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Coastal Challenge round one preview: PCC vs Weraroa

Horowhenua -Kapiti teams do battle in round one

Round one is a split round with the Horowhenua-Kapiti teams in action this week.  Wanganui and Wairarapa teams play this round on 25 January 2020 to fit around representative commitments

Paraparaumu Cricket Club vs Weraroa Cricket Club

Paraparaumu Cricket Club were the Coastal Challenge champions two seasons ago and made the knockout round last year. They are a vastly experienced team with a proven ability to win tight matches.

PCC players to watch

Kelsey Fahey 

Fahey has been given the skippers’ job this year after the talented all rounder lead the run scoring for PCC last year. However, with no centuries last year he will be looking to turn those starts into three figures. On his day can he destroy any bowling line up.

Andre Halbert

Halbert has given up the captain’s role for PCC this year but remains HKCA Bears skipper. It was a disappointing Coastal Challenge with the bat last season for the former Central Districts U19 player as he amassed only 148 runs at an average of 21. He has too much class to have those batting stats again this year so watch our Weraroa bowlers.

Sean Windle

One of the mainstays of the PCC bowling attack, Windle is an intelligent bowler who out thinks batsman. He had an impressive season last year with 14 wickets at one of the best economy rates in the competition of 3.04.  He’s often underestimated and poses a real threat to batting line ups.

Weraroa Cricket club finished down the table last year but have put in a huge off-season.  They have had an impressive preseason coaching team of player coach  Paora O’Donnell , Neil Barnett, and former Black Cap Jacob Oram.  With a mixer of youth and experience, they will be looking to improve their position this year.

Weraroa players to watch

Carl Trask 

The veteran has returned this year to lead the side. Former CD player Trask has  a top score of 201 not out for the HKCA bears so he can certainly bat. He is more than handy with the ball as well, and his cricket knowledge and leadership will put Weraroa in a strong position this year.

Daniel Williams

Williams is this year’s import. Not much is known about the young Englishman but reports out of Weraroa say he has a bit of class about him. Williams is also a level two coach so he will add to the cricket knowledge on the field as well.

Blake De Burgh 

One of the brightest young talents in the HK region, De Burgh brought up his maiden 100 for Weraroa last year and was in fine form at the Kilbirnie Sports T20 tournament in Napier for the HK emerging players. The batsman was given the responsibility of vice-captain this year and good early season form will have him banging on the door for selection in the full HKCA bears side.

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