Boys 1XI Cricket – Players to watch

Story courtesy of College Sport Media

 

The College Sport Wellington boys Premier cricket season is set to launch and once again there will be plenty of talent basking in the capital sun.

Wellington College are the defending champions and would have qualified for Nationals which has unfortunately been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Locally there is a feast of 50 and 20 over fixtures to look forward to.

 

Ari Bonar (Wellington College 1st XI) – Was named in the Wellington Under 17 squad for the first time after finishing top wicket taker for Wellington College last summer with 14 wickets in eight games. With best figures of 5/28 against Hutt Valley High School, Bonar is capable of ripping through any opponent and will be a huge asset for new coach Matthew Rohce.

Fergus Kisby-MacLeod (Scots College) – His girty 60 got Scots home in a tricky opener against Wellington College 2nd XI while his best bowling figures of 4/56 against finalists HIBS was an effort which nearly tipped the scales Scots way. Scots are Twenty 20 champions and with Kisby-MacLeod high on confidence after helping Scots win their first Premier basketball title in the winter, Scots could push for a place in the final, improving on their third place finish in the first term.

Callum & Daniel Stevens (Onslow College) – Dan was the second highest run scorer in the first part of 2021 and smashed the highest score in Onslow history with 142 against St Patrick’s College, Silverstream. Callum was his teams’ highest wicket taker with fourteen wickets and best figures of 4/35 against Wellington College 2nd XI. The brothers are a formidable duo and with repeat success, Onslow could upset the apple cart.

Amogh Paranjpe (Wellington College 2nd XI) – The top wicket taker for the 2nd XI in term one with 14 victims, Paranjpe often opened the attack and enjoyed best figures of 4/46 against St Pats Wellington. He could be promoted to the top Wellington side which would be worthy based on his consistent improvement.

Yashraj Kalsi (St Pats Wellington) – Yash is fine all rounder opening the batting for St Pats Wellington and finishing second highest wicket taker in term one with a very fine economy rate of 3.34 per over. Yash memorably took 4-13 in an electrifying spell against Scots.

Harrison Wall (Hutt International Boys School) – The wicket keeper batsman was HIBS bright spark in term one scoring 176 runs and staying busy behind the stumps taking ten catches and completing six stumpings. HIBS were runners up to Wellington College in the term one competition.

 

The draw of the opening weekend for all cricket competitions can be found HERE.