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    PNBHS - A CRICKETING SCHOOL:

    Palmerston North Boys’ High School (PNBHS) is one of the largest cricket clubs in New Zealand with over 240 students playing cricket at various levels. Its four top elevens compete in the Manawatu Cricket Association’s adult competitions with the 1st XI being in the Premier One Grade, the 2nd XI in Premier Two, the 3rd XI and the 4th XI in Premier Three. PNBHS is by far the biggest contributing school to the Manawatu Cricket Association’s Premier One Grade and Senior Men’s representative teams. Well over half of all the cricketers in these teams are either students at, or old boys of PNBHS.

    Because of the substantial student interest and involvement in cricket at Palmerston North Boys’ High School, the school has embarked on a programme of offering its promising players the opportunity of extending their cricketing abilities and skills by going on a pre-season overseas tour every three years. Each tour has been set up to give young cricketers the chance to play up to ten games in the three weeks of the September/October holidays. The benefits of such international exchanges for each student have been immense, not only in terms of their cricket, but also their personal development.

    The first tour was made in 1984 to Queensland, and subsequent tours have been to Queensland and Singapore (1987); Queensland and Fiji (1990); Queensland, Northern Territory and Singapore (1993); Queensland, New South Wales and Singapore (1996), Singapore and South Africa (1998) followed by repeat tours to South Africa in 2001, 2004 and 2007. In 2009 the school toured Queensland, Australia and most recently, India and South Africa in 2012. This year’s tour will be the school’s twelfth overseas tour and we will visit Australia, India and Sri Lanka for the very first time. The previous tours have had an enormous impact on cricket in the school and on our competitiveness, not only against local association sides, but also our traditional annual rivals of Napier Boys’ High School, St Patrick’s College, Wellington College, Auckland Grammar School and in the Gillette Cup and Super 8 Competitions.


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2015 1st XI Cricket Development Tour
by Ella Mitchell - Thursday, 29 October 2015, 10:16 AM
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Match Report - Game 9 v Royal College, Colombo
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 12 October 2015, 10:01 AM
 

Match Report - Game 9 v Royal College, Colombo

Royal College is a massive state school boasting an incredible roll of 8900 boys on their spacious 12 acre property. Again the weather was amazing but harsh at the same time. The day was fine, very hot (low 30's) and insanely humid. These conditions have followed us since the tour began and are beginning to take their toll. The team is consuming copious amounts of water and there many mini drinks breaks.

The school got off to a poor start after Captain Mason Hughes won the toss and elected to bat first. Boys' High was 21 for 3 off 11 overs as they were put under pressure by some high quality seam bowling. At this stage Mason was joined at the wicket by Hugh Symes producing the only partnership of substance in the entire innings as they put on 41 runs for the fourth wicket.  Mason scored 32 off 53 balls and Hugh scored 18 off 63 balls. From this point on wickets fell in clumps and the school was dismissed for a disappointing 108 in the 42nd over. The only other batsman to score in double figures was Braden Rowe with 11.

Jack Lord and Reuben Harris were able to snare an early wicket each to send a few trembles through the Royal College dressing room. However, a couple of healthy partnerships then followed and our opposition worked their way back into a dominant position in the match. The school's bowlers continued to toil and were rewarded with two quick wickets again causing Royal College a few nervous moments as the score slipped to 93 for 5. Unfortunately it only took a couple of lusty shots to the boundary for Royal to claim a comfortable 5 wicket victory. Reuben took 2 for 19 and Trey Bidois grabbed 3 good catches.

Mr Paul Gibbs – Manager

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Match Report - Game 8 v Nalanda College
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 12 October 2015, 10:01 AM
 

Match Report - Game 8 v Nalanda College

Disappointment that the Psara International Stadium was unavailable due to inclement weather in the lead up to the game was quickly forgotten when the team saw the boutique nature of the replacement Moors Cricket Ground, itself a first class cricket venue.

The day dawned cloudy but incredibly humid and in the lead up to the game persistent drizzle meant a delayed start. Our opposition school is a single sex boys’ school of over 5000 students. They proudly boast a number of former Sri Lankan international cricketers including Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Dharmasena, Roshan Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinghe and Gaminin Wickramasinghe.

The match was eventually reduced to 30 overs per side fixture. At the toss Nalanda College decided to bat first and they were aggressive from the get go. Despite the fall of regular early wickets they continued to play their shots. One of the 6's that was hit out of the ground almost required us to hire a tuk-tuk to retrieve it. Nalanda found themselves 50 for 4 off 11 overs with Jack Harris and Bradley Fulton picking up a wicket each and miserly Isaac Harris (captain for the day) grabbing two.  Our opposition continued the onslaught putting on a partnership of 72 in 8 punishing overs. Once this partnership was broken wickets again began to fall regularly as the Nalanda side continued their aggressive approach. Charles Parker grabbed two stunning catches in these middle overs, one was an overhead backwards running catch and the other a diving one handed effort. Our opposition were eventually bowled out for a very respectable 192. Isaac returned the figures of the day with 2 for 6 of 4 overs, James Stratton claimed 2 for 29 and Bradley Fulton 2 for 41.

The school's run chase began disastrously with the loss of two cheap wickets and the score slumped to 1 for 2. Hugh Symes (13) was joined by Tom O'Connor in a partnership which yielded 65 runs in 11 overs. Tom scored a hard hit 55 off 52 balls including 5 fours and 3 sixes. With the score at 86 for 4 up stepped Charles Parker to play one of the innings of the tour. Charles blasted a swashbuckling 57 runs off 30 balls including 2 fours and 6 sixes. When Charles was dismissed the team required a further 25 runs off 23 balls with 2 wickets in hand. Unfortunately the innings was prematurely wrapped up for the addition of only 4 more runs. Despite the 20 run loss the school made may friends today. Their end of match Haka was welcomed by a knowledgeable audience. The Nalanda coaching staff made it very clear that the school was welcome back any time which is the best accolade a touring team could get.

- Mr Paul Gibbs, Manager

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Match Report Game 7 v Chennai St Bede's Sports Foundation
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 9:05 AM
 

Match Report Game 7 v Chennai St Bede's Sports Foundation

The ground we played at today is a first class cricket venue in Chennai. The outfield was lush green and the pitch itself was void of grass, well rolled and a little slow.

Captain for the day Whetu na Nagara lost the toss and the school was asked to bat first. The innings started disastrously when five wickets fell within the first 18 overs for a mere 37 runs. The only real resistance during this period came from Mason Hughes who posted 18 off 41 balls. To be fair the St Bede's opening and first change bowlers bowled extremely accurately to a packed offside field. As expected, the school encountered a barrage of spin bowlers of all types and the pitch was very receptive for them. The team then produced three stubborn partnerships, the first realised 41 runs between Braden Rowe (18) and Harry Wenham. The next was worth 28 between Harry (39 of 63 balls) and Isaac Harris and the third was between brothers Isaac (26) and Reuben Harris who together out on 25. The final three wickets fell cheaply and the school had to settle for a sub-par total of 135 all out.

The St Bede's innings began promisingly with the fall of an early wicket when Jack Lord rattled the wood work with the score at 9. From this point on the batsmen were very accomplished as they passed our total comfortably with the loss of only one further wicket that to Reuben Harris.  On a positive note all the school's bowlers made St Bede's earn their runs and were backed up by the best fielding performance so far on tour.

All in all today's game was played in oppressive heat and humidity. The temperature nudged 38 degrees for a time out in the middle. The school's batmen and bowlers will have gained much experience and appreciation from playing in these conditions especially the batmen who had to contend with the demands of facing high quality spin bowling.

- Mr Paul GIbbs, Manager

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Game 6 v Jain International Residential School
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 7 October 2015, 9:04 AM
 

Match Report - Game 6 v Jain International Residential School (JIRS)

Today we had to travel by bus 40km out of Bangalore which took us an hour and a half from our hotel. When we arrived at our venue of Jain International Residential School we were impressed by the school's grounds and striking buildings that included a small golf course, sealed tennis courts, 4 football fields which were like carpet in appearance, there was a 50m Olympic swimming pool, diving pool, a collesium that had 5 basketball courts, equestrian centre, squash courts and a cricket field with tiered seating, large boundaries, a grandstand and pavilion. The school is co-ed and has 700 students who, along with staff, all live on site.

The pitch was hard and flat so Tom O'Connor upon winning the toss had no hesitation in deciding to bat first. Openers Charles Parker and Bryn Wilson started positively putting on 51 for the first wicket off 13 overs. Bryn was unluckily dismissed having stood on his stumps while dispatching the ball to the mid wicket boundary. Charles (64 off 92 balls) and Mason Hughes put on 73 for the second wicket through risk free and intelligent batting. When Charles departed, Floyd na Nagara joined Mason in another 51 run partnership. Mason was caught behind for 67 runs off 87 balls backing up his long innings from yesterday. All the batsman showed impressive composure given the fact that the game was being played in intense heat with high humidity. Floyd na Nagara (22), Hugh Symes (15) and Thomas Walshe (14) then guided the team to a healthy 220 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs.

After a vegetarian lunch as no meat is permitted at the school, JIRS got off to a fast start putting on 36 runs in quick time. However, the introduction of Floyd na Nagara and James Stratton slowed the run-rate, creating pressure and it was James who took the first wicket from a sharp catch taken by Mason Hughes in the gully. JIRS followed this with a 72 run second wicket partnership by collecting runs rather than dominating. The school was starting to create scoreboard pressure, but JIRS responded by being more aggressive with their batting and running between the wickets. Harry Wenham was able to snare two more wickets and the bowling of Ben O'Connor was tidy, but three meaningful partnerships by JIRS guided them to a comfortable six wicket victory. Their opening batsman batted right through the innings and was able to bring up a well-deserved unbeaten century. The school was left to rue a couple of missed chances in the field and some inconsistent bowling.

- Mr Paul GIbbs, Manager

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Match Report - Game 5 v Imtiaz Ahmed Cricket Academy U23
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 5 October 2015, 9:58 AM
 

Match Report - Game 5 v Imtiaz Ahmed Cricket Academy U23

Once again the tour has been blessed by magnificent weather. The day dawned overcast yet warm (mid-20's) and humid. There was little breeze to speak of. As the day wore on the conditions improved, or should I say intensified, as the cloud dissipated and the sun took over. The temperature nudged the early 30's. The game was played at the Royal Palace Grounds in Bangalore on a rare turf pitch within the heart of the city. The pitch was green but very hard. The outfield was dominated by large sections of barren orange clay broken only by islands of patchy grass up to 30cm high. The pitch looked and played very well and the outfield, although a little rough, was as the saying goes "the same for both teams".

Captain Isaac Harris won the the toss and asked the Imtiaz team to bat. The first hour of play was the RBJ Fulton show. Bradley's first spell of 6 overs (5 for 13) was hostile and relentlessly accurate. He single-handedly demolished the the opposition top order which was made all the more significant by the hot and humid conditions. The Imtiaz Academy side slumped to be 40 for 7. However, our opposition tail-enders dug in and produced a series of useful partnerships assisted by the fact that they wanted to bat 13 players. Batsmen 8, 9, 11 and 12 scored 55, 23, 22 and 15 respectively to lift their total from 139 for 10 to 180 all out. Bradley returned in his second spell and was able to sneer two further wickets and in doing so recorded career best figures of 10 overs 7 for 23.  Jack Harris chimed in with the impressive figures of 10 overs 1 for 18. Reuben Harris, Braden Rowe, Isaac Harris and Ben O'Connor all chipped in with a wicket apiece.

The school was under immediate pressure following the fall of an early wicket and runs proved extremely hard to come by against some accurate bowling. The fall of the school's second wicket saw the game delicately poised with the score 31 for 2 off 12 overs. At this stage

Mason Hughes joined Whetu na Nagara in a game defining partnership. Together they calmly and patiently resurrected the innings. This pair rarely looked troubled as they accelerated the run rate all the while playing the ball on it's merits. Whetu and Mason (59) put together a meritorious partnership of 103 in extremely trying conditions. Whetu was unbeaten on 59 as he guided the school to a comfortable 5 (or is that 7) wicket victory with 6 overs to spare.

- Mr Paul Gibbs, Manager

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The 1st XI Cricket Team visit the WACA
by Ella Mitchell - Wednesday, 30 September 2015, 9:26 AM
 

The 1st XI Cricket Team visit the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association).

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The 1st XI Cricket Team meet Australian Vice Captain,  Adam Voges. 

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Match Report - Game 4 v Guildford Grammar School
by Ella Mitchell - Tuesday, 29 September 2015, 10:08 AM
 

Match Report - Game 4 v Guildford Grammar School


Guildford Grammar is a Year 0 - 7 + Year 8 - 12 private boys school in north Perth. There are about 780 boys in the senior school. Guildford boasts some magnificent facilities in idyllic surroundings. Once again the weather was awesome. Temperatures in the mid to late 20's and a slight breeze. We have been very spoilt.  Today we were privileged to be joined by very proud old boy Roger Thurston who lives in Perth. Roger was a member of the PNBHS 1979 World Rugby Tour to the UK. He spent the afternoon conversing with the parents and catching up on stories from New Zealand.

Captain for the day Braden Rowe won the toss and asked Guildford to bat first on a flat wicket with a slight green tinge. Opening bowlers Jack Lord and Jack Harris immediately put the opposition batsman under pressure. Jack Lord captured the first wicket, comfortably caught behind by Bryn Wilson wearing the gloves. Jack Harris chimed in with two wickets of his own, just reward for his full and straight bowling. From 23 for 3 Guildford soon found themselves in further trouble slipping to 57 for 5. Change bowlers Floyd na Nagara and James Stratton maintained the initial intensity with James picking up the two wickets to fall. The Guildford Grammar lower order showed much resilience and determination to form two valuable partnerships in the final third of the innings. These partnerships saw our opposition recover to post a competitive 180 for 7.

The school's reply was positive with Tom O'Connor promoted to open the innings with Trey Bidois. Together they put on 68 runs for the first wicket in just 11 overs. Tom was in particularly punishing form scoring 47 off 37 balls. His innings was highlighted by powerful drives and well placed cut shots. Unfortunately, both openers were dismissed with the score on 68 which briefly halted the momentum of the innings. Thomas Walshe and Whetu na Nagara combined to put on 34 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship. Charles Parker joined Whetu at the crease and promptly blazed 15 off 11 balls. When Charles departed, Bryn Wilson joined Whetu and this pair put on 53 runs to guide the school to a comfortable 6 wicket victory with 15 overs to spare.

Tomorrow we are touring the WACA in the morning and the city in the afternoon.  The boys have been truly magnificent so far. They have created a positive impression everywhere they have been. Both Mark Leighton and I have received numerous accolades applauding the boys for their play, sportsmanship and demeanor.

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Match Report - Game 3 v Rockingham Mandurah District Cricket Club
by Ella Mitchell - Monday, 28 September 2015, 1:56 PM
 

Match Report - Game 3 v Rockingham Mandurah District Cricket Club

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Game 2 v Christ Church Grammar School
by Ella Mitchell - Friday, 25 September 2015, 12:20 PM
 

Venue for today's game 2 v Christ Church Grammar School.

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