Spin­ners help Hin­uera take vic­tory

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‘‘Mor­rinsville bat­ted steadily and at 80 for 2 wick­ets in the 24th over, Hin­uera in­tro­duced spin into the at­tack at both ends and soon wick­ets started to fall.’’

Hin­uera hosted Mor­rinsville on Satur­day in the first round of the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy of the Waikato Val­ley Premier cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

Hin­uera cap­tain Mitch Green won the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion to bat first un­der per­fect con­di­tions at Pohlen Park.

Open­ing the bat­ting Ryan Wil­son was the sec­ond wicket to fall af­ter con­tribut­ing a steady 49 off 50 balls.

Hav­ing been a late call up to the team, Brad McKen­zie bat­ting at No.5, scored a solid 45 in a 72-minute stay at the crease.

A late rally in the last four overs saw Ja­son Rusk score 26 not out, in­clud­ing two huge sixes, which pushed the fi­nal score up to a re­spectable 233 for 9 wick­ets off the manda­tory 50 overs.

Mor­rinsville bat­ted steadily and at 80 for 2 wick­ets in the 24th over, Hin­uera in­tro­duced spin into the at­tack at both ends and soon wick­ets started to fall.

At 131 for 7 with leg spin­ner Ian Mar­shall hav­ing snared 3 wick­ets and left arm ortho­dox spin­ner Ben Black­ett get­ting 2 wick­ets the match looked to be head­ing for a pos­i­tive re­sult for Hin­uera.

How­ever a bot­tom or­der re­vival saw Mor­rinsville score 61 runs for the last three wick­ets fi­nally be­ing dis­missed in the 46th over for 192.

Ben Black­ett took the last three wick­ets to fall and fin­ished with 5 for 40 off 9.4 overs and with two catches in field he had a hand in seven of the ten dis­missals for a man of the match per­for­mance.

Hin­uera 233/9, R.Wil­son 49, B.McKen­zie 45, J.Rusk 26no, D.Scholtz 25,

Match Sum­mary:

de­feated Mor­rinsville 192, B.Black­ett 5/40, I Mar­shall 3/60 by 41 runs.

On Satur­day Hin­uera travel away to play Cam­bridge which will be the first day of a two-day match at Vic­to­ria Square. An­thony Sewell de­serves high praise for his ef­forts in get­ting a group of boys to­gether to form a cricket team to play in the Waikato Val­ley B Grade cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

This comes af­ter a two-year hia­tus as the 1st XI at the col­lege last played in De­cem­ber 2014.

It now gives the op­por­tu­nity for any­one at the col­lege to play cricket each Satur­day. Sewell is to play in the side and in con­junc­tion with Hin­uera Cricket it gives stu­dents a path­way to play premier grade cricket.

On Satur­day the team played their first game and had a re­sound­ing win over a de­pleted Hin­uera B XI with good per­for­mances com­ing from Tom Con­nor, Ri­ley Pratt and Trent Wil­liams. Rhys Dick­in­son was the star per­former with the bat scor­ing 61 not out off 48 balls to lead the team to vic­tory in the 22nd over.

Hin­uera B 129, A.Wellington 35, J.Higgins 22, T.Con­nor 4/17, R.Pratt 2/34 lost to Mata­mata Col­lege 131/2, R.Dick­in­son 61no, T.Wil­liams19.

On Satur­day Hin­uera B is away to Toko­roa and Mata­mata Col­lege is at home against Cam­bridge.

Match De­tails:

Hin­uera take first win of the year against neigh­bours Mor­rinsville while Mata­mata Col­lege re-en­ters cricket com­pe­ti­tion with a win against Hin­uera B.

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