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Korus struggling to overcome batting woes

Another disappointing batting effort cost the Southey Sayer Wairarapa Korus any chance of victory in their Shrimpton Trophy match with Hawke’s Bay in Napier.

The Korus could only muster 96 runs on a Nelson Park pitch described by coach Simon Roseingrave as “the best pitch I had walked on for a long time” and, for the third consecutive game, failed to bat out their 40 overs in setting a target that the hosts chased down in the 20th over.

“The proactive thing was to bat, which we did and then didn’t do it very well, and the team are aware of that and know that they let themselves down,” Roseingave said.

“Disappointing, frustrating, because they knew what they had to do, but they didn’t do it. We talked about it so many times, so there’s a lot of inward searching for individuals.”

Roseingave identified poor shot selection, not learning from previous batting failures and a lack of understanding on how to build an innings for the team’s batting woes.

“We talk about it, that we don’t need to go at it from ball one. It’s a 40-over game, but I see a lot of playing a million-dollar shot, getting away with it, and then the next ball, thinking we need to do the same thing.

“There’s a lot of potential, but the understanding of how to perform isn’t quite there yet.”

The top score was 19 to promising all-rounder Madison Brown, batting at number 10, although Roseingrave praised Caitlin Elliott, who scored 10 off 49 balls but worked hard to hold the innings together, only for those around her to fail to follow her lead.

Brown completed a fine all-round effort, taking two wickets as Hawke’s Bay lost five wickets in the chase, further frustrating Roseingave, who felt, “Another 50 or 60 runs would have been very interesting because they were quite a young team as well, and we had the potential to pressure on them.

“We had them five down. Madison bowled very well; her two cleaned bowls were beautiful deliveries, and we dropped a catch when they were 70-odd for four, and even then, if we had taken that, we would still have been in the game.”

The Korus complete their Shrimpton Trophy campaign with a home fixture against Manawatu on Sunday.

Also, over the weekend, the three Korus in the Central Hinds shone in their two Hallyburton Johnstone Shield losses to the Wellington Blaze at the Basin Reserve.

On Saturday, Ocean Bartlett bagged her best List A bowling figures, picking up four wickets for 33 off 10 overs in the Blaze’s total of 244–7. Emma McLeod was among the runs, scoring 38 in the Hind’s reply of 213–8, a loss on DLS.

McLeod backed up her effort with 37 on Sunday, and Georgia Atkinson hit 44 opening the batting as the Hinds fell 24 runs short of the Blaze’s total of 271–6. Earlier, Bartlett snared 2–50 off eight overs.


Southey Sayer Wairarapa Korus 96 [Madison Brown 19; Emma Findlay 3–24, Jane Barnett 4–14] lost to Hawke’s Bay 97–5 [Findlay 27; Brown 2–6] by five wickets.

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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