THE ROSS TAYLOR BAT is a short format boys' secondary schools contest that CD has run since 2018, contested by the regional finalists from our six North Island-based Districts
It started out as a competition to cater for our North Island District Association secondary schools, and the trophy is one that our Central Stags and BLACKCAPS legend ROSS TAYLOR himself donated specifically for this competition: it's the very blade with which he scored a century for the BLACKCAPS against England at McLean Park in 2013!
Unsurprisingly it has rapidly become a sought-after trophy, with Final playoffs held every March. This year's Finalusts (2023) were: Feilding High School, Wairarapa College, Paraparaumu College, Te Paepae o Aotea (Hawera), Whanganui High School and Havelock North High School. Congratulations to all teams, and to our new 2023 Ross Taylor Bat champion, Whanganui High!
Three rounds of Finals took place on 9 March at Palmerston North's Manawaroa Park. Heading into the last round, two teams - Feilding and Kuranui - were unbeatens, and were in the box seat to take out the title. But both schools were beaten in the final round, while Paraparaumu came through with a solid win against Taradale.
With four schools finishing with two wins, it came down to Net Run Rate and Paraparaumu College won The Ross Taylor Bat for 2022!
The six captains of 2022
2022 Ross Taylor Bat winner - Paraparaumu College
FEILDING HIGH SCHOOL WON THE 2020 ROSS TAYLOR BAT
Central Districts Cricket Association Mitre 10 Park Frimley, Hastings