Boys' High student strikes golden form
Southland Boys' High School student Rob Leishman has made a dream start to the cricket season.
Last season the 15-year-old had a top score of 28 but in four innings to date this season - playing for the Southland Boys' High School second XI - he has racked up the impressive average of 148.5 after scoring 297 runs and being dismissed only twice.
In his last two innings for the school he has scored 127 and 121 not out. He posted his first century against the Southland Country year 7 and 8 team before he backed it up last Saturday with another, against the James Hargest College first XI.
To underline the rapid strides he has made, Rob's previous best score of 53 was made during his time playing at year 5 and 6 level.
Rob, who is in year 10, was obviously delighted with his breakthrough start to the season and credited hard work during the off-season with the Southland Boys' High School Cricket Academy as a key reason for that success.
The Boys' High academy is in its second year of existence and has a maximum of 12 boys across the year 7, 8 and 9 age groups at the school participating in sessions with teachers Steve Jackson, Geoff Folster and Chris Neylon to hone their games.
Jackson said the academy was in place to help develop players who they thought had the ability to go on and represent Otago at age-group level.
Jackson believed Rob's recent success had come about because he had embraced the training with the academy and was willing to work hard and listen to the advice on offer.
Rob's short-term target will be to continue his fine start to the season when his team takes on the Verdon College first XI on Saturday.
His longer-term target is to try and force his way into the school's first XI during the next couple of seasons.
- The Southland Times