Hin­uera edges closer to fi­nal

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - CRICKET

The Hin­uera cricket team trav­elled to Otoro­hanga for their one­day, 50-over match in the Hamil­ton/Waikato Val­ley com­pe­ti­tion.

The Hin­uera team was buoyed by their win the pre­vi­ous week and know­ing that the match against Otoro­hanga would not be easy.

Win­ning the toss sition elected to bat.

It was a de­ci­sion that would prove to be a poor one.

Ja­son Rusk struck in his first over and then An­drew Tiddy in his sec­ond dis­missed the dan­ger man, Leighton Par­sons. Both open­ers gone for 2 each. Bat­ters 3 and 4 stead­ied the ship un­til Alan Tap­pin got his first with the runs at 49 and next at 62.

Bowl­ing in tan­dem with Mitch Green, Otoro­hanga strug­gled to build any part­ner­ships and wick­ets fell reg­u­larly.

They found them­selves all out in the 30th over for 100 runs.

The dam­age was in­flicted by Green who took 6 for 20 off 7.1 overs.

Hin­uera’s run chase started badly with the loss of Ryan Wil­son in the first over as well.

Scott Mitchell and An­thony Marsh built a 76-run part­ner­ship to reach 80 be­fore Marsh was caught on 60 off 60 balls.

Nitin Dhi­man and Scott fin­ished the in­nings off, chas­ing the to­tal down in 18 overs and fin­ish­ing not out on 13 and 20 re­spec­tively.

The Hin­uera boys only run­ning 9 sin­gles the ma­jor­ity of runs com­ing from 4s.

The rest of the team en­joyed the view from the side­line.

This was a re­sound­ing win over a team that was sim­ply out­played on the day, by a very com­mit­ted Hin­uera.

Next week sees a cru­cial game, away to Te Awa­mutu with a win po­ten­tially see­ing the Hin­uera play­ers in the fi­nal of the Val­ley 50-over com­pe­ti­tion.

- Leanne Green the oppo-

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