On higher pitch

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By GRANT HALL

Cricket ac­tion is hot­ting up in the South Waikato.

The se­nior men’s team fin­ished in the B grade and now will take on the big guns in the A grade for the sec­ond half of the sea­son of the Waikato Val­ley com­pe­ti­tion. Early Fe­bru­ary will see FVHS take on the best in the Waikato to see who will ad­vance in the Gil­lette Cup school knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

Toko­roa ju­niors will again ven­ture to Ro­torua ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing to com­pete in the in­ter­me­di­ate grade and al­ready have pro­duced two last-ball vic­to­ries over more fan­cied teams. Sev­eral of the Toko­roa boys made the Ro­torua rep team that played Tau­ranga be­fore the Christ­mas break, show­ing they had the abil­ity to com­pete at a higher level.

Two ju­nior cricket evenings are be­ing planned for mid-Fe­bru­ary/March and in­clude games along with coach­ing and prizes. It is open to all chil­dren aged 5 to 10 years old.

The SWCA will again run the Busi­ness house T20 com­pe­ti­tion and are look­ing for new teams to en­ter. The com­pe­ti­tion will run for six weeks with teams only need­ing eight play­ers aside. Played on Wed­nes­day, the games are slow bowl­ing only with each team get­ting 20 overs to make as many runs as pos­si­ble.

Our Golden Oldie crick­eters have had a busy time tak­ing on other ‘‘se­nior’’ teams from a far such as One­hunga in Auck­land. Th­ese games are 40 overs with six-pace run-ups and played on Sun­days.

The sec­ond half of the sea­son is promis­ing to be a very good one with a form of cricket cater­ing for ev­ery­one’s tastes but would like the sup­port of play­ers and the com­mu­nity to make it hap­pen.

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