Hin­uera bats­men run out of time

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - CRICKET

Hin­uera again with home pitch ad­van­tage missed the op­por­tu­nity to claim a win in the third round of the Hamil­ton - Waikato Val­ley cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

St Pauls bat­ting first were steady and dis­ci­plined in post­ing a score of 235 - 7 off their 50 overs with Higgens and Black­ett both mak­ing over 60 runs, while Rusk and cap­tain Mitch Green were the most suc­cess­ful bowlers as­sisted by en­thu­si­as­tic ef­forts in the field. Richard O’Shaugh­nessy in his first match of the sea­son scored a splen­did run out.

Bat­ting af­ter lunch Hin­uera’s Ryan Wil­son opened with a whirl­wind hit out for 25 off 11 but sadly that was all. Hin­uera was ahead of the clock at the half­way stage, and with Al­lan Tap­pin mak­ing a well compiled 74 for his first bat of the sea­son, it was a good foun­da­tion for the team to achieve suc­cess.

With overs run­ning out how­ever, a pro­ces­sion of dis­missals from catches saw the home team fall be­hind the clock and fin­ish 47 runs short.

An en­ter­tain­ing game for both play­ers and spec­ta­tors and ap­pre­ci­a­tion was ex­pressed of the new for­mat pit­ting sides from both Sub As­so­ci­a­tions in this 50 over com­pe­ti­tion. Fi­nal Scores: St Pauls 235, Hin­uera 188.

In other games, MaristSuburbs are one of four teams un­beaten af­ter a dra­matic last-ball vic­tory over Star Univer­sity on Satur­day.

The win has Marist-Sub­urbs equal on points in Pool Two with Cam­bridge, who claimed a bonus­point in their nine-wicket de­mo­li­tion of Otoro­hanga at the Otoro­hanga Do­main.

The other match in Pool Two saw points shared be­tween Old Boys and Te Awa­mutu. Mean­while, in Pool One, Hamil­ton Boys’ High School ham­mered Mor­rinsville by 112 runs. Melville are the other un­beaten team, af­ter thrash­ing Fraser-Tech by 114 runs at Melville High School.

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