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PB Year 6 team in Riverbend action

It's the first time for four of them.

But odds are that Poverty Bay cricketers Jonah Reynolds, Riki Reedy, Dillon Jackson and Joe Singh will have an experience to remember at the Riverbend Year 6 tournament starting tomorrow.

“I'd like the boys with a bit of experience to lead from the front — Jack Holden, Caleb Taewa, Arlo Willis, Leo Starck and Jonah with the ball; Joel Kirkpatrick, Cam Walters, Brandon Fearnley with the bat,” said Poverty Bay senior representative Jimmy Holden, who is coaching the team alongside Tim Kirkpatrick.

Reynolds, who represented Poverty Bay at the Northern Districts primary schoolboys tournament in Cambridge last November, is in good touch.

He made an unbeaten 40 in a five-run loss to Poverty Bay Y7s team in a warm-up game.

“Dillon took one for nine runs from his three overs against the Y7s while Arlo made 30 not out and Riki (8no) also impressed with some nice shots towards the end of our innings in that game.”

Singh, Taewa and Holden give the side three left-arm seam bowlers (a useful point of difference) and in keeping with the Riverbend philosophy, all players are encouraged and given opportunities to develop.

Poverty Bay open their six-match Riverbend campaign tomorrow against Cornwall Blue at Windsor Park in Hastings.

All games are 30-over matches.