The Premier Grade semi-finals and finals took place on Saturday 20th December and Sunday 21st December respectively. Dan Cayliss the QE Park Groundsman had worked tirelessly to get the pitch and outfield up to scratch.
On Saturday, the weather was fantastic, the grounds looked fantastic and umpires James Sprowson and Brian Campbell got the semi-final underway. The semi-final saw a depleted Lansdowne team take on Burger King Red Star. With Jamie Holmes away Calvin Ball took up the reigns as captain. Calvin won the toss and put Red Star in the field. After losing 2 relatively quick wickets Brock Price and Alex Treseder steadied the ship and put on a 60 run partnership for the loss of the 4th wicket. Brock Price top scored for Lansdowne making 50 and Alex made 20 runs. Unfortunately the next 5 wickets for Lansdowne fell for only 30 runs. George Deans deserves a mention for his bowling efforts. George bowled 3.3 overs for 12 runs and took 3 wickets. Red Star were left with the target of 108 runs in the 50 overs.
Dion Knight and Sean Jarvis got off to a good start for Red Star putting on 43 runs before Dion was ruled LBW off the bowling of Sanjay Patel. It was the spinners for Lansdowne that took all the wickets and the Red Star boys failed to form any solid partnerships but were able to reach the target 8 down in the 28 overs. Sanjay Patel was the pick of the Lansdowne Bowlers taking 6 wickets in his 10 overs for 32 runs. The full scorecard can be viewed here.
This meant Burger King Red Star were to face Top Pub Greytown. Dan Cayliss was up early again on the Sunday morning mowing the outfield and after aterrible weather forecast on Saturday and a downpour of rain on Saturday night it was great to see the sun shining. This time is was Mark Elliott and Chris Cogdale who were appointed as umpires of the final. Red Star won the toss and elected to bat. Tony Russo and Tim Lucas opened the bowling for Greytown and had a great opening spell. Only 16 runs had been conceded by Tim and Tony in the first 11 overs, with Red Star having lost 1 wicket. Six of the Red Star batsmen reached double figures with George Deans top scoring on 33. Pete Sigverston and Jared Watt put on a valuable 9th wicket partnership of 38 runs. It was Pete, the number 9 batsman for Red Star who was to score the only 6’s of the game. After 46.2 overs Red Star were all out for 157 runs. Wickets were evenly shared amongst the Greytown bowlers. Tony Russo bowled 9.2 overs, 3 maidens for 22 runs and 2 wickets and Tim Lucas bowled 10 overs, 5 maidens for only 15 runs and 1 wicket.
Our thoughts are with Craig Stoneley who injured himself warming up in the innings break and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital. It was encouraging to hear that Craig was discharged from the hospital on Monday, we hope that you have a speed recovery Craig.
Jake Ross and Paul Lyttle got Greytown off to a great start scoring 78 runs off 15.4 overs before Jake was caught behind by keeper, Chris Wenden. Paul Lyttle top scored with 58 runs off 61 balls before he was the first of Troy Burling’s victims. At 95 for 3 off 20.5 overs Greytown were looking comfortable. However, Troy had different plans and dismissed the next 5 batsmen, (5 wickets and 1 run out) for the loss of 56 runs. Greytown were 8 down and needed 8 runs to win. Captain, Tim Lucas was at the crease and calmly steadied the ship scoring the wining runs for Greytown in the 44th over and scoring 24*. The full score card can be viewed here.
A new feature in Wairarapa Cricket this season are the Most Valuable Player Awards which will be awarded in each final of each of the formats. In this final, Mark Elliott and Chris Cogdale were asked to name the winner. At the after match function, they named 3 players who were in contention for this award. The were Paul Lyttle, Troy Burling and Tim Lucas.
Both Paul and Troy got their names on the honours board. Paul Lyttle for scoring 58 runs and Troy Burling for taking 5 wickets.
Tim Lucas was awarded the MVP award for The Umpires Cup Final.
This means Greytown will now play Marist Cricket Club in the first round of the Central Districts Club Champs elimination series on the 18th January 2015.