Proud of team despite loss

'Every player contributed at different times this season.'

'Every player contributed at different times this season.'

HOPE CUP WINNERS: Gisborne Boys’ High School first 11 won the Hope Cup when they beat Campion College on Saturday. The players are, back (from left): Robert Schwass, Adam Whibley, Matthew McNeil, Travis Mitchell, Peter Kapene and Jacob Colbert. Front: Ryan Nepe, Paul Stewart, Jack Faulkner, Drew Scott and Korban Harrison-Allen, Ben O'Brien-Leaf (coach). Picture supplied

Front Row (l-r) Ryan Nepe, Paul Stewart, Jack Faulkner, Drew Scott, Korbin Harrison-Allen


CAMPION College captain Matt Naden is proud of his team despite their heavy loss to Gisborne Boys’ High School in the Hope Cup 40-over cricket final.

“I was proud of our effort in reaching the final,” 17-year-old Naden said.

“Every player contributed at different times this season and I got good support from my fellow Year 13 players, Sam Patterson and Tahran Ward.

“Our system is a nursery for cricketers to go on to play for local clubs and, if good enough, Poverty Bay.”

Naden’s father and player-coach, Mark Naden, was also pleased with his young side.

“We learned about the pressure of playing in a final: how pressure affects us all in different ways. Marshall Jones (Y11) and Luke Hurlstone (Y9 ) led from the front.

“On Saturday, we couldn’t get a third major upset for 2016-17. Still, the boys never gave up.”

Mark Naden said season highlights included drawing with Bollywood, “when they declared at 280-ish and we got to 240-5”.

“Michael Rowland brought up his 100 off the last ball of the match.

“Beating Horouta in the semifinal was another highlight. They needed 15 runs off five overs, with five wickets in hand ... and we bowled them out.

“We also had help from the community and family such as ‘Doc’ (Campion College old boy and former Poverty Bay men’s senior representative captain Patrick McHugh), Northern Districts under-21 women’s representative Lucy McHugh, Wayne Ensor and Matt Gibson.

“We also received encouragement from Poverty Bay Cricket Association officials and opposing teams, which we very much appreciated.”

Boys’ High School first 11 captain, 16-year-old Northern Districts u17 boys’ representative Drew Scott, said Ryan Nepe and Korban Harrison-Allen gave them a positive, 78-run start in the first 10 overs.

Scott went on to top-score with 90 and was supported by Nepe (74), Harrison-Allen (29) and Jack Faulkner (27).

Nepe then bowled Mark Naden with the first ball of the Campion innings and from then on it was all downhill for Campion.

Nepe capped an outstanding game with a hat-trick, bowling Marshall Jones, Liam Spring and Luke Hurlstone, to finish with 4-15 off seven overs.

Kapene took 4-21 off seven.

CAMPION College captain Matt Naden is proud of his team despite their heavy loss to Gisborne Boys’ High School in the Hope Cup 40-over cricket final.

“I was proud of our effort in reaching the final,” 17-year-old Naden said.

“Every player contributed at different times this season and I got good support from my fellow Year 13 players, Sam Patterson and Tahran Ward.

“Our system is a nursery for cricketers to go on to play for local clubs and, if good enough, Poverty Bay.”

Naden’s father and player-coach, Mark Naden, was also pleased with his young side.

“We learned about the pressure of playing in a final: how pressure affects us all in different ways. Marshall Jones (Y11) and Luke Hurlstone (Y9 ) led from the front.

“On Saturday, we couldn’t get a third major upset for 2016-17. Still, the boys never gave up.”

Mark Naden said season highlights included drawing with Bollywood, “when they declared at 280-ish and we got to 240-5”.

“Michael Rowland brought up his 100 off the last ball of the match.

“Beating Horouta in the semifinal was another highlight. They needed 15 runs off five overs, with five wickets in hand ... and we bowled them out.

“We also had help from the community and family such as ‘Doc’ (Campion College old boy and former Poverty Bay men’s senior representative captain Patrick McHugh), Northern Districts under-21 women’s representative Lucy McHugh, Wayne Ensor and Matt Gibson.

“We also received encouragement from Poverty Bay Cricket Association officials and opposing teams, which we very much appreciated.”

Boys’ High School first 11 captain, 16-year-old Northern Districts u17 boys’ representative Drew Scott, said Ryan Nepe and Korban Harrison-Allen gave them a positive, 78-run start in the first 10 overs.

Scott went on to top-score with 90 and was supported by Nepe (74), Harrison-Allen (29) and Jack Faulkner (27).

Nepe then bowled Mark Naden with the first ball of the Campion innings and from then on it was all downhill for Campion.

Nepe capped an outstanding game with a hat-trick, bowling Marshall Jones, Liam Spring and Luke Hurlstone, to finish with 4-15 off seven overs.

Kapene took 4-21 off seven.

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