Cricket was the first sport to be played at Westlake over 50 years ago and has a proud history of team success and individual player achievement. Our 1st XI have won the Auckland Secondary Schools Two Day title on twelve occasions in addition to winning four Auckland One Day Gillette Cup titles as well as four Marrayatt Cup titles. More recently, the Premier team added two Twenty20 titles to this long list of honours. At National level, the XI have been runners up in two instances to National honours. The rest of the top teams have won numerous titles in Auckland and at North Harbour level.
Individually, five of our Green Baggy Caps progressed to the Black Caps, starting with Willie Watson in the 1980s followed by Justin Vaughan in the 1990s. Andre Adams (2001-2007), Paul Hitchcock (2001-2008) and Lou Vincent (2001-2008) all represented their country with distinction. Billy Bowden continues to follow a stellar Umpiring career on the international stage. In addition, twenty first XI players have played at first class level, including currently, James Fuller (Auckland, Gloucestershire and Otago), the three Cachopa brothers, Carl (Auckland and Central Districts), Bradley (Auckland and Canterbury) and Craig (Auckland and Wellington) and Robbie O’Donnell (Auckland).
Westlake Boys Cricket currently fields 10 teams playing at a variety of levels from the 1st- 4th XI and Colts 1-3, to our senior and junior social teams playing in Auckland Competitions in Terms 1 and 4. Registration takes place in February each year. Eight cricket nets, three artificial wickets and our main grass wicket oval provide numerous matches for all our teams. All our merit teams are coached by highly qualified teachers who dedicate their time and expertise in developing our players at all levels. In addition, cricket also runs a successful Academy of Sport programme for talented junior players.
Most of our merit players are selected for the North Harbour District teams and many go on to be selected for the Auckland regional team. Five Westlake Boys’ cricketers represented Auckland in the U17 team in January 2015 with Keegan Russell being named in the New Zealand U17 Tournament team.
The highlight of the cricket calendar proves to be the annual exchanges with Christchurch Boys and Tauranga Boys College as well as the bi-annual overseas tours. Our junior team regularly tours Australia while our senior team undertakes regular tours to South Africa, with the 2016 tours in its planning phase. Cricket remains a popular traditional sport at Westlake, succeeding in forming many friendships and helping the boys develop a sense of discipline and learn many of life’s lessons.
Teacher in charge: Mr J Kirstein
Cricket Administrator Mr T Buckingham
Premier Coach: Mr R Scivier (Level 3) and Mr B Emslie
2016 1st XI Captain – A.W. McKenzie