Our Initiatives

Crowe Academy

The aim of the Crowe Academy is to identify and develop Cornwall's promising young players in a high performance environment so they are better prepared to play Premier cricket and beyond.

The Crowe Academy, established in 2016, is our flagship initiative. Athletes in this programme are regularly moving into the wider Premier senior squads and often exceling, becoming key members of their respective teams. We have also seen athletes represent New Zealand at the Under 19 level and Auckland through various age group teams.

The Crowe Academy provides athletes with specialist coaching and advisors during their time in the school cricket system (year 9 to year 13) in the following areas; batting, bowling, throwing and fielding, strength and fitness and team fundamentals.

From 2020/21, additional high-quality coaching resource will also be provided to selected men aged 18-22 and women aged 16-22 within the Premier Men's and Women's structures at Cornwall Cricket Club. This change will ensure our most talented youth cricketers will receive specialist coaching and advice as they find their feet in senior cricket.

Notable Graduates

William O'Rourke

  • Canterbury Contracted Player - 2021/22

  • Canterbury A - 2020/21

  • NZ Under 19 - 2019/20

  • Cornwall Premier Reserve Major - 2019 debut

  • Auckland Under 19 - 2018/19, 2019/20

  • Auckland Under 17 - 2017/18

Lucas Dasent

  • Cornwall Premier T20 Captain - 2020

  • Cornwall Premier Men - 2018 debut

  • NZ Under 19 - 2019/20

  • Auckland Under 19 - 2018/19

  • Auckland Under 17 - 2016/17, 2017/18

Ben Megson

  • Cornwall Premier Men - 2019 debut

Liam Wheeler

  • Cornwall Premier Men - 2020 debut

  • Auckland Under 19 - 2020/21

  • Auckland Under 17 - 2018/19

Dimithri Gallage

  • Cornwall Premier Men - 2020 debut

  • Auckland Under 17 - 2018/19

Annie Ewart

  • Northern Districts 2021 debut

  • Cornwall Premier Women - 2015 debut

  • Northern Districts Under 19 - 2019/20

Ben Russell

  • Cornwall Premier Men - 2020 debut

  • Auckland Under 17 - 2018/19, 2019/20

William O'Rourke earned his first Canterbury Cricket domestic contract in the 2021/22 season.

Current Crowe Academy Intake

Tom Jones

Auckland Grammar School

Will Jones

Auckland Grammar School

Joel Inglis

Sacred Heart

Priyam Mistry

Mt Albert Grammar School

Aryan Nigudkar

Mt Albert Grammar School

Kartik Banerjee

Cornwall Premier Reserve Minor

Harry McLeod

Auckland Grammar School

Lukasz Swain

Mt Albert Grammar School

Connor Stulich

Mt Albert Grammar School

Crowe Scholarship

The Crowe Scholarship, now discontinued, was awarded annually to outstanding students planning to undertake undergraduate study at the University of Auckland and play cricket for Cornwall.

Recipients were awarded $5,000 per annum towards their university studies for a period of three years, fully funded by the Cornwall Cricket Development Foundation.

Tariel Lamb 2017-2019

Tariel Lamb was awarded the Crowe Scholarship in 2016 when she was already a regular for our Premier Women's team and was in the Auckland Developing Future Hearts.

Tariel's goal was to play for the Auckland Hearts which she achieved in December 2019 and has now become a regular member of the squad.

Matthew Gibson 2018-2020

Matthew Gibson applied for the Scholarship while studying at Sacred Hearts College where he was a very promising cricketer. In his final season Matthew took 7 wickets against a strong St Kentigern team.

Matthew took a four wicket bag on debut against Waitakere for the Premier Men in 2018. In years since, he has continued to improve and is the 'go-to' opening bowler for the Premier Men.

In 2021, Matthew earned an Auckland domestic contract.

Matthew Gibson earned his first Auckland Cricket domestic contract in the 2021/22 season.