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Earlier this year ACG Parnell College and Green Bay High School joined forces, creating a combined cricket team that’s proving hard to beat.
Directly prior to lockdown the team had won three out of its four games, thanks to its posse of dedicated and highly passionate players, including ACG’s Hamish Nelson, Arjun Kaila, Ujaan Biswas and Caleb Pollock.
For ACG Parnell sports coordinator Steph Trowill it has been great to give the school’s keenest cricketers the chance to play.
“The ability to combine with other schools to field a team is a fantastic idea and provides students with an opportunity which they wouldn’t otherwise have had to represent their school,” says Steph.
“We were so close to getting the numbers to field our own team but unfortunately we fell just short. We are extremely grateful to Green Bay High School for agreeing to join with us in the Senior Grade, and it’s been good to see four of our students jump onboard for this opportunity.”
Year 10 pupil Hamish Nelson has loved every minute of it.
“The boys in the team have gelled really well, in fact a small group of us already played club and representative together so we were friends before. As it is 40 overs per team, it takes about six hours on a Saturday – we are all boys that really want to play.”
The sporty 14-year-old has played cricket for the past nine years with Suburbs New Lynn Cricket Club and the Western Districts representative team. This season alone he was part of five different teams, with up to three games of cricket a week, including limited overs (one-day cricket), and Twenty20 (T20) cricket for club mixed teams, club rep teams and district rep teams.
Clearly Hamish has no shortage of game time, but he is still delighted to have the chance to represent his school.
“I was stoked when ACG Parnell decided to form a combined team with Green Bay as it has given me the opportunity to play 40 over competitive schoolboy cricket. I like playing in the ACG shirt as I’m proud to attend this school and I’m really looking forward to continuing on with this team in term 4 and 2021.”
Described as a team all-rounder, Hamish says he is handy in all positions.
“I practise all aspects of my game – batting, bowling, and fielding – so I can be where the team needs me. I bat higher up the order or bowl more overs depending on what team I’m in and what they require.”
His all-round expertise has clearly paid off, earning him a string of accolades and achievements. Last season Hamish was the youngest-ever player to be nominated as Junior Cricketer of the Year by his club, and he was nominated for the same award again this year. Not only that but he was selected to travel to India to play cricket (receiving Player of the Match), attend coaching clinics and check out some of the Indian Premier League games. This year also started with a bang – in January Hamish and fellow ACG student Arjun were part of the Auckland Cricket Western side that took out the Auckland Districts Tournament.
“I’ve had lots of highlights and I’ve built some great friendships. I feel really lucky to be able to follow my dreams of playing cricket.”