Boys Cricket Final – Fire Up

Forget the Blues v Crusaders on Sunday, it’s the Premier Youth Boys Cricket final on Sunday between hosts Wellington College and 2015 national champions, Hutt International Boys’ School (HIBS).

Wellington College are entering their third consecutive final since 2019 and will be hoping to claim the title and gain a fourth consecutive Gillette Cup finals appearance at Lincoln, Christchurch in December.

HIBS have had quite the turn around after losing seven out of seven in the term one competition last year. They bounced back in term four winning the reserve grade championship, and despite dropping their opening game to St Pats Wellington in 2021  have won six on the trot to book a spot in the final.

The two sides last clashed in the final in term four 2018 where half centuries from Devan Vishvaka and Tim Campbell helped Wellington College to 250-8. HIBS Captain Logan Slee replied with 86 as HIBS won with two balls and four wickets to spare. A week later Wellington won the national title.

Wellington started this season without breaking much of a sweat against Hutt Valley High School. A stellar performance from Oscar Jackson with a century and five wicket haul helped them destroy St Pats Silverstream. The 1st XI then bested their schoolmates in the 2nd XI by 49 runs on the day Wellington won the Super Smash at the Basin Reserve.

Wellington proved too strong for Scots College at Scots, before losing their first premier youth grade match at home since October 2019 when HIBS toppled them by 14 runs. They bounced back a week later trouncing rivals St Pats Wellington by 63 then thrashing Onslow College by 83 runs.

Seamers Ari Bonar and Jago Sperring have been the pick of the bowlers taking 12 and 11 wickets respectively, with Jago boasting the best figures by a Wellington College bowler this term with 5-18 against Onslow.

Jackson, as well as picking up ten wickets, is his sides’ top run scorer with 292 runs in seven innings at an average of 58. Wicket keeper batsman Peter Bonar isn’t far behind with 239 runs at an average of 34. His highest score is 111 against Wellington College 2nd XI.

HIBS dropped their opening game to St Pats Wellington by six wickets. A return home saw them win their next three games over Scots College, Hutt Valley High School and Onslow College.

Two visits to Wellington College came next where they first beat Wellington College 1st XI by 14 runs then the 2nd XI by two wickets on the final ball of their run chase.

They sealed their spot in the final by beating winless local rivals St Pats Silverstream by eight wickets.

For the second season running top order batsman Jack Gaskin has been critical to his sides’ success with 248 runs in seven innings at an average of 35. Allrounder Lachlan Bailey who has taken 99 wickets for HIBS and tops their wicket taking charts this season with 14 wickets in seven games. His best figures are 4-39 against Wellington College 2nd XI.

The first ball is bowled at 10am. Be their early for premium viewing positions.

The girls Premier final info is still to be confirmed.

Next week the girls will slog it out in the Venus Cup Qualifying tournament to see who will represent Wellington at the nationals later in the year. CSW will bring you a featured piece on this event next week.

-Story courtesy of College Sport Media