Cricket girls show them how it's done

By Gary Caffell

The saying about "girls can do anything" is ringing true in the Wairarapa junior boys' fifth grade cricket competition.

Heading the points table with an unbeaten record are the Wairarapa College first XI girls' team, who have won three from three there, and a non-competition fixture against St Matthew's Collegiate to boot.

First up they had a nail-biter with Kuranui College, victory being achieved by Wairarapa College in the last over.

Highlight of that performance was 32 scored by ace batswoman Melissa Hansen.

The match with St Matthew's Collegiate followed and that produced a convincing win for the Wairarapa College squad.

National junior hockey rep Megan Hull (47 not out) and Hansen (46) starred with the bat, while some superb bowling figures were returned by Hansen (2-7), Taylah Carson-Butler (3-7) and Rachel Copps (2-22).

The next fixture against Rathkeale White was dominated by bowler Erin Copps, who finished with 5-15 as the opposition was bowled out for 41 in 12 overs.

Hansen with 2-5 also shone with the ball.

Up against a Wairarapa College boys' team, the girls were set the task of scoring 131 in a 20-over game and they got there with three overs to spare, thanks to brilliant knocks from Hull (32 not out) and her fellow hockey international Katherine van Woerkom, who top scored with 64.

The Wairarapa College team are coached by Wairarapa senior men's selector-coach Sam Curtis and also include Kirsty Saba, Michayla Hansen, Annemieke van Vliet, Billie Rawhiti, Bridget Mossman, Emma Smith and Kyle Coulson.


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