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McLeod, Taylor in CD U-15s

Emma McLeod … selected for CD U15s. PHOTO/FILE


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Emma McLeod and Vanessa Taylor were named in the Central Districts’ team after Wairarapa’s second placing at the national Under-15 girls’ tournament in Palmerston North last week.

Sian Wheeler was named as a non-travelling reserve for the tournament to be played in Whanganui from January 8-11.

McLeod and Taylor impressed with their all-round skills as Wairarapa won four of their five games.

McLeod, who is a Wairarapa Koru, scored 122 runs, with an average of 40.67. Her off spin bowling netted four wickets at an average of 16.75 and best return of 2-4.

Taylor was superb with the bat, averaging 127. She was dismissed only once in her four innings. She took three wickets at average of 14.33 with her medium fast bowling.

Wairarapa’s only loss came in their first game against Hawke’s Bay, who scored 136-4 in their 20 overs. Wairarapa could only manage 93-4 in response.

McLeod scored 45 not out in a seven-wicket win over Horowhenua-Kapiti, who scored 104-3. Wairarapa passed the total in 17 overs.

Taylor [53 rtd], and Mia Bartlett [30], led the way in Wairarapa’s four-wicket win over Nelson. Wairarapa chased down Nelson’s score of 137-4 with two balls to spare.
The bowlers were to the fore in a low-scoring game against Taranaki. Taylor and Eva Wootton picked up two wickets each as Taranaki were rolled for 71, in reply to Wairarapa’s 101-8.

Wairarapa wrapped up the tournament with an eight-run win over Manawatu on Thursday. Taylor scored her second century [50 retired] in Wairarapa’s total of 122-6.

Tight bowling and excellent fielding, which resulted in two run outs, restricted Manawatu to 114-7.


Hawke’s Bay 136-4 beat Wairarapa 93-4 [Emma McLeod 24, Vanessa Taylor 21] by 43 runs.

Wairarapa 105-3 [McLeod 45no] beat Horowhenua-Kapiti 104-3 by seven wickets.

Wairarapa 138-6 [Taylor 53rtd, Mia Bartlett 30] beat Nelson 137-4 [Eva Wootton 2-19] by four wickets.

Wairarapa 101-8 [Isabella Kennedy 23, McLeod 22] beat Taranaki 71 [Wootton 2-10, Taylor 2-9, Isabelle Clark 2-13] by 30 runs.

Wairarapa 122-6 [Taylor 50rtd] beat Manawatu 114-7 by eight runs.

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