Blis­ter­ing at­tack secures game

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By JA­SON JOWETT

The Toko­roa men’s cricket team have come full cir­cle.

Af­ter re-es­tab­lish­ing a men’s team at the end of 2012 where the team won three games and lost four, the men’s team came out fir­ing in 2013.

The team, led by co-cap­tains Ja­son Jowett and An­thony Meacheam, as well as player/coach Dean Tereu and play­ers Brad King and Tom Fer­gus­son, have made an out­stand­ing start to the year.

Big vic­to­ries over In­dian Aroma Raiders and Tau­marunui, as well as a nar­row loss to Waititi, all led to a top-ofthe-ta­ble clash against Piron­gia in Toko­roa on Satur­day.

Toko­roa lost the toss and were made to bowl first. Af­ter early break­throughs by Ja­son Jowett and Sha­ran Saggi, and some out­stand­ing ground field­ing by Steven Ryan, Piron­gia were reel­ing at 100- 5. How­ever, sloppy catch­ing and in­con­sis­tent bowl­ing al­lowed Piron­gia to reach 221, a for­mi­da­ble to­tal at this level of the game. Sha­ran Saggi (1-22 off 10 overs), Tom Fer­gus­son (0-30 off 10 overs) and Ja­son Jowett (1-36 off 10 overs) were the pick of the bowlers.

It was Toko­roa’s turn to bat and what was about to un­fold was per­haps one of the great­est in­nings you will see in club cricket at any level.

Brad King and Mac Sey­mour opened the bat­ting and from ball one, the tone was set.

While Sey­mour played a typ­i­cally pa­tient in­nings, King blasted the bowlers all over the park.

Af­ter just 22 balls, King had reached a bru­tal 50 and it took only an­other 20 balls for King to bring up his ma­jes­tic 100.

King’s in­nings, which in­cluded 11 sixes, left Toko­roa in com­plete con­trol and when he was fi­nally dis­missed for 123, Toko­roa needed just 55 runs to win.

Dean Tereu played pa­tiently but was ad­judged LBW for 12.

In the mean­time, Sey­mour had reached a well-con­structed 50.

An­thony Meacheam ar­rived at the crease and belted a quick-fire 18 in­clud­ing a six to se­cure a dom­i­nant vic­tory. Toko­roa reached their tar­get of 222 in just 26 overs.

The win left Toko­roa atop the leader­board of their di­vi­sion head­ing into the sec­ond round of play.

Up­com­ing games in­clude home matches against In­dian Aroma raiders and Waititi and away matches to Tau­marunui and Piron­gia. Train­ing is at 5pm on Mon­day at For­est View High School and Wed­nes­day at the Toko­roa Cricket Club. Thanks to For­est View High School for al­low­ing us to use their grounds and a huge thank you to Clancy, Fisher, Oxner and Bryant Bar­ris­ters and So­lic­i­tors for their spon­sor­ship of our team.

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