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Sparkling double for Year 7s

Samuel Payne batting for Wairarapa Year 7s at the Riverbend tournament in Hawke’s Bay. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED

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Wairarapa Year 7 boys scored two good wins in the Year 7a Riverbend tournament in Hawke’s Bay.

They beat MACS, a team from Auckland comprising players from St Kent’s and Parnell, by seven wickets and Wanganui by 39 runs.

In the 40-over match against MACS, James Church made an early breakthrough with the ball but MACs consolidated to be 77-1 in the 17th over until Zach Anstis struck with a hat-trick.

MACS struggled to form any big partnerships from there on and were dismissed for 152 in the 38th over.

Anstis, 3-15 was the pick of the bowlers. Archie Schrader, 2-14, bowled well and had support from Church, Jonas, Patel, Payne and Shaw who picked up a wicket apiece. Toby Nelson made four catches in the innings.

Teammate Sam Jonas.

The match was evenly poised with Wairarapa at 53-2 before a partnership between Sam Jonas and Samuel Payne put their side on the front foot.

Both batsman ran well between the wickets and punished any loose bowling. They both passed 50, Jonas facing 47 balls and hitting nine fours, and Payne 44 balls including five fours and two sixes.

Wairarapa passed MACS’ total three down in the 29th over for a seven-wicket win.

Wairarapa played Wanganui in a 25-over fixture on the second day.

Batting first, Wairarapa made 150 all out in the 25th over.

Sam Jonas [31] and Samuel Payne [28] were again main contributors again, with useful contributions also coming from Archie Schrader [18 not out], James Church [12] and Toby Nelson [11].

Two wickets from Samuel Payne in the opening over put Wairarapa firmly in control of the game and Wanganui were all out for 111 in the 25th over, giving Wairarapa a 39-run win.

Payne finished with 2-11, while Nathan Shaw, Zach Anstis, Jonas, Church, Patel and Schrader picked up a wicket each.

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