The Student Horizons' annual Twenty20 competition was held in January 2016 with the entry of 8 prestigious New Zealand schools. Auckland Grammar School, Avondale College, Kelston Boys’ High School, King’s College, Rangitoto College, St John’s College, St Peter’s College and Westlake Boys’ High School all entered the comp in the hope of being crowned the Student Horizons Twenty20 Cup premiers. The venue of this year’s Twenty20 moved to Waikaraka Park, where credit must be given to the groundsmen for preparing four very good cricket wickets for three days of cricket. The first two days of competition were played in extremely hot conditions but to the boys' credit, they applied constant sunscreen and kept the hydration levels high. The third day was a bit of a worry, with ominous clouds and light sprinkles of rain consistently throughout the day. Luckily enough the rain held out right until the trophy was presented to eventual winners, Auckland Grammar School. Perfect timing by the weatherman.
The standard of cricket was always very high and shows that First XI schoolboy cricket in New Zealand is continually improving. A special mention must be made to the Best Batsman of the tournament, Nick Farrell (St. John’s College), Best Bowler, Alex Clare (St. John’s College), Best All Rounder, Shozaib Meezac (Avondale College), Best Catch, Jake Edmunds (Avondale College), Best and Fairest Individual, Shaun Playle (Kelston Boys' High School) and Best and Fairest Team, Auckland Grammar School.
Congratulations to our Runners Up of the tournament, St. Peter’s College, and for the second consecutive year the Student Horizons Twenty20 Cup Premiers, Auckland Grammar School.
Finally, thank you to all of our sponsors and everyone who made this event possible: Auckland Cricket, all of the umpires, Players Sports, Kookaburra, Hell Pizza, The Village Press, Under Armour and Triple One Care. Without your support an event like the Student Horizons Twenty20 Cup would not be possible.
We hope to see everyone again next year, we have an Aussie team entered already! Will anyone be able to knock off the Aussies?