Nicknames a necessity when five Sams answer to captain

TIM BARTON
Last updated 10:03 20/02/2013

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Wellington College skipper Henry Glogau has to choose his words carefully when he adjusts his field.

A request for "Sam" to drop back 10 metres could result in half the team changing their position.

The Wellington first XI includes Sam Brandwood, Sam Collier, Sam Cooper, Sam Partridge and Sam Petersen.

Brandwood is the wicketkeeper and often has Cooper and Collier alongside him in the slips.

"We have to use nicknames," Glogau said.

Wellington College is the only unbeaten team in the premier youth grade and meet St Pat's Silverstream in a top of the table clash at Silverstream this weekend.

Wellington made it four from four in the one-day competition when beating their second XI last Saturday, while Silverstream moved into second place with victory over Onslow.

However, the competition is still tight, with Hutt International, Scots, Hutt Valley and Onslow all on eight points, just one win (four points) behind Silverstream and two behind Wellington College.

Partridge, who had taken just one wicket in the three previous rounds, returned to form in style against the Wellington second XI, taking 7-24 from 10 overs.

The left-armer took the first seven wickets while conceding just 11 runs from the bat, with wides and no-balls producing another 13 runs.

"It was a pretty impressive spell," Glogau said. "He was swinging the ball, which probably accounted for some of the wides."

Christian Martin played a lone hand with the bat for the second XI, being 40 not out when the team was dismissed for 107, in reply to 212.

A total of 45 extras made a significant contribution to the first XI's total and the senior team did not have it all its own way, with second XI pace bowler Nick Healy taking 5-39.

The first XI will have their mettle tested over the next week. In addition to meeting Silverstream on Saturday, Wellington College have a one-day match against Palmerston North Boys' today and meet Napier Boys' next Monday, with both traditionals being home games.

"It's early days but we've been happy with the way we have started the year," Glogau said. "There are no superstars but we have a good bunch of guys and play as a team. But batting is one area where we want to improve."

Promising year 11 all-rounder Kenneth Tuffin played a key role in Silverstream's 39-run win over Onslow. Tuffin scored 72 not out from 92 balls and enabled Silverstream to get through to 219, after the side had been struggling at 145-8.

"It was a very mature innings," Silverstream coach Ewen Thompson said. "He didn't take any risks but hit the bad balls."

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Silverstream have a young side, with only two year 13 players, but their batsmen have generally set a good platform, by topping 200 in three of their four matches.

Joseph Bowden took 5-19 for Scots in their win over Hutt Valley last weekend, while year 9 opener Rachin Ravindra made 66 for HIBS in their win over St Pat's Town.

- The Dominion Post

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