Hin­uera sent into bat against Cam­bridge

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - LEANNE GREEN

Cam­bridge hosted Hin­uera on Satur­day in the first round of the two-day comep­ti­tion in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy of the Waikato Val­ley Pre­mier cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

Sent into bat, Hin­uera strug­gled on the grass wicket against good pace bowl­ing.

Wick­ets fell in the 3rd, 6th, 7th and 9th overs so part­ner­ships were small. It was left to Alan Tap­pin to steady the in­nings as well as try to get some runs tick­ing over and he did this.

Af­ter an hour he had ac­cu­mu­lated 55 runs off 47 balls. With the score on 86, wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall with An­drew Tiddy the only other bat­ter to truly get go­ing, fin­ish­ing on 25 not out - the last wicket in the 30th over and a to­tal of 127.

Cam­bridge be­gan their in­nings los­ing their first wicket in the 3rd over to Tiddy, but they were able to build part­ner­ships more suc­cess­fully.

A fine pe­riod of bowl­ing by Tap­pin and Mar­shall saw wick­ets fall. Tap­pin fin­ish­ing his 12 with 3/38 and Mar­shall 5 with 2/29.

Cam­bridge were 124 for 6 in the 24 over. Los­ing both Tap­pin and Green to other com­mit­ments at 4.30pm, Hin­uera were for­tu­nate to get re­place­ment field­ers.

Paul Gra­ham and Benji Olsen re­sponded to an SOS as there were still lots of overs to com­plete be­fore end of play at 6pm. Hin­uera des­per­ately needed more wick­ets.

A change in bowl­ing brought this and An­thony Marsh and Ben Black­ett were able to fin­ish the in­nings, Marsh with 1 wicket and Black­ett 3 off 10 overs. Cam­bridge all out for 224 - a lead of 97. So Hin­uera ba­si­cally had 13 overs to sur­vive to the end of play.

Opener Scott Mitchell was joined by An­drew Tiddy - with the in­ten­tion to not lose a wicket.

They reached 38 in the overs.

Mitchell fin­ish­ing on 3 and Tiddy on 25. Hin­uera will need to bat deep into the sec­ond day of the two-day match, which will be played next Satur­day. They will need to bowl well to se­cure a win.

At home, the Hin­uera Bs picked up a win and the com­bined col­lege team suf­fered a loss to Cam­bridge Bs. 13

EMMA JAMES/FAIRFAX ME­DIA

Hin­uera bat­ting against Cam­bridge, at Vic­to­ria Square, in day one of their two­day match.

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