HKCA College Female Super 8's Fixtures

Four of our local colleges entered female only college teams for the first time ever in 2017/18. We had 50 college females signed up taking part in regualar trainings and fixtures. The aim of this modified hard ball competition is to elevate the drop off of females playing cricket. HKCA now has a clear and sustainable cricketing pathway for all female cricketers. 

Kapiti, Paraparaumu, Horowhenua and Waiopehu College all entered 1 team each with Kapiti and Paraparaumu both enetering 2 teams into our local tournament. Across Term 4 and Term 1 these females competed in weekly fixtures with many using a hard ball for the very first time. Please check out a few pictures below and for more infoamtion on college cricket please call Development Manager Matthew Good on 0211929293 or email him at mgood@hkca.co.nz.

Horowhenua College compete well in Ross Taylor T20 Tournament!

On the 2nd of November Horowhenua College competed in the Ross Taylor T20 tournament against Feilding High and Wanganui High. The Horowhenua boys were ready for the challenge.
Game 1
Horowhenua College vs Feilding High
HC captain Hemish Patel lost the toss and was sent in to bat. With the openers for Horowhenua college struggling to find a consistent run rate they had to start attacking. With good contributions from Captain Hemish Patel and batsmen in the middle order Horowhenua got to 98-8 off their 20 overs. After leaving about 30 runs out on the park in the first innings the Horowhenua boys would have to fight to get into the final. This is exactly what they did with the opening bowlers bowling with great accuracy and swing they had Feilding high 13-4 after 6 overs. Then the new bowlers continuing to put pressure on Feilding High. Wickets were falling at a rapid rate due to great fielding and control. The ball was then given to Joel Bishop who bowled with great swing and accuracy cleaning up the tail taking 3-2. Feilding were all out for 41
B.Collings 3-1-9
S.Anderson 4-3-5
H.Patel 4-3-14
J.Bishop 2.4-3-2
S.Collings 4-0-7

Game 2
Horowhenua college vs Wanganui High final)
Wanganui High won the toss and elected to bat first. With a tiring bowling attack the Horowhenua boys would have to work extremely hard to try keep Wanganui to a small total. The Horowhenua bowlers struggled to find their lengths and Wanganui made them pay. But the occasional good piece of cricket from Horowhenua kept Wanganui at Bay. With Captain Hemish Patel and Stasson Collings bowling again with great line and control the Horowhenua boys kept Wanganui to 132 off their 20 overs. The Horowhenua boys were disappointed knowing that they could have prevented at least 20 runs by staying on their toes and taking their chances. The Horowhenua boys were determined to give Wanganui a run for their money. With the opening batsmen batting with intent Horowhenua were matching Wanganui on run rate before two quick wickets dismissed both openers. That brought Hemish Patel and Sam Anderson to the crease. Both boys batted with aggression and the ship was very quickly steaded and Horowhenua were in with a fighting chance requiring 43 off 6 overs. But great bowing from Wanganui high dismissed Hemish for 33. Sam continued to be aggressive and that lead to his fall for 36 being caught out on the boundary. The middle to lower order fought hard but Wanganui constricted them and eventually Horowhenua fell short reaching 115 off their 20 overs. Congratulations to Wanganui high who retained the Ross Taylor t20 tournament. This was a huge experience for a young Horowhenua college side. Huge thanks to Gary O’Brien who coaches the team. He has lead a new young team to a central districts final.

Horowhenua College take T20 SuperSmash title in a thriller!

The final of the College SuperSmash T20 cricket tournament was held on Sunday afternoon at Donnelly Park between top qualifiers Horowhenua College 1st XI and the Kapiti College 1st XI.

Horowhenua’s Fraser Bartholomew won the toss and decided that his team would bat first. After a solid start, the first wicket fell at 18 in the 4th over when Isaac Bishop was out for 8, followed quickly by Bartholomew (0) when he was out to one of three catches by Liam Gilden. Kobe Monk joined opener Bailey Te Tomo to steady the ship and took the score to 60 before Te Tomo was bowled in the 9th over for 20. By this time Monk was in full stride and he dominated the innings with a score of 64 off 37 balls which included 4 fours and 4 sixes. Ben Watson provided able support 25 from 22 deliveries in a 5th wicket partnership of 53. A flurry of late wickets saw Horowhenua finish on 144/8 after their 20 overs.

Main wicket takers for Kapiti College were Dan Browne with 3/11 from 2 overs, with Zach Bowman taking 2/28 from 4 and Luke Radcliffe 2/26 from 4, including the wickets of Te Tomo and Caleb O’Connell (10).

Kapiti’s chase started with a hiss and a roar. Openers Taine Halbert and Thomas Harris took advantage of any loose bowling with a partnership that reached 88 before Harris was dismissed caught and bowled by O’Connell for 38 from 37 balls with two sixes and four fours. Key batsman Zach Bowman was out early for 5 also from O’Connell’s bowling. This left Kapiti needing 48 from 6.2 overs. Halbert continued with his excellent innings, dispatching the bowling with ease.

The final over arrived with 12 runs required and Bartholomew to bowl it. It was a roller coaster ride with a wide, a boundary and some sharp running. 4 were required from two balls when Sam Paterson was caught by Bennett Collings in a key moment. The batsmen had crossed while the catch was completed meaning it was captain vs captain with Halbert needing to hit the last ball from Bartholomew for 4 or 6 to win the match. The bowler held his nerve and a full pitched ball passed through to keeper Bishop with only a bye conceded to secure a thrilling 2 run win for Horowhenua College, much to their relief and delight.

Kapiti finished on 142/5 with Halbert undefeated on 73 from 58 balls in a superb captain’s knock which contained 2 sixes and 9 fours. Best bowlers in stemming the run flow were O’Connell with 2/16 from 4, Te Tomo 1/10 from 3 and Monk 0/24 from 4 overs.

Horowhenua will go on to the next round of the Central Districts competition in Term 1, 2018 and will hope that some of the younger players can go on to match the feats of their departing senior players, who certainly led the way in this year’s final – a great match for those were fortunate to watch it.