Tawa Col­lege keep cricket crown

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Tawa Col­lege suc­cess­fully de­fended their na­tional sec­ondary school girls cricket ti­tle in Palmer­ston North last week.

They beat Ep­som Girls’ Gram­mar by 10 wick­ets on Thurs­day to cap an em­phatic un­beaten cam­paign of five wins.

They lost just five wick­ets and con­ceded only 372 runs in the Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion.

The fi­nal match was re­duced to 12 overs and Ep­som set Tawa 68 to win.

New Zealand A rep­re­sen­ta­tive Melie Kerr (21 off 31) and Makayla Ma­son-Jones (29 off 35) got Tawa home with an over to spare.

Cap­tain Jess Kerr, Melie’s older sis­ter, said the win was built on solid all­round per­for­mances, but with par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance on field­ing – in their fi­nal match they made four run outs.

‘‘We worked hard on our field­ing and that really helped us,’’ she said.

‘‘Then ob­vi­ously we’ve got quite a good bat­ting lineup and all our bowlers are in the Welling­ton sec­ondary schools team, so we’re strong there, too.’’

Melie Kerr was named player of the tour­na­ment af­ter scor­ing 178 runs with­out be­ing dis­missed. She com­bined well with fel­low opener Ma­son-Jones (124 runs).

Roshani Thu­rais­ing­ham was the equal top wicket-taker with eight, but all the Tawa bowlers shone and few went at more than five runs per over in any match.

Be­fore had never last year, Tawa

sent a team to na­tion­als, so to win it two years in suc­ces­sion was re­mark­able.

They are the first Welling­ton team to win the com­pe­ti­tion more than once.

Tawa coach Rob­bie Kerr, fa­ther of the Kerr sis­ters and Cricket Welling­ton’s di­rec­tor of cricket, said the suc­cess was set up many years ago.

‘‘It fol­lows on from Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate win­ning the na­tional tour­na­ment two years in a row, five or six years ago.

‘‘It’s the same group com­ing through now,’’ he said.

Fi­nal points stand­ings: Tawa 10, St Hilda’s 8, Have­lock North 6, Ep­som Girls 4, Villa Maria 2, Whan­g­erei Girls 0.

The cham­pion Tawa Col­lege cricket side. Back row, from left, Makay­lah Ma­son-Jones, Phoenix Wil­liams, Danielle Watson, Melissa Veale, Olivia Macrae, Roshani Thu­rais­ing­ham, Anna-Leigh Gil­lies. Front row, from left, Je­nee­sha Maisuria, Katie Blair, Jess Kerr, Melie Kerr, Kate Fen­ton.

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