With the weather effecting all matches in the first half of the season, the girls only Year 5-8 SuperStar Smash got off to a flying start as Wellington summer has finally arrived in the capital. Under clear blue skies, six teams took to the field with only Hutt District and Johnsonville unable to play due to wet ground conditions from the night before.
The Superstar Smash format is made to mirror that of the formats played at the SuperStar festival days in school, only 16 overs instead of 8. Teams play eight a side with players batting in pairs for four overs each. Every player bowls and the fielders all rotate ensuring an inclusive, fast moving and enjoyable game.
On field, the games are run and umpired by older club and rep players in the female pathway. These umpires providing guidance and assistance to players, all with the goal to making sure everybody has lots of fun with the game over and complete in just over an hour.
Teams encompassed players who have never played before and also those who play in junior teams on a Saturday morning (both hardball and softball). New Zealand Cricket have gotten right behind the league initiative providing funding for Cricket Wellington to supply every team with an assist coach to attend team trainings and help out. A great way for the girls to give back to the game and get involved to expand their own off-field participation and leadership skills.
Wellington Collegians, North City, Eastern Suburbs, Onslow, Taita and Petone all got off to a flying start in the competition with fun had throughout the region. “Hit the ball hard and run hard” seemed to be the theme of the day as teams enjoyed their first outings.
Kate Johnson, Esme Olney-Boyd and Sorcha O’Grady all had fantastic performances with the bat for Eastern Suburbs.
Gemma Lovewell & Tirzah Thuraisingham for North City along with Collegians Kate Chandler and Gabrielle both had partnerships of 20 runs from just 24 balls. However some fantastic striking and fast running was the key to the highest partnership of the weekend for between Ava Conroy and Tui scoring a mammoth 38 from their four overs for North City.
An action packed Sunday afternoon was enjoyed by all the teams and players as family and friends surrounded the boundary line in support of the girls.
Round 2 takes place on Sunday 26th February, with Sunday 5 & 12 March also set for some action packed matches in the Girls SuperStar Smash.
If anybody would like to get involved in the league please contact Eimear Richardson for further details on firstname.lastname@example.org