Rotorua pips Tokoroa
Game two of the junior cricket season was again played in Rotorua. Batting first, Tokoroa Juniors scored 70 runs off their 25 overs which saw the last 3 wickets fall in the final over. Opener Keegan Hall and his younger brother Ryan both top scored with 15 runs each with plenty of batters getting a start but not being able to go on.
Rotorua needed fewer than 3 runs per over to win the game so that meant Tokoroa needed to bowl tight. Rotorua only lost 5 wickets in their chase which came down to 4 runs needed off the final over. Great bowling by everyone had given Tokoroa a chance, especially Rueben Hurliman with only 2 runs from 3 overs and a valuable wicket as well. Corey Chesterman was given the responsibility to bowl the last over and started well by beating the bat twice, only for a bye to be run, 3 runs from two balls and the pressure was on. The next ball was struck and managed to get through the field, Rotorua attempted to run two runs which gave the boys a chance for a run out, but the close range throw missed which allowed Rotorua to run the winning run.