taylor, Holly Topp
Tawa College (Wellington) Phoenix Williams (Captain), Kate Fenton, Jessica Findlay, Anna-Leigh Gillies, Eithne Hunt, Rachael Lockhart, Olivia Macrae, Jeneesha Maisuria, Jamie Rawiri
Hephzibah Thuraisingham, Roshani Thuraisingham, Melissa Veale
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 is profiling the six teams involved.
Squad: Allistar King (Captain & Nelson Mens), David Zohrab ( Nelson U17), Thomas Zohrab (Nelson Mens), Fergus Hughes (Nelson U17) Nick Clark (Nelson Mens) Ben Hazlett, Patrick Howes, (Nelson Mens), Felix Murray ( NZ U19), Jarrod McKay (Nelson U17), Josh Simpson (Nelson U17), Sam Berkett, Alby Murray, (Nelson U17)
Nelson College beat New Plymouth Boys’ High School by 47 runs in the Central Districts qualifying final at Palmerston North’s Fitzherbert Park in March to confirm their second appearance at the tournament in three seasons.
Nelson cricket has grown and flourished under the guidance of former senior representative and present coach Garry MacDonald.
“Josh Clarkson is our most recent first class player. Some years ago the School was stacked with first class and New Zealand old boy reps. This has diminished somewhat in the last 20 years but we are confident it wont be long before we see more of our old boys playing at higher levels,” MacDonald enthuses.
Nelson cricket lost direction but MacDonald has achieved historic results earning Nelson their first Nationals spot two years ago. This season the team is especially strong in batting.
“If our batting can fire then we will be competitive. We have no real superstars but collectively the team fights very hard,” MacDonald says.
Nelson has moved up into the senior mens competition in Nelson where they are competitive without threatening to win any of the competitions yet. To earn their place at Nationals, Nelson had to win the Top of the South Island Colleges tourney, then win the Central districts top four Colleges tourney. MacDonald recalls some of the matches along the way.
“The lads have been involved in many tight games during this campaign as we have to scrap for every win. Our qualifying final against New Plymouth Boys’ was spectacular in as much as we were getting badly beaten for a time but fought hard, set a partnership and finished off with some inspired bowling and fielding.”
Nelson have retained two players from their 2014 appearance. Their roster also includes four Year 13’s and a Year 10. Left-arm spinner Felix Murray is the top wicket taker while Nick Clark is statistically the best batsman to date.
Nelson has a number of outstanding all-round sportsmen in their team. Ben Hazlett is a First XV rugby player. Nick Clark represents the school in basketball, volleyball and underwater hockey while the Zohrab twins and Josh Simpson are all scratch golfers who play for the Tasman Mens team.
MacDonald is grateful for the support of the Nelson community.
“We have massive support from our Headmaster Mr Gary O’Shea, plus the parents are simply amazing. The whole Nelson community have shown an interest in the team, including the Mayor who regularly has a chat to see how we are going. Nelson Cricket do everything they can to assist in our preparation as well. We have some great sponsors on board including Freeman Roofing, Port Nelson, Talleys, Sealord fisheries and Poulos Brothers,” MacDonald finishes.
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