Pleasant Point Maroon

ALL SMILES: The victorious Pleasant Point Maroons JAB cricket team, who beat the boys to the B Grade Pool 2 title this season, are from left: Top, Phoebe Geary, Neave Munro, Tory Gilmore, Kinsley Hawkins, Eve Hislop, Annabelle Cairns (bottom) Logan Edmond, Isa Creba, Matthew Cairns, Izy Sharp, Natalia Johnson, Frazer Hunter.

The eight girls in Pleasant Point’s Maroons cricket team have put the boys in their place.

The JAB B Grade Pool 2 team has spun the South Canterbury competition on its axis this season, beating teams of boys on their way to the title.

Talented year 8 batswoman Neave Munro continued a golden season by scoring 50 retired in the final on Saturday as the Maroons overhauled Waimate’s 130 for the loss of five wickets.

It was the second week in a row they had beaten the table-topping team after chasing down 128 for the loss of three wickets the week before.

For co-coaches Brendan Cairns and Michael Geary the title was testament to the attitude of the team, which was given a few verbals by the all-boys Pleasant Point team at the beginning of the season.

“When they beat us they told us we were going to come last,” Cairns said. “As it turned out, they ended up coming second last, while we won the whole thing.”

The team is made up entirely of Pleasant Point Primary students and most of the girls have been playing together since they first picked up a bat and ball.

“In many ways the girls were the stars of the team, but the four boys definitely had to put up with the girls a bit,” Cairns said.

“They were a bit hesitant at the start of the season but as it went on they got more and more confident and combative.”

Cairns said there were few hard feelings on the field when the girls were knocking their male opponent’s stumps out of the ground or smashing balls to the boundary.

“Most teams take it really well.”

The girls were mostly in year eight and would be heading off to high schools next season.

Along with the all-round skills of Munro, wicketkeeper-batswoman Izy Sharp had a standout season and Phoebe Geary and Annabelle Cairns had reaped the rewards of bowling straight.

Michael Geary said the team were like sponges the way they had soaked up advice.

“We had a rule that we had no skites in the team. If we lost we had to say nothing and if we won we had to say even less.”

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