Back-to-back senior men’s cricket title

Back-to-back senior men’s cricket title

25 May 2016

St Paul’s 1st XI cricket team won the Waikato Valley senior men’s Champions Trophy for the second consecutive year against Kaipaki in a two-day final held at St Paul’s in March.

A solid batting display and a superb century from Sean Dykes (Year 11) set St Paul’s up for the win. Sean was in on the 16th over and didn’t leave until the 74th after making 103 off 151 balls. St Paul’s batted into day two and racked up 340 before bowling Kaipaki out for 249 halfway through the second day.

“It was a great effort for all the boys to make the final [of a senior men’s competition], let alone win it too,” Coach Mark Bailey said.

The first XI team has been competing in the senior men’s competition rather than the secondary schools competition since the 2013/14 season.

The win caps off a superb season for the team who also took out the Twenty20 title earlier in the year and were runners-up in the one-day competition.