Another weekend, another hat- trick. That's been the scenario for Naenae College pace bowler John Macmillan this month.
The year 10 pupil, who captain's Naenae's junior XI, has recorded hat-tricks on successive weekends.
Playing in the intermediate two grade, 14-year-old Macmillan took a hat-trick against Newlands College on February 16 - and repeated the feat, against St Pat's Silverstream last weekend.
He bowled each of his hat-trick victims against Newlands, while taking 5-18 from seven overs, and produced even better figures against Silverstream, with 6-11. "I was pretty happy," said Macmillan, who was selected for the Hutt Valley zone year 9 team at the end of last year.
Naenae has only two cricket teams but the junior side shares second place in their grade.
Meanwhile, the Wellington College first XI put some space between them and their premier youth grade rivals by beating Silverstream last weekend.
Silverstream had been leading the chase after Wellington in the one-day competition but now shares second place with Hutt International and Scots, on 12 points, eight behind Wellington.
Silverstream were in early trouble against Wellington and were 54-6 before year 11 Sam von Hartitzsch, who made a patient 60, helped them get through to 147.
Seven of the Silverstream batsmen were bowled, with another lbw. A brisk 46 by skipper Henry Glogau helped Wellington reach their target in 45 overs. Wellington, who meet Silverstream again in the Twenty20 competition this afternoon, lost a tight one-day game against Palmerston North Boys' last week but beat Napier Boys' on Monday.
St Pat's Town batsman Zac Donaldson scored a century in a losing cause against Scots at Kilbirnie Park last weekend. Donaldson, in year 11, made 106 from 110 balls as Town reached 251.
That is invariably a winning score when batting first in premier one but Scots denied Town their first win in the competition with a well-paced reply, reaching their target in the final over. Kyle Tonks and Scott Oldham both made half-centuries for Scots.
The Wellington College second XI recorded a notable victory by beating defending titleholders Hutt Valley in a tight match and HIBS had a comfortable win over Onslow.
- The Dominion Post
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