The Wairarapa Team to play against Taranaki this weekend (15th & 16th November 2014) in the first game of the Furlong Cup was named last night after practice.
Jamie Holmes steps in as captain as Seth Rance is proudly fulfilling his duties representing Central Districts in the Georgie Pie Super Smash Competition. Seth’s message to the boys is that he “is confident the boys will do really well against a strong Taranki side.”
Jamie has just completed a successful season personally in Northern Ireland as well as his club being named the Irish Club of the year for the team’s success. Jamie is passionate about the Wairarapa having played in the province and representing Wairarapa through the age groups. Jamie will be playing in his 37th game for the Wairarapa Men.
The selectors and team were delighted to hear that Henry will be returning to the Wairarapa thus making himself available for selection. Henry was the only player to score a century last season in a fine innings against Wanganui in a Hawke Cup game. Henry is also a passionate bush supporter and will be proudly representing the Wairarapa Men for the 70th time.
Sean Jarvis is a gritty player who puts his hand up to take the shine off the new ball. A standout highlight in last season’s Hawke Cup challenge was Sean’s perseverance to stand up to a very good Manawatu bowling attack, where he batted for 114 minutes and took on a very supportive role in a valuable partnership. Sean will be playing in his 20th game.
Calvin Ball joined us last season when work brought him to the Wairarapa. Unfortunately we lose Calvin halfway through the season as work takes him north. Very quickly Calvin fitted very well into the Senior Men and always gave 100%. Calvin took 14 wickets last year for the Wairarapa Men, with the highlight being a 5 wicket bag in the Cave Cup semi-final against Horowhenua-Kapiti. Calvin repeated these efforts in this years Cave Cup semi-final with another 5 wicket bag.
Troy Burling plays in his 4th game for the Wairarapa Men this weekend. Troy was picked for the team in their last Hawke Cup game for the 2013/14 season and certainly make a great start by scoring 57 runs as an opener. Troy has played for Red Star club for many years and has been a successful batsman for them.
It is great to have Brock Price back in the Wairarapa team. Brock has recently moved back to the Wairarapa and brings his all round skills to this team. Brock will always be remembered for his boundary catch as he leant over the railing at Westpac Stadium. More recently he will be remembered for the all important last wicket taken in the Cave Cup semi-final against Wanganui to give Wairarapa the win.
It is great to have Jared Watt back in the team after a season where he did not make himself available. Jared has been a consistent medium pace swing bowler playing for Red Star for many years, where he has taken bucket loads of wickets.
Stefan Hook-Sporry has just returned from a successful season in the UK. Even though he carried an injury to his shoulder and could not bowl as much as he would have liked, it gave him the opportunity to work on his batting where he scored more than 500 runs. Stefan was the top wicket taker for the Wairarapa Men last season taking 22 wickets. Stefan will be appearing in his 25th game for the Wairarapa Senior Men.
Paul Lyttle will be making his 35th appearance for the Wairarapa Senior Men. Last year Paul set up the Wairarapa Men in their win against Wellington in the Tararua Shield by scoring 57 runs and it was only last week that Paul scored 105 runs when Greytown played and won against Wairarapa College.
Robbie Speers is a batsman who can be relied on to steady the ship in the middle of the batting order. Robbie will be making his 35th appearance for the Wairarapa Men. Robbie has a positive approach when playing for the Wairarapa and hopefully will see this side starting off their Hawke cup season successfully.
Liam Burling is the youngest of the Wairarapa Men’s team and is just finishing Year 12 at school this year. Liam made himself and the Wairarapa proud when he was selected for the Central Districts under 17 team last season. Liam will be representing the Wairarapa Men for the 7th time.
Brian James will be making his 2nd appearance for the Wairarapa Men after a 9 year absence. BJ came to the Wairarapa 10 years ago from Zimbabwe having played 3 first class matches for Manicaland in Zimbabwe from 1999-2001. BJ’s is a right arm medium pacer who doesn’t give his wicket away easily when he is batting.