Premier Youth First XI Cricket Season Starting This Saturday
The opening round of the Premier Youth First XI cricket competition gets underway this Saturday with the opening deliveries of the new season being delivered at 11.00am.
The season starts with rivals St Pat’s Silverstream and St Pat’s Wellington meeting at Silverstream, Term One Champions Wellington College First XI taking on their own school mates as they face off against Wellington College 2nd XI and Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) playing Tawa College in the third match.
The format of the competition is 50 over (one-day) matches over a five-week round-robin with the top two sides scheduled to square off in a final on 24 November (with reserve days on 25 November/1 December)
The Premier Youth Reserve Grade runs underneath the Premier Youth Grade. Opening weekend match-ups in the Premier Youth Reserve Grade see Hutt Valley High School host Rongotai College, Scots College take on the Wellington College Third XI and Onslow College meet the St Pat’s Town Second XI.
Separately, Wellington College will represent Wellington at the six-team NZSSC Boys Finals in the first week of December. Tawa College will represent Wellington in the comparative girls tournament.
Squad lists (as provided):
Hutt International Boys’ School: Logan Slee, Charlie Wilson, Nikunj Patel, Campbell Webster, Cole Kennedy, Jonty Bamber, Liam Ferrier, Lachlan Bailey, Kahurangi Gray, Harrison Watt, Luke Minihan, Mcarthur Kennerley, Lucas Jelly.
St Pat’s Silverstream: Henry Fraser, Max Griffith, Hamish Hastie, Ryan Jackson, Thomas Jones, Seth Loughhran, Flynn McCaul, Fraser McHale, Tobias Meyrick, Caleb Montague, Jonathon Tuffin, Danco Van Graan.
St Pat’s Town: Ben Shepherd, Xavier Aspell, Aaron De Rose, Benjamin Piesocki, Oliver Argent, Nishan John, Jacob Madigan, Josh Mallon, Matthew Scoble, Josh Dean, Boston Christie, Nate Wiggins, Beck Cattermole.
Tawa College: Sam Argle-Wright, Micah Conroy, Jamie Daniels, Harry Findlay, Lachie Hill, Jake Robertson, Oscar Lawrence, Dillon Lewis, Ruben Nithyaganesh, Will O’Donnell, Ruben Renner, one more TBC
Wellington College First XI: Tim Campbell, Henry Chandler, Sam Edlund, Harry Hunter, Josh McArdle, Hugh Morrison, Ollie Petersen, Tim Robinson, Dylan Sharma, Tom Valentine, Devan Vishvaka, James Wallace.
Wellington College Second XI: Jonty Cameron, Boston Hart, Connor McArdle, Rithwick Negi, Oliver Peake, Max Petrie, Sam Porter, Max Rodgers, Saumya Sajwan, Max Sargentina, Zack Scott-Howman, Oliver Sharp.
Five players to watch
Some people say college cricket is not as strong as it has been, but with no side being able to defend the title back to back since HIBS won it three years in a row from 2013-15, you never know who could get up on their day. Below are some players that can give their side hope of putting their name on the trophy in early December.
Tim Campbell – Wellington College First XI – The number three batsman belonging to a very good top and middle order. Campbell finished the top run scorer as Wellington College won the Term One title, scoring two half centuries and two centuries on his way to 427 runs across seven games at an average of 61. Campbell will be a key part of Wellington College’s team heading towards the 2018 First XI Cup in early December in Lincoln.
Henry Fraser – St Pats Silverstream – The opening batsman is quite a handy bowler as well as he finished not only with the highest strike rate but he finished the highest wicket taker, off the back of a 7-16 he took against Scots College. The Wellington U17’s representative earlier this year will hope for a good second half of the year to try and grab an U19’s spot for this year’s national tournament.
Micah Conroy – Tawa College – Conroy will be central to Tawa College causing some serious upsets this Term Four Competition. After all it was Conroy’s 131 that helped defeat St Pat’s Wellington on the opening day of the 2018 First XI Cup Qualifying. Not only is he one of the better top order batsmen going around, he also grabbed himself 11 wickets throughout the first half of the year.
Xavier Aspell – St Pat’s Wellington – The opening batsman will be hoping to try and crack a spot in one of Wellington’s representative sides over the summer. After arriving on the Premier College Cricket season in 2016 and since then he has always been near the top of the run scoring charts. If he makes some big scores up the top of the order St Pat’s Wellington will go close to claiming back the title they won at the end of last season.
Cole Kennedy – Hutt International Boys’ School – Middle order batsman and also a very capable fielder, able to pull on the wicket keeping Gloves. Has dug HIBS out of a spot of trouble in week two with 50 not out vs St Pats Silverstream. A good Term Four season could see him possibly up for a U19’s spot, as last year’s U19’s gloveman Callum McLachlan not returning for this year’s tournament and others in the mix too.
Article courtesy of College Sport Media