Takapuna Ponies bowler Roz McNeill destroys Waitakere City

Takapuna District Cricket Club players Lauren Down and Roz McNeill.
Auckland Cricket

Takapuna District Cricket Club players Lauren Down and Roz McNeill.

Combining pace and pinpoint accuracy, Takapuna District Cricket Club's Roz McNeill delivered a dream spell of bowling to take nine wickets for six runs.

Playing against Waitakere City in the Auckland premier women's club cricket limited overs competition on March 18, McNeill needed only 5.4 overs to destroy the opposition.

Takapuna Ponies coach Chris Reid labelled McNeill's effort as "the greatest spell of bowling by a Takapuna premier women's player in history".

Just six Takapuna cricketers, man or woman, have ever claimed nine wickets in a match.

Hobsonville War Memorial Park a cricket venue once more

Seven of McNeill's dismissals were bowled, one was lbw and the other was caught by the wicketkeeper.

No Waitakere batsman scored more than two runs as the visitors were all out for 15 off 10.4 overs, as they chased down Takapuna's total of 233/5.

This was the first premier club cricket match to be played on the new grass block at the Ponies' new home ground of Hobsonville War Memorial Park.

McNeill wasn't the only Auckland Hearts representative to make an impact for her club side in this Pearl Dawson Trophy match.

The Ponies captain and opening batsman, Lauren Down, took her season run tally to 487 at an average of 81, when she was run out for 101 in the 47th over.

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The 218 run win gives the Ponies some momentum as they head into the Pearl Dawson final against Auckland University on March 25 at Hobsonville War Memorial Park starting at 11.30am.

 - Stuff


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