First one-day win eludes Hin­uera

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - LEANNE GREEN

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.

PHO­TOS: LAWRENCE GULLERY/FAIRFAX NZ

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.

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