Just 16, and already has Hearts in a spin

LockerRoom: She may have just signed on the dotted line of a contract with New Zealand Cricket, but Fran Jonas still has to ask her mum or dad to drive her to training. Jonas has been recognised as a potential star of the game in New Zealand, thanks to the valuable weapon at her fingertips. But at the tender age of 16, she’s only just got her hands on a steering wheel with her learner’s licence. The left-arm orthodox spinner is the youngest of eight players from around the country who’ve…

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Student Spotlight: Zeshan Bari

After dominating the cricket scene at intermediate school, Zeshan Bari took a few years off the game. After undergoing knee surgery last year, he picked up the sport again, and gained selection into the schools 1st XI, in time for his final year at school. Zeshan set his mind on being a true student of the game, studying it’s intricacies and spending much time each week developing his craft. In Term 1 this year, he has played brilliantly for the Lynfield College 1st XI and has been selected as a member…

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Student Spotlight: Gabriella de Latour

Next up in our Student Spotlight feature is year 13 student Gabriella de Latour. She is code captain for netball, cricket and lifesaving at Diocesan School for Girls. She has been nominated by her school for the significant contribution she has made to her chosen sports and her inspiring leadership for the whole school community. Gabriella started playing netball and cricket at a young age. She also started surf lifesaving with nippers at Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club, then began IRB racing once she became a qualified lifeguard. She loves the…

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Māori Secondary Schoolgirls & Schoolboys Cricket teams named

Maia Lewis and Duncan Murray, respectively, will coach the girls and boys Māori Secondary Schools sides to play Governor General’s XIs at Wellington’s Karori Park later this month. Lewis, a former White Ferns captain who played nine Tests and 78 ODIs for New Zealand (and current Relationship Manager at College Sport Auckland), will coach what will be the inaugural Māori Secondary Schoolgirl’s team; the boys side having been launched last summer. Players from both teams will assemble in Wellington on Tuesday, February 18 and will stay at the Pipitea Marae…

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NZ U19 legspinner Adi Ashok a World Cup wicket-taking threat

Stuff: It takes something special for a year nine student to be a member of his school’s first XI cricket team. But Adi Ashok was, four years ago at Mt Albert Grammar School in Auckland, and now he’s representing his country on the world stage. The 17-year-old legspinner has been included in New Zealand’s squad for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, which begins this weekend, and will be one of the team’s key players, even though he is young enough to go again two years from now.…

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Westlake’s Jock McKenzie balancing cricket and rugby

College Sport Media: Rugby or cricket? Cricket or rugby? At some stage sooner rather than later, multi-talented Westlake Boys’ High School sportsman Jock McKenzie will likely have to choose between the two sports that recently saw him represent New Zealand teams in both sports in the space of a week. “I have been playing both all my life. I don’t have a preference for either, I just want to play both for as long as I can,” enthused Jock. For good reason too. Jock recently swapped his rugby boots for…

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Meet the new legspin whiz New Zealand Cricket will unleash on Australia

Stuff: He’s a familiar recent cricketing tale, Adithya Ashok. Born in India, the family moved from Chennai to New Zealand when young Adithya was four and he started bowling some seriously good legspin. So good that he was promoted into Mt Albert Grammar School’s first XI in year nine, and took the remarkable figures of 6-12 for Auckland against Northern Districts at the national under-17 tournament in January. Click here to read more…  

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Baradene and Epsom Girls’ split cricket victories

Auckland Cricket: Auckland’s Secondary Schoolgirls’ finals ended up with Baradene College and Epsom Girls’ Grammar School splitting victories – Baradene took out the College Sport Auckland Premier Season while EGGS won the Gillette Venus Regional title. In the first final between the two schools; Baradene won the toss and put EGGS in to bat. EGGS initially started well, reaching 30 without loss. However, when openers Annie Ewart and Gemma Adams were dismissed within three balls, things started to go downhill. Petra Beuvink took two wickets in her over and EGGS…

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The Skye’s the limit

Times Online: Seventeen-year-old Skye Bowden made her official Auckland Hearts debut in the Super Smash Cricket T20 Tournament at Lincoln last week against Central Districts. Skye has played for Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club since she was 10, starting in the Under 12 soft ball grade and moved quickly up through the grades into the premier side of which she has been a member for three years. Skye’s talents as a medium pace out-swing bowler and all round batsman were recognised at a very early age and she has represented Auckland…

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Waiuku 1st XI Girls Cricket team tour Rarotonga

This year, the Waiuku College 1st XI Girls Cricket team were lucky enough to tour the beautiful island of Rarotonga for six days. The visit involved games against both invitational and development teams which allowed both groups to enrich their skills and knowledge of cricket. The games were “challenging but also fun, valuable and played in high spirits including one that went into the dark” said coach Jason Hammersley. The girls also enjoyed the beautiful sights and sounds that Rarotonga had to offer, including swimming in the crystal clear waters,…

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