26 Jun, Sunday

Takapuna Ponies claim Prichard Cup

Club Cricket

Takapuna Ponies claim Prichard Cup

Iain LaxonClub Cricket, Game Development

The Takapuna Ponies have claimed the Prichard Cup with a five-wicket victory over Waitakere at Onewa Domain.

Waitakere won the toss and elected bat first on a glorious morning in Auckland.

After a solid enough start, disaster struck when Arlene Kelly was run out for eight by fellow Hearts team mate Lauren Down.

However, Kelly’s opening partner Sam Curtis anchored the innings for the visitors scoring a patient 62.

At 100/2, Waitakere were in the box seat and looking likely to post a decent total but the Ponies bowling unit stepped up to peg them back.

Double blows with the score on 102 and 130 ensured Waitakere were kept in check and couldn’t launch as they would’ve wanted to. Eventually they were bowled out for 158 in the 48th over.

Roz McNeil, Lauren Heaps and Nav Hira all picked up two wickets a piece while the pick of the bowlers was Alice le Marquand with 3/24 from her five overs.

The Takapuna openers got off to a decent start before Kelly got her revenge on Down with a fortuitous bowled; the ball coming off her helmet and onto the stumps.

Toni Baldwin played with finesse scoring five boundaries in her innings of 40 to keep the Takapuna chase on track.

In the middle overs the Waitakere bowlers started to apply the pressure, Alana Watts claiming two wickets in an over to start putting the squeeze on the chase.

However, Anlo van Deventer was the constant for Takapuna, she played a superb innings scoring 53* to guide her side home in the 37th over.

Van Deventer played with patience and occasional power in her innings, a well-timed chasing knock on a trying pitch.

After losing in the final last year, Takapuna will be stoked to finally have the Prichard Cup in their grasp for 2016/17.