Home turf fails to see A and B teams triumph
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.