Hinuera bow out to Kaipaki attack
The Hinuera boys played the Mike Cotter Trophy 50 over competition final on Saturday.
As a showcase of Waikato Valley club cricket the game was played at the Square in Cambridge on a grass wicket.
Winning the toss, Hinuera decided to bat first and put runs on the board.
Openers Marsh and O’Shaughnessy fell in the sixth and seventh overs respectively with only 20 runs on the board.
Henry Cameron steadied the ship, supported by Brad McKenzie for a short time with the third wicket falling with 24 runs being added.
joined Cameron, who became the bridesmaid while Wilson injected some aggression. These two added 48 runs before Cameron was caught on 27.
Allan Tappin joined Wilson who continued to score, taking the score through to 153 before being caught.
Wilson’s 79 off 60 balls provided some much needed impetus in the middle. While the bowler/batters provided brief glimmers, the pressure of pushing the run rate saw wickets fall regularly with Hinuera bowled out for 189 in the 49th over.
Priding themselves on their strength as a fielding team, the pressure was on with Kaipaki showing clear intent from the first ball as well. While Hinuera had 37 runs on the board at 10 overs, Kaipaki had 65 runs.
Jason Rusk captured the opener in his third over to give some hope but struggling to get any calls going their way and three crucial catches not being taken, let Kaipaki continue to score runs.
Number two and three batsmen adding 123 to the score before being bowled by Andrew Tiddy. Kaipaki chasing the runs down in the 31st over and only two wickets down.
With a break for Christmas until mid January the boys have time to reflect on what could have been before returning to the 100 over competition.
SUPPORT: Hinuera’s Brad McKenzie.
AGGRESSION: Hinuera’s Ryan Wilson injected some aggression when he came to the crease.
BLOCK: Hinuera’s Allan Tappin.
REP: Hinuera’s Henry Cameron, who also plays for the senior mens Waikato Valley team, steadied the ship until he was caught on 27.
BOWLER: Kaipaki’s Greg Patterson sends one down.