Hin­uera make Cam­bridge work for win

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - LEANNE GREEN

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.

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