Cricket is an exciting and challenging game to play and our coaches encourage commitment and learning as ways to improve, enjoy and have success as both an individual and a team.
The cricket season starts in Term 1 and continues in Term 4. Games may be played either at home or at school venues throughout the Auckland Cricket Zone. Boys’ Cricket is played at the weekend, with Girls’ Cricket played mid-week.
Saint Kentigern boys and girls 1st XI teams compete in the Auckland Premier competitions, which culminate in National finals at Gillette Cup and Venus Cup respectively. In addition to premier cricket, we offer 14 limited overs and T20 teams that contest grades at all levels to suit any ability.
Saint Kentigern cricket offers coaching, facilities, and a development programme that is second to none.
The coaching team is led by Head Coach Mark O’Donnell who brings extensive National and International experience to the college. Mark spent 11 seasons as head coach of the Auckland Aces, during which time the Aces captured 8 domestic trophies. He has also held an assistant coach role with the Blacks Caps, and has had International experience with coaching roles in India at the IPL and in the West Indies in the CPL.
Mark is joined by a group of vastly experienced coaches:
- Wajih Uddin - Former 1st Class player with 10,000+ FC runs, and former men’s premiers team coach at Suburbs New Lynn CC
- Graeme Beghin – Former Auckland Aces player and current men’s premiers team coach at Auckland University CC
- Roy Goodyear – Former 1st Class player and current men’s premiers team coach at Ellerslie
- Jonathan McInroy - Vastly experienced District Level and School coach
- Colin Munro – Former Black Cap and current T20 star player
In addition to the coaching team is strength and conditioning specialist Diederick Kruger. Diederick previously held the position of Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Auckland Aces, and is the current men’s premiers team coach at Howick Pakuranga CC.
Saint Kentigern has 3 grass blocks, in addition to 3 artificial wickets on immaculately groomed fields that are maintained by our team of full time turf specialists. 4 grass practice wickets adjacent to the #1 field provides high quality training opportunities for premier team development.
A modern four lane indoor centre offers year round training, and a further 4 outdoor lanes ensure that all teams have access to training facilities throughout the season.
A 3 level sports pavilion provides a magnificent view of the #1 grass wicket, with the Tamaki Estuary as a spectacular backdrop. Within the pavilion is a world class gymnasium, run by a full-time strength and conditioning team.
Junior Cricket Development Classes
The College offers Cricket Development Classes for talented and committed Year 9 and Year 10 players, and is run by Head of Cricket Mark O’Donnell
If invited to join the Cricket Development Class, cricket will be included as part of the students curriculum with 4 sessions included each 7 day period throughout the academic year.
Classes will help students develop their practical and mental skills, as a pathway to senior cricket, and are supported by strength and conditioning sessions with coach Diederick Kruger at the college gymnasium.