Pearl Dawson Trophy – Finals Preview

This Sunday three premier women’s teams head to Colin Maiden Park to find the 2018/19 Pearl Dawson Trophy winner.

In-form side Unitak will play the winner of the playoff between Cornwall and Howick Pakuranga.

Cornwall batsman Katie Perkins says that her side will be focusing on the first match against Howick Pakuranga rather than focusing too far ahead.

“That’s gotta be what we’re concentrating on, because if we don’t beat Howick we don’t get a chance at the final.”

Perkins put on a partnership of 122 with teammate Saachi Shahri in round 10, and says Shahri is in very good touch.

“Saachi’s really been batting well – we had two wins last week and she scored good runs in both.”

Unitak captain Samantha Curtis says her team is looking forward to playing the final at home.

“It’s always good to make any final, so we’re looking forward to it. It’s been a good run for us so we’re focusing on getting one more win.”

“The number one at Colin Maiden is a really good venue, so hopefully we can get a bit of a crowd in.”

Curtis says that while the team is missing standout batsman Katie Gurrey, there are younger players who will be pleased with the opportunity to step up.

“Jesse Prasad and Brianna Perry are two who have had very good tournaments. They’ll certainly be valuable in the final.”

She’s not worried about which team Unitak will face.

“Whoever the opposition is we’ll still be focused on our own games and putting on a good performance.”

With the Prichard Cup limited-overs tournament restarting tomorrow, a big weekend looms for all three teams.

Curtis says recovery will be a big factor.

“I think for some of us older ones we’ll have to make sure we have a really good warm-down on Saturday and an early night!”

Perkins has been encouraging her younger teammates to embrace the mental challenge of potentially playing three games in a weekend.

“It’s a lot of cricket but hopefully if we make it into the final we’ll be in decent touch and ready to go.”

Howick Pakuranga will play Cornwall at 11:00am.

The final between Unitak and the winner of game one will begin at 3:00pm. This match will be live-streamed on the Auckland Cricket YouTube channel.

Katie Perkins is collecting non-perishable food items to stock her Pātaka Kai (community pantry) in Manurewa. All donations will be gratefully accepted at Colin Maiden Park throughout the day.