Members of both sides after the match.
Wednesday 3 April saw the annual Twenty20 fixture between the Wellington Wanderers Cricket Club and the Governor Generals’ Colleges XI played at the Hawkins Basin Reserve. Both sides featured a strong array of local cricketing talent.
The Wanderers were captained by Chris Pile, and featured a number of top performers from the recent club cricket season such as Misty Jones-Middleton (Karori), Hamish Bloomfield (Taita), Nick Ward (Petone Riverside) and Nick Wanden (University).
The Governor Generals’ XI is an annual selection of the best players from colleges in the Wellington region. Troy Johnson of Hutt International Boys’ School captained the side this year; it featured a number of Wellington age group players such as Lachlan Johns, Joseph Bowden, and Daniel Rose. Both sides featured two generations with Chris Pile joined by his son Nick in the Wanderers and Clinton Johns playing alongside his youngest son Hamish against his older son Lachlan.
The Governor General’s side batted first in cloudy and windy conditions on an excellent Basin pitch. The opening pair of Troy Johnson and Lachlan Johns put together a strong partnership taking the score past 100 punishing some wayward bowling before both were retired once they had made 50. The Wanderers were facing a large chase but brought themselves back into the game with some sharp fielding to create a number of run-outs. Former Collegians club star Clinton Johns then collected two wickets in two balls when he firstly knocked Taylor Wenlock’s off and middle stump out of the ground before having Daniel Rose LBW first ball. Some late hitting from Joseph Bowden pushed the score up to 164 off their 20 overs. Clinton Johns with 2-10 was the best of the Wanderers XI bowling attack.
The Wanderers were immediately in trouble when Sam Peterson had Nick Wanden caught at first slip off the first ball of the chase, Nick Ward followed shortly for 1. At 46-4 the Wanderers were struggling before Matt Wills with 50 and Misty Jones-Middleton 24 brought them back into the game and through to 101-4. However a tight spell of bowling by Troy Sellwood who captured 2-14 off his three overs ensured that the Governor Generals’ XI would take the victory for the first time since their seven wicket triumph in 2009, in spite of some late power hitting from Hamish Bloomfield. Sam Peterson was the best of the Governor General’s XI bowling attack in capturing 3-20 off his four overs to help secure a 15 run victory for his side.
Following this the Wanderers backed up for a second match in which they defeated a Parliamentary XI, highlights included Clinton and Lachlan Johns both hitting sixes over the sightscreen and Brian Cederwell running out Save the Basin campaign and Green Party leader Russell Norman
Thanks must go again to His Excellency Sir Jerry Mateparae for his support of youth cricket in general and the Wanderers concept. The event would not be possible without the sterling work of Evan Gray; Hagan Faith and his team for the preparation and use of the Basin, the umpires Evan Watkin and Harrison Perry; Rhys Morgan for selecting and coaching the Governor Generals’ XI, scorer and scoreboard operator Sean O’Connor, and Scarlet’s Mara Zondag and her team who did all they could to make sure this was a successful event.
Teams: Governor Generals’ Colleges XI:
Troy Johnson (captain, Hutt International Boys School)
Matt Goulden (St Patrick’s Silverstream)
Joseph Bowden (Scots College)
Josh Bohmer (Paraparaumu College)
Daniel Rose (Tawa College)
Taylor Wenlock (Taita College)
Lauchie Johns (St Patricks Wellington)
Troy Sellwood (Marsden, Whitby)
Daniel Rose (Tawa College)
Nick Healy (Wellington College)
Sam Peterson (Wellington College)
Matt Fowler (Paraparaumu College)
Rhys Morgan (Coach) Wellington Wanderers XI: