One-day cricket comp starts

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - BRIAN JONASSON

The new Hamil­ton-Waikato Val­ley com­bined cricket com­pe­ti­tion fi­nally got un­der­way at the week­end fol­low­ing three weeks of can­cel­la­tions due to poor weather.

Pohlen Park in Mata­mata was the venue for a mile­stone game in­volv­ing a Hamil­ton premier team – Melville, against Hin­uera Club Se­niors in the first round of a 50-over com­pe­ti­tion. It’s be­lieved the game was the first be­tween a Hamil­ton premier side and Hin­uera, played in Mata­mata.

Bat­ting first, Melville were well con­tained scor­ing only 66 for 2, in the first 20 overs.

They took this to 217 for 6 in their 50 overs, with wick­ets shared be­tween An­drew Tiddy, J Rusk, Al­lan Tap­pin and cap­tain Mitchell Green.

Hin­uera opened up their bat­ting with a light­ning fast re­ply of 85 in 10 overs, in­clud­ing 65 re­tired, scored by Ryan Wil­son, who had been pro­moted to open­ing bat, on ac­count of other com­mit­ments on his farm­ing prop­erty.

The in­nings fol­lowed on steadily ac­cu­mu­lat­ing runs and after 25 overs, Hin­uera were 30 runs ahead of the op­po­si­tion’s run rate. There­after Mitchell Green put to­gether a cap­tain’s knock and with Scott Mitchell hold­ing up one end the score moved to 180, be­fore Green was caught on the bound­ary for 49.

Steady bowl­ing by Melville con­tin­ued to make scor­ing dif­fi­cult, and their ex­pe­ri­ence showed up as Hin­uera lost their last four wick­ets for 26, to com­plete what was an en­ter­tain­ing open­ing en­counter. Fi­nal Score was Melville 217, Hin­uera 206. This week­end Hin­uera host Hamil­ton Boys’ High School at Pohlen Park in Mata­mata.

The new one-day com­pe­ti­tion has six teams from Waikato Val­ley, six from Hamil­ton, and fea­tures two pools with an equal split from each as­so­ci­a­tion, with five round robin games to de­cide the fi­nal­ists.

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