Indoor cricketers victorious
Seven Tawa and Johnsonville age group indoor cricket players have been named for New Zealand after dominating performances at the recent nationals.
The Wellington under-15 team won all their games, held at Hutt Indoor Sports Centre on July 18 and 19.
Captain Melie Kerr, 13, from Tawa, was the only girl in the competition. She was named player of the tournament.
Her father Robbie, also a former New Zealand representative, was the team’s coach. He said cricket is huge in their household.
Both Melie and her sister Jess, 16, are in the under-20 New Zealand women’s team, which will compete at the Indoor Cricket World Cup in Wellington in October.
Keeping it in the family, the sisters’ cousin Micah Conroy, 12, the youngest member of the Wellington under-15 team, secured selection in the New Zealand boys under- 16 national team, along with Tawa clubmates Lachie Hill and Dillon Lewis.
Former New Zealand opening batsman Bruce Murray – Melie Jess and Michah’s grandfather – was present at the nationals.
‘‘I think he’s proud,’’ Melie said. ‘‘He came and watched the final.’’
Conroy is excited about his first overseas trip when he travels with his New Zealand team to the Gold Coast to play in the Indoor Cricket World Cup in October 2015. He didn’t expect to get selected. ‘‘I was a bit surprised – there was a lot of talent at the tournament.’’
He said his highlight at nationals was winning the final against Canterbury, where he and Lewis made 30 runs in their partnership.
That was nearly as much as Canterbury’s total, with Wellington winning 102-51.