The JMC Year 10 Cricket Team played recently competed in the NZC National Tournament in Palmerston North.
Other schools at the event were Auckland Grammar, St Andrew's, Wellington College, Tauranga Boys' and Napier Boys’. All 5 games were very challenging. As usual, we were in a competition where we would need to punch about our weight to compete against any of these schools.
We were soundly beaten by Auckland Grammar, Wellington College and Napier Boys'. Full match reports are available on the NZC website: https://www.nzc.nz/community/news
On Day 2 we had a very close game against St Andrew's of Christchurch. We batted first and set them 199 to win with Harry McDonald scoring 65 runs. StAC chased down our total in the 39th over with 2 wickets in hand.
Our 4th game was against Tauranga Boys' College, a school of 2200 pupils. It was our best performance in the competition and we won by 48 runs. The following is the New Zeland Cricket match report:
John McGlashan College 192-4 off 40 overs (F Gordon 53, F Gordon 5-19) beat Tauranga Boys’ College 144 all out off 28.1 overs (L Fitzgerald 27, C Manning 2-12), Fitzherbert Park 2
John McGlashan College picked up their first win of the tournament today against Tauranga Boys’ College, on the back of an outstanding all-round effort with bat and ball. Batting first, JMC got off to a positive start thanks to openers Angus McDiarmid (47) and Harry McDonald (19) – the loss of McDonald saw Fred Gordon (53*) to the crease, who formed a fine partnership of 84 runs with McDiarmid. Gordon took it upon himself to bat the innings, scoring his first half-century of the tournament, and working well with a hard-hitting middle order to push the total to a competitive 192-4. Ciarán Manning (2-12) was again best with the ball for TBC, adding another two wickets to his tally. The TBC innings started positively thanks to opener M Dow (25), before two wickets in a Fred Gordon over changed the momentum of the match. Gordon (5-19) combined with Harry McDonald (2-38) and Luca Riley (2-18) to run through the TBC batting lineup, adding a 5-wicket haul to his already fantastic day of cricket. Lawson Fitzgerald (27) and Ben McKinlay (22) gave TBC a fighting chance, but it was not to be – TBC bowled out in the 29th over, 48 runs short.
At the end of the tournament, we were awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award. This is given to the team who displayed the best conduct, sportsmanship and cricket etiquette. Fred Gordon was selected as the JMC MVP.
The team would like to acknowledge the support of our generous sponsors Gardens New World, Majestic Mansions, Feldspar, Dunedin Kia, Cutlers and Otago Sports Depot. A huge thank you also goes to the supportive parent group, with a special mention going to Karl McDiarmid, Hamish McDonald and Brent Davies who coached the team.