Oscar Jackson Batting Up a Storm
Oscar Jackson is only Year 11 but the Wellington College batsman is already cultivating a fearsome reputation as a prolific run scorer in First XI Premier Youth cricket.
In his past five innings he has made four centuries and an unbeaten 25 in a successful run chase against Hutt International Boys’ School.
His run of tons started with 108 against Scots College followed by 118 against the Wellington College 2nd XI,103 against St Pats Town, and 100 off 114 balls against Onslow College on Saturday – an effort he regards as his best in the imperious streak.
In tandem with Mika Laurence (63) Jackson helped lift Wellington from 88/6 to 244/7 – eventually reaching 293/8 off 50 overs and winning by more than 200 runs.
“At 80-odd for six we had to knuckle down and try and bat until at the least the 40th over. Mika batted out of his skin and after a slow start I got on top. It was very rewarding. The support of the team was awesome,” Jackson enthused.
Wellington are unbeaten and Jackson hinted at his obvious quality when he made his first century of the season against Scots College. He brought up his century by striking three consecutive sixes.
“In the pre-season I was going too hard, too early and getting out cheaply. I like to give myself time to get my eye in and select bowlers to target. I’m lucky we have a long batting order so even if I take a dozen balls to get off the mark I can make it up at the end. As a team we can easily get 100 off the last ten overs,” he explained.
Making a century against the second best team at your school may appear inconsequential, but Jackson refutes that claim.
“I have lots of mates in the seconds so there is heaps of chat in that game because they have nothing to lose. Even though you can have a good laugh between deliveries you need to switch on again as soon as the bowler is at the top of his mark. The seconds were actually the home team which means they get the main changing room which can be mentally challenging.”
Mental lapses have been rare from Jackson with three of the four knocks chanceless. Against St Pats Town he came in at 3/2 offering a caught and bowled chance in the sixties which was shelled.
This Saturday Wellington will get a chance to tussle with defending champions St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. Both schools are already confirmed finalists.
“Stream is a classy side we haven’t played this year. It will be good to have a look at their bowlers before the final. We expect a tough game.”
The Collegians junior started playing cricket when he was four. He debuted for the First XI last year and attended Nationals where Wellington finished third. He made a half century against eventual winners St Andrew’s College and two 40-plus scores against Rosmini College and Otago Boys’ High School. His highest score in all matches at Wellington College is 128 in Year 9. His favorite shot is the cover drive and favorite player is Wellington College Black Cap old boy Tom Blundell.
“Oscar must be pushing hard for a place in the Wellington Under 19’s even though he’s only 15. He has a great temperament and when he is in full flight shows little sign of stopping. His run of form rivals that of Tim Campbell whose probably the best batter out of Col in the last few years,” observed Wellington First XI cricket guru Hamish Douglas Wareham.
In addition to compulsory subjects Jackson studies history, economics and physics declaring a love of science and “learning interesting things.”
By College Sport Media