2/1/19 - Round 1,

In the first ever game for the BJs Building and property maintanence Horowhenua-Kapiti Under 18 girls team. The girls came up short against a very well drilled Taranaki outfit.

The team begin their National secondary school Girls tournament in Wanganui today. After a good ride up the team was enthusiastic and ready to go as captain Ayesha Carly-Hendry won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a very good wicket. The team got off to a solid start with openers Zoe Yeo ( 10 ) and top scorer Hannah Reynolds ( 18 ) both batted with good intent before coming unstuck against the Taranaki opening bowlers. From there, the middle order didn’t produce the runs they’re capable of today. The standout performance was Ella Smith, batting with maturity beyond her years to hit an invaluable 7 from 45 deliveries in difficult circumstances. We finished on 74 from 26.3 from our 30 overs.

HK came out confident after the break believing their attack had the potential to roll the Taranaki side, but couldn’t get past the two Taranaki openers. Taranaki showed aggression and batted extremely well to lead their team to a 10 wicket win. The girls are still confident and looking forward to our two games against Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa tomorrow.

3/1/19 - Round 2,

BJs building and property maintanence Horowhenua-Kapiti under 18 girls have been beaten this morning by a very talented Hawkes Bay side.

Ayesha Carly- Hendry won the toss and elected to bat as the team felt confident they could put runs on the board and defend a total with their talented young bowling attack. In a reverse of yesterday’s efforts, the top order struggled against some quality bowling from the Hawkes bay unit but the middle order rallied to put some respectability on the HK total. Zoe Yeo again played some quality cricket shots on her way to the top score of 13. She was helped out by Erin Buckland ( 12 ) and Ella Smith ( 10 ) to build a few crucial partnerships through the middle to bring the HK innings to a close at 88.

The HK team showed massive improvement in the fielding effort, in particular captain Carly-Hendry was outstanding for a young captain with her field placements and was well supported by the team. Erin Buckland and Nikita Whitehead bowled well up front, Whitehead was particularly impressive only conceding 7 runs from her 2 overs. In the end, the girls were beaten by a very impressive Hawkes Bay team by 8 wickets. Plenty of positives and improvements shown by the girls however moving forward in the tournament.

3/1/19 - Round 3,

Bj’s Building and property maintanence Horowhenua Kapiti U18 girls save their best effort for last on day two here in Wanganui!

The girls showed massive amounts of improvement in their 3rd game against defending champions Wairarapa at Tasman Tanning Park today. Ayesha Carly-Hendry lost her first toss ever as an HK captain and the side were put into field against the Wairarapa side featuring several CD representatives that have played as high as U21 level. This meant our girls were up for a huge challenge and they really did rise to the occasion! Nikita Whitehead opened up and bowled with really promising pace and swing to challenge the Wairarapa batsmen. Carly- Hendry ( 1- 20 off 5 ) came from the other end and bowled in very good areas and had the ball swinging around. The two openers were supported well by Erin Buckland ( 1- 31 off 6 ) who also had the ball moving a long way and bowled very well. All three girls are very promising players for the future. Despite the great efforts up front the Wairarapa batsmen cashed in at the end and got to a total of 217.

The girls came out fighting in the 2nd innings with the star batsmen of the tournament so far, Zoe Yeo, batting with really good aggression to get to 18 and loan player Amy Kay scored a very patient 25 as the pair put on 42 for the first wicket. Again it was middle order batsmen Buckland and Carly-Hendry who scored 22 and 23 respectively that continued to show massive potential for the future as they smartly went about trying to chase the total. In the end the run rate climbed too high and the girls went down still showing intent to chase the target. Geniveve Kunz hit an entertaining 11 not out down the order but eventually we were bowled out for 116. The girls continue to improve with every game and the results aren’t far off from showing this, games to follow against Nelson and Manawatu tomorrow.

4/1/19 - Round 4,

BJ’s Building and Property Maintanence Horowhenua- Kapiti Under 18 girls take plenty of positives out of game 4 against Nelson!

The girls woke up on Day 3 of their tournament full of confidence after taking away a lot of positives and learnings from their previous games. They were ready for the challenge of playing the two top teams from the opposite side of the draw.

First up was the game against Nelson. After winning the toss and deciding to field, the HK girls were put under pressure by some really quality batting from the Nelson top order. A really encouraging sign from the girls was that despite the scoreboard ticking over well, the bowlers stuck to their plans and they were all very vocal and supportive of each other in the field. The standout bowler was Racheal Cowie, who showed she can do a job with both bat and ball throughout the day to underline her potential with a very well bowled ( 2- 27 off 5 ). Nelson reached 227 from their 30 overs.

The batting side of things went far better for the HK side! Zoe Yeo decided it was her day to kick on after a string of starts earlier in the tournament. She crunched 8 4s on her way to 55 retired out from 62 deliveries. Dispatching several lethal pull shots to the square leg boundary, Zoe showed she has the ability to bat for a long period of time and win games for her team. Aside from Zoe there was little to talk about in the HK top and middle order but the lower order provided a very exciting finish. The team set a goal to improve our score every game, as this game drew to a close we found ourselves chasing 117 as our target. Ella Smith and Sophie Handford found themselves needing 17 from 19 balls to chase our own personal target. The girls went away from their natural games to play aggressive shots and excellent running between the wickets lead to them bringing the team home on the last ball. The team were thrilled with the result and watching the teams walking off you would have thought we had won the game. This game gave the girls a massive boost in confidence and set us up well for what can only be described as a truely remarkable game of cricket to follow...

4/1/19 - Round 5,

BJ’s building and property maintenance Horowhenua Kapiti Under 18 Girls take away their first win of the tournament!!!

Our girls have finally been rewarded for their constant enthusiasm, great attitudes and willingness to learn with a win here this afternoon against Manawatu. Our girls have a really young side for the U18 grade and despite their immense talent they haven’t had the results that had wished for up until now. This afternoons result proved to ourselves and the rest of the competition that we aren’t a team to be taken lightly and is a great indicator of just how far we’ve come.

Again Ayesha Carly Hendry ( who seems almost incapable of losing a toss ) won and elected to send Zoe Yeo and Genevieve Kunz in for a bat. Our two openers got off to a great start putting on 32 for the first wicket. Genivive getting her opportunity up the order today and grabbing it with two hands cracking some excellent shots over the mid wicket boundary. Zoe went about her business again scoring a more patient 25 to put our middle order in a position to capitalise. Another partnership was formed through the middle as loan player Nimah Muldowney played with freedom and intent to score 42 from 45 deliveries and was extremely well supported by Rachael Cowie who ran brilliantly between the wickets and rotated strike well for a mature 30. These two hit 64 for the 4th wicket and with Erin Buckland finishing off with a brisk 16 off 13 the team marched towards a total of 163!

The girls went into the 2nd innings with a world of confidence and genuine determination to come away with a win and they did just that! The usual suspects of Ayesha Carly- Hendry and Nikita Whitehead opened up. Carly-Hendry was outstanding bowling her 6 up front taking 3-22. She was well backed up by the stand out bowler for the game Erin Buckland taking a remarkable 4-8 from 4.1! These two girls have in almost every game shown that they are players to watch for the future. The spin duo of Hannah Reynolds and Nimah Muldowney tightened things up through the middle and grabbed a wicket a piece before Zoe Yeo came on and showed her all around skills by grabbing a wicket. Buckland then finished the job with her 4th. I cannot speak highly enough of the girls efforts in the field. Genuine desire to put the body on the line, dive and to stop everything for their team to save runs made 163 seem like 200. Massive cudos has to go to the skipper Ayesha Carly-Hendry. Her field placements and bowling changes were immaculate and a key part of why we won the game. 7th and 8th playoff against Wanganui tomorrow CricHQ link will be up at 8:30am for the start of the match!

5/1/19 - Round 5,

BJ’s building and property maintenance Horowhenua-Kapiti under 18 girls save their best performance for last at the Wanganui festival of cricket!

The playoff for 7th/8th was a game the girls had targeted to win for a while and they came out firing on the final day! Ayesha Carly-Hendry lost the toss (finally) and was put into bat. The girls had a light warm up but were determined to take away a win against Wanganui. Nikita Whitehead who was extremely unlucky so far in the tournament, today got some well deserved reward for some excellent bowling. Opening up and bowling good lines with swing, Nikita grabbed 3-10 off her 5. Her partner in crime Ayesha Carly- Hendry yet again showed her immense talent with another 3 wickets conceding 17 runs with a maiden from her 5 overs as well. Danielle Porteous, Racheal Cowie, Hannah Reynolds, Zoe Yeo and Ella Smith all had a couple of overs a piece and bowled economically without a wicket and Erin Buckland grabbed one to add to her tally. Another really pleasing thing was that the girls for the second time in the tournament we got two run outs in the game. An awesome indication of how good the girls were in the field.

Being tasked with chasing down Wanaganui’s 79 Horowhenua-Kapiti decides to challenge themselves by upping the intensity and attempted to get the target out of the way quickly. Yet again Ayesha Carly- Hendry played a true captains knock with 24 from 30 and Erin Buckland stood up again with her top score of 28 from 39 to bring the game home for the girls.

I really cannot emphasis enough how much these girls improved throughout the tournament. They played as a team and thier attitude, enthusiasm and friendliness was commented on by almost every team we played. They were an absolute credit to our region, they did HK proud.

Tournament squad! 
Ayesha Carly- Hendry ( C ), Erin Buckland, Zoe Yeo, Genivive Kunz, Racheal Cowie, Nikita Whitehead, Hannah Reynolds, Sophie Handford, Ella Smith, Danielle Porteous.

Most improved: Ella Smith