HIBS and Silverstream Meet in Prem Youth Cricket Final on Saturday
Article courtesy of Hamish Wareham/College Sport Media.
This Saturday sees top of the table St Pat’s Silverstream play host to Upper Hutt college rivals Hutt International Boys’ School in the final of Term Four CricHQ Premier Youth Grade in Wellington for 2019.
The two sides last met in a one-day final in 2014 where Hutt International Boys’ School won their second title in as many years on their way to the famous three peat with now Wellington Firebirds player Ben Sears top scoring with the bat making 87. HIBS posted 247-8 off their 50 overs. Fellow Firebird Rachin Ravindra then took 5-3 for back-to-back titles.
Looking at these two sides now, only one HIBS player was playing back in 2014, all-rounder Nikunj Patel who made his first XI debut in 2016 and will play his final game on Saturday for the First XI.
The two sides have met twice this year, with St Pat’s Silverstream claiming the bragging rights in both of those games. In Term One, Silverstream won by seven wickets after bowling out HIBS for 125. Then, two Saturdays ago, after HIBS set Silverstream 138 in a weather reduced 38 overs, Silverstream survived a scare but got home for a five-wicket win.
Players from each side who could swing the game either way:
Caleb Montague – St Pat’s Silverstream – Caleb’s form hasn’t been at its best throughout the Term Four Competition, having a highest score of 40 and otherwise not posting another score into double figures across three innings. Despite this, his Term One form was absolutely impeccable and HIBS will want to get his early wicket before he gets going into his innings.
Sam Morgan – St Pat’s Silverstream – While other batsmen have missed out around him he has made two brilliant knocks in crucial periods to guide them home. Firstly against Wellington College 2nd XI, where they found themselves in trouble at 43-4 Morgan hit 18 fours and one six on his way to 123 off 145 not out which along with Ryan Jackson got Silverstream across the line. Then, in the most recent game against HIBS he played a patient 62 off 80 not out to get them across the line.
Rory Woollett – St Pat’s Silverstream – The power hitting opener isn’t usually known for his bowling but in the previously mentioned game vs HIBS in the Term One competition he finished with figures of 5-21 off nine overs, tearing through their lower to middle order. He is definitely an option to call on to take wickets as well as a dangerous opener inside the first 10-over powerplay.
Luke Minihan – Hutt International Boys School – The leading wicket-taker of the competition so far with nine wickets across four games with best bowling figures of 4-12 against Wellington College last Saturday. Minihan will be dangerous with the new ball looking to make early inroads in the Silverstream batting line up.
Charlie Wilson – Hutt International Boys School – Charlie will be wanting to show the Wellington Under 19’s what they’ve missed out on by not selecting him for the Under 19’s Tournament in early December. As he sits one place behind Minihan in the wicket taking charts, he is also just outside the top ten in the runs leaderboard with match winning knocks against Scots College and Wellington College.
Cole Kennedy – Hutt International Boys School – The Wicket Keeper sits atop the fielding charts with the most catches – albeit as a wicket keeper. He is a trusty figure to have behind the stumps and is in his final year in the 1st XI and will be wanting to go out on top.