Stu­dents shine at cup com­pe­ti­tion

Central Leader - - SPORT - By LAUREN PRIESTLEY

Crick­et­ing young­sters have been put through their paces this week in a grass­roots ini­tia­tive at Pt Che­va­lier’s Walker Park.

The Stu­dent Hori­zons Twenty20 Cup, or­gan­ised by Auck­land Cricket, gives school­boys a chance to warm up be­fore the school sea­son kicks off again next month.

The com­pe­ti­tion is in its sixth year and still go­ing strong with eight col­lege teams in­clud­ing Auck­land Gram­mar School tak­ing part this year.

Gram­mar took home the cup in 2013 and is look­ing for­ward to de­fend­ing the ti­tle.

The school’s First XI re­turned from a suc­cess­ful Aus­tralia Cricket Tour in De­cem­ber, or­gan­ised by Stu­dent Hori­zons, and is in top shape for the com­ing sec­ondary school com­pe­ti­tions.

Stu­dent Hori­zons man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Jamie Wansey says the cup com­pe­ti­tion brings out the best in some of the coun­try’s top young play­ers.

‘‘It’s just gone from strength to strength. Ev­ery year we’re get­ting top qual­ity teams in the tour­na­ment. It gets them to un­leash their abil­i­ties in a pre­sea­son tour­na­ment so they are on form for the school sea­son.’’

The or­gan­i­sa­tion would love to ex­tend the tour­na­ment to more schools in the fu­ture if larger fa­cil­i­ties are found, he says.

Auck­land Cricket de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor Ha­ment Kasanji says the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment starts off the stu­dent cricket year on a strong note.

‘‘Auck­land Cricket is keen to con­tinue its suc­cess and is proud to be man­ag­ing the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he says.

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