Second title caps off Wanderers’ season

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There won’t be too many complaints when Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers review the 2013/2014 cricket season.
The Brightwater-based club reached all three finals, winning two of them including Saturday’s Nelson Cricket one day final against Bar 321 Waimea Toi Toi United.
Chasing 253 for victory, after Wanderers batsmen Pete Carey and Joseph O’Connor reached 88 and 87 runs respectively, Waimea Toi Toi United fell well short on 175 all out.
The big win, which was Wanderers’ first against WTTU this season, means they are now holders of the Twenty20 title and the one day title. It was only in the two day format that they could not be crowned kings in. Even in the individual honours Wanderers were on top. Captain Daniel Cooper hit 821 runs during the course of the season to finish as the leader of the Vonda Edwards Trophy. English bowler Jack White had 49 wickets to his name, earning the Sid Guppy Cup as highest wicket taker.
Daniel says a second title was the perfect way to end the season. “The boys are pretty rapt with it,” he says.
“There’s been a lot of build up to this point for us. Our last couple of seasons have been really good and I think Andy Leonard has been a big part of that as coach. He’s really helped the cricket club in general, which has been great.”
When looking back at all of the results from throughout the season, which included a record breaking 422-run win over Motueka, Daniel says the highlight was the Twenty20 final, which “really got us going” and was the club’s first trophy in eight years. “It gave us quite a bit of belief and throughout that Twenty20 tournament our players really stepped up.”
He now hopes Wanderers can replicate the success it had in 2001 when the club won the national championship. Wanderers have gained qualification to the Central District tournament next season in a bid to reach the national round.