In 2013 there were only four cricket teams at Rosmini College. Today there are 14, which bucks the trend of falling participation numbers nationwide. Zakk Finlay attempts to explain why.
“We had a change of headmaster a couple of years ago and there was more support for the sport. There are a lot of great volunteers who love the game helping out and that’s created a whole lot of interest,” he says.
Almost the entire Rosmini First XI has been together for four years and recently in the Auckland Super 8 final they sent the city’s cricketing fraternity into a tailspin by defeating St. Kentigern College to earn a place at the National Finals in Christchurch in December.
“It was great to knock them off their pedestal. They had a lot of pressure on them to win because they are a big school and we’re just a team of battlers. They pumped us the first time we played them. We were bowled out for 96.” Finlay acclaims.
Typically Finlay is a pace bowler but a stress fracture has prevented him from bowling for eight months. He has been forced to improve his batting. His highest score for the First XI is 89, but a score half that tally proved vitally important for Rosmini in the Auckland decider.
Rosmini did well to dismiss St. Kentigern for 159 at the Eden Park Outer Oval. Auckland Under-17 rep Ryan Harrison claimed 3/11 off 6.2 overs and opening bowlers Giles La Ville and Niko Weerakoon both took two wickets. Weerakoon had taken four wickets in the semi-final win against Westlake Boys’ High School.
Rosmini’s chase for 160 faulted from the outset and at one stage they were 39/4.
“I didn’t expect all the recognised batsman to get out early so it was tough initially. I was dropped in the gully on 15, but I knew as one of the better batters I had to be responsible, but try and score at the same time.” Finlay recalls.
Rosmini was 30 short of the target when Finlay reached 44. What happened next?
“I thought we could win by the 38th over when we were about 50 runs short. That was a manageable run rate. After 116 balls I got a bit carried away and tried to hit a six, usually I like to get on with it, but I held out at the wrong time. It was pretty stupid,” Finlay rues.
Fortunately the tail kept their composure and La Ville hit the winning runs as Rosmini won the R H Marryatt Cup for the first time, an achievement Director of cricket Amita Weerakoon, who is leaving the role after four years, described as “the greatest day of Rosmini cricketing history”.
Rosmini’s first XI have been coached by Hamish Buxton and Paul Brajkovich during their breakout season and join Otago BHS, Tauranga BC and Palmerston North BHS as having so far qualified for the six-team National finals.
In the winter Finlay is a fullback in the First XV. Rosmini are seven times North Harbour champions and Finlay believes under the coaching of old boys George Stowers and Wayne Rooney, Rosmini will have a decent tilt at the title again.
“As usual we’re not the biggest team, but we’re really fit. Our season starts in three weeks against Birkenhead College. I am confident we will do well.”
Finlay says his favourite moment in rugby was when Rosmini beat Westlake Boys’ on Land Rover First XV rugby last year. Taine Waitte, now with the North Shore club, kicked all five penalties in an upset triumph against the eventual North Harbour champions.
“I wouldn’t know what it was like to bat on, I only faced two balls,” Ben O’ Connor from the Palmerston North Boys’ High School First XI cricket team laughs.
Last week the perennial contenders confirmed their place at the National finals in Christchurch in December by bowling Nelson College out for 56 in the Central Districts Regional final.
Dire weather turned the Manawaroa Park pitch into a formidable assignment for batsmen.
“We were all out for 124 in the 49th over. The weather definitely helped the seamers, but it wasn’t so much the pitch was impossible to bat on, we just put the ball in good places and the fieldsmen backed it up,” captain O’Connor recalls.
Jack Harris, Bryn Wilson and off spinner O’Connor each sneered two wickets in the 68-run victory, a definite highlight of the season.
“The standard of the local competition has been really high. Black Cap Adam Milne has played a couple of games returning from injury. Every side has been competitive,” O’Connor (on strike/Photo Supplied) says.
O’Connor has managed two, five wicket bags this season. His decision to abort pace has been a fruitful one for the Manawatu age group rep.
“I used to bowl pace, but I found it difficult running in all the time. I started bowling spin a few years ago and found myself enjoying it and having a bit of a success.” O’Connor explains.
Slowing things down is a virtue that O’Connor is learning as captain. Palmerston North lost a thrilling Super 8 final to Hamilton Boys’ High School in January when Hamilton’s final pair shared a last wicket stand of 27 runs in a low scoring affair.
“The Super 8 final was a great game of cricket and we were gutted to lose. As a captain I learned I needed to slow the game down more and not panic in my decision making to get a better result,” O’Connor reflects.
Palmerston North will be hoping to make the right decisions in December. They will be joined at Nationals by Otago Boys’ High School, Rosmini College, who upset St. Kentigern College in the Auckland decider, either one of Hutt International Boys’ School or Wellington College and the winners of Canterbury section to be determined last this year.
“We don’t play any of those schools during the season so I don’t really know what their strengths and weakness are, but I am confident we have a well balanced team and if we play well it should be pretty wide open.” O’Connor anticipates.
In the winter O’Connor plays First XI hockey. Palmerston North are the defending India Shield Champions. They missed the Rankin Cup finals by a solitary goal, despite winning six out of seven games.
“We also lost the Super 8 final which we won the year before. Our goal is to definitely make Rankin this year and win Super 8.” O’Connor concludes.
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:
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Otago Boys' High School's 1st XI will once again represent Otago and Southland in the national secondary schoolboys' cricket tournament, the First XI Cup, in December.
OBHS had a convincing win over John McGlashan College in the regional final yesterday with batsman/wicket-keeper Max Chu scoring an impressive 121 to help lead his team to victory.
On paper, OBHS had the stronger team, sporting two NZ Under 18 representatives in Chu and spinner Ben Lockrose, with another NZ U18 rep, all-rounder Hunter Kindley, still sidelined after breaking his ankle in the final of the Under 19 National Tournament in December.
Cricket’s a funny game though and the OBHS team were taking nothing for granted, after John McGlashan beat Waitaki Boys’ High School in a semi-final the day before.
In the end however, it was a reasonably comprehensive win by OBHS with the team making 271/6 and dismissing John McGlashan for 147, despite an early onslaught by JMC, which saw it well ahead in the run-rate early on.
Buoyed by team-mate Jack Pryde’s century (110) a day earlier in OBHS’ semi-final against Southland Boys’ High School, Max Chu steadied the ship for the school after the loss of two early wickets. Tommy Wilson (27), Marc Cormack (33) and Tim Horton (55) all starring in partnerships with Chu.
McGlashan’s in-form batsman, Lucas Reid, who scored a century (105) the day before had another good day with the bat, taking the game to OBHS in the early stages to see his team well ahead in the run-rate.
However, when he was dismissed for 40 off a caught-and-bowled by Thomas Harding, it triggered a series of wickets. Lockrose starred with the ball for OBHS, taking four wickets for only 12 runs in his 10 overs. Harding (2/32) and Josh Kellett (2/21) were the other top wicket-takers.
Otago Boys’ will this year be looking to improve on its third placing in last year’s First XI Cup with the return of a strong crew in Kindley, Chu, Lockrose, Pryde and Horton from last year.
Southland Boys’ High School finished in third place in the regional competition, beating Waitaki Boys’ High School, with Southland spinner Jack Mockford taking six wickets.
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)
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