Hinuera make Cambridge work for win
Hinuera As returned to Victoria Square in Cambridge for the second day of their two-day match against the hosts, in the latest round of the Champions Trophy of the Waikato Valley Premier cricket competition.
Hinuera knew it was going to take a mammoth performance to achieve points after their first innings the previous Saturday.
They needed to bat to accumulate as many runs as they could, declare and then bowl Cambridge out before the end of play.
Andrew Tiddy and Scott Mit- chell resumed at the crease to build on their runs.
A total partnership of 176 runs in 56 overs resulted before Mitchell was caught for 41 off 161 balls.
The total was 236 before Tiddy was bowled on 145 in the 69th over. His total included 21 fours.
Ryan Wilson added to the total runs coming in at three with a reasonably quick 70 of 66 balls. Hinuera reached 337 after 86 overs at drinks and declared. This left Cambridge with a maximum of 33 overs to make the 241 required for an outright win.
Hinuera struck early with Jason Rusk capturing two wickets in his first over, putting pressure on Cambridge to retain wickets and encouraging the Hinuera boys to search for more.
Maidens became the order of the day with Cambridge not keen to push for runs, reaching 23 overs with 76 runs before the next wicket was captured.
The 4th and 5th wickets fell quickly but Hinuera ran out of overs to get the remaining ones. Rusk finished with 2/11 off his 5; Anthony Marsh 2/13 off his 4 and playing his first game this season, Jayden Park secured the other wicket.
This was a game played with great sportsmanship and intensity and it came down to the first day being the decider.
In the next two-day match, Hinuera know they have to start well to avoid playing catch up as this was a game that could have been a very different result. Next week they return to thier home ground at Pholen Park in Matamata in a 50-over game against Otorohanga.
The Hinuera Bs also suffered a loss to Waikaire at home, chasing 186 and players short. Both teams will be looking for better outcomes next week.
Batsman Antony Marshal gets the ball away for Hinuera.