Hinuera at home, defeat Cambridge
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.