After one of the more competitive round-robins, the Pearl Dawson Trophy is up for grabs this Sunday at Onewa Domain, where Takapuna, Auckland University and Cornwall will battle for Premier Women’s T20 honours.
Takapuna booked a home final after a pair of commanding wins last Saturday and now wait to see who wins Sunday’s Preliminary Final between University and Cornwall.
Leg-spinner Jane Barnett has had an impressive first season with Takapuna. The competition’s leading wicket-taker, with 17 wickets from 10 matches, has loved this season with the Ponies and cannot wait for Finals Day.
“The Ponies are super excited and hopefully we can put in a performance in front of our home crowd. It would be awesome to lift the trophy, but for me, I am just loving being back on the cricket field.”
Both University and Cornwall will need to win two games if either side are to be victorious on Sunday.
University’s Alex Eastwood said her side were given a good test last weekend and have put the work in to make the most of Finals Day.
“As a team, we need to be positive and support one another. We have emphasised the importance of fielding this week and we are ready to take our chances this Sunday.”
Cornwall face a different challenge. With several players away with National Development Camps, wicket-keeper Tariel Lamb knows it will take something special.
“We will have a young side, but it’s exciting and a great challenge for the experienced players to step up and for younger players to play in Premier Finals.
“It’s awesome to have had such a close T20 competition this year. No team was out of it heading into the final two games and that makes it rewarding to get to this point in the competition.”
PRELIMINARY FINAL: Auckland University vs. Cornwall – 11 AM
FINAL: Takapuna vs. Preliminary Final winner – 3 PM
The Final will be live-streamed on Auckland Cricket’s Youtube Channel.