The Secondary School Boys’ First XI Cup (First XI Cup) is a secondary school competition for year nine to thirteen boys. The First XI Cup began in 1990 and is among the longest-running competitions in secondary school sport. The competition provides the opportunity for players to compete against some of the best school teams in the country with many first-class cricketers and BLACKCAPS having made their name in this tournament.
The 2017 national finals for the First XI Cup were held at Fitzherbert and Manawaroa Park's in Palmerston North from the 4-8 December. All games were live scored at www.nzc.nz and on the BLACKCAPS mobile app.
Teams who enter the First XI Cup begin by playing in term one of the school year within their region against nearby school teams. Teams who are successful through the initial regional rounds then advanced to their regional finals. The six regional winners from around the country are invited to the national finals being held in term four of the school year. The national finals consist of one-day cricket played in a round robin format.
The Secondary School Boys’ First XI Cup has become synonymous with secondary school boys’ cricket and the development of players for the future.
If your school is interested in registering for the First XI Cup, please contact your local association.