Blistering attack secures game
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.