This last weeks cricket started with the two T20 Premier games played mid-week. Red Star played Rathkeale at QE Park and after winning the toss elected to bat. After 20 overs they had 122 runs on the board with captain Chris Wenden top scoring and making the honours board with 54* runs. Kelsey Fahey was the top wicket taker for Rathkeale. He bowled 4 overs for 28 runs and took 3 wickets. In reply Rathkeale never really got on top and fell short by 31 runs. Wickets were evenly shared amongst the Red Star bowlers. The full score card can be viewed here.
The next T20 game was played in Greytown, with Greytown hosting Lansdowne.
Greytown won the toss and also elected to bat first. Robbie Speers opened the batting and made a solid 35 runs before being stumped in the 14th over. It was great to have CD Stags player Seth Rance back in the Wairarapa playing for his club. He and Robbie put on a great partnership of 44 runs, nearly half of the teams total of 90 runs. James Adamson was in fine form behind the stumps taking 5 caught behinds and one stumping. The leading wicket taker was Sammy Holmes who bowled 2 overs for only 7 runs and took 3 wickets.
In reply Seth made an immediate impact getting Tim Griffith lbw on the first ball and then bowling Brock Price with his 7th ball. Jamie Holmes came to the crease in the second over and was able to settle the Lansdowne innings top scoring with 4o runs and only being dismissed in the 19th over. Lansdowne were able to reach the target of 91 with 6 down and 8 balls to spare. Seth was the leading wicket taker landing up with 3 wickets, but Tony Russo deserves a mention too. He bowled 4 overs for only 8 runs and got one wicket. The full score card can be viewed here.
With Seth’s busy CD schedule we were pleased when he was able to have a quick interview with Brian James.
In the first Umpires Cup game on Saturday, Lansdowne hosted Rathkeale at QE Park. Rathkeale won the toss and elected to bat first on a dusty looking wicket. Rathkeale got off to a reasonable start with Alex Treseder picking up the first 2 wickets leaving Rathkeale on 62 for 2 after 14.3 overs. The runs were beginning to come a little easier for Rathkeale until Wairarapa rep batsman, Liam Burling, was caught behind for 23. Lansdowne continued to take wickets, it was the spin bowlers who did the damage with Venkat taking 4 wickets off his 6 overs. Miller Paton-Masters was the stabiliser in the Rathkeale innings remaining not out on 43 and Rathkeale’s total of 184 for 9 off 50 overs.
Brock Price and Calvin Ball started off the Lansdowne innings with a flurry of boundaries before Ball was bowled in the 7th over by BJ. Brock Price continued his powerful hitting until he skyed one off the bowling of Sprowson and was caught at point for 26. Alex Treseder and Darren Towgood stabilised the Lansdowne innings, rotating the strike and putting on 72 run partnership. Treseder was eventually caught in the covers for a well played 37. This brought Jamie Holmes to the crease who finished off the game quickly landing up on 48 not out off 30 balls, while Towgood was also not out on 47. Lansdowne reached Rathkeale’s total 4 wickets down in the 39th over. To view the full score card click here.
In the other Umpires Cup game, Wairarapa College were taking on Greytown at the college. Greytown won the toss and elected to bowl on a newly used Wairarapa college pitch. Nathan Elliot and Justin Herbert were the opening partnership for the college and they managed to provide some resistance to the opening attack from Rance and Russow, before Herbert fell in the 11th over for 25. Lucien Burt looked very dangerous at the crease and hit 11 boundaries in his 58, getting his name on the honours board for a second week in a row. Brad Griffth also stroked 6 boundaries in his 37 off just 34 balls, once Burt and Griffith had been dismissed, Wairarapa College continued to lose wickets. With only 3 players reaching double figures the college struggled along to 155 on what seemed to be a dead wicket. On Seth Rance’s return to club cricket he bowled 8 overs and finished with figures of 2-25.
In reply, Greytowns Jake Ross made his intentions clear from the begining, consistently hitting boundaries in his valuable innings of 62, meaning his name appears on the honours board for the first time this season. A good piece of fielding by Matt Perry was able get get the College a run out, that being Wairarapa vice captain Paul Lyttle for just 19. Leaving Greytown 46-1 after 10. Luke Dingle was clean bowled by Burt for just 6, this brought Speers to the crease. He finished the match off with 36 off just 22 deliveries, including four boundaries, bringing Greytown home in just the 24th over.
In the Open Grade, 10 o’clock Cookie Company Greytown hosted Lansdowne 2. Greytown batted first and nearly batted the 50 overs scoring 196 in 39.1 overs. Mike Thomson gets his name on the Honours Board, top scoring with 58 runs. Michael for Lansdowne was the top bowler taking 4 wickets. In reply Lansdowne 2 were only able to bat 22.5 overs before they were all dismissed. Hayden Barrett playing for the seconds top scored with 46 runs.
Turkey Red Greytown Old Boys hosted Lansdowne 3 at Kuranui. A Stephen and G Dennes dominated with the bat for Greytown with A Stephen finishing up with 107 not out and G Dennes reaching 71 runs. The Old Boys posted 259 for the loss of only 5 wickets in the 40 overs. In reply Lansdowne 3 struggled to 61 before they were all out.
This was the last game of the first round in the Open Grade. Congratulations to 10 o’clock Cookie Company Greytown Old for wining this and being the Times Age Cup winners.