Even match offers exciting prospects

By Sam Curtis


Cricket

A strong Wairarapa side has been named for this weekend's round 4 clash against Horowhenua-Kapiti at the Queen Elizabeth Park Oval in Masterton.

Captain Henry Cameron is pleased with the outcome from what was the first "real" selection headache for the panel this season.

"We had a quality group of around 15 to select from this weekend and we feel we have the right balance in the side to defeat a strong Horowhenua-Kapiti team who, like us, are on the improve as a unit," Cameron said.

Wairarapa chairman Justin Herbert has been named to replace youngster George Deans and partner Tim Lucas at the top of the order after showing form recently in club cricket and the match against the Wellington under-17 side last weekend.

The dogged Joe Hull remains at three while captain Cameron will bat at number four.

The hero from Wairarapa's last outing against Hawke's Bay, Harry Clinton-Baker, resumes his position at five and will be followed by the region's most prolific run scorer for the last decade, Sam Curtis. Curtis is, however, under yet another injury cloud and will be bracketed with Ben Foster until the morning of the match.

Alex Treseder, who has been in scintillating touch of late, takes up the number seven position with returning university student Dean van Deventer coming in at eight. Promising Rathkeale College wicket keeper Matthew McKenzie will be at nine followed by Harry Greenwood, who is coming off a club century last weekend, at 10.

Club cricket's finest performer with the ball Jared Watt will fill the number 11 role while Stefan Hook-Sporry will be the non-bat and have a heavy workload with the ball.

Van Deventer and Watt are expected to take the new ball with Hook-Sporry and Greenwood first and second change.

Wairarapa, however, are going in with no official spinner with Nash Patel being left out of the side for this weekend. It is likely Cameron along with Curtis will share that role if needed.

Horowhenua-Kapiti will rely on old head and former Central Districts Stag Ewen Thompson for results in the runs column. However, they have a strong bowling unit that has proven they are a force to be reckoned with, bowling Taranaki out for just 101.

Former New Zealand under-19 squad member Matthew Bacon alongside current Stag Andrew Lamb will be a handful, add in the two left-arm pace men of Caleb Gaylard and Thompson and it makes for an exciting prospect of an even match.

Play gets under way both days at 10.30am.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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