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