This week we were fortunate to have some of our Colts and SA tour squad cricketers spend an hour with Craig McMillan – the Blackcaps batting coach. North Harbour Ford donated his services to the school.
The session was excellent – it was inspiring, interactive, and informative and most pleasingly in the 60 minutes he spoke to the boys there was no talk of grips or stance or back lift, but rather he focused on the key qualities and behaviours of top batters – the importance of work ethic, being a learner, being coachable, retaining individuality, being patient, taking ownership and having the right mindset. The glue of batsmanship as he called it.
The only time Craig touched on anything technical was to say that all batting is built around a strong and dependable defence. He asked the boys questions such as do you practice defence? Do you train like you play? Because if not you are setting yourself up to fail.
Craig finished by describing how their philosophy in the Blackcaps is to be there at the end – to be able to pull a stump out of the ground having won a game for their country. To dream about that.
We are very grateful to North Harbour Ford for donating the services of Craig to Westlake and affording this opportunity to our boys to learn from someone who has done the journey.
1st X1 v King’s College
After a 6-month winter break, Cricket resumed for the 1st XI on Saturday, 21st October against King’s College, as Westlake began their defence of the Auckland Two-Day title. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat on a seemingly good batting track in overcast conditions. The lack of match practice was evident as the X1 got off to a slow start; 33-2 after 11 overs. Ryan Schierhout brought the game back and was playing superbly, racing to 36 off 34 deliveries before a smart catch at cover saw him walking back to the dressing room. After his dismissal, wickets fell at regular intervals and Westlake found themselves at 93-7 just after lunch. Jarrad Harford and Matthew Thornton did well to put on 50 runs for the 8th wicket but, like most of the team, weren’t able to convert their starts. Westlake ended on 162 all out after 52.2 overs.
The team knew they would have to bowl well to have any chance of securing first innings points. Despite some average bowling early on, they were able to take three early wickets and had the opposition 34-3 after 12 overs. However, King’s then gained some momentum and it was another 13 overs before Westlake secured their next scalp; Luke Ranson and Ryan Schierhout combining to complete a very impressive run out to dismiss the King’s captain, who was beginning to look very threatening. One more wicket fell before the close of play and Kings finished on 79/5. Pick of the Westlake bowlers was Jacob Waitai, with 2-14 in his 6 overs.
The game is still evenly poised, but Westlake know that these first innings points are very much there for the taking. A very interesting day two awaits us next week.
Colts 1 v St Peter’s College
Colts 1 won the toss and elected to bat first on a dull, grey and windy day at Wainoni Park. The batting opened well with Dylan Hamilton, who made some particularly strong hook shots, and Olly Chambers setting up the innings with a 73 run opening partnership. Once Olly was out, captain Tom Pleciak kept the momentum up with powerful driving straight and through the off side. When Dylan was out for an aggressive 52, BJ Jacobs marched to the crease and continued the rapid pace. Tom reached his first hundred off only 74 balls. Once he was out for 101, BJ took over and, with a series of sixes, also reached his maiden century in 97 balls in the last over. BJ was helped in the last few overs by Jesse Hohaia, who unselfishly fed the strike to him.
Facing Colts 1’s formidable score of 315/3 from their 45 overs, St Peter’s College played positively, but the task was too great and they were 78 runs short at the end of their innings. To cap a special day, BJ Jacobs was the most successful of the bowlers with 3/6.
Westlake: 315/3 BJ Jacobs 104 not out, Tom Pleciak 101, Dylan Hamilton 52
St Peters College: 237/7 BJ Jacobs 3/6
Win to Westlake by 78 runs.
Colts 2 v King’s College Colts 2
Playing at their home ground at Wainoni Park, Westlake Colts 2 bowled first against King’s College Colts 2. Westlake began well, with King’s 2 for 42 after 15 overs, but then several wides, dropped catches and poor bowling saw the King’s score climb, until they were eventually dismissed in the 44th over for 208. The bowling highlights were Cameron Gray, with 3 for 31, bowling well into the wind, and Jason Kay with 2 for 46.
Westlake began the run chase well with a solid opening partnership, where Samrath Singh dominated. Scoring at almost a run a ball, he was eventually dismissed for 47, caught on the boundary at deep square. At 15 overs Westlake was well positioned with 1 for 59. However, excellent bowling, loss of wickets and batters not looking for singles, saw Westlake bogged down and beginning to slip. At 30 overs, with the loss of Josh Samaraweera for 23, Westlake was in a precarious position at 4 for 120. The loss of a further four quick wickets saw them really in the deep end, at 8 for 132 in the 34th over.
There was then a dramatic turn around. Jake Scott’s left handedness threw the opposition and the quick running between the wickets by Jason Kay took Westlake to the win in the 44th over, when he smoked the ball to the boundary for 4 runs and an unbroken 9th wicket partnership of 88. Westlake had scored their runs at better than 8 runs an over. Jake Scott won player of the week, for his innings of 41 not out, a fine catch in the field and a ‘lucky’ wicket.
Win to Westlake by 2 wickets – 210 for 8 in the 44th over.
2nd XI v Mags 2nd XI
Westlake 2nd XI won the toss and elected to bat on a slow wicket. The Westlake batsmen were not patient and wickets fell regularly throughout the innings. Joe Moore anchored the innings with a gritty 48 runs (140 balls), staying at the crease with seven other batsmen to help the side make a defendable total of 127 (all out in the 42nd over).
In reply, the Westlake bowlers were economical and kept the MAGs batsmen under pressure. Spinners Nick Burt (1-22) and Yosh Patel (2-13) bowled excellently as did Ryan Zent (3-17), who bowled a tidy spell just as MAGs were trying to accelerate. However, it was a piece of fielding brilliance from Josh Hamilton to take a vital run out in the final over, hitting a single stump from range and dismissing the MAGs big-hitter for 34. The next ball Sam Reidy had the number 11 batsmen trapped LBW, and Westlake held on for a remarkable 3 run win with 2 balls remaining.
Colts 1 v Rosmini
Colts 1 last opponents for Term 1 was Rosmini College. It promised to be a tight game between two local rivals and it proved exactly that. Rosmini batted first and got off to a good solid start and a big total looked likely. Fortunately, the bowling tightened up and with both Max Harbottle and Tom Pleciak leading the way, Rosmini were restricted to 137/7 after their allotted 45 overs. Colts 1 made a steady start and after 30 overs were progressing well but with the dismissal of Tom Pleciak for 39 the innings faltered and only Dylan Hamilton (23) got amongst the runs. A series of 4 run outs put the nail in the coffin as Westlake were bowled out for 126 to endure a 11 run loss.
Colts 2 v Mission Heights Colts 1
Colts 2 made the long trek to Flat Bush for the second time this season to take on Mission Heights. Batting first on a wet grass outfield, boundaries were infrequent. Westlake were dismissed in the 42nd over for 151 thanks to a consistent batting display. Taahir Wentzel 20, Oliver Barton 25, Rory Price 24 and Max Harrison-Tubb 23 made valuable contributions to a testing total.
Mission Heights’s innings started well with a 100 run partnership. Once again, Colts 2 were guilty of not taking their chances. The capturing of three quick wickets and economical bowling by Colts 2 put Mission Heights under pressure. Unfortunately Colts 2 could not turn the pressure into wickets and Mission Heights scored the winning runs in the 42nd over. The bowling highlight was again Max Harrison-Tubb with 2 for 18. He was well supported by Rory Price with 1 for 19. Although a loss by 6 wickets, it was a much improved performance by Colts 2.
The National Tennis Championships were held at Scarbro Tennis Centre in Auckland, between the top eight schools in the country. Westlake Boys’ first fixture was against St Kentigern College, one of the tournament favourites. All our players tried hard but only Chris Zhang was able to win his singles match, with some outstanding shots. Our next opponents were Christ’s College, the Christchurch champions. We lost 2-4 but Chris Zhang once again played extremely well, defeating the under 17 national champion. Bailey Sutton also played a very solid game to win his match.
On Wednesday Westlake played Hamilton Boys High School and sealed a very satisfying 6-0 victory. The team then played doubles matches against Tauranga Boys High School, but suffered their most disappointing loss, 1-5. Up against Auckland Grammar next, Westlake fought hard with a 3 – 3 result losing on a countback. Chris was back on form again and combined with Harry Browning to win their doubles. Aden Borlase-Mills also played well for another win.
Despite some challenges with rain, venues, traffic and injuries, the standard of tennis played by the team was outstanding and resulted in a 7th placing at Nationals.
Team: Chris Zhang No1, Leo Cho No2, Harry Browning No3, Bailey Sutton No4, Aden Borlase-Mills No5.
The Premier Water polo team gained 5th place at the North Island Championships. They only narrowly missed out on a top four place and made solid improvements over the last few days of competition. Westlake were pleased to beat Rosmini 8-3 on Sunday morning and are hopeful of gaining a top four place at Nationals, as they certainly have the skills to do so.
3 x 3 BASKETBALL
The Westlake 3 on 3 basketball team came 3rd at nationals in Tauranga. They fought hard over the opening two days of the competition play to be placed equal top in their pool. However, they lost key player James Moors to an ankle injury in the process. They had to play the final five games of the competition, including the knockout rounds, without a sub. The semi-final was a narrow four point loss to Palmerston North, which showed the strength of character in the boys.
Team: James Moors, Thabo Manyere, Rueben Fitzgerald and Joshua Hidalgo.
Westlake Boys’ Junior Orienteering team experienced outstanding success at the Auckland Sprint finals, taking all the medals:
1st – Campbell Syme
2nd – Alex Jobbins
3rd – Hayden Williams
Nathan Borton came 7th.
In the New Zealand Rogaine Championships, the Westlake Boys team of Taylor Haynes, Ashton Philo and Charl Urlich came 3rd in the four hour event.
After a day and a half delay due to wet weather, Westlake were finally able to kick off their summer sports week T20 tournament at Waikaraka Park against Mount Albert Grammar. Westlake won the toss and elected to bat first on a ‘sticky pitch’ and struggled to 109/9 after their 20 overs. Jock McKenzie’s score of 29 off 34 balls was the only one of note. This small total was always going to be hard to defend but Westlake’s effort got off to a great start, restricting MAGs to 12-4 by the 5th over, mainly due to some very good bowling by Jock McKenzie. MAGs recovered, but at 75-6 after 16 overs they still required another 35 runs off just 24 balls. Their lower order batted very well and got them to within 7 with one over remaining. It was a real nail biter and it came down to 1 run required off 1 ball. Unfortunately, MAGs were able to score it, winning by 3 wickets. Pick of the bowlers was Jock McKenzie with 3-14 in 4 overs.
OTHER WEEKEND SPORTS FIXTURES
The Premier A Tennis team played St Kentigern College 2 on Saturday, April 1. All members of the team played well and had an excellent 6 – 0 win, despite being very tired after a week playing tennis for the school at Nationals.
Team: Chris Zhang, Harry Browning, Bailey Sutton, Aden Borlase-Mills
WBHS 1stXV RUBGY v DE LA SALLE
The official start to the North Harbour rugby season is still more than a month away but already the 1st XV preparations are in full swing. Saturday saw the first pre-season game against De La Salle College, in what turned out to be a very exciting and promising opener. Unfortunately the team had its numbers severely depleted with injuries sustained in the earlier 7s and 10s tournaments. Also missing were players representing Westlake at volleyball and water polo. This, however, presented opportunities for several newcomers, who admirably stepped up to the challenge.
The game began as a real arm wrestle, with both sides probing hard at each other’s defences. Several opportunities on attack were thwarted by De La Salle infringements. Brady Rush was unlucky not to score after a quick tap. Eventually, De La Salle broke through at the opposite end to go 5-0 up at half time. Forwards Coach, Brad Emslie, would have to be happy with the line-outs as locks Harry Forbes and Jackson Tu’inukuafe secured quick, clean ball. While De La Salle used their weight advantage in the scrums, the Westlake forwards performed extremely well at the breakdown.
With time running out, Westlake found themselves 10-0 down but responded with an amazing period of relentless attack on the try line. Flynn Willemse dived over, only to be ruled held up in goal. Blake de Nys had yet another crack at the line. De la Salle made a quick run with the ball until loosehead Ben Mitchell stole it back. After several more pick and goes, half back Jackson Ephraims spun the ball out to Brady Rush who slipped an inside ball to send Finau Paea diving over the line for a try. Casey Smith slotted the conversion taking the final score to 7-10.
This year’s RNZYS Harken Sailing Regatta attracted 17 school teams from the wider Auckland Region, as well as Marlborough and the Bay of Islands. The 17 teams were split into Gold and Silver fleets, with each group completing six races on Day 1 and Day 2, and the top five from each fleet going through to the final series on Sunday.
Tom Fyfe, Blake Nicholson, Harry Milne and Matt Jacobi performed well on both days, finishing up in 3rd place behind KeriKeri High School and Marlborough College, thereby placing them the top Auckland school for this regatta.
The Harken Schools Regatta was established in 2007 to promote the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron Youth Training Programme and to give school-aged sailors an opportunity to race in a high performance keelboat.
Traditional Fixture v Tauranga Boys College 14 and 15 March
On the first day of the two-day exchange, the Westlake 1st XI played a 45 over game against Tauranga Boys College at Waipuna Park in Tauranga. Westlake won the toss and chose to bat first. They found themselves in trouble early on, losing Quinn Sunde in the 2nd over. However, Jock McKenzie knuckled down and scored a hard-fought 60 off 118 balls, demonstrating great patience and consistency. Westlake laboured to 161/7 after their 45 overs, assisted by a quick fire 23 from Sam Collinson. Westlake seemed to have the game all but wrapped up when the opposition found themselves 86-6 in the 26th over, largely due to some great bowling from Luke Ranson and Ryan Quinn. However, a 51 run 7th wicket partnership took the hosts to 137-7 after 39 overs. The game was well in the balance at this point, but the boys just pulled through to seal a 6 run win. Ryan Quinn finished with figures of 3 for 11 and Luke Ranson 3 for 20.
On day two the students returned to Tauranga Boys College for a 25 over match, the first cricket game at their school for one and a half years due to their turf being re-laid. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat first for the second day in a row. It proved to be the right decision as the openers put on a partnership of 55 in 8.4 overs. Jock continued his fine form, scoring 31 off 28 balls. However, Tauranga fought back, restricting Westlake to 95-4 in the 15th over. At the end, Westlake came back with Campbell Knowles and Sam Collinson batting superbly, scoring 30 runs each and guiding Westlake to a total of 169-6. 170 was always going to be a tough ask and Tauranga never got going, losing regular wickets throughout, ending up on a total of 138-9 after their allotted 25 overs. All of the bowlers contributed, with Ryan Quinn, Matthew Thornton and Jock McKenzie all getting 2 wickets each.
1st XI v Rosmini T20
In high spirits after a successful exchange, Westlake travelled to face local rivals Rosmini College in a T20. Winning the toss and batting first, Westlake scored a commanding 201/8 after their 20 overs. The short boundaries certainly helped the cause, not to take away from the performances by our batsmen. Jock McKenzie scored 40 off 31 balls, Ryan Schierhout let loose with a 14 ball 39 and Campbell Knowles scored an outstanding 58 off just 22 balls. Dispatching the Rosmini bowlers to all parts of the ground, Campbell’s knock included a whopping 7 sixes and 2 fours and he was instrumental in getting Westlake past the 200 mark.
Despite a wicket as early as the 5th ball of the innings, Rosmini took control of the game thanks to some class batting from their 2 and 3. They amassed a partnership of 83 and at 89-1 in the 10th over, Rosmini looked favourites for the win. However, two quick wickets from Ryan Schierhout and Jordan Thornton meant the game was firmly in the balance. When Jordan snapped 2 wickets in 2 balls, the scales tipped in Westlake’s favour and the remaining 85 runs seemed a tough ask for Rosmini with only 7 overs left. Exceptional death bowling once again by Luke Ranson prevented Rosmini from scoring the remaining runs and Westlake won by 21 runs. Credit must be given to Luke Ranson who ended up on 3-28 after his 4 overs and to Jordan Thornton for his 3-20 off 3 overs.
1st XI v Rosmini One-Day Match
Westlake returned to Rosmini for the second time in 3 days, this time for a one day match. Rosmini won the toss and chose to bowl on a slow track. Westlake got off to a relatively conservative start, reaching 123-4 in the 38th over. Jock McKenzie really dug deep and anchored the innings, scoring 55 off a hard-fought 137 balls. Reuben Fitzgerald was able to score a quick-fire 36 off 26 balls, hitting 3 sixes in the process, allowing Westlake to score a very competitive 196/9 off their allotted 50 overs.
Westlake got off to a very good start with the ball, limiting Rosmini to 28-2 in the 12th over. However, Rosmini was able to claw their way back into the contest and at 109-4 in the 35th over, the game was very much in the balance. No one could have predicted what would follow. Rosmini capitulated to 120 all out, losing their last 6 wickets for a mere 11 runs. The collapse was spear-headed by Jock McKenzie who took an incredible 4 wickets for 9 runs in only just under 6 overs. He was well supported by Ryan Schierhout, who finished off with a very impressive 2-16 in his 10 overs. The 76 run win means that Westlake will be taking on Rosmini (yet again!) in the semi-final which will be played at Westlake on Saturday March 25th. Let’s hope the boys can take this momentum into this very crucial stage in the context of their season.
2nd XI v Rosmini 2nd XI
The 2nd XI sent Rosmini in to bat on the no1 oval. Rosmini lost wickets at regular intervals to be 104 all out. Nick Burt (3-19) and Sam Reidy (3-23) inflicted the most damage, with Ryan Zent having an excellent day behind the stumps, with two catches and a stumping. Westlake were ruthless in reply, as batsmen Josh Hamilton (23) and Jarrad Harford (44 not out) picked off the runs to win the match in the 24th over, to give Westlake a win by 8 wickets.
3rd XI v Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI
WBHS won the toss and elected to bat. Westlake struggled to 101 all out in the 32nd over. Andrew Wickens top-scored with 26 and hit his first ever 6! Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI chased the total down without the loss of a wicket to give Westlake a disappointing 10 wicket loss.
Traditional Fixture Colts 1 v Tauranga Boys College
Colts 1 batted first in their first game against Tauranga Boys College. BJ Jacobs led the way with an attacking 46 and he was well supported by Travis Gower and Jesse Hohaia who both scored 22. The score of 158 hardly seemed enough but an outstanding bowling and fielding effort saw Colts 1 dismiss Tauranga Boys for 102, winning by 56 runs. Max Harbottle wove a web around the Tauranga Boys batsmen, securing 3/18 and he was well supported by Travis Gower who took 2/22. The highlight of the game was an outstanding catch by Regan Diver fielding close to the bat.
Game 2 was a T20 with Tauranga Boys College batting first and reaching 105/6 at the end of their 20 overs. Once again Travis Gower was successful with 2/20. Captain Tom Pleciak led the chase with a fine 48 and was well supported by BJ Jacobs with 28. The game was won by 6 wickets. All in all, a very good two days of cricket for the Colts with everyone contributing well.
Colts 1 v Auckland Grammar School Colts Blue
On the back of their two good midweek wins in Tauranga, Colts 1 entered the round 6 game against Auckland Grammar School full of confidence. Tom Pleciak and Ollie Chambers once again got the team off to a great start putting on 70 for the first wicket. That was to be the only substantial partnership of the innings, which finished at a disappointing 143/7. Tom’s great run of form continued before he was run out for 49. Defending such a small total was always going to be difficult and so it proved, with Auckland Grammar batting very well and winning the game with only 3 wickets down and plenty of overs left.
Colts 2 v St Kentigern College Colts 2
In a game which ebbed and flowed from 12.30 to 6.30pm, Colts 2 had a thrilling 3 run win over St Kentigern’ s Colts 2. Batting first, Colts 2 were soon in trouble at 3 for 12. A partnership of 44 saw them slowly edge out of the mire, only to slide back into it at 5/58 when opener Taahier Wentzel was dismissed for 37. A number of steady partnerships saw the score climb towards the 100 mark. With some hard work by the tail end, Westlake finished on 153/9, thanks to a 34* by Eddy Chambers, including a four off the last ball of the 45th over. The opening bowlers bowled a good line and length and contained the St Kentigern openers. A fine spell of bowling from Captain Rory Price, of 5/14 off 9 overs, including three wicket maidens, reduced St Kentigern to 107/8 in the 37th over. A late surge by the St Kentigern tail saw them edge towards victory and at 150/9 at the end of the 43rd over, they were favourites. When Sa’eed Moerat, playing his first game for Westlake took his third catch, giving Jason Kay 3 for 27, the relief for players, parents and coach was tangible.
Colts 3 had a bye
Colts 4 v Long Bay Colts
Long Bay won the toss and elected to bat, making 169 runs in their 40 overs. Colts 4 produced some good bowling, with Nathan Holloway taking 4/20 off 8 overs, Harry Carter, 2/18 off 8 overs, and Sherav Ramphal, 2/21 off 6 overs. Opening batsmen Harry Carter (49) and Dilshan Perera (20) got the team off to a solid start before Para Balaraman smashed his way to 38 runs, putting Colts 4 in a very strong position. However, Colts 4 then suffered a spectacular collapse, losing 6 wickets in quick succession and leaving Long Bay on the brink of victory. With Colts 4 needing 30 runs with only 1 wicket in hand, David Harrison and Seb Marsh batted incredibly well, inching closer to and eventually equalling the 169 target. Seb then hit a brilliant 4 runs to lead Colts 4 to a one wicket victory. Overall the game demonstrated a fantastic team effort and a tremendous fight back.
The Bennett-Buck Shield drew a fantastic crowd at Sunday night’s game which saw the Westlake Premier team match up against long-time rivals Rangitoto in the Auckland round. Rangitoto came out quickly and scored 2 easy goals in the first quarter to Westlake’s 1 by Corban Wedlock-Aston. Goalie, Stuart Hofmeyr, saved an outstanding 5 goals in the first quarter which saw the teams jostling for possession and playing strong defensively. Westlake managed a couple of goals in the 2nd quarter with tidying up from Campbell Knowles and a goal by captain, Spencer McDowall. Down 6-3 at half time, Westlake dug deep to win the 3rd quarter convincingly. They were strong on defence and stuck to the game plan of getting the basics right and capitalising on steals and kick-outs. Well-earned kick-outs by McDowall saw 2 penalty goals pay off by Liam Wedlock-Aston and a further goal by Liam ensured Westlake were back in the game, putting Rangitoto under serious pressure. Rangitoto moved up a gear and proved too strong in the last quarter, retaining the shield by 13-8. The team showed again that with team-work and tenacity they are strong, but they need to show determination for all 4 quarters of the game when up against tough competition. The team looks forward to the final round of the Auckland league, followed by North Islands and Nationals in the coming weeks.
The Premier Tennis team lost to Auckland Grammar School 2-4. However, Bailey Sutton showed fight and consistency, winning both his games.
1st XI v King’s College
Westlake Boys High School returned home in the fifth round of the one-day competition, as they looked to continue the momentum from the last two matches. King’s won the toss and selected to field. Kings were able to take advantage of the conditions and had Westlake 2-28 after 12 overs. Ryan Schierhout was back from injury and batting at number three, he played a destructive innings, scoring 89 off 62 balls, including 6 sixes. The rest of the batsmen were unable to follow Schierhout’ s lead as King’s restricted Westlake to 192, with Schierhout’ s innings the only one of substance. Westlake would have to bowl well in order to come out on top. It was Luke Ranson who created inroads, returning solid figures of 3/ 20. He was supported from the other end with Ryan Quinn taking two very crucial wickets (2/10) and Sam Brewis also taking two (2/17). Westlake won the match by 36 runs, thanks to a great team effort in the field and a phenomenal knock by Schierhout.
2nd XI v King’s College 2nd XI:
Westlake were sent in to bat on a slow wicket at King’s but a solid batting foundation was set once again by Josh Hamilton (31), who batted patiently, and Sid Mahajan (71). Westlake set a competitive total of 206/6. King’s were never really in the chase with Trent Walker (2-16) taking early wickets and a flurry of run-outs sealing a 125 run win.
3rd XI v Sacred Heart 2nd XI
Westlake Boys 3rd XI lost the toss and were asked to bowl. Unfortunately, several catches were dropped, which helped Sacred Heart get to a sizable total of 255/5. Aditya Chemburkar and Alec Binnie were the pick of the bowlers with 2-35 and 2-36 respectively. A valiant effort was made in the run chase, with Flynn Goodley-Hollister scoring 37, Luke Trafford 27, Aditya 25 and Alec 21. Unfortunately, Westlake only made 180 in the chase and lost by 75 runs.
Colts 1 v St. Kentigern College
Round 4 saw Colts 1 travel to the picturesque Wainoni to play St. Kentigern College. Batting first St Kentigern College made a steady start but then tight bowling and outstanding fielding limited them to 135/9 at the end of their innings. The most successful bowler was BJ Jacobs with 3 wickets for 2 runs and he was well supported by Dylan Hamilton, Max Harbottle and Regan Diver with 2 wickets each. Unfortunately for Colts 1 they were not able to get on top of the St. Kentigern bowlers and were bowled out for 92 incurring a loss by 43 runs.
Colts 3 v Long Bay Colts
Long Bay won the toss and elected to bowl on a damp, drizzly morning. Luke Cameron (55) and Matthew Gell (39) opened the batting and got Westlake off to a very good start. Dan Titchener added a valuable 17 runs before Steven Lydiard (22 not out) and Ben Ruscoe (17) got Colts 3 to a respectable 231/8 in 40 overs. Sam Avis and Luke Cameron opened the bowling with an economical eight over spell, before Esuru Nanayakkara and Risith Kankanamge (2/12 in 3 overs) removed the Long Bay College top order. A good team effort continued to bring wickets regularly. Luke Cameron then finished the innings by bowling the tail out, with 2-14. A great effort from Colts 3 who remain unbeaten this year.
SENIOR PREMIER TENNIS
The Premier a Tennis team played a very powerful St Kentigern College on Saturday and suffered a 6-0 loss. Harry Browning and Aden Borlase-Mills played well to win a set and go to tie-breakers. Team: Leo Cho, Harry Browning, Bailey Sutton, Aden Borlase-Mills.
Westlake Boys vs St. Kentigern College
The Premier Water Polo team made a very strong start in the first quarter and it was an exhausting fight to keep the score close, after Zach Newton-Cross and Korban Kirk gained Westlake two goals. The St. Kentigern defence was exceptional and very hard to score against, and their attack scored some goals to put themselves on the board.
Leading into the second quarter, the opposition adapted to the Westlake attack which made Westlake’s job even harder. Tired from the first quarter, Westlake struggled to hold together, allowing fatigue to kick in. St. Kentigern took advantage of this and managed to bump up the lead quite convincingly. However, Stuart Hofmeyr made four excellent saves, reducing the opposition’s score to 5-2 at half time.
Westlake improved in the third quarter with a strong attack. Campbell Knowles secured two superb goals and Corban Wedlock-Aston one. The team attempted 7 shots which was a great performance, but could only successfully put 3 into the back of the net. The fourth quarter was rather quiet as Westlake attempted to catch up to the strong St. Kentigern side. Kyle Shears was able to score a great distance goal into the top corner, putting Westlake a step closer to St. Kentigern but they could not overtake them. James Tyras performed very well in the last quarter, making 4 great saves and preventing the goal difference from becoming greater.
The game ended 9-6 to St. Kentigern College, but the Westlake team showed promise with defensive play as well as team-work.
The 1st XI warmed up for their Term 1 matches with pre-season fixtures in mid-January against three Australian schools.
1st XI Squad v Brisbane Boys College, 12 January
Electing to bat first against Brisbane Boys College looked like the wrong decision when Westlake Boys stood at 52/5. However, Luke Ranson (87) and Sam Collinson (40) put on a magnificent 143 run partnership allowing Westlake Boy’s innings to close on 210/7. Brisbane Boys College replied in an excellent manner and at 160/3 the game looked done and dusted. It took an inspired bowling and fielding spell to apply the necessary pressure and Brisbane wickets then tumbled, with Sam Collinson (3/32), Jacob Waitai (3/34) and Ryan Schierhout (2/32) getting the job done. The game went down to the ‘wire’ with Brisbane only just falling short for a thrilling one run win to Westlake.
1st XI Squad v St Patrick’s College (Brisbane), 13 January
Batting first again, Westlake Boys found themselves in deep trouble at 60/6 against St. Patrick’s College Brisbane. There was to be no heroics this time around, as only Sam Collinson, with a patient 36 showed any resolve. The total of 136 was never going to be enough, but the Westlake boys showed plenty of heart to make sure the game was extended. St Patrick’s eventually scored the winning runs with 6 wickets down.
1st XI v Mentone Grammar (Melbourne), Monday 23 January
Westlake batted first against Mentone Grammar and made 230/6, largely due to some good batting from Jock McKenzie (67) and Ryan Quinn (74). Mentone were looking good at 100/2 but fell apart to be all out for 167. Luke Ranson (3/18) and Jordan Thornton (2/29) were the main wicket takers, as Westlake won by 63 runs.
Season Opener v St. Kentigern College
The 1st XI Cricket 2017 season got underway on Saturday, February 4th as Westlake travelled to face St. Kentigern College. Unfortunately, it was a rough start to the season with Westlake finding themselves in trouble early. With the score at 10/3 it was only Campbell Knowles who showed any resistance, attaining a hard-fought 45. However, without a successful partnership established, Westlake were bowled out in the 45th over for only 130. St. Kentigerns chased down the total in the 42nd over with two wickets lost, inflicting an 8 wicket loss.
Back row (L to R): Mr M Tillett, Ryan Quinn, Ryan Schierhout, Luke Ranson, Josh Arnott, Keegan Russell, Adam Baard, Angus McKenzie (C), Mr R Scivier
Front (L to R): Craig Templeton, Reuben Fitzgerald, Campbell Knowles, Quinn Sunde, Ethan Schaumkel, Jock McKenzie
1st XI v Kings College (Auckland 2 day final)
The final day of the 2017 season saw Kings College requiring 150 runs with 6 wickets in hand in order to win first innings. As well as this, the Auckland 2-day title was on the line. Westlake were in turn looking to remain undefeated in the 2-day competition and got off to the best start possible as Keegan Russell struck in the first over. Russell continued bowling his team to first innings victory and cleaned up the tail, finishing with 4-59. Through this outstanding bowling and the help from the other seamers Westlake were able to restrict Kings to 161 leaving them 64 runs short. This resulted in Westlake winning the Auckland 2-day competition and retaining it for another year. This ended another successful season of 1st XI cricket, as the team won 12 of their 13 games. Congratulations to the XI and the coaches, Messrs Tillett and Scivier, on winning the Auckland title for the 14th time in Westlake’s history.
2nd XI v Auckland Grammar 3rd XI
On the second day of this final two dayer, AGS resumed on 64 for 3. The Westlake bowlers stuck to their guns and kept plugging away in wet and miserable conditions. Stand out bowlers in the first innings were Cameron Abrahamse with 4 for 31 and, on debut, Isaac Levido with 4 for 40. AGS were eventually dismissed for 149. With a lead of 77 runs from the first innings, Westlake took to the middle again to try inflict some quick punishment. Westlake attacked AGS with Adrian Young (25 off 45 balls) and Cameron Abrahamse (25 off 14 balls) before Oliver Baker was unleashed on AGS. He ended the Westlake 2nd innings on 55* off just 31 balls. Westlake reached 124 for 3 off just 17 overs. With a healthy lead of 201, Westlake proceeded to attack the AGS batsmen in the remaining 33 overs of the day. Outstanding bowling from Trent Walker (4 wickets for 30 runs off 8 overs), Nick Burt (2 wickets for 15 runs in 6 overs) was not enough as AGS scraped to 147 for 7 wickets off 33 overs at the close of play. Westlake thus won on the first innings. Grateful thanks is extended to Coaches, Messrs Fairgray and Schultz, for their dedicated service to the XI.
3rd XI v Avondale College 1st XI
On the final day, Avondale set about chasing the low total of the 3rd XI and at close of play were 118/2, already 6 runs ahead. Poor fielding and lack of consistency in line and length bowling were contributing factors. Avondale continued batting and despite the rain falling play continued. Eventually Avondale declared at 196 /6 with 50 overs of play remaining. Westlake wickets fell at regular intervals and the team capitulated to be all out for 54, the lowest total of the season. James Barton showed patience and batted for a lengthy time and his 13 runs was one of only two batsman to reach double figures, while Daniel Young top scored with 18. A disappointing outright loss by an innings and 30 runs. Grateful thanks is extended to Coaches, Messrs Milden-Hall and Young, for their dedicated service to the XI.
Colts 1 v AGS
Another wet and dismal day greeted Colts 1 for their last game of the season against top of the table Auckland Grammar School. Batting first, Colts 1 batted superbly to reach 198/6 at the end of their innings. Bevon John Jacobs complied a solid 58 and he was ably supported by Tom Pleciak with 37 and Joe Moore with 36. Grammar proved they were not the top team for nothing. Despite of some very good bowling from all the bowlers, in particular, Jordan Thornton with 3/38, AGS kept pace with the run rate and won the game in the second last over, inflicting a 4 wicket loss to Westlake. Grateful thanks is extended to Coaches, Messrs Cowell, Buckingham and Drown, for their dedicated service to the team.
Colts 2 v Botany Downs
In what was probably the best team performance of the season, Colts 2 produced a comprehensive 7 wicket win over Botany Downs. Dismissing Botany for 89 in the 36th over was an excellent performance by the team. The individual bowling highlight was Bryn Maloney’s 4 for 18 off 8 overs, where he narrowly missed out on both a hat trick and a 5 wicket bag. He was supported by Scott Sylvester with 2 for 12 off 6. Chasing 90 runs for victory, Colts 2 chased down the total in the 18th over. This was done with consistent partnerships as well as quality calling and running between the wickets. The top three batsmen did their job, Scott Sylvester with 14, Dylan Hamilton with 23 and George Smith with 17.Congratulations to the team who finished the season strongly. Grateful thanks to the coaches, Messrs Scheepers and Wedderburn for their committed service to the team.
Colts 3 v Long Bay Premier Colts (North Harbour Final)
In the North Harbour Colts final, Long Bay Premier Colts won the toss and elected to bat in dull and drizzly weather conditions. It took Colts 3 ten overs to make a breakthrough with Joe Wickens picking up his first wicket of the day. The Long Bay number 3 batsman batted well and frustrated us by scoring a 50. Once he was removed by Rory Price, wickets came regularly with Joe Wickens picking up another 4 wickets to end with 5/15 in 6 overs. Rory Price (2/29) and Regan Diver (2/8) were the pick of the other bowlers as Long Bay ended on 164 all out in 38 overs. Colts 3 opening batsmen Max Harbottle (31) and Regan Diver (17) got us off to a solid start batting very sensibly. Dorian Dixon was once again reliable at number 4 scoring 34 not out to get the team closer to the target. By 5.15pm steady drizzle had made play unsafe with Colts 3 on 123/3. Colts 3 won the final by the Duckworth Lewis method with no further play possible. Congratulations to Man of the Match, Joe Wickens, for his 5 wicket haul and to the whole team for a fantastic season and taking out the North Harbour title. Grateful thanks to Mr Coetzee for his dedicated service to the team this season.
Colts 4 v Rangitoto Colts 2
Rangitoto batted first making an impressive 306/5 off 45 overs. Westlake then made 143/7 after 30 overs. Luca Hanna with 38* and Dinura on 35* were the main contributors. However, as a result of the weather conditions, the game ended with Rangi winning by the Duckworth Lewis method.
TOP BATTING SCORES 2016:
|Dorian Dixon||Colts 3||Kristin Composite||153*||29 Oct 2016|
|Adrian Young||2nd XI||St Kentigern College||112*||22 Oct 2016|
|Dylan Hamilton||Colts 3||Rosmini Colts 2||111||13 Feb 2016|
|Angus McKenzie||1st XI||St Peters College||108*||20 Feb 2016|
|Ben Beecroft||1st XI||Sacred Heart College||108*||27 Feb 2016|
|Regan Diver||Colts 3||Kristin Composite||101*||29 Oct 2016|
|Ben Beecroft||1st XI||Christchurch Boys High School||96||15 Feb 2016|
|George Smith||Colts 3||Rangitoto Colts 2||87||5 Mar 2016|
|Connor Dean||4th XI||AGS||85||5 Nov 2016|
|Angus McKenzie||1st XI||MAGS||81||29 Oct 2016|
|SCHOOL BATTING RECORDS:||INDIVIDUAL:
Max O’Dowd 261 for 2nd XI vs. Mt Albert Grammar 2nd XI – 2009
Robbie O’Donnell 201* for 1st XI vs. St Peters College – 2010
2009 Second XI vs. Mt Albert Grammar 2nd XI – 444/10
TOP BOWLING SCORES 2016:
|Ben Drown||Colts 1||Auckland Grammar Colts 2||6/22||19 Mar 2016|
|Jock McKenzie||Colts 1||Kings College||5/14||5 Mar 2016|
|Joe Wickens||Colts 3||Long Bay Premier Colts||5/15||19 Nov 2016|
|Isaac Levido||3rd XI||St Peter’s College||5/26||22 Oct 2016|
|Ben Beecroft||1st XI||Christchurch Boys High School||5/61||14 Feb 2016|
|Angus McKenzie||1st XI||MAGS||4/5||5 Nov 2016|
|Corey Peters||Colts 2||Rangitoto Colts 1||4/6||27 Feb 2016|
|Jock McKenzie||1st XI||Auckland Grammar School||4/12||19 Mar 2016|
|Bryn Moloney||Colts 2||Botany Downs||4/18||19 Nov 2016|
|Luke Forgesson||Senior Social||Sunderland College||4/19||20 Feb 2016|
|SCHOOL BOWLING RECORDS:||INDIVIDUAL:
John Robinson 9/28 for 1st XI vs. Auckland Grammar – 1978
The tour party arrived in Johannesburg early on a Sunday morning on 18th September, with the city experiencing its first rain in six months. It was a pleasure to be hosted by Jeppe Boys High, a school that has sent several successful sportsman to Westlake in recent years.
Our match against Jeppe introduced the boys to some of the variable conditions we would be facing on tour. The outfield was predictably quick, but the pitch was sticky after the earlier rain. Being sent in to bat, WBHS struggled to consolidate any meaningful partnerships and were eventually bowled out for 134, with Ethan Schaumkel top scoring with 46. The end result – a 6 wicket defeat.
Leaving the Highveld and jetlag behind us, we flew to Cape Town knowing that competition would likely get tougher. The boys enjoyed a ‘rest’ day climbing Table Mountain and exploring the beaches of False Bay. Our second match against Paarl Boys High was set in the idyllic mountains, an hour inland from Cape Town. Playing a T20 match, WBHS dominated from the outset, with Ryan Schierhout smashing 104* off 50 balls, and Jarrad Harford assisting with 51* to post 196/1. With a 66-run win under the belt, we could afford to feel a little more confident as we faced four top Cape Town schools the following days. Our third match was a day-nighter at Bishops Diocesan College, a school with impressive indoor facilities that kept the non-playing boys busy for hours. Batting first, Bishops made the most of the excellent pitch and conditions to post 234/9. We knew that chasing under lights would be tough, and Campbell Knowles (20) and Ryan Quinn (18) started well before wickets began to fall at regular intervals. Quinn Sunde top scored with 30 in a 117 run loss under testing evening conditions.
Our fourth match at the Jacques Kallis Oval at Wynberg Boys High was another tough match. Electing to bat, Wynberg’s opener scored an excellent 127 to take his team to 238/4. Westlake struggled to put any pressure on the tight opposition bowlers, and were all out cheaply. We had seen the aggressive South African batsmen actively look for runs and ‘play their shots’, and the team resolved to show more intent against South African Colleges (SACS) in our final match in the Cape. Batting first in another T20, Ben Beecroft (32) and Ethan Schaumkel (30) anchored two solid WBHS partnerships, before two batting collapses resulted in the side finishing 122 all out. Knowing the total to be about 20 runs short, the bowlers kept the pressure on until the SACS captain finished the job in the final over – a close 4 wicket loss.
Having fought hard against SACS, our next match against Durban High School in Durban was disappointing. Being sent in to bat, Westlake initially started well before the DHS first-change bowler ripped through our batsmen, finishing with the astonishing figures of 8-19. Luke Ranson and Sam Collinson made a late partnership to carry the team to 98 all out. An eventual 6-wicket loss to our hosts indicated how tough the cricket was going to be in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Michaelmas Cricket Tournament hosted by Maritzburg College attracts teams from all over South Africa, with Westlake being the only international side in 2016. School sport is taken very seriously by all those participating, and first up we faced Pretoria Boys High, well known for being particularly ‘vocal’ on the field. Bowling first, Westlake saw another opener score a ton, guiding his side to 255/6, with Ryan Schierhout the pick of the bowlers (3-35). In reply, Ryan Quinn (27), Schierhout (45) and Harford (24) showed good intent to chase the score, but the team were ev
entually bowled out for 142. Our second match was played on a small ground against CSA TAP XI, an invitational team made up of the best cricketers who did not attend any of the school sides at the tournament. Batting first, CSA TAP made a convincing 335/9, with Westlake rueing several missed fielding chances. Undeterred, and facing a pair of genuine quick openers, the Westlake batsmen played aggressively to make 209 all out, made possible by Ethan Schaumkel’s flamboyant 78 including several huge sixes. The next day’s match against South African champions, St Stithians was always going to be tough. Chasing 350 after watching both openers reach centuries, both Schierhout (64) and Schaumkel (46) were the only meaningful contributions on a sorry looking scorecard. However, the boys saw first-hand the class of the opposition, and it was a privilege to play against the very best.
Our final match of the tournament and tour took place at a small ground nestled amongst the sugar cane plantations and maintained by a local farmer. Eston Cricket Club was a stunning place to conclude our tour. Even better was the
performance as Westlake dominated in all facets of the T20 match against a King Edward the V11(KES) team that were as good as some of the better sides we had faced on tour. Sent in to bowl for the fourth game in a row, Westlake restricted KES to 101, with Ryan Quinn taking four catches and snagging two run-outs. In the chase, Ben Beecroft (53) guided the team to the win, with Quinn fittingly hitting the winning runs for an 8-wicket victory. In returning to New Zealand we are able to reflect on a tour with many happy memories and some tough lessons learnt. Playing ten matches in little over two weeks against some of the most competitive schoolboy sides in the world will prove to be excellent development for the boys who were fortunate enough to travel in 2016.