The victorious Hutt District side celebrating their maiden title win on Saturday.
Hutt District have won the Female cricket title ahead of a strong challenge from Johnsonville after beating Collegians on Saturday. It’s the first time Hutt have lifted the trophy and they are deserved winners of the competition.
Hutt won their final match of the season against Collegians in style, after batting first and scoring a massive 357. White Fern Lucy Doolan scored 126 and Wellington Blaze keeper-batsmen Andrea Stockwell scored 101. Doolan and Stockwell were aggressive with the bat and Blaze medium pacer Evans came in for some tap with 49 coming from her 6 overs. In reply Collegians could only score 83 with Rebecca Burns getting 2 for 25 and Gemma Krebs 2 for 12.
In the other important game of the last round, Onslow scored 172, with Floss Marshall scoring her maiden club 50, eventually being dismissed for 53. In reply Johnsonville passed the score three down with Leigh Kasperek getting 50 and in her final innings before retirement Megan Wakefield scoring 42. Johnsonville gave it everything but couldn’t manage to catch Hutt and the crucial game that they lost against the Secondary Schools side cost them the title.
On Sunday the Secondary Schools side took on a strong Collegians side, with Rachel Priest, Allex Evans and Eimear Richardson all turning out at Anderson Park. Batting first, Collegians scored 157 for 9 with Priest scoring 62, Emma Fulbrook grabbing 4 for 17 and Courtney Sprott and Rebecca Burns getting 2 wickets each.
In reply the Secondary Schools chased down the target with an over to spare, Rebecca Burns with 38, Courtney Sprott with 37 and Gemma Krebs with 41 not out helping the SSG to another win this season.
The teams will now play zone cricket with 26 girls all wanting to compete in the next couple of weeks. This weekend they will play in the Manawatu against a Hawke’s Bay side and will meet a combined Taranaki/Manawatu side on 24 March. Robbie Kerr Director of Cricket said he was encouraged by the SSG progress and also delighted to have 26 girls wanting to keep playing cricket even though the club season has come to an end.