Wairarapa Koru Emma McLeod’s dream run at the ICC Women’s Under-19 World Cup ended in disappointing fashion on Friday in New Zealand’s heavy semifinal loss to India. Opening the batting, McLeod was the second wicket to fall, trapped in front LBW for two, with the score at 5-2. The Kiwis scored 107-9, which India easily chased down in the 15th over for the loss of just two wickets. At 16, McLeod was one of the youngest in the squad. She scored 93 runs at an average of 31, and a top score of 59 in the win over Rwanda.
The frustrating summer for local sports teams continued on Saturday, with most club games cancelled because of rain. Burger King Red Star’s opening match of the Coastal Challenge cricket championship against Whanganui Marist was abandoned.
The Giants Blue Intercity Premier Two top-of-the-table clash with Cardinals and the Giants Red Premier Three game with Totara Park were called off. Giants spokesman Chris Feary was uncertain if the games would be played as part of doubleheader weekends or abandoned and points shared. The first round of the Wairarapa Tennis Shirley Corlett Trophy interclub between Martinborough and Carterton was washed out, with the points being shared.
Tom McCallum made it two club championships in a row with victory in the Athletics and Cycling Masterton WIZwireless Individual Time Trial Champs on Tuesday. McCallum did the 20km out and back course on Whangaehu Valley Road in 57 minutes 43 seconds, to add to the criterium championship he won the previous week. Caleb Roberts was runner-up in 1hr 1min 28 sec, with Richard van Lent third, a further two minutes back. Belinda Fuller won the women’s championship in 1hr 13min 3sec. .