Day 1 vs Nelson
Wairarapa under 18s started their tournament with a disappointing loss to Nelson . Batting first Wairarapa only managed a paltry 100 with 22 coming from captain Ben Foster. In reply Nelson knocked it off 4 down. George Deans was the pick of the Wairarapa bowlers.
Day 2 vs Manawatu
A better performance from the under 18’s. playing tournament favourites Manawatu , Wairarapa bowled first & Manawatu scored a healthy 281-7. The pick of the bowlers was medium pacer Jay McDonald who ripped the Manawatu middle order apart taking an excellent 3-25. Stefan Hook 2-49 & George Deans 1-55 also impressed. In reply Wairarapa made a solid start with openers Nick Griffith & Elliot Mason putting on 50 off 10 overs. Griffith finished on 45 but the star of the reply was George Deans who made a superb 50 not out. Disappointingly, Wairarapa only made 160-7 in reply but over all a much more successful day was had by the team.
Day 3 vs Wanganui
The under 18s suffered an agonizing loss to Wanganui today… Bowling first wairarapa were constantly pressurizing the wanganui batsmen & bowled them out for 160. Unfortunately what cost the team was 39 wides! So the total should’ve been more like 120… Bowling for wairarapa George Deans continued his excellent tournament form taking 4-25 (10) Jay McDonald also continued on with his impressive form taking 2-31 (10) Captain Ben Foster also took 2-24 (8).
In reply Wairarapa looked solid with opener Elliot Mason making a steady 39. Ben Foster also made a brisk 26. But at 133-9 Wairarapa looked dead & buried… Luke Dingle & Stefan Hook had other ideas however & if it wasn’t for a mix up with the calling on 155 Wairarapa would’ve taken the spoils! The 5 run loss means that Wairarapa will now play against Marlborough tomorrow for 7th & 8th.
Two great announcements for Wairarapa junior cricket today… Ben Foster has been named as a non travelling reserve for the Central Districts under 18 side