Hinuera batsmen run out of time
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.