Victory at Home

When the Wanderers and Motueka Cricket Clubs first discussed the possibility of entering a combined team in the Nelson Cricket Association Premier competition for this season, a number of concerns were tabled. Both clubs had a long and proud history and wanted to provide Premier opportunities for their young players, but with 5 players aged Under 18 could the team be competitive at the top level of club play in the region.

What effect would any heavy defeats have in the young players development?

How sustainable would the collaboration be?

While the first three matches saw the team bowled out for under 100 on each occasion, resulting in comprehensive defeats, it is a testament to the group and the leadership within that group that has seen them regroup and display tenacity and resilience to then record three good wins.

The latest victory on Saturday at Centennial Park Brightwater against Wakatu was further indication of the progress within the group, as strike bowler Jack White failed a fitness test and was unable to play. Batting first in superb conditions Taylors Wanderers-Motueka struggled through to 176 with Dave Leonard top scoring on 52, with good contributions from Logan Ogilvie again an excellent example of the age variance within the team and the healthy strength of purpose which exists between all players.

In the 2nd innings, Wakatu started well taking 19 runs off the first two overs but in the 3rd over Hayden Ingham produced three great balls in succession that almost determined the outcome there and then. With his first he had the dangerous Jason Campbell caught for 15, then 2nd ball trapped Tom Argyle LBW, before clean bowling B. Smith for a wonderful hattrick. Despite the best efforts of FPD Hughes, who finished 61 n/o, Wanderers-Motueka tight bowling eventually restricted to Wakatu to 136. With the outstanding figures of 4 for 10, Hayden Ingham lead the attack, but Logan Ogilvie completed a fine match with a spell of 3/42 off his 9 overs. Again, the combination between young and young at heart was evident, and two run outs were an additional bonus.

Meanwhile the Taylors Wanderers 2nd Grade side defeated Garin College, batting first and making 260 before bowling the students out for 178. This result sees Wanderers join Motueka, Wakatu, Waimea, Toi Toi and Stoke in the Top 6 play off.

Both these results are viewed extremely positively by Wanderers and Motueka cricket clubs, who have experienced challenging times over recent years, but the determination and purposefulness of all involved certainly augers well for the remaining games this season, but also for the immediate future at both clubs.