St. John’s College’s First XI cricket team has come out swinging, with a record run in the second game of the season.
Year 13 student Prabhjot Singh (PJ) recently took the position of opening batsman to score 107 in a 185 run partnership with fellow team member Guillane Uys, from Hastings Christian School.
This enabled the team to beat Havelock North Cricket Club.
PJ says the aim was to get as many runs as they could but didn’t expect to reach a new personal record.
“It was good that we bowled first, and we did well in the first 20 overs. We had them at 90 for five at one stage, and then they got a good partnership and they ended up with 219, after 40 overs.”
It came off the back of another stellar result for the 17-year-old, who scored 83 not out in the team’s 1st XI first win of the season over Mt Manganui High School.
St. John’s College 1st XI Cricket Coach John Walters says PJ is the top run scorer in the senior men’s 2b league.
“He has lots of skill and has grown throughout his time on the team.”
But his attitude both on and off the field is what has made him a leader of the team.
“He is incredible around his teammates and very supportive towards the younger boys,” John says.
PJ’s skill as an all-rounder, together with his ability to read the game, sets him apart and speaks to his natural talent as a sportsman.
“Even though you need to be skilled at the game, it involves more strategy. My goal is to try to get the person out and try to get runs and in doing so you need a lot of mental toughness too to be able to bat for several hours on end.”
PJ, who played age-level cricket for the region in year 6 and was the first year 9 student to be selected for his school’s First XI, can’t recall a time when he has not played cricket.
His love for cricket has been passed down from his dad, who is originally from the Punjab Region in India.
“My dad is really into cricket, and we always watch it together. He also used to train me when I was younger.”
However, while his dad supports the Indian national cricket team, his heart lies with the Black Caps.
“The big goal is to get to the Black Caps, but my short-term goal is to get into Hawke's Bay Cricket Team again and then to go from there.”
Photo Caption: St. John’s College 1st XI Cricket players Guillane Uys (left) and Prabhjot Singh (PJ).