2021 Cricket Special
The first round of the Wellington First XI Premier Youth cricket competition gets underway this Saturday with an abundance of talent eager to impress in the sweltering summer sun.
Defending champions Wellington College had an outstanding Nationals, losing just one match to eventual champions Christchurch Boys’ High School. Wellington starts their 2021 campaign at home against Hutt Valley High School.
Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS) were national champions a handful of years ago but have been in a rebuilding stage lately. The signs of a solid reconstruction are promising with a Reserve Grade Championship secured in 2020. HIBS will be looking to continue the momentum when they travel to Kilbirnie Park to tussle with St Pats Wellington.
Scots College and Onslow College open their respective seasons with home fixtures against the Wellington College 2nd XI and St Pats Silverstream.
Silverstream were champions in 2019 but are perhaps lacking in the experience department. Scots have been busy this month playing hosts to the likes of St Kentigern College and St Andrew’s College in a successful tourney.
Watch for the following names to catch fire.
Henry Christie (Scots College) – With a tally of 332 runs across two competitions in 2020, Henry was Scots loading scorer. His pre-season form suggests similar productivity is likely again. He’s made three half centuries in six innings with a best of 95 against St Andrews.
Jack Gaskin (Hutt International Boys’ School) – Central to HIBS resurgence in 2020, Gaskin scored 297 runs in five innings with two centuries against Newlands College and in the final against Hutt Valley High School. He already has a century to his name this year, making 101 against Rathkeale College.
Jake Urlich (Onslow College) – Back for his second year Jake will be looking to assert himself as one of Wellington’s premier all-rounders. In 2020 he made 442 runs in eleven innings, including 113 off 84 balls against Scots College, That effort featured eleven fours and seven sixes! Ulrich is also a handy option with the ball. He collected nine wickets last summer.
Harry Kidd (St Pats Wellington) – The left-handed top order batsman is back for his second year and has been in sparkling preseason form. He smashed 89 off 50 balls in a twenty-over game against Geyser Camp Invitational XI as well 64 against Mt Albert Grammar School.
Kevinda Weerasundara (Wellington College 1st XI) – The captain made his premier club debut for Johnsonville in December, rewarded for outstanding form for the Wellington Under 17’s for whom he took 13 wickets in 10 matches.
Finn McQueen (Hutt Valley High School) – Promoted from Reserve Grade with HIBS, Hutt Valley High School maybe fancied as one of the easy beats in this competition. However in McQueen they boast a genuine strike-weapon. He took 10 wickets in five matches for the Wellington Under 17’s with best figures of 4-16 in a T20 against Hutt Cricket Academy.
Harry Lancaster (Wellington College 2nd XI) – Promoted from the middle order to opening, Harry has already shown he is made of sturdy stuff opening with a brave innings of 56 against the highly-fancied St Kentigern College a couple of weeks ago.
Oliver Raynor (St Pats Silverstream) – A key part of Silverstream’s 1st XI football side that went all the way to the final last year, Ollie will need to replicate his winter feats in the summer to ensure Silverstream are just as competitive in the ‘gentleman’s game’. The loss of key players Caleb Montague and Ryan Jackson will be keenly felt but Raynor has already shown glimpses of what he can do taking 4-14 in a pre-season match against Wanderers.
-Story Courtesy of College Sport Media