In Term One, schools across the country send boys' teams to compete in the National Primary and Intermediate Schools Cup competition.

It is a T20 (20 overs per side) format and schools are placed in pools of teams. This year we were in a pool with Ponsonby, Glen Eden and Henderson Intermediate and played the first two of our three games at Victoria Park on 14 March.

 

Our first game was against Glen Eden and our captain Anish Edekar won the toss and bowled first. It worked a treat bowling Glen Eden out for 44 off 20 overs. Our fielding and bowling was tight and disciplined with great figures and the best of our bowlers were Zach Bolton, 2 wickets for 13 runs 4 overs, Lachlan Stackpole, 2 for 3 off 3 overs and Anish, 3 for 7 off 4 overs. Matthew Wessels got 1 for 6 off 3 overs. In reply, we raced to the total with Kyle Low and Brad German scoring 16 and 23 respectively not out, to get to 45 (extras 6) without loss off 7 overs.

Our final game was against Ponsonby Intermediate and we bowled first. Ponsonby were bowled out for 62. Anish took 3-10, Lachlan 2-5, Jack Buckingham 1-15, Zach Bolton 1-8, Kyle Low 1-7 and Matthew Wessels 1-13. There was one run out.


However, the team made the coach and supporters sweat with a clump of wickets to begin with, before claiming the win with some sensible batting from Aidan Ross, 5 not out and Lachlan Stackpole, 23 not out, and 4 wickets to spare. Brad German was our next best batsman with 10 runs.

 

Ponsonby congratulated the team on their sportsmanship, bowling and fielding and both coach and captain came to share that with us at the end. The team did ourselves and our school proud on the day. We look forward to our next match against Henderson Intermediate next week.

 

Reported by: Mr Chris Appleton