Wareham Plays

Story courtesy of College Sport Media 

 

The camera of Hamish Wareham is a familiar site at Wellington football and cricket grounds. The 24-year-old spends his weekends voluntarily capturing the sights and drama of Wellington Secondary Schools and senior club sport for his Facebook and Instagram accounts, Wareham Sports Media.

After a busy football season Wareham has turned his attention to cricket where this weekend he went form an interested spectator to urgently required player.

“I went to the Johnsonville Twenty20 game against Upper Hutt and it got abandoned due to a soaking wet artificial. Instead of going elsewhere I sat around and waited for the second game between Johnsonville and North City to start,” he explained.

“Members of the Johnsonville team were fooling around playing force back when two of their players got injured but it was expected they would come back in time for the game.

“As time dragged on, they didn’t return so I joked I’d play. Suddenly after 2.00pm I was summoned by Johnsonville coach and former Wellington rep Matt McEwan to take the field with him for the first ball at 2.30pm.”

It was Wareham’s first appearance on a cricket field since leaving Samuel Marsden Collegiate who didn’t even have a team while he was at school so he played for nearby Aotea College. Wareham didn’t bat or bowl for Johnsonville, but he was officially acknowledged as a fieldsman.

“I tried to avoid making mistakes and show a positive attitude. It was my Stephen Donald moment. I had to step up to help the game happen.”

Concentrating on the task at hand wasn’t always easy. That afternoon he was also providing score updates on all senior cricket for Newstalk ZB.

“I was worried I’d miss a live cross but the first one was just before we went out to field and then I had one between innings. I didn’t want to be at fine leg with the ball flying towards me while doing live radio.”

Johnsonville bowled and fielded brilliantly to dismiss North City for 82. Josh Mann was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-10 off 2.4 overs.

Despite the early wicket of Hareen Silva, two former Wellington College cricketers Devan Vishvaka (44) and Gareth Severin (37) put on 83 for the second wicket as Johnsonville won by nine wickets with just over eight overs to spare.

“I didn’t do anything horrific and got my own little capping ceremony, leading the team off after the end of the first innings. It was a special day and I’m very grateful for the support of Johnsonville and the people who follow my work.”

During the week Wareham is a full time baker, waiter, and manager at Muffin Break in Queensgate, owned by his parents Grant and Suzanne.

He started sports photography in 2016 and has attended several National Secondary Schools cricket and football tournaments as well as featuring on Newstalk ZB and Sideline as a rugby, football and cricket commentator.

Among his favourite moments are Manny’s goal for St Pats Town to win the 2017 Trevor Rigby Cup football final, the same match a year later where Hutt International Boys’ School honoured the passing of Nathan Watt with a stirring 2-0 victory over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream and Wellington College beating King’s College at the 2018 National First XI cricket championships when the Auckland winners only required a run for victory with nine balls and four wickets to spare.

Will Jordan (All Black), Liberato Cacace (All White) and Rachin Ravindra (Black Cap) are among athletes he’s photographed at a grassroots level.

There’s an old yarn longtime radio cricket commentator Bryan Waddle once fielded for New Zealand. Will Wareham repeat history after his successful outing for Johnsonville?