Wairarapa U/17 Boys returned home disappointed that the rain set in to halt their progress in the 7th vs 8th play-off at the recently completed Central Districts U/17 tournament, but ecstatic that two of their own have been recognised by the CD selectors. All-rounder Kelsey Fahey was named in the Central Districts U/17 team to compete in the national tournament in January, whilst off-spinner Quinn Childs was named as non-travelling reserve after both put in superb individual performances.
Coach Mark Childs was rapt for both boys, and for the team as whole and feels there is substantial talent to work with moving forwards. Fahey’s selection came on the back of a fine 78 versus Wanganui in round-robin, whilst Quinn Childs bowling spell of 7 for 36 off 10, which led to a close victory over Nelson, was one of the best seen for a number of years from a Wairarapa spinner.
Results-wise the tournament was finely balanced for the team. A loss to a strong Manawatu side on the first day was followed by a last over loss to Wanganui, and then a fantastic 2 run victory over Nelson. Due to the topsy-turvy nature of the pool, Wairarapa qualified fourth on net run rate and were well on top of Marlborough in their play-off until rain intervened. Chasing 167 Wairarapa were 47-1 after 8 overs with Miller Paton-Masters 3-34 and Quincy Stephens 3-22 starring with the ball.
Aside from the obvious performances of those selected for Central Districts, coach Childs was keen to point out the performances of Drew MacDonald over the last two days, Jack Forrester who made an excellent contribution behind the stumps and with the bat, and the potential for coming seasons of Quincy Stephens, Ethan Childs and Cole Freeman. Captain Miller Paton-Masters led the team well and contributed at essential times with the bat, particularly in the victory over Nelson.