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