Poor start to vi­tal cricket match

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - LEANNE GREEN

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.

PHO­TOS: LAWRENCE GULLERY

An­drew Tiddy de­liv­ered 10 overs for Hin­uera against Te Awa­mutu.

Ja­son Rusk de­liv­ered eight overs and took two wick­ets for Hin­uera.

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