There was a late start to the first match of the season for the Southey Sayer Wairarapa Koru's due to overnight rain and wind leaving a wet patch on the block which caused the umpires some concern.
The Koru's won the toss and elected to bat. There were some early wickets, but the innings was stabilised by Koru's Captain Esther Lanser who made 30 before retiring hurt with a back injury. Georgia Atkinson went on to make 81 not out off 91 balls, carrying the Koru’s through to 175 for 8 off their 40 overs.
Manawatu was soon in trouble with a wicket off the first ball of the innings. Olivia Roseingrave was a standout bowler for the Koru's going for only 4 runs off her 4 overs, picking up 3 wickets in the process. Melissa Hansen also chipped in with 2 overs, 1 maiden, 1 run, and 2 wickets. The Koru's continued to pick up wickets on a regular basis and had Manawatu all out 57 for 10 off 17 overs.
A fantastic team effort by the team. It was wonderful to see the nurturing of young players as well, with Emma McLeod on the field as a substitute fielder and the Korus also developing the likes of Ocean Bartlett and Ella Southey.
Let's hope this form continues through the season.