In an effort to build on the success of the 2015 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand back in February and March, the WCA held their annual CWC Festival Day for Primary and Intermediate Schools at Rathkeale on Monday 30 November 2015.
Rathkeale prepared 6 fantastic grass wickets, which saw 12 teams and more than 120 students from primary and intermediate schools encompassing the length of the Wairarapa compete in a day-long tournament of 4 games per side.
The teams were split into two pools of six, each representing one of the national sides who competed in the 2015 tournament. The competition consisted of round robin morning sessions, with three games for each team. The afternoon saw the play-offs for the World Cup and other finishing positions. Each team had to have a quota of female players, with at least 3 girls on the field at any one time.
In the year 7 & 8 section Masterton Intermediate (who were representing West Indies as their adopted team) dominated proceedings for most of the day, before going on to beat St Mary’s (representing Australia) in the final. Incidentally this was two wins for the West Indies in two years, represented by two different schools.
In the Year 5 & 6 competition, Hadlow (India), who also had an unbeaten run through the round-robins, beat Martinborough (South Africa) in the final, making it Hadlow and India two years in a row.
There were some fantastic individual performances, with best batters (male & female) in each grade being Tremayne (Chanel) and Sophie (Solway) for year 7 & 8, and Jack (Hadlow) and Jenny (Douglas Park) for Year 5 & 6.
Local junior representative players were utilised as umpires for all games with Wairarapa College and Chanel releasing students to assist, all of whom did a fantastic job.