Fine bowl­ing puts Hin­uera on back foot

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - CRICKET

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.

-Leanne Green

An­drew Tiddy built a 45-run part­ner­ship with Alan Tap­pin.

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