Fine bowling puts Hinuera on back foot
Hinuera A cricket team played away in Paeroa for their final 50-over game in the Waikato Valley Champions Trophy competition on Saturday.
Winning the toss, Hinuera elected to bat on what was an interesting pitch.
From the outset, a combination of fine bowling and bounce put Hinuera on the back foot.
Opener Scott Mitchell was gone in the second over, followed by David Scholtz.
Andrew Tiddy and Alan Tappin built a 45-run partnership with Tappin the main stroke maker.
Moving through to the 12th over, Tiddy was caught on 10 .
Another partnership between Tappin and Anthony Marsh saw them through to 106 before Tappin was caught after a well deserved 72 from 68 balls.
This would be the top score from Hinuera. Marsh pushed through to 21 from 47 balls before he was also caught in the 28th over.
Mitch Green played carefully for 24 off 40 balls as did Jason Rusk and Ian Marshall who both contributed 13 runs each before Hinuera were all out in the 42nd over reaching 179.
To be fair, the feeling was that this may be 30 runs short but with runs on the board they went out to bowl with a commitment to leave everything out there in the hope of getting that win.
The second innings provided a rude awakening with the hosts flying along to 60 in 7 overs before the first wicket was taken by John Dickson.
With not a lot of runs to work with, bowlers were changed in the hope of taking more wickets.
These came in the 17th and 18th overs through Ian Marshall and Ben Blackett.
As has often been the case this year, Hinuera really restricted runs and built pressure and Paeroa found themselves 5 down for 131 in the 20th over.
Marshall and Blackett continued their stangle-hold with Blackett finishing 3/24 off his 10 overs and Marshall 2/41 off his 7.
At 8 down and 169 on the board, the tension was certainly there but credit to the hosts to hold their nerve to reach the target without losing another wicket - getting there in the 34th over.
This effectively means the team can’t reach the final even with a win in their two-day match in the next two weeks.
It is disappointing but also reflects a couple of those games that could have quite easily have been wins with a better batting effort earlier in the season.
The Hinuera A team travels away to St Paul’s in Hamilton, for this weekend’s final game of the competition.
Sadly for Hinuera Bs, yet another game was defaulted this week which seems to have been the order of the day for them.
Andrew Tiddy built a 45-run partnership with Alan Tappin.