Epsom Girls book ticket to Gillette Venus Cup

This week, nine schools took part in the Gillette Venus Regional Qualifiers for Auckland. The tournament started with two Pools; Westlake Girls, Mt Albert Grammar, Takapuna Grammar, Saint Kentigern and Mt Roskill Grammar battled it out in Pool A, while Epsom Girls, Baradene College, Glendowie College and Diocesan faced off in Pool B. Community Cricket Manager Dean Bartlett said it is a special time for women and girls cricket with the Cricket World Cup less than a year away. “It was awesome to see a festival environment with nine schools…

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NZSS Māori Cricket teams set for Te Whanganui-a-Tara double-headers

There will be a whanau-like feel to this year’s Māori Secondary Schoolgirls and Schoolboys teams with 12 returning players, as well as two sets of siblings, ready to take on the Governor General’s XI’s next week. Two sisters from Rosehill College have been selected for the girls’ team – Kiri and Dale Anderson. Siblings Anika Todd (Mt Albert Grammar School) and Jamal Todd (Auckland Grammar School) are both back for their second year representing the NZSS Māori teams. The whanau feel flows through to the coaching setup too, with former…

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King’s College win inaugural Premier T20

King’s College have won the inaugural Premier T20 Championship after a tense three-wicket win over Mt Albert Grammar on Saturday. Having won the toss, King’s gave their bowlers first use of a familiar home wicket. Louis Anderson and Muhammad Abbas repaid the faith by bagging a pair of Mt Albert wickets inside the first four overs. King’s bowlers kept attacking the stumps and made it difficult for the visitors to lift their run-rate. Mt Albert duo Umang Patel (39) and Adithya Ashok (39*) fought through the tight lines to push…

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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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