Wairarapa Senior Men vs Taranaki Senior Men Captain’s Report
On a windy day but a flat wicket out at Rathkeale College’s oval, Wairarapa won the toss and elected to bat.
The Umpires and Scorers were ready to go.
Thelma Luxton, Taranaki Scorer for more than 20 years
Unfortunately things did not start well for the home side with wickets falling thick and fast from both ends. Henry Cameron (18) and Robbie Speers (19) were the only batsmen who added some resistance but the hosts fell to a disappointing 97. Taranaki came out all guns blazing with Calvin Ball snatching a good catch at point off the bowling of Stefan Hook to remove Dean Robinson for 7. Wairarapa were unable to hold a couple of catches which ended up proving very costly. Taranakis skipper Tom Bruce went on to score a fine 174* with boundaries all around the ground. Taranaki then declared on 280 with 6 overs remaining in the day. The two red star boys Troy Burling and Sean Jarvis survived the evening leaving Wairarapa with 12 runs on the board without loss, 171 runs behind.
When play resumed the next morning wickets continued to fall again for Wairarapa as they struggled to build any partnerships. Captain Jamie Holmes went stumped for 28 while Robbie Speers scored an impressive 38* and ran out of partners. Troy Burling and Brian James chipped in with 19 runs. Wairarapa were bowled out just before lunch for a dismal 149, Taranaki won the game by an innings and 34 runs.
The full scorecard can be viewed here.
A disappointing start to Wairarapa’s Hawke Cup campaign, however we are due to play Horowhenua Kapati in two weeks time and the Bush will be looking for their first Hawke Cup points of the season and fancy their chances.
Our thanks to Kevin Cooper, Coach and Laurie Curtis, Manager, for all their hard work.
Laurie Curtis – Wairarapa Senior Men’s Representative Manager
Wairarapa Development Green Team
In preparation for their tournament at Riverbend in January the Wairarapa Boys Development Green Team played a game against the Wairarapa Under 15 girls on Sunday, 16th November 2014. The boys batted first with Zac Te Maro batting confidently. The Girls would have kicked themselves for dropping Zac on his first ball as he went on to make 40* after 10 overs and was retired.
Some good solid batting in the middle order by Hunter Wyeth (25) and Ralph McLeod (21) set the scene for George Tanner (44*) and Jamie McLeod (18*) to bring the total to 200.
The boys finished with 206 for 8 off 30 overs.
In reply the girls had a great start with twins Gemma and Kate Sims setting the standard. Gemma was retired after reaching 52* and Kate was retired on 26*.
However with the loss of wickets the boys set an attacking field and by bowling better line and length were able to restrict the girls run rate, leaving them with a total of 140 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Bowling figures for the boys: Z Te Maro 3 overs for 13 runs and 2 wickets, G Tanner 3 overs for only 6 runs and 2 wickets, J Quinn 4 overs for 6 runs and 1 wicket, R McLeod 3 overs for 7 runs and 1 wicket.
Wairarapa Boys Development Gold Team
The other development team, the Boys Development Gold team, coached by Chris Osborne, travelled to Levin to play Horowhenua-Kapiti at Donelly Park. Wairarapa batted first and were able to score 122 runs for the loss of 8 wickets with Jack Oldroyd topscoring on 41*. The Development Gold team struggle to get wickets and Horowhenua-Kapiti reached the target with only 1 wicket down. This wicket was taken by Jesse McIntyre who was the pick of the bowlers who bowed 4 overs and conceded only 5 runs.