Tauranga Girls' High School represented ND in this year's Gillette Venus Cup.
The Gillette Venus Cup is a secondary school competition for year nine to thirteen girls. The Secondary Girls' competition provides the opportunity for every girls' or co-ed secondary school in New Zealand to play in a limited overs knockout cricket competition.
Tauranga Girls' won two of their five matches to finish fifth in the round-robin before losing the fifth v sixth playoff. Despite this, some great cricket was played by Tauranga Girls' and special mention must be made of Briana Perry, who scored the second-most runs (144) and took the third-most wickets (9) competition-wide. Summaries of each of Tauranga Girls' matches are below.
Epsom Girls Grammar 86 all out off 19.5 (B Perry 3-12) beat Tauranga Girls High School 69-2 (N Patel 29*), Burnside Park 2
Epsom Girls have escaped the first round of the Venus Cup with a 17-run victory over Tauranga Girls High School. Epsom were bowled out for 86 runs. Some superb bowling from Tauranga's skipper Briana Perry made it hard for Epsom to put runs on the board. Perry took 3 wickets for 12 runs. In reply, Tauranga only lost 2 wickets but fell shy of the total. Nensi Patel was the pick of the Tauranga batters scoring an unbeaten 29 runs but Epsom eventually won by 17 runs.
St Hilda's Collegiate 87-6 (M Meltzer 27) beat Tauranga Girls College 36 all out off 14.5 overs (C Deerness 2-1), Burnside Park 1
St Hilda's Collegiate have continued their first round form into their fixture against Tauranga Girls College beating them by 51-runs. St Hilda's batted first and posted 87 runs, it wasn't as much runs as their opening fixture but the St Hilda's girls did a great job of defending it. Megan Meltzer once again top scored for St Hilda's scoring 27 runs. In reply, St Hilda's were dominant in the field as they bowled Tauranga out for 36 runs in 14 overs, Chole Deerness was economical with ball and came out with the game's best bowling figures taking 2 wickets for only a single run.
Tawa College 59 all out off 16.3 overs (N Patel 3-5) lost to Tauranga Girls' College 60-4 off 14.2 overs (H Topp 28*, A Kerr 2-4), Burnside Park 4
Tawa College have suffered another loss this time to the hands of Tauranga Girls' College who beat them by 6 wickets. Tawa were all bowled out for 59 runs, some superb bowling from Nensi Patel (3-5) helped her side restrict a good Tawa College batting lineup to less than 60 runs. It was smooth sailing for the Tauranga Girls batswomen as they reached the total in 14 overs, Holly Topp top scored for Tauranga finishing the game on 28 not out.
Tauranga Girls' College 76-4 (H Topp 40*) lost to Christchurch Girls' High School 79-1 off 15.3 (G Ansell 36*), Burnside Park 2
Christchurch Girls' High School continue to dominant the competition, beating Tauranga Girls' by nine wickets. Holly Topp top-scored for Tauranga Girls' making 40 runs and finishing not out, helping her team to a first innings total of 76. Christchurch Girls' chased down Tauranga's total in 15 overs for the loss of only 1 wicket. Gracie Ansell top scored for Christchurch making 36 runs not out, this result still leaves Christchurch unbeaten going into the final day.
Tauranga Girls' College 76-4 (H Topp*) lost to Christchurch Girls' High School 79-1 off 15.3 (G Ansell 36*), Burnside Park 2
Christchurch Girls' High School continue to dominant the competition, their latest causalities were Tauranga Girls' College as they beat them by 9 wickets. Holly Topp to scored for Tauranga Girls making 40 runs and finishing not out, helping her team to a first innings total of 76. Christchurch girls cruised to victory chasing down Tauranga's total in 15 overs for the loss of only 1 wicket. Gracie Ansell top scored for Christchurch making 36 runs not out, this result still leaves Christchurch unbeaten going into the final day.
5 v 6 PLAYOFF
Tauranga Girls' College 102-6 (N Patel 36, B Perry 32, A Fitzgerald 2-11) lost to Wairarapa College 103-4 off 16.3 (T Jones-Dennes 44, C Elliot 32, B Perry 2-8), Lincoln No. 3.
Wairarapa College have beaten Tauranga Girls College by 6-wickets in the 5th and 6th play-off. Nensi Patel (36) and Brianna Perry (32) top scored for Tauranga giving themselves 102 runs to defend, Amy Fitzgeralad stood out with the ball for Wairarapa taking 2 wickets for 11 runs. In reply, it took Wairarapa's batswomen 16 overs to chase down the total, Tahlia Jone-Dennes (44) and Caitlin Elliot (32) guided Wairarapa College to 5th place and a successful first visit to the Gillette Venus Cup.