Shaky start to claim win over St Peter’s

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - CRICKET

The Hin­uera A cricket team was away on grass to St Peter’s Cam­bridge in the lat­est round of the Waikato Val­ley Cricket’s Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

What should have been a two­day match be­came a stan­dard 50-over game on Sat­ur­day as rain can­celled play the pre­vi­ous week­end.

Hin­uera needed points from this game. With three of the usual play­ers away, it was a slightly dif­fer­ent line up.

Cap­tain An­thony Marsh lost the toss and the boys bowled on a dry, slightly slower wicket. Again ex­tras could have been the prob­lem but wick­ets luck­ily came rea­son­ably con­sis­tently mean­ing St Peter’s couldn’t re­ally cre­ate a strong part­ner­ship.

Alan Tap­pin got the first break through in the 9th over and quickly fol­lowed up with an­other with the to­tal at 58.

A 38-run part­ner­ship was fi­nally bro­ken by Jay­den Park who fin­ished a fine spell of bowl­ing with 4/28 from 7 overs. His spell and Ben Black­ett’s of 2/7 off 2 and An­drew Tiddy 2/21 off 4.3 proved to be the defin­ing point with this young team bowled out in the 30th over for 141.

Open­ing again, Tiddy was quickly gone with 11 in the 4th over.

Four down, 59 runs and in the 19th over, opener Scott Mitchell was joined by David Scholtz and a 62-run part­ner­ship pushed Hin­uera to a much needed 121. Run out on 41 af­ter a pa­tient in­nings, Hin­uera again got the wob­bles but did man­age to reach the to­tal in the 36th over with 8 wick­ets down.

Scholtz fin­ished with 28 and Ben Black­ett with a key 14 notout. They will take the points but it cer­tainly wasn’t a per­fect game and could have quite eas­ily have not fin­ished well. The Hin­uera Bs had the long trip to Te Kuiti and have to be thanked for pro­vid­ing the two play­ers for the As.

Hin­uera A plays Paeroa this week­end.

-Leanne Green

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