Student named province's top club batsman

Southland secondary schools' Cricketer of the Year, James Ng.
Southland secondary schools' Cricketer of the Year, James Ng.

James Ng has marked his last year at Southland Boys' High School by being named the province's club batsman of the year.

He also received the title of Southland secondary schools' Cricketer of the Year.

The 18-year-old scored 316 runs for Boys' High in the Southland senior 2013-14 season. He is an opening batsman and recorded an unforgettable 100 against Albion at the Boys' High grounds in Invercargill.

Ng, who also scored three 50s during the season, became interested in cricket as a 5-year- old.

He will play for Boys' High in the last term of this year before moving on to a club.

Next year Ng will head to Dunedin to study at Otago University. He is keen to reach a higher level in cricket. "I'd like to make the Southland Hawke Cup team . . . It would be good to play for the Volts," Ng said.

Boys' High co-coach Chris Neylon reckoned Ng's batting had improved since returning with six other Southland secondary school cricketers from a trip to India in October.

"He's come on heaps . . . his batting has gone through the roof," Neylon said.

"He's always shown talent."

Neylon, who assists Craig Smith with coaching, said there were about 200 cricket players at Boys' High and in October the school's first XV will head on a trip to Melbourne to help with their cricket development.

Golf is Ng's sport for the late autumn and winter. He is in the Southland under-19 golf team heading to a tournament in Cromwell at the end of the month. His handicap is 7.1.

Meanwhile, other school players honoured at the Southland Cricket Association end of season function last week included: Piet Grandiek (most improved college player), Anah Burns (most improved female college player), Ella Brown (women's representative cricketer of the season & Otago under-15 bowler of the season), Alex Tait (Otago under-15 batsman and outstanding performer), Sam McCall (Combined Country all-rounder of the season). 


The Southland Times