Hinuera end their season
The Hinuera cricket A team was away to St Paul’s Collegiate in a game that had no impact on the finals places.
However, it was Scott Mitchell’s final game before heading back to the Manawatu and the team wanted to give him a good send-off. But sent in to bat, it was not to be Scott’s day and he was back in the sheds in the 7th over.
Luckily the other opener Andrew Tiddy anchored one end while Hinuera lost wickets at the other. Joined in the 12th over by Alan Tappin, these two formed a 68-run partnership until Tappin was caught on 43 off 57 balls and the score 121. An injured Mitch Green joined Tiddy at the crease and then saw him caught after a well deserved 59 off 91 balls.
Green hit a quick 22 off 25 balls before being dismissed with a great catch. Ben Blackett looked good at the crease with both Green and Jason Rusk, blasting a quick 25 off 14 balls before he was run out. Rusk finished with 22 not out off 30 balls with valuable little cameos from Rahul Singh and Ian Marshall. Their innings finished in the 48th over on 215.
A break did not come in the second innings until the 8th over from Rusk and another wicket in the 13th over from Singh. St Paul’s reached their target in the 45th over with 5 wickets down. Anthony Marsh with 2 wickets from 5 overs and Blackett, Rusk and Tarun Khanna the other.
This finishes a season filled with games Hinuera ‘‘should have’’ won. Hopefully the majority of players will return in October to play in the ND Club Championships. While not the end Scott Mitchell would have hoped, he will be missed, and we wish him well in his new work venture.