Tawa in the top spot
Tawa College’s 1st XI cricket side will be flying the flag for the Porirua basin when they battle for a Gillette Cup spot against the best in Wellington from this weekend.
On Saturday Tawa convincingly overcame Aotea College to secure second spot in Premier 2 and thus qualify for the Gillette qualifying tournament at Karori Park.
Batting first, Aotea were rolled for 110, with No 11 Corey Saunders top-scoring with 18 not out. Aotea recovered somewhat from 67/8 and were helped by Tawa’s 26 wides.
Daniel Rose was the star with the ball, taking 5-23 from his 10 overs, while Bounty Senadeera nabbed 3-19 and James Everett 2-21.
Tawa knocked off the runs in 29 overs, for the loss of one wicket, with Conal Mckie (44 not out) and Yatesh Maisurua ( 36 not out) cruising home.
Tawa manager Suresh Senadeera says they will be ranked eighth of the eight teams at Karori Park – with Wellington College, Hutt International Boys School and St Pat’s Town in their pool – but will approach the tournament with confidence.
‘‘The win over Aotea was comprehensive and we have wickettakers, a good batting order and definite match- winners in our team. They will be practising hard [this] week and who knows what will happen?’’
A white ball and powerplays are two things Tawa will need to adapt to quickly if they are to compete, Senadeera says.
Aotea’s manager Richard Clarkson says they have been happy with their season’s effort, especially considering they had been promoted from Premier 3 and had lost several experienced players from last year.
Meanwhile, in Pearce Cup play, North City secured a win on first innings over league-leaders Karori at the completion of their twodayer at Linden. After scoring 314 (Nick Walters 96, Ben Jansen 51) and restricting Karori to 249/9, Norths made 183/ 8 declared. Karori finished 13 runs short of their target at stumps on day two.
The result, which comes after Norths’ defeat of Onslow on first innings in the previous round, has secured them a safe fifth position in the table, with one match remaining.
Hitting out: Tawa College’s Bounty Senadeera returned the excellent figures of 3-19 against Aotea College, even if batsman Corey Saunders did smash a few boundaries off him.