For a second year in a row King’s College have lifted the coveted Gillette Cup after going through the national secondary schools cricket tournament in Lincoln unbeaten.
Unfortunately the final round was washed out but King’s had already secured top spot before the days play was called off.
Captain Simon Hickey was the star performer scoring 361 runs and six wickets in just four matches. His effort earned him the Gillette Young Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
A very humble Hickey said he was pleased with individual performance but preferred to recognise the achievement made by the team.
“It’s awesome to be able to maintain the Gillette Cup for the second year in a row. It feels amazing to send the year 13’s out on a winning note, especially since some of them played in the team for three to four years” said Hickey.
“It’s always about the team performance, but it is always good to perform personally.”
The final came after four days of cricket that saw six of New Zealand’s best secondary school teams played round-robin matches at the New Zealand High Performance centre at Lincoln University.
In its 22nd year, the Gillette Cup Finals tournament is the show piece of New Zealand secondary school cricket and provides a solid foundation for developing elite cricketers of the future.
The other placings saw Christ's College finish runner-up after losing just one match to champions King's College. Otago Boys’ High School and Hutt International Boys’ both finished with three points while Tauranga Boys’ High School and Palmerston North Boys’ High School ended the Gillette Cup finals with two points apiece.
Gillette Cup final points table:
King’s College - 8 points
Christ’s College - 6 points
Otago BHS - 3 points
Hutt IBS - 3 points
Tauranga BHS - 2 points
Palmerston North BHS - 2 points
Schedule, scorecards, match reports, results - http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/domestic/gillette-cup/122/schedule.aspx