Hin­uera end their sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - CRICKET

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.

-Leanne Green

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