Hin­uera wicket-tak­ers tri­umphant

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Fail­ing to de­fend 305 against Cam­bridge at the square last week­end, many would have sus­pected the chances of Reid & Har­ri­son Hin­uera A cricket team de­fend­ing a much smaller to­tal against the mighty Mor­rinsville bat­ting line-up in the 100 overs Waikato Val­ley Se­nior A Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

Af­ter los­ing the toss and be­ing put in to bat, Hin­uera open­ers made a slow but cau­tious start.

Three quick wick­ets be­tween the

sixth and 13th over pushed back the bat­ting ini­tia­tive and the Hin­uera score tot­tered to 31-3.

An­drew Tiddy in the 16th over and the opener Suhas Shanbhogue (13) in the 21st over fol­lowed suit try­ing to clear the in­ner cir­cle – 54-5 in the 21st over. Richard Os­haugh­nessy(16), Ja­son Rusk ( 17), Daniel Spencer (20*) all formed use­ful part­ner­ships with Phil Tay­lor ( 50) to bring some re­spectabil­ity to Hin­uera’s to­tal which con­cluded for 162 in the 40th over.

Tay­lor played a de­light­ful in­nings with three mas­sive sixes and five hits to the boundary.

Mor­rinsville laughed its way to lunch, ex­pect­ing to chase down 162 runs in 60 overs eas­ily . Tiddy and Rusk had other ideas. What tran­spired was some ter­rific, ag­gres­sive fast bowl­ing.

Rusk drew first blood in the sec­ond over when he sent the off stick of Tom Arnold for a walk with a peach of a de­liv­ery – Mor­rinsville 2-1. He came back once again for his sec­ond over and dis­turbed the wood­work.

Not to be left far be­hind, Tiddy struck the wood­work twice in his next over – score 16-4 in five overs. He got the next wicket as well in his fourth over, caught be­hind.

With only two wick­ets left Rusk cleaned one with a well-dis­guised slower de­liv­ery in his fourth over and then came back to break the stumps of the last bats­men with a rip­ping yorker.

De­mo­li­tion of Mor­rinsville had been com­pleted in the 10th over for a mea­gre 30 runs.

This builds up beau­ti­fully for the final clash of the top two teams in the cham­pi­onship next week­end at Otoro­hanga.

Once the re­sults of this week are in, de­pend­ing on how the teams have fared, this might be the final that de­cides the cham­pi­onship.

For their valu­able con­tri­bu­tions, Phil Tay­lor, An­drew Tiddy and Ja­son Rusk were de­clared the men of the match.

Match sum­mary: Hin­uera 162 all out in 39.1 overs. Mor­rinsville 30 all out in 9.2 overs. Hin­uera bat­ting: Phil Tay­lor: 50 (5 fours, 3 six), Daniel Spencer: 20 (4 fours). Hin­uera bowl­ing: An­drew Tiddy: 5-1-3-15, Ja­son Rusk: 4.2-1-4-15.

Vic­tory: The Reid & Har­ri­son Hin­uera A cricket team af­ter smash­ing Mor­rinsville by more than 120 runs.

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