Troy Johnson, ‘Kane Williamson’ of HIBS, scores big again

Troy Johnson has celebrated a 100 with a century.

The Hutt International head boy marked his 100th game for the first XI by scoring 131 against Scots College in their premier youth clash last weekend.

It was also the middle leg of a hat-trick of centuries for the New Zealand under-19 squad member.

Johnson began his rich run with 104 not out in a Twenty20 match against St Pat’s Town last Wednesday and completed the treble with a century against Wanganui Collegiate on Sunday.

He has now scored four centuries for HIBS this year, the first coming when he scored 156 against Rathkeale, in a quad tournament in January.

Johnson, 17, is in his fifth year in the HIBS first XI and his third as captain.

He has been the leading run-scorer in the premier youth grade for the past two seasons and heads the table again after five rounds this year.

He scored a 50 against King’s College in the Gillette Cup national finals as a year 9 and recorded his first century for the first XI in 2012, against Wellington College.

Johnson scored 638 runs, at an average of 58, in the premier youth competition in 2013. He did not match that return last year but was the second highest run-scorer at the national Gillette Cup finals, where he made 125 not out against King’s College.

He has already been a Wellington under-19 rep for two years and was the third leading run-scorer at the national tournament in January, with a century and two fifties, including 105 not out against Central Districts.

He also made 58 for the Wellington A provincial side, against Canterbury, this month.

He brought up his Twenty20 century last week with a six from the final ball of the innings, with his 52 ball stay including 11 fours and three sixes.

He was dropped early against Scots but dominated the innings after and there were still almost nine overs remaining when he was dismissed, with his 131 taking 96 balls, with 19 fours and a six.

“Troy is playing really well,” HIBS coach Mark Borthwick said. “We want him to be our Kane Williamson and he’s doing the job.”

HIBS all-rounder Rachin Ravindra also scored a century against Wanganui Collegiate on Monday, his first for the first XI.

Meanwhile, St Pat’s Town and Onslow, who meet this Saturday, maintained their unbeaten record in the premier grade last weekend.

Town got a wicket with the first ball of the match against Wellington College and never relinquished control, dismissing Wellington for 106.

Jack Anderson and Luke Georgeson took three wickets apiece, with Georgeson taking 3-10 from seven overs. Town knocked off the runs in 24 overs, to record an eight-wicket win.Onslow recorded a 91-run win over Tawa.

Onslow and Town have opened up an eight-point [two wins] buffer over their rivals, with HIBS third and St Pat’s Silverstream, Hutt Valley and Wellington College another four points back.

Hutt Valley, who had beaten Wellington College the previous weekend, continued their revival with an eight-wicket win over Silverstream.

Jack Griffiths, who opened the batting and bowling for Hutt Valley, took three wickets as Silverstream were dismissed for 152 and anchored the reply with 68.

Matt Anderson put on 109 with Griffiths for the first wicket and batted aggressively to make 62 from 53 balls, with 12 fours.

“Jack is a very good player and was one of our better batsmen last year,” Hutt Valley coach Angus Devine said.

“Matt has been looking good in the nets for some time but hadn’t registered a score till now.”