On Wednesday 29 October Wairarapa Cricket ran it’s World Cup day as part of NZ Cricket’s World Cup Legacy programme that is being rolled out around the country. The Day involved 16 teams and 160 students from primary and intermediate schools all over the Wairarapa – as far south as Pirinoa and as far north as Alfredton-Mauriceville.
The teams were split into four pools of four, each representing one of the fourteen national sides who will be competing in the tournament in New Zealand and Australia in 2015. The schools bought into the spirit of the day, with a number wearing face-paint bearing the national flag of the team they were representing. The competition consisted of a round robin morning session, with three games for each team. The afternoon saw the play-offs for the World Cup winners and other finishing positions.
Wairarapa Cricket Development officer Simon Roseingrave thought the day was a real success and was hopeful that everybody involved, the children, teachers, and secondary students who helped umpire, really enjoyed themselves. The wild weather managed to hold off until proceedings had finished, meaning all games were completed in sunshine. There were a number of talented cricketers on show, combined with many children who were new to the game but showed some real passion for what they were doing.
Roseingrave noted it was brilliant to have so many girls involved in the competition – each team of 8 had to have 3 girls on the field at any one time, whilst Solway College, St Matthews,MIS and Hadlow all sent girls only teams.
For the record, in the year 7 & 8 section Greytown School (who were representing West Indies as their adopted team) beat Alfredton-Mauriceville (Pakistan) in a hard fought final, whilst Hadlow (India) beat St Mary’s (Sri Lanka) in the Year 5 & 6 section. New Zealand (Hadlow Girls) managed a meritorious 7th in the year 7 & 8s.
Each team had two participants receive NZ Cricket branded gear, for the MVP and Best & Fairest of the Day, and there were two awards for the highest run-scorers in each grade. Mac Regnault from Greytown walked away with the Year 7 & 8 highest run scorer and Oliver Vincent (Hadlow) the year 5 & 6.