Lone Star Wairarapa U/15 Boys travel to Napier this coming weekend for one of the hardest tasks in junior representative cricket. Their match against Hawkes Bay accrues points towards the Central Districts Tournament which both sides will attend in mid-December. What makes this such a difficult assignment is the big jump in standard from U/13s level to U/15 representative cricket, against a perennial cricketing heavyweight in Central Districts.

Coach Mark Brown is aware of what lies ahead for his side, having been in charge of the same level WCA team last year, and seeing the abundance of talent that their opposition are able to place on the field in this age-group. However, he feels that Wairarapa have been able to select an exciting, although young, team for the match. Only three boys from last season were available again at this level, meaning a number from last seasons talented U/13 boys have had to make the step-up.

It could be argued that batting is the strength of the team, and is certainly an area of high-promise. Captain, and returning U/15, Gus Borren will lead the way in this regard and will have substantial support from a trio of extremely talented players in Jake Jonas, Jesse McIntyre and Mark Steventon. All three made half-centuries almost at will coming through the lower age-groups and Steventon has already clocked-up two hundreds and a near miss in the local junior secondary schools competition. When combined with the ever-improving Alfie McIntosh, George Tanner and the hard-hitting Hunter Wyeth, Brown is hopeful that Wairarapa have a top-order capable not only of blunting the Hawkes Bay attack, but putting a decent total on the board.

To allow this to happen, Brown is reiterating the requirement for personal application. “There is no doubt about the talent within the team, but as we know in cricket, the talent only comes to fruition when coupled with hard work and application.”

The bowling attack has been hampered somewhat for this match with the unavailability of the impressive Charlie Sims due to a family bereavement. Joe Quinn will lead the pace-bowling ranks with assistance from medium-pacers Charlie Oldroyd, Charlie Oliver, Joel Silvester and Borren. Spin may be the teams secret weapon however, with all of Jonas, Steventon, McIntyre and McIntosh being able to send down a variety of off and leg spin respectively, combining with George Tanner’s left-arm leg-spin. Rounding out the side is Dylan Pugh behind the stumps.

The match will be a 110 over, one day 2-innings format match at Nelson Park in Napier.

Wairarapa Cricket Association U15 Boys team vs Hawkes Bay U/15s: Gus Borren (c ), Jake Jonas, Alfie McIntosh, Jesse McIntyre, Charlie Oldroyd, Charlie Oliver, Dylan Pugh, Joe Quinn, Mark Steventon, Joel Silvester, George Tanner, Hunter Wyeth Coach: Mark Brown