Home turf fails to see A and B teams tri­umph

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Both Hin­uera cricket teams were home in sunny, hu­mid con­di­tions for the last round of games be­fore fi­nals.

While the As have al­ready booked a spot in the fi­nal next week, they were still keen to grab a win from Kaipaki to go into the fi­nal un­beaten.

Win­ning the toss, cap­tain Antony Marsh sent Kaipaki in to bat on a very slow out field.

An­drew Tiddy took the first wicket in the third over and cou­pled with Ja­son Rusk bowled well in the early overs.

But a great part­ner­ship be­tween the sec­ond and third bat­ters saw 127 runs added be­fore Marsh broke this in his sec­ond over with a catch on the bound­ary by Mitch Green.

While all bowlers toiled hard, wick­ets were hard to come by in the mid­dle overs and some pow­er­ful hit­ting by three play­ers put them all un­der pres­sure – some­thing that has not hap­pened this sea­son.

Eight bowlers were used and all were on the re­ceiv­ing end for at least one over each. Tiddy, the most suc­cess­ful, fin­ished his 10 overs with 2 for 44 , while Green, Mar­shall, Cameron and Marsh all get­ting one each among the 18 fours and 11 sixes hit.

The sec­ond in­nings be­gan steadily with Marsh and Mark O’Shaugh­nessy post­ing 75 runs be­fore Marsh was caught. O’Shaugh­nessy con­tin­ued through to the 25th over with a well com­piled 65 and the score 119.

From here, wick­ets fell steadily with few part­ner­ships formed and Hin­uera were bowled out for 161.

They will need to re­group and have another shot at Kaipaki in the fi­nal this com­ing week­end.

The Bs were home to Waikare who bat­ted first and it was their opener who scored 50 with a few other lit­tle part­ner­ships chip­ping in to post 283 after the 40 overs with six wick­ets down.

C White and K Austin both got two wick­ets, and T King and R Edge­cumbe 1. In re­ply, Neil Bell got Hin­uera off to a fast start be­fore go­ing out for 25. Matt Aber­hart con­structed a great 83 and C White 35. With other small con­tri­bu­tions Hin­uera were fi­nally bowled out 20 runs short.

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