Two of the losing teams from day one of the NZCT Cup national secondary school girls’ cricket finals turned their fortunes around with good wins on day two of the tournament – despite a rain-affected day’s play.
After rain overnight and during the morning, matches were transferred to artificial pitches and full length games got underway at 1.00pm, in what had become very warm, humid conditions.
Havelock North High School won the toss in their game against Christchurch’s Burnside High and opted to bat. They were quickly in trouble and never recovered. Wickets tumbled regularly and they were dismissed in the 26th over for 54. Wickets for Burnside were shared between Claire Nicholas, Ella Falkner, Lucy Foote and Katie Edwards who each captured two wickets.
Burnside was untroubled, and took little time, to knock off the required runs reaching the target in the 12th over. Jessica Hastings scored the majority of these runs.
Epsom Girls’ Grammar were put into bat by Wellington Girls’ College, and after the loss of two early wickets Wellington’s decision to bowl first seemed the right one. However, Maddy Green and captain Lucille Matthews combined in a productive third-wicket stand of 114 with both players reaching half centuries. This set the platform for a total of 182/7. Penny Roy and Kayla Edwards both bowled well to take three wickets apiece.
In reply Wellington struggled and was all out in the 33rd over for a modest 68. Most of the wickets were shared between Roseanne Cox, Monica Stone and Ellen Tocher who all had economical returns.
Pool B saw the closest encounter of the round with Baradene College narrowly defeating Waikato Diocesan, scoring the winning runs in the 39th over with one wicket standing. Waikato batted first and apart from an accomplished 35 by Natalie Dodd they found runs hard to come by and at 40 overs had managed 121/7. Victoria Kirisome and Lucy Carter were the best of the Baradene bowlers.
Baradene then had to face the same intensity of bowling and fielding from Waikato, including captain Hannah Beatson with a competitive 3/14. With Baradene nine wickets down, every run of the last few required was loudly cheered, as the last pair got them home in a nailbiting finish. Best of the Baradene batsmen was Danielle McFayden with a patient 23.
New Plymouth was put in to bat by St Hilda’s Collegiate and after 40 overs of quality batting had accumulated an impressive 293/2. Kate Broadmore was superb, scoring 99 and combined in a massive second-wicket partnership of 151 with Maree Heal. Heal and captain Brooke Sim both posted 50s.
St Hilda’s struggled against such a daunting total, and the accuracy of New Plymouth’s very professional bowling and fielding, and was all out in the 22nd over for 54. Kate Baxter took three cheap wickets, as did captain Brooke Sim. Hers were from the only three balls she bowled in the match – a hat trick to finish the innings.
DAY TWO – TUESDAY 16 DECEMBER, 2008
Havelock North High School: 54 (Claire Nicholas 2/7, Ella Falkner 2/16, Lucy Foote 2/5, Katie Edwards 2/16). lost to Burnside High School: 58/1 (Jessica Hastings 34)
Epsom Girls’ Grammar School: 182/7 (Maddy Green 57, Lucille Matthews 58no; Penny Roy 3/14, Kayla Edwards 3/32). beat Wellington Girls’ College: 68 (Roseanne Cox 3/7, Monica Stone 2/9, Ellen Tocher 2/17).
Waikato Diocesan School: 121/7 (Victoria Kirisome 2/43, Lucy Carter 2/7). lost toBaradene College: 122/9 (Danielle McFayden 23; Hannah Beatson 3/14)
New Plymouth Girls’ High School: 293/2 (Kate Broadmore 99, Maree Heal 51no, Brooke Sim 67no). beatSt Hilda’s Collegiate School: 54 (Kate Baxter 3/14, Brooke Sim 3/0).
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