December has seen the completion of the 2015 seasons of Junior Secondary competitions, the Trevor Martin Trophy (Saturday morning 30 overs), Thursday T20, and the Lone Star Trophy (College Girls 2nd Grade). The move to an annual season and a revamp of the competitions back in January were initiatives instigated to try to revitalise Junior college grades and increase participation numbers. Over the course of the year sixteen separate teams from seven different schools took part across these grades.
To further incentivise the competitions, Lone Star Masterton kindly sponsored restaurant vouchers for MVPs in both the Trevor Martin and Lone Star Girls Grade. Only students from those schools that utilised the CricHQ system for scoreboards and results were eligible for these awards, as data and statistic collection via CricHQ created automatic leaderboards.
Trevor Martin Trophy
The Trevor Martin Trophy was played over 13 rounds, plus a finals day. A high standard of cricket was seen every weekend, with the stand-out side being Rathkeale Red. Rathkeale Red qualified first for the final, winning 9 of their 10 games played, and were drawn to play second qualifier Rathkeale Green. In the third versus fourth play-off Wairarapa Junior Gold were matched up against Wairarapa Combined Secondary School Girls. Unfortunately, as with a lot of things in the Spring of 2015, weather intervened and finals day was unable to go ahead, making Rathkeale Red the inaugural winner of the Trevor Martin Trophy.
MVP for the competition went to Oliver Bunny from Wairarapa College, whilst the award for runs scored was won by Josh Nelson (Wairarapa College) and for most wickets, Olivia Roseingrave (Combined Secondary Girls) who took 19 wickets in 9 matches at an average of 10.11.
The Thursday T20 grade had a redesign for 2015 to encourage more participation, particularly from schools struggling to previously field teams. The grade was very closely fought with fluctuations in results across the whole year. Eventually finalists were found, with Kuranui Boys playing Wairarapa College 1st XI Girls for the title, Chanel (who entered a new team for 2015) met Rathkeale White in the 3rd vs 4th play-off, with St Matthews 1st XI playing Wairarapa College juniors for 5th and 6th. Kuranui College played a dominant hand in the final, amassing a fine 133/3 off their 20 overs, lead by Jonty Ariell with 73*. In reply Wairarapa College could only put together 65 all out, making Kuranui Boys the T20 champions for 2015.
Lone Star Girls Trophy
The end of 2015 saw the establishment of a new, 9 per side, Hardball grade for secondary girls. Four teams played various round robin fixtures, utilising pink Kookaburra balls as the match balls. The final saw Solway College versus MIS A, whilst 3rd and 4th were respectively Wairarapa College 2nds and St Matthews 2nds. The final was a close run affair, with Solway making 73/4 off their 16 overs. In reply MIS reached 61/6 to lose by 12 runs. MVP for the competition was Cherish Alafotoia from Solway.