Sports correspondent & historian
Cricket took center stage at the Tauranga Domain last Saturday, as Otumoetai Cadets celebrated its 40th Jubilee with an old boys day and a celebratory dinner in the evening.
The Saturday afternoon cricket action saw Cadets premiers take on some of the best rising cricket talent in the region in the Tauranga Boys' College First XI.
A crowd of several hundred sat under the trees scattered around the ground or retired to the big marquee to grab a drink and swap tall tales with former teammates.
Cadets was established 40 years ago, by a few Otumoetai Cadets Rugby Club players who wanted a summer sport to play to keep in trim for the next rugby season.
Tauranga Cricket had a spare competition spot available and as the words say “the rest is history".
The hosts celebrated their special anniversary in style against Tauranga Boys' College, blasting 332/8 in their allotted 50 overs.
Former Tauranga Boys' student Joe Carter put the Tauranga Domain boundaries under siege as he smashed 137 not out off just 106 balls.
Carter was the first Bay of Plenty representative player to break through the 200 run mark in an innings, with his eleven 4's and five 6's against Tauranga Boys', showing his brutal power with the bat.
The icing on the cake was the appearance of Cadets favourite sons in Black Cap Trent Boult, in the match.
Trent made his Cadets premier debut while still at Otumoetai College and never turns down the opportunity to turn out for his club when in town.
Two Tauranga Boys' youngster who won't forget the match, are Iman Singh and Rhys Donaghy, who were involved in the dismissal of the Kiwi cricket star. Iman Singh took a catch off the bowling of Rhys Donaghy, to remove Trent for 17.
Tauranga Boys' College are entitled to be ranked in the top echelon of secondary school cricket in the country.
Next week they are off to play in the NZ Cricket First XI Cup Nationals Finals in Palmerston North.
The Secondary School Boys’ First XI Cup is a secondary school competition for Year nine to thirteen boys.
The First XI Cup began in 1990 (Under the banner of the Gillette Cup) and is among the longest-running competitions in secondary school sport.
Earlier this year, Tauranga Boys' booked a berth against the best secondary school cricket teams from the five other major cricket associations in the country, after winning the ND Secondary School title.
Tauranga Boys College will be playing in the First XI Cup for the sixth time since the dawn of the new Millennium.
The Western Bay Secondary School has established an impressive record in the First XI Cup.
First equal in 2005, was followed by three successive third place finishes during 2006, 2007 and 2008, in the symbol of secondary school cricket superiority in the country.