Maids as­sist club’s fine start to sea­son

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

The re­turn of the Toko­roa Cricket Club to South Waikato se­nior men’s ranks this sea­son launched with an amaz­ing win when, a wed­ding hav­ing taken part of the team away, a 17-year-old girl stand-in strode up to the wicket for the last ball need­ing six runs for the win - and she hit it for vic­tory.

Toko­roa club has been ab­sent from se­nior com­pe­ti­tion for more than 10 years af­ter a long and strong tradition in the game.

This year’s lineup has an av­er­age age of 28 years (with the range from 17 to 43).

The warm-up game was against Mata­mata A and B host­ing two twenty/20 games with Toko­roa and Te Aroha as op­po­si­tion.

Toko­roa player of the day went to Brad King (20) against Mata­mata A with Ja­son Jowett player of the day for the sec­ond game against third-placed Mata­mata B. Toko­roa Cricket Club was miss­ing six of its usual play­ers due to a wed­ding and a few at the Phoenix football game in Welling­ton.

Two maids of hon­our stepped in, Miss Lee, sci­ence teacher at Toko­roa High School, and teenager Ge­or­gia Hamil­ton. Both bat­ted a three over not out against Mata­mata A.

In the sec­ond game the score was poised at 11 runs re­quired off two overs to win af­ter Mata­mata B elected to bat from the toss and knock­ing up 117 runs in 20 overs.

Best bowl­ing was Rod Young with two wick­ets for five runs in one over and an un­lucky third wicket dropped in the same over or it would have been three for one run.

Jowett top scored on 50 runs and only suf­fered a mid­dle stump bowl­ing while mis­judg­ing a cer­tain six-run hoist of a spin bowler’s first ball.

Ryan Hall ( 10) re­placed Jowett at the crease and was on strike with seven runs to win and five balls to come. His first touch of the ball nar­rowly missed be­ing caught at the tip of the fin­gers of a fully out­stretched mid-air fielder and he scored one run to put Young on strike with six runs to win and four balls to come.

A clever stump­ing took Young out with six runs to win on the sec­ond-to-last ball.

Hamil­ton came on for the last ball of the game need­ing six runs to win or five for a draw and fac­ing the spin­ner who now had two wick­ets for one run in the last over. She whacked it.

Well done Toko­roa and Ge­or­gia Hamil­ton. First game of the sea­son is Oc­to­ber 13.

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