Tawa College keep cricket crown
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.