Poor start to vital cricket match
Hinuera A and B teams were at home hosting important games on a hot, dry wicket at Pohlen Park in Matamata on Saturday.
The As played Te Awamutu in the Waikato Valley Cricket Association’s Champions Trophy competition while the Bs played Kaihere in the Chairman’s Trophy competition.
Hinuera A and Te Awamutu teams were very close on the points table it was always going to be a tight game.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the home team were immediately on the back foot and the poor start quickly went from bad to worse with three batsmen back in the shed in the first five overs.
Local boy Blake Robinson doing the damage. Anthony Marsh and Alan Tappin compiled a 40-run partnership before Marsh was bowled, followed by to more quick wickets.
Tappin moved to a solid 40 runs before he was caught. His partner Ben Blackett was joined by Mitch Green on 81.
A good little partnership pushed them to 109 at 30 before Blackett was bowled on 34.
Jason Rusk joined Green and these two put on a crucial 92-run partnership to give some respectability to the score and eke out the overs.
Rusk was caught on 38 in the 48th over and Ian Marshall joined Green to bat out their 50 overs.
Green finished on a hard earned 75 not out from 71 balls and Marshall a valuable 8 off 2 balls. The total 228 which at the 20th over was certainly seen as a total the boys would be more than happy with after the poor start.
Robinson and Jake Gibson were the pick of the bowlers with two and three wickets respectively.
An early wicket in Rusk’s first over was a great start, closely followed by a second from him with the runs on seven but captain Clint Price anchored one end and showed that careful, no-risk cricket was the key.
A partnership with Gibson of 71 and then another with Archary of 40 set Te Awamutu up and Hinuera couldn’t get the break through until John Dickson dismissed both of these.
Josh Malpas joined his coach and they both steadily picked away at the required runs reaching 229 in the 44th over.
Price finished on 114 not out and Malpas 33 not out.
Rusk and Dickson both finished with two wickets each. The high number of wides and leg byes did not help the Hinuera cause and they will need good wins in both the two day games and last 50 over game to make the final.
The Hinuera B team was also in a great battle with Kaihere who had dispatched the Matamata College team the previous week.
Batting first, the visitors reached 233 after their 40 overs, seven wickets down, two wickets each for Cameron Bishop, Bradley Leuthard and Dwayne Miru were the pick of the bowlers.
Chasing this huge total, it came down to the last over and two balls to spare to get the Bs the win. Key contributor was Bishop with 101 and supported by J. Hail wood 34 and Neil Bell 27.
A very dry outfield at Pohlen Park certainly contributed to a run-fest in both games.
Andrew Tiddy delivered 10 overs for Hinuera against Te Awamutu.
Jason Rusk delivered eight overs and took two wickets for Hinuera.