In the third year of its existence, Wairarapa’s Junior Rep sides hold the Peter Wright-Elizabeth Perry shield for the first time after winning three of four fixtures on Sunday 26 February. The trophy is awarded for the annual exchange between Wairarapa JCB teams and those from the Hutt Districts Cricket Club.

For the 2016/17 season the Shield was awarded based upon the results of the four separate games hosted at Wairarapa College and Masterton Intermediate. This was down from the usual five as Hutt Girls had a clash with a Wellington club fixture. The teams partaking were Wairarapa U/13s, U/12s and U/11s, along with an Invitation Year 6 XI made up of players new to the local hardball grade, with names provided by junior club coordinators.

The U/13 Boys led the way, with the result highlighted by a fantastic century from Mark Steventon. Batting first, Wairarapa started strongly with both Jessie McIntyre (36) and Jake Jonas (30) batting well. However it was the impetus added by Steventon, who took only 79 balls to score his 104, that allowed the team to amass 230 for 6 off their 40 overs. Steventon was ably supported towards the end by Sam Loder (18). In reply Hutt Districts started strongly getting through to 113 in the 20th over before the loss of their third wicket saw the wheels fall off somewhat. In the end Wairarapa wrapped up the innings for 156 to clinch an emphatic 74 run win. Leading the way with the ball was Jake Jonas with 3 for 16 (plus contributing 2 run-outs and 2 catches) and Charlie Sims with 2 for 19 off 5.

The earliest finish was also emphatic with Wairarapa U/11 Boys completing a strong 61 run win over a Hutt Districts team who are the current Wellington champions. Batting first the U/11s found run-scoring difficult with Sam Jones (21) and Wills Vincent (21) leading the way, ably supported by Sam Payne (15) and Alex Mason (15). The team total of 117 all out off 25.2 would prove far too strong. Superb bowling through the ranks saw Hutt dismissed for a paltry 56 off 25.1 overs. Liam Gale 3 overs 1 for 3, Louis Oliver 3 overs 2 for 3, Sam Payne 3 overs 2 for 6, Tyler Robinson 2 overs 1 for 5, Jamie O’Hara 4 overs 1 for 8, Angus Jaspers 3 overs 1 for 2, Sam Jonas 1 for 6 and Alex Mason 1 wicket off 1 ball all had excellent figures.

The U/12 match was the closest fought of the games, and despite the Wairarapa side being on the wrong side of the ledger, they can hold their collective heads high for the way they kept themselves in the match until the end. Hutt Districts batted first making 200/7 off their 40 at MIS, with Andrew Taylor and and Jack Sorrell both claiming 1 for 12, Flynn Register 1 for 14 with Oliver Vincent and Finn Simmons also claiming wickets. In reply Wairarapa lost early wickets and at 100/6 were up against it. Charlie Matthews batted fantastically in making 44, and with assistance from Andrew Taylor (20 off only 9 balls), and Oli Vincent (31 off 37) led Wairarapa to the verge. A couple of late run-outs saw the impetus fade as the team came close only going down by 12 runs, making 188 off 37.4.

It was the newbies whose result sealed the Shield victory. A team of new hard-ballers, made up of players put forward by JCB club coordinators joined together for the first time ever and carved out a 6 wicket victory. This exchange is a fantastic breeding ground for future JCB rep players and James Church, 2 for 9 off 4 and 30 retired, Toby Nelson (20), Xavier Cook (18*) and Daniel Oldroyd (16 and 1 for 4 off 2) all proved that the future looks bright. Patrick Wellbrock and Charlie Regnault also claimed wickets as the team restricted Hutt to 134/8 off 30 and then replied with 138/4 with 4 overs to spare.

Well done all teams, a fantastic day and continuation of a great season.