Taka­puna get re­venge over Univer­sity in fi­nal

Central Leader - - WHAT’S ON - FELIC­ITY REID

The Taka­puna Ponies got one back over the Auck­land Univer­sity women’s premier cricket team by beat­ing them in the fi­nal of the Pearl Daw­son limited overs com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Auck­land Univer­sity had beaten Taka­puna in the fi­nal of the T20 com­pe­ti­tion back in Janu- ary, but this time it was the Ponies’ turn to lift the sil­ver­ware - an im­pres­sive 187-run win se­cur­ing them the ti­tle.

Cap­tain Lau­ren Down led from the front, top-scor­ing with 74 in the to­tal of 223. She re­ceived sup­port from Kerry Tom­lin­son who scored at nearly a run a ball in her un­beaten knock of 48.

In re­ply, Univer­sity were all out for 36.

The col­lapse is ex­cep­tional, con­sid­er­ing Univer­sity’s top five con­sists of a cur­rent White Fern, the com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing run scorer, an Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional, an Auck­land un­der-18 rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the cap­tain of the Auck­land Hearts.

When Ponies’ coach Chris Reid took up the reins, the Ponies were a young side that ‘‘were not nec­es­sar­ily go­ing any­where with any great di­rec­tion’’.

‘‘We’ve put in work over three sea­sons to get these two re­sults this year. We took lit­tle steps through­out that time, and some­times we went back­wards, some­times we fell. But, look­ing back, I am re­ally happy it has come about the way it did,’’ Reid said.

PHOTOTEK

Taka­puna’s Anlo Van Deven­ter ac­cel­er­ated the run rate when she was at the crease.

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