Wadestown & Redwood Primary battle it out on the Basin Reserve

Kate Chandler sends a delivery while Ava Conroy gets ready to run

The Wellington Region Year 5/6 Plate had a fantastic final at the Basin Reserve in glorious sunshine.

First time entrants into the competition, Wadestown School and Redwood Primary showed up at Basin flanked by family support as the girls took to the famous Basin Reserve middle.

A softball tournament, the girls bat in pairs with -2 runs for every dismissal taken; the format to encourage participation among all team members. A 40 meter boundary encouraged players to ‘go big’ with the bat and they certainly did with plenty of boundaries scored and some great running between the wickets.

Redwood Primary scored 80 with some fantastic partnerships; Tui Komaisavai & Palak Rathod scoring 24 while Ava Conroy and Grace Campbell scored 28. Great boundary hitting gave Wadestown the edge as Gabrielle Healy and Em O’Megan scored 35 with Gabrielle hitting a big 6 to great sideline applause. Last pairing Kate Chandler and Sienna Candy top scored in the game with 37 to seal victory for the city side. Wadestown winning the encounter by 23 runs, but overall it was a great day out for families who got share the experience of playing on a world-wide famous ground.

Redwood Primary and Wadestown School had a fantastic day out at the Basin

Both schools had some fantastic parent support which not only coached the teams, but also got them up and running. Cricket Wellington provided assistance where available with Wellington Blaze all rounder Eimear Richardson going out to Redwood Primary to take a training session for a group of very enthusiastic players keen to learn and show their talent. This assistance made possible as part of the Cricket Wellington Year 5-8 Girls strategy to grow female participation – a programme which is available to any school interested and offered completely free of charge.*

Earlier in the morning, Raroa Intermediate overcame a strong Evans Bay Intermediate challenge to win the Wellington Regional Year 7/8 Final. Raroa Intermediate now going on to represent Wellington at the NZC Primary School Nationals in Term 4 2017. For the full story please click here.

These two fixtures closed off the girls season for 2016/17, a season which saw growth throughout primary and secondary school cricket in both participation and standard.

*For further information on how to get your/your childs’ school involved in the SuperStar programme in Term 3/4 2017 or even Term 1 2018, please contact e.richardson@firebirds.co.nz for further details.