Maids assist club’s fine start to season
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.