In­door crick­eters vic­to­ri­ous

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

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.

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