Rain de­lays start of new com­pe­ti­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - LAWRENCE GULLERY

All eyes are on the weather this week as play­ers in the new Waikato Val­ley and Hamil­ton com­bined cricket com­pe­ti­tion hope for the rain to sub­side.

The poor weather over re­cent weeks as de­layed start of the com­pe­ti­tion for two weeks. It was sup­pose to start on Oc­to­ber 1 but now all hopes are on Oc­to­ber 15 for round one which in­volves six teams from the Waikato Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion and six city teams from Hamil­ton.

The Val­ley teams in­cluded Mor­rinsville, Hin­uera, Cam­bridge, Te Awa­mutu, St Peter’s and Otoro­hanga while the Hamil­ton teams in­cluded Hamil­ton Boys’ High School, Hamil­ton Old Boys, Melville, Fraser Tech, Univer­sity and Marist.

Hin­uera Cricket Club’s Se­nior A Team cap­tain Mitchell Green said the play­ers were pretty keen to get out on the pitch for the first game of the new com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘There were a few ques­tions we needed an­swered from Waikato Val­ley Cricket [as­so­ci­a­tion] be­fore we could give our full com­mit­ment but every­one was keen on the idea.

‘‘It gives us a new com­pe­ti­tion and new teams to play.’’

Green said it would raise the stan­dard of cricket in the Waikato and hope­fully en­cour­age more crick­eters to play for Hin­uera.

‘‘It gives us a new com­pe­ti­tion and new teams to play.’’

‘‘In the past we’ve lost some of our best play­ers to big­ger clubs and re­gions. But now with a de­cent com­pe­ti­tion it’s a good in­cen­tive for play­ers to stay.

‘‘They won’t have to go to the city clubs be­cause they’ll be able to play the same level of cricket here.’’

Hin­uera trains at the Hin­uera Rugby and Sports ground but plays its games in Mata­mata where it’ll be host­ing teams in the new com­pe­ti­tion.

Green said the club hopes peo­ple will come along to sup­port the Hin­uera team in the new com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We train at Hin­uera but play at Pohlen Park in Mata­mata.

‘‘We’ve got a pavil­ion the club built there about six or seven years ago for op­po­si­tion teams, scor­ers and for peo­ple to watch the game.

‘‘Rugby is the num­ber one sport at Hin­uera and we’ve got a small fol­low­ing, mostly fam­ily and friends.

‘‘But we would like the gen­eral pub­lic to come down and watch us play.

‘‘The pavil­ion is great for peo­ple to watch cricket and we’re al­ways happy for peo­ple to come down.’’

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