Planks de­stroy Mor­rinsville

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT - CRICKET

The Hamil­ton Planks cricket team played op­po­nents and de­fend­ing champs Mor­rinsville at St Paul’s on Sun­day.

St Paul’s ground was im­mac­u­late and sport­ing a new picket fence around the bound­ary which is very handy in sav­ing the Planks from chas­ing and search­ing for the ball in the lo­cal veg­e­ta­tion.

The Planks were in the field first and was good to see the Kane Williamson of the Planks, Ritchie Stevens, give first use of the new ball to debu­tants Dar­ren Morde­cai and Kevin Bar­tels, who bowled an ex­tremely tight line and length. They were re­placed by Nick Shos­ton and Grant Wood, also both on de­but, who car­ried on the great work of the open­ing bowlers.

At drinks at the 20 overs mark, Mor­rinsville was 69-4 with the only bowler out these four not pick­ing up their first Planks ca­reer wicket be­ing Kevin Bar­tels, who was un­lucky with a cou­ple of edges to­wards slips that went to hand.

Af­ter drinks the skip­per ro­tated through the rest of his bowl­ing stocks and un­cov­ered a new star in Jeremy Spence (also on de­but) who ended up with fig­ures of the day of 3-22 off 6 overs. The main bowl­ing fig­ures were, Dar­ren Morde­cai 2/26, Nick Shos­ton 1/13, Grant Wood 1/20, Lau­rie Bradly 1-16 & Ritchie Ste- vens 1-17.

Mor­rinsville was all out for 148 in 38 overs with the top scores be­ing Mike P, 35 not out and Wayne R, 36 who man­aged a few lusty bows at the end try­ing to up their to­tal.

There were some signs of lack of match play with at least 3 dropped catches and 18 ex­tras which in­cluded 13 wides and 3 no balls, but over­all the skip­per was pleased with the field­ing ef­fort.

Open­ing the bat­ting for the Planks af­ter lunch were Stephen Clark and Tony Govorko, chas­ing 149 to win, set off well with both re­tirees with 30 each to their names, fol­lowed well by Kevin Bar­tel and Cap­tain Fan­tas­tic Stevens who kept the scor­ing mov­ing along nicely so at drinks the Planks were 96-0 cruis­ing to vic­tory.

Ritchie Stevens re­tired on 30 in the 27th over and was soon fol­lowed by Kevin Bar­tel with an ex­cel­lent 32.

Nick Shos­ton and Louis Ott fin­ished the game off quickly with Ott hit­ting a lusty 4 to the long mid-wicket bound­ary for the Planks to win by a com­fort­able 10 wick­ets in­side 29 overs.

Louis Ott was awarded the Planks Player of the Day by the Mor­rinsville cap­tain for his fine dis­play be­hind the stumps.

Of course it goes with­out say­ing that the match day organising team of Blair and Sue Fin­layson did a fine job ar­rang­ing the lunch and din­ner pro­vided.

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