Storm­ers shap­ing up well

Team pre­pare for tour­na­ment in Jan­uary

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Mata­mata cricket play­ers in the Pi­ako Storm­ers are see­ing great im­prove­ment only weeks into the sea­son.

The team is coached by Peter Kane ( head coach and bat­ting coach) and Steve An­der­son (bowl­ing coach).

Man­ager Wayne Robb said the boys have been train­ing for four weeks and im­prov­ing fast.

‘‘We played our first game of our sea­son against Cam­bridge and won,’’ he said.

Cam­bridge made just 90 runs off their 30 overs thanks to the Storm­ers’ bowl­ing ac­cu­racy.

Pi­ako chased down the to­tal in the 30th over.

For Pi­ako, Jake Har­ris was out­stand­ing with bowl­ing and bat­ting.

Jack Kane took two bril­liant catches.

The coaches were very happy with the boys’ first game of the rep­re­sen­ta­tive sea­son.

‘‘ We are play­ing warm-up games in the leadup to trav­el­ling down to the Riverbend Tour­na­ment in Jan­uary at Hast­ings,’’ Robb said.

IM­PROVE­MENT: The Pi­ako Storm­ers year 6 cricket team is se­lected from play­ers in Mor­rinsville, Ngatea, Te Aroha and Mata­mata. Front, As­ton Hurd (Te Aroha), Jack Kane (St Joseph’s Mor­rinsville), Jake Har­ris (Ngatea), Toby Robb (Mor­rinsville), Ed­die James (Mata­mata), Jonny Swap (Mata­mata), Lochie Bol­stad (Te Aroha); sec­ond, Wayne Robb (man­ager), Grant Volle­bregt (St Joseph’s Mor­rinsville), Jake Morey (Mata­mata), Caleb Bay­ley-Con­der (Te Aroha), Brae­dyn Houghton (Mata­mata), Thimira Wer­alupi­tiya (Mata­mata); back: Peter Kane (coach), Steve An­der­son (bowl­ing coach).

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