Cricket is a well-established traditional summer sport at NPBHS. Over its long history the school has produced a number of national representatives and successful teams.
The cricket season commences in early October and, with a break over Christmas, finishes up in April. All teams take part in regular Saturday competitions. The senior teams play on a Saturday afternoon and the junior and more social side play on a Saturday morning.
In addition to playing premier men’s grade on a Saturday, the 1st XI play annual traditional fixtures against Wellington College, Hamilton BHS, Auckland Grammar, and Wanganui Collegiate. The 1st XI also competes in the national knock-out Gillette Cup. The Year 9 and 10 side have also competed in traditional fixtures with Wellington College and Hamilton BHS and participate in the national knock-out competition.
Cricket Development Officer: Mr Kurt Leuthart
Competition and Teams: The 1st XI plays in the Taranaki Premier Competition. The 2nd XI and 3rd XI play in the TCA 2nd grade and 3rd grade competitions respectively. At Year 9 and 10 level the teams play in a 30-over morning grade format.
Sports Performance Classes: A number of Year 9 and 10 cricketers are selected for individualised coaching during extra physical education classes.
Winter Academy: A high performance clinic runs through the winter with one-on-one coaching and creates individual programmes.
Facilities and Training: Training is held after school and is spread across 3 areas that are dedicated to cricket:
the top field that is solely for cricket, the Sulzberger indoor cricket facility, and Webster field.
All training is run by qualified Taranaki coaches.
Cost: This varies on the grade.
Overseas Trips: The cricket programme is strong on providing a variety of playing opportunities for the players. NPBHS have recently travelled to the Gold Coast and Sri Lanka.
100 Years of NPBHS Cricket: NPBHS Cricket celebrated its centenary that involved a fun weekend with a 20/20 game at Pukekura Park and an evening function that announced the team of the century.
- NPBHS Cricket History
- Photo gallery
- Honors Board Achievements
- 1st XI and Traditional Programme
- Supporters/Cricket Foundation