First one-day win eludes Hinuera
A win in the new-look, one-day cricket competition continues to elude Hinuera despite putting their city counterparts to the test.
At home at Pohlen Park, Hinuera hosted Hamilton Boys’ High School in round two of the Hamilton/Waikato Valley club cricket’s Hec Holland Plate oneday competition.
Boys’ High who had come off a win in the first round while Hinuera recorded a loss to Melville.
Winning the toss Hinuera batted first. Again, Ryan Wilson got them off to a speedy start compiling a tidy 50 off 28 balls before being caught.
He was supported by a steady 22 from Nitin Dhiman. With wickets falling in the 9th and 11th over a steady effort was needed and Antony Marsh supplied this with a well worked 47 before being caught on the boundary.
The middle order created small partnerships but wickets continued to fall. At the 40th over, Hinuera were at 161 and needed to start increasing the run rate which they did.
Batting at eight, Mitch Green finished on 42 not out; Jason Rusk added a quick-fire 12. The final total was 223 in the 50 overs and 9 wickets. It was the Hamilton Boys’ High spinners who took the majority of wickets.
After lunch, an early wicket in the 3rd over from Andrew Tiddy gave the boys a lift, but solid batting from numbers 3 and 4 saw a partnership of 109 which became the key to the final outcome.
The breakthrough in the 36th over was too late and despite a couple of late wickets, the visitors reached 224 in the 46th over with the loss of 6 wickets. Those were achieved by Andrew Tiddy (2); Mitch Green (2), Ben Blackett (1) and a great run out from Scott Mitchell.
While a win is proving elusive, the boys are standing up to the competition and the Hamilton teams are being tested.
Final Score: HBHS 224 in 46 overs. Hinuera 223 in 50 overs. Next week Hinuera is home to St Paul’s Collegiate School.
In other games, MaristSuburbs’ 55-run win put them ahead of Old Boys at Steele Park in Hamilton.
Also with two wins in Pool Two is Cambridge, who, despite an hour’s ground delay at Albert Park against Te Awamutu, handed out an eight-wicket trouncing.
Along with Te Awamutu, the other side without a win in Pool Two is Otorohanga, who went down by 72 runs to Star University at the Otorohanga Domain.
Fraser-Tech scored a 16-run win over St Paul’s Collegiate School on the grass pitch at the school ground. The other match in Pool One saw Melville defeat Morrinsville by 22 runs at Melville High School.
Hinuera batsman Nitin Dhiman managed 22 runs during his stay at the wicket.
Hinuera Cricket Club batsman Antony Marsh scored 47 runs against Hamilton Boys’ High School.