Regional Finalists Confirmed for NZCT Qualifiers

After three days of competitive cricket in Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt, Sacred Heart and Tawa College have finished top of the round robin table, securing a place in the Regional Final to be played at the Basin Reserve on Wednesday 5th April, 10:30am. The winner of this final will go on to represent Wellington at the NZCT National Secondary School Tournament in December 2017.

Five teams competed, the same colleges as in 2016; Tawa College, St. Mary’s College, Sacred Heart College, Wellington Girls College and Hutt Valley High School.

Five rounds were played in full thanks to the tropical climate in Upper Hutt which managed to avoid the fog and drizzle that affected the city. Tawa and Sacred Heart both got early leads on the board with convincing wins in the first round. Kate Fenton claimed 3-3, effected a run out and scored 36 not out to lead Tawa to victory while Hannah Kells took 2-11 for HVHS. Against St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart had a dominant performance led by Anna Duthie-Jung with the bat scoring 40 not out while Tanmeet Singh and left-armer Brooke Chandler both took 4 wickets each as nine of St. Mary’s were clean bowled.

In Round two, WGC had a spirited game against Tawa College, Tawa with a solid start before left arm seamer Jemma Catherwood clean bowled opener Amelia Kerr in her second over. Anna Leigh Gillies top scored with 42 as Beth Molony and Libby Browne claimed two wickets each. In reply, opener Anna Martin starred with the bat for WGC scoring 33, but Tawa proved too strong on the day, Amelia Kerr leading the attack with 2-5. Sarah Codyre & Dani Brearton starred for HVHS in victory over St. Mary’s with three wickets each, HVHS winning by 8 wickets.

By round 3 the sides were well versed and it proved in two close games. Amelia Kerr starred for Tawa with the bat scoring 99* from just 67 balls, a fantastic unbroken opening stand with Kate Fenton (51*) saw Tawa reach 167-0, Sacred Heart left to rue some missed opportunities in the field. Sacred Heart didn’t shy away in the chase, attacking from the start they lost both openers in Nicola Brennan and Duthie Jung in the first seven overs, but with 51 runs on the board. A middle order partnership of 63 runs between Meah Le Moray (35) and Hannah Vaughan (22) gave Sacred Heart a chance as Tawa bowled ten bowlers. But once Vaughan was dismissed, an exciting chase slipped away as Tawa took hold of the game. A lower scoring thriller gripped WGC & HVHS, WGC scoring 98-2, Dani Brearton claiming both Anna Martin (26) and Beth Molony as Caitlin Laurie (25*) and Amelia Harland (20*) finished the innings. Sarah Codyre proved the key in a successful HVHS chase, striking 32* and seeing off the ever dangerous threat of fast bowler Beth Molony. Ollie Preston claimed 3-15 including two in one over, but WGC were left to rue too many dot balls in their batting innings which didn’t give them much to defend.

Round 4 saw Sacred Heart claim a tight victory over HVHS, Anna Duthie Jung (49) and Tanmeet Singh (3-6) leading Sacred Heart to victory while WGC enjoyed a win over St. Marys. Laura Martin (Wellington Easts) a stand out with the ball for St. Mary’s claiming 4-17 as Beth Molony struck 33*, WGC reaching 139. St. Mary’s then produced their highest total of the tournament thanks to L. Martin and Zoe Wishnowsky (Onslow College) as WGC bowlers shared in the St. Mary’s wickets as 86-8.

The fifth and final round saw a stunning performance by Jamie Rawiri (41* & 2-7) to lead Tawa College to victory over St. Mary’s and finish the round robin stage unbeaten. Meanwhile, Wellington Girls took on Sacred Heart in a must win match, both sides in a position to qualify for the final. Scoring 77* including a 72 run partnership with Duthie-Jung, Bhagya Herath led the Hutt side to 144-3, WGC left to rue an elementary run out at the non strikers end. Captain Beth Molony was the pick of the bowlers for WGC, the Wellington U21 rep finishing with 1-15.

In reply Anna Martin played some beautiful on drives and ran well between the wickets despite Sacred Heart claiming the WGC top order around her. However 54* from Beth Molony got WGC within grasp of the required runs, her side needing 9 for victory in the final over. Nicola Brennan took charge with the ball, her first five balls leaking just five runs as in-form Molony was trapped at the non strikers end. Needing four to win from the final ball, an off-side wide meant only two was needed for a draw, three to win. Molony swung hard to deep square leg, Amelia Harland run out at the keepers end attempting the winning run as Sacred Heart broke into wild celebrations.

As tournament rules state, in the case of a tie, a bowl out will decide the winner, each side selected three bowlers to bowl two balls each. Jamie Edwards, Beth Molony and Ollie Preston stood up for WGC but with a bouncing mat, their pace took the ball over the stumps on three occasions without success. Bhagya Herath, Meah Le Moray and Brooke Chandler took on the task for Sacred Heart, Herath hitting with the 6th and final ball of the over to send Sacred Heart into wild celebrations for a second time, this time with a place in the final.

Tawa College and Sacred Heart will meet at the Basin Reserve at 10:30am on Wednesday 05 April for the deciding fixture to determine the Wellington regional representative to attend Nationals in Term 4 2017.

Hutt Valley High SchoolSacred Heart CollegeSt.Mary’sTawa CollegeWellington Girls College
Most RunsSarah CodyreAnna Duthie Jung (128)Laura MartinAmelia Kerr (142)Bethany Molony
Most WicketsDani Brearton (7)Tanmeet Singh(7) Brooke Chandler (7)Zoe WishnowskyKate FentonBethany Molony, Ollie Preston, Libby Browne
Most DimissalsNatasha CodyreMeah Le MorayZoe WishnowskyAnna Leigh Gillies, Georgia Plimmer, Jamie RawiriBeth Molony, Ollie Preston, Jemma Catherwood
50+ in an InningsNABhagya Herath 77*NAAmelia Kerr 99*, Kate Fenton 51*Bethany Molony 54*
Four Wickets+ in an InningsNATanmeet Singh 4-16 Brooke Chandler 4-24Laura Martin 4-17NANA
Highest Batting PartnershipAmelia Kerr & Kate Fenton (167)
Highest Team Total109-10151-886-8167-0144-6
Team MVPsSarah CodyreBhagya HerathLaura MartinAmelia KerrBethany Molony
Overall Tournament MVPBethany Molony