Hin­uera at home, de­feat Cam­bridge

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - LEANNE GREEN

The Hin­uera cricket side was at home in Mata­mata for its one-day en­counter against Cam­bridge on Satur­day.

Nor­mally the game would be played at Cam­bridge, at the square, but the Waikato Valley ver­sus Poverty Bay match was sched­ule for that venue on the same day.

How­ever it was a bonus for Hin­uera to be at home, and win­ning the toss was a bonus to start the 50-over match. Choos­ing to bat first, Hin­uera started steadily with both open­ers play­ing care­fully.

The first wicket to fall was Nitin Dhi­man in the 15th over and a to­tal of 22.

Scott Mitchell was joined by John Dick­son and th­ese two built a 89 run part­ner­ship – Dick­son the ag­gres­sor and Mitchell sup­port­ing.

On 69 and with 141 on the board Dick­son was caught in the 35th over.

Losing three quick wick­ets around him, Mitchell con­tin­ued to build the to­tal.

Af­ter a well de­served 43, he was caught in the 45th over. Look­ing to push the runs in the last few overs, Mitch Green and An­drew Tiddy quickly added 28 and 17 off 18 and 10 balls re­spec­tively.

Bat­ting their 50 overs and finishing with 249 was a good ef­fort.

The run chase did not start well for Cam­bridge with Alan Tap­pin snar­ing the first wicket in the 4th over.

Cam­bridge stead­ied and added 55 runs be­fore the next wicket came. There­after, with ex­cel­lent bowl­ing from John Dick­son (5 for 20 off 10) and Ben Black­ett (3 for 11 off 5) Cam­bridge was reel­ing.

They got through to 118 in the 33rd over when the last wicket was taken.

It was a con­vinc­ing win for the boys af­ter some frus­trat­ing games and in­clement weather over the last few weeks.

Nitin Dhi­man, on strike in a pre­vi­ous game, man­aged 22 against Cam­bridge on Satur­day.

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