In Term 1, Burnside High again played in the Secondary School Boys 1st XI Cup Preliminary Tournament, and this year the following schools were involved with us:
Because cricket is not played competitively at Burnside High on Saturdays, students who are keen to play are encouraged to play for the North West Cricket Club. Some of our cricketers also play for other clubs too.
Cashmere High School
Hillmorton High School
Middleton Grange School
Riccarton High School
St Thomas of Canterbury College
Here is the report of the two-day event at Hospital Corner, Hagley Park, on 12-13 February 2018:
Although we had mixed results, it was a good few days at the 1st XI cricket tournament.
On Day 1, we started with a loss to Riccarton, but it was a respectable performance, especially with our bowling. Next up we had a solid win against Hillmorton, highlight was 102* by Josh Suzana.
On Day 2, we were thrashed by a very well trained and talented (and eventual tournament winnners) St Thomas’. They got our score in just three overs with one of their batters getting 52* off just 13 balls. That’s T20 cricket!
So, with two losses, (one convincing), we had to play off for 5th and 6th against Hillmorton. The boys comfortably won this game so we placed 5th in the end.
Our two losses were against the two top teams, we never had a chance to play Cashmere or Middleton Grange, who played off for 3rd and 4th. It would have been good to see how we would have performed against these mid-range teams.
The team was well lead by Josh Suzana. Overall, it was a young group with mostly year 9,10 & 11 boys, so hopefully in the next couple of years we can be more competitive. Everyone enjoyed the experience and hopefully represented the school well.
Thanks to Andrew for his time spent with the 1st XI team over this 2-day tournament. It was very much appreciated and we were fortunate to have the support of him and Mike Dunlop from the North West Club.