Hin­uera earns cru­cial points against Oto’

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - LEANNE GREEN

Hin­uera A and B cricket teams were both due to play at home at Pohlen Park in Mata­mata on Satur­day.

But sadly the Bs were in­formed of a late de­fault by Cam­bridge.

Hin­uera As hosted Otoro­hanga but the vis­i­tors were not keen on even toss­ing. Hin­uera chose to bat on a dry pitch which promised lots of runs.

It was not a good start los­ing two quick wick­ets within the first six overs. Ryan Wil­son and An­thony Marsh stead­ied the ship with a good part­ner­ship un­til Wil­son was caught on 27.

David Scholtz came to the crease and another steady part­ner­ship saw Hin­uera through to 141 be­fore Marsh was run out on 46 in the 38th over.

John Dick­son joined Scholtz and took the to­tal to 192 be­fore Scholtz was out on 59. Dick­son con­tin­ued to work the ball around while wick­ets were fall­ing at the other.

He fin­ished on 41 and the to­tal of 211 was reached at the end of 50 overs. This was prob­a­bly 30 runs short of where they should have been.

Ja­cob Hunt fin­ished with 4/29 off his 7 overs and Otoro­hanga would have been ru­ing sev­eral dropped catches.

The opener for Oto’, An­drew McLean was the key wicket needed and while Jay­den Park snared his first in his sec­ond over, McLean was still there and tak­ing most of the strike.

On 49 in the 13th over, Mitch Green as­sisted by Ian Mar­shall got the cru­cial wicket with McLean on 39.

Bowl­ing in tan­dem with John Dick­son, these two bowled through their overs, to­gether com­plet­ing 7 maid­ens which stran­gled Otoro­hanga.

A small cameo from Su­nil Singh of 35 not out off 21 balls saw them reach 102 in the 30th over and bowled out. Green fin­ished on 4/44 off 10; Dick­son was the best with 3/14 off 10 and Ben Black­ett 2/3 off his one over to fin­ish the in­nings.

Hin­uera have gained cru­cial points from Satur­day’s game and have another tough match against Te Awa­mutu at home next week.

LAWRENCE GULLERY

Hin­uera’s Ryan Wil­son in a pre­vi­ous game against Cam­bridge. He worked hard to steady the run rate against Otoro­hanga on Satur­day.

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