TWO Eastern Bay cricketers are hoping to show off their skills with bat and ball at the Northern Districts’ Junior Secondary tournament in Whangarei, which started yesterday.
Trident High School’s Harry Jones is the co-captain of the Bay of Plenty Lakelands team, while Opotiki College bowler Lochlan White is also in the squad.
Both players know each other well as they represent Trident High School in the Rotorua Cricket Association’s senior reserve competition.
Harry, who has been a representative player for a number of years, said he was excited at attending another tournament.
“It’s going to be good fun. Hopefully I can maintain a good strike rate and average throughout the week.’’
The pair are facing plenty of tough opponents at a tournament where the likes of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner and others all made a name for themselves.
“You face some really strong players at the tournament, you can tell straight away who the good ones are.’’
Harry is reasonably happy with his form heading into the series of matches.
“Apart from last weekend I feel I have been doing pretty well and hopefully at the tournament I can kick on and make some good scores.’’
He is excited to be a co-captain of the team and hopes to let his actions do the talking.
Lochlan has been playing cricket for about four years, picking up the sport after watching his dad play.
“I am excited for the week-long tournament and hopefully can grab a few wickets.’’
He acknowledged he has made a slow start to the season but is beginning to find his rhythm with the ball.
“It’s starting to come out well now.’’
The Northland tournament isn’t new to Lochlan as, like Harry, he has represented Lakelands in a couple of other tournaments.
“It is going to be a fantastic challenge playing a whole lot of different players.’’
Both are year 10, with Harry 14 and Lochlan 15, so there is plenty of cricket in front of them.
The side started their tournament with two Twenty20 clashes, followed by another two today, before three 50 over clashes from Wednesday to Friday.
If all the games, go down to the wire they could complete more overs than the New Zealand versus England test in Hamilton.
In their first match Lochlan bagged two wickets and Harry one as they recorded an impressive eight-wicket win over the Northern Districts Invitational side.