2015 1st XI Cricket Development Tour of Australia, India & Sri Lanka September/October 2015
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.