PROMISING: Fraser Sheat took 11 wickets at the Secondary School Boys’ First XI Cup to win the MVP award.
Fraser Sheat has joined the likes of Black Caps captain Kane Williamson, winning the Secondary School Boys’ First XI Cup MVP award.
The 18-year-old right arm pace bowler lead all players with 11 wickets for Christchurch Boys’ High School at the week-long tournament at Lincoln University, as his side won the title with a perfect record of five wins from as many games.
Sheat was understandably overjoyed to win the tournament MVP award. History tends to suggest those that win it are destined for bigger things. Williamson and fellow Black Cap Adam Milne are just two names to win the award over the last decade.
“I didn’t expect the award at all. I can’t really see myself up there with those sort of guys, it’s pretty special to get the award and I’m just stoked for the boys that we could get the win,” Sheat said.
The Christchurch Boys’ first XI not only went unbeaten at the tournament but have remained unbeaten in all competitions this year.
“The boys have worked so hard throughout the year. They just keep working and working and this was their end goal and to do it without losing one is an amazing effort from them,” coach Mark Lane said.
The most memorable win during the tournament, from December 5-9, came in the match against Auckland’s St Kentigern College who finished runners-up.
Batting first Christchurch Boys’ scored 243 from their 50 overs. St Kentigern got off to a great start in their reply and were cruising at 184/4 in the 27th over. Three quick wickets fell before they stabilised to be 238/7, needing just six runs from the final four overs. However, Christchurch Boys’ put in a spirited bowling effort to take the final three St Kentigern wickets for just three runs and win the match by two runs.
Christchurch Boys’ have now won the First XI Cup three times over the past four years.