Takapuna and Papatoetoe to fight out final

Friday, December 21, 2012

Takapuna captain Victoria Lind has been in great form

The first championship of the 2012/13 Premier Women’s season is up for grabs this weekend when Takapuna meet Papatoetoe at Shepherds Park in the Prichard Cup Final.

Franchise side Central West won the limited overs competition last season when they defeated Cornwall, and the runners-up looked well set for a another crack at the title in 2012/13 before a dramatic final day of group matches saw them drop out of contention when they lost to Waitakere City, a result that allowed Papatoetoe to overtake them.

Takapuna had no such worries in qualifying as they coasted through the group stages undefeated and are yet to be beaten in either form of the game this season.

Takapuna coach Neil Gray believes that stability has been the key to his team`s success this season: “It’s been great to have a settled team this year with the majority of the side available all the time. Having Victoria Lind free from injury and in top form put us in a great position out of the gate, and then we have had a number of young players show great form which has led to Hearts, U21 and U18 selections.”

Lind has been a standout performer in Premier cricket this season, averaging 56 with the bat whilst scoring the competition’s only century against Waitakere City.

Papatoetoe have plenty of firepower themselves and Gray is expecting a hard fought contest tomorrow afternoon: “Papatoetoe are an all star team. We just have to play our own game, field well and hopefully put ourselves in a good position. After finishing fourth in all competitions last season we are delighted to have made a final. Winning it would be a great reward for a strong pre-season and set us up nicely for the second half.”

The two sides will be meeting for the first time after two scheduled encounters earlier in the season were washed out without a ball being bowled. In the other matches Cornwall will face Waitakere City in the third place play-off at Te Atatu Park, while Eden Roskill take on Auckland University in the battle for fifth position at Melville Park.


Round One:

Takapuna 60/2 (K Southee 18) defeated Eden Roskill 59 (C Mains 5/12)

Papatoetoe 190 lost to Cornwall 192


Round Two:

Takapuna drew with Cornwall - match abandoned due to rain

Papatoetoe 58/1 defeated Waitakere City 57


Round Three:

Takapuna 204/9 (V Lind 101) defeated Waitakere City 203 (L Watts 4/54)

Papatoetoe defeated Auckland University via default


Round Four:

Takapuna drew with Papatoetoe – Match abandoned due to rain


Round Five:

Takapuna 124/1 (L Matthews 33no) defeated Auckland University 123 (L Matthews 3/19)

Papatoetoe 119/2 defeated Eden Roskill 118


Prichard Cup Table:

Takapuna                    12

Papatoetoe                  10.5

Cornwall                      9

Waitakere City             7.5

Eden Roskill                4.5

Auckland University    1.5


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