Hin­uera play­ers into the fi­nal

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - CRICKET

The Hin­uera cricket team was away to Te Awa­mutu for Satur­day’s one-day, 50-over com­pe­ti­tion, and this was a cru­cial game to keep their fi­nal hopes alive.

Win­ning the toss, Hin­uera put Te Awa­mutu into bat on a heavy, damp grass wicket and the prospect of a com­plete game not look­ing likely.

The open­ing bowlers strug­gled for line and length in the first few overs but then tight­ened up.

The bat­ters were cer­tainly look­ing to be ag­gres­sive and were find­ing the boundary with some ease.

After five of his overs, Alan Tap­pin go­ing for a div­ing caught and bowled, tore the web­bing on his hand and ended up at the med­i­cal cen­tre get­ting stitches.

Te Awa­mutu scored 166 for 4 wick­ets in the first 30 overs and then only man­aged 47 runs in the last 17 overs to fin­ish on 213 after 47 overs.

With the loss of Tap­pin, Hin­uera found them­selves with 10 play­ers, down a bowler, and need­ing to re­or­gan­ise the bowl­ing lineup.

The changes turned the tide of the game. An­thony Marsh was given the ball and fin­ished with 4 – 19 runs off 6 overs. Mitch Green 3 – 40 off 10 and An­drew Tiddy 2 – 54 off 7 overs. John Dick­son and Ben Black­ett bowl­ing in tan­dem re­ally re­stricted runs in the mid­dle overs.

Ryan Wil­son opened the bat­ting with Scott Mitchell and Wil­son blasted 35 runs off 17 balls with 2 sixes while Mitchell was the sup­port role. After 10 overs, the cov­ers went on and while there was an at­tempt to restart, the rain re­turned and the game was aban­doned. Scott fin­ish­ing 13 not out. Hin­uera were 58 / 2 at that stage.

With Cam­bridge also rained off, Hin­uera re­tains their sec­ond place on the ta­ble and play St Pauls away, on grass in the fi­nal next week.

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