College Cricket Season Starts This Weekend (Plus Some Players To Watch)

A new cricket season starts in the Wellington region this coming Saturday with the opening round of College Sport Wellington Boys Premier Youth, Premier Reserve and Premier 2 competitions 50-over matches.

In opening day Premier Youth matches, Hutt International Boys’ School are at home against the Wellington College Second XI, Wellington College First XI host St Patrick’s College, Wellington, the only side who beat Wellington in the first term. Meanwhile St Patrick’s College, Silverstream travel to Scots College to open their term four campaign.

In Premier Reserve games, Rongotai and Newlands meet at Rongotai, Paraparaumu College host Onslow College, while Wairarapa College and Hutt Valley High School start their new campaigns over the hill.

The structure of the term 4 season through to the end of the year is 50-over cricket.

The Hunt Trophy college Twenty20 competition is due to be played in Summer Tournament week in March 2020. The Hunt Trophy final for 2019 was cancelled due to rain, so the two finalists, St Pats Silverstream and Wellington College, are looking to reschedule this soon.

The NZSS Venus Cup Girls Finals start in Christchurch on 29 November and the NZSS Gillette Cup Boys Finals get underway on 2 December also in Christchurch.

The Bruce Murray Cup and Wellington Regional Final to determine Wellington’s boys representative (Wellington College defending Gillette Cup champions)  was scheduled for 1 April on the Basin Reserve. Due to poor weather this has been postponed until Saturday 2 November.

The girls cricket season begins in Term Four with a midweek indoor cricket tournament running during October and November

The outdoor season begins with midweek T20’s in in Term One early next year. Hutt Valley High School will be representing Wellington at the National finals after defeating Tawa College at the Basin Reserve on April 2nd – this breaks Tawa College’s five years monopoly on representing Wellington at the national finals.

The Heathcote Williams Shield went on one of the more turbulent journeys of its 110-year history with four different holders calling the trophy their own during the 2018-19 season. As holders at the beginning of the season St Patricks Silverstream immediately had a target on their back, and it wasn’t long before Wellington College won the spoils. In turn, Wellington College didn’t get to savour the Shield for long with Hutt International Boys School upsetting them and returning the Shield to the Hutt Valley. Ultimately, it was Wanganui Collegiate who had the last laugh defeating Hutt International in a two-day fixture meaning the Shield had a new home for the winter. Members of the Wellington community will be keeping a close eye on the Shield’s movements in anticipation of an opportunity to return it to Wellington.

There are a number of talented players to keep an eye on. College Sport Wellington has cast their eye over a few.

Elliot Seddon (Scots College) – Seddon was the top wicket-taker, alongside fellow spinner Max Rodgers from the Wellington College First XI, in the first term. If Seddon is at his best again, the soon to be Wellington Under 17 representative could help Scots cause some upsets to end 2019.

Will Atkinson-Moses (Wellington College 2nd XI) – Will burst on to the scene in Round Five against Scots College, taking 6-22 on debut. His ability to tear through top orders will prevent Wellington’s second team from being easybeats and could earn Atkinson-Moses promotion to the First XI.

Ethan Jefferson (St Patrick’s College Wellington) – The wicketkeeper batsman made the four spot his own in the first term, notching up half centuries against Onslow College and Scots College when Town was in trouble. Jefferson will be looking to hit good form with both bat and gloves as he was named in the Wellington Under 17’s Wider training squad for 2019/20.

Max Rodgers (Wellington College) – The leading wicket taker in the term one competition, with 14 wickets at an average of less than 3, Rodgers is also a capable batsman and has filled in at the top of the order in some of Wellington’s pre-season matches.

Ryan Jackson (St Pat’s Silverstream) – Ryan was a recent New Zealand Under 19’s rep in the five match series against Bangladesh. The all-rounder will be wanting to be on his best form before the National Under 19’s tournament in Lincoln to make the New Zealand squad for the 2020 World Cup held in South Africa.

Charlie Wilson (Hutt International Boys’ School) – Wilson has been a key performer in the HIBS First XI for the past three years and was deservedly called into the New Zealand Under 19’s wider training squad. Wilson also enjoyed an impressive football season in the HIBS 1st XI, illustrating his all-round sporting quality.