TA Sports’ first cricket sea­son loss

Cam­bridge win nail-biter by one wicket in Waikato-wide com­pe­ti­tion

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Te Awa­mutu Sports suf­fered their first loss, go­ing down by one wicket to Cam­bridge in round four of the Hamil­ton-Waikato Val­ley Spark premier cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat first at Al­bert Park on Satur­day, the VE Vets spon­sored Te Awa­mutu Sports Blue side set a good plat­form, cruis­ing at 109 for two af­ter 23 overs.

How­ever, the hosts were un­able to cap­i­talise, fin­ish­ing on 211 off their al­lot­ted 50 overs.

Opener Scott Law bat­ted well for 87 (7x4s) as did Jake Gib­son chip­ping in with 48 to take his to­tal of runs to 350 in two com­pleted in­nings for an av­er­age of 175. He scored 120 first-up against Mor­rinsville, fol­lowed by 182no against Otoro­hanga.

Cam­bridge looked to be cruis­ing to the to­tal un­til North­ern Dis­tricts A rep Chris Swan­son was dis­missed by Sri Lankan quick Ramesh Subas­inghe for 67.

Wick­ets then fell thick and fast — Te Awa­mutu tak­ing the the game to the last over where Cam­bridge re­quired four runs with two wick­ets re­main­ing. Af­ter Ben Vin­cent snared a wicket first ball, the game be­came very tight be­fore Cam­bridge were able to hit a bound­ary and win the game with three balls re­main­ing.

Gib­son claimed 2-25, Subas­inghe 2-30 and Akif So­hail 2-38 off their 10 over spells.

Te Awa­mutu Sports meet Hamil­ton Old Boys on the new­ly­laid grass pitch at Ki­hik­ihi Do­main on Satur­day.

In di­vi­sion two, Bryce McCan­dlish’s 97 runs and Vi­nay More’s bag of six wick­ets could not pre­vent Te Awa­mutu Marist from los­ing by 69 runs loss to Waitete in round one of the Waikato Val­ley Cricket 40 over com­pe­ti­tion.

Waitete scored and im­pos­ing 293/9 bat­ting first at Te Kuiti Col­lege on Satur­day, largely thanks to Jamie Maarhuis who scored 156 and Luke Draper scor­ing 73. This pair com­bined for a third wicket part­ner­ship of 170.

The high­light of an oth­er­wise dis­ap­point­ing Marist bowl­ing ef­fort was More’s out­stand­ing fig­ures of six for 49 from his eight overs.

The medium pacer knocked over the ma­jor­ity of the top or­der and came back to claim the wick­ets of two of the lower bat­ting or­der.

Pat Good­win picked up two for 43 from his eight overs.

Marist replied with 224 all out from 37 overs.

Top scorer was McCan­dlish with 97 runs off 63 balls, in­clud­ing eight fours and six sixes. He was de­nied a richly de­served cen­tury by a stun­ning one­handed div­ing catch in the gully.

McCan­dlish said he thought he had hit it well enough to get the four runs nec­es­sary to bring up his ton.

Andy Tay­lor scored 25 and Pat Good­win 20.

Marist play Pratt Milk­ing Ma­chines Te Awa­mutu Sports Gold this Satur­day at Al­bert Park. Sports Gold will be hop­ing to have a full team avail­able for this game af­ter hav­ing to de­fault their open­ing match against Piron­gia due to the non­avail­abil­ity of a hand­ful of play­ers.

Bryce McCan­dlish falls three runs short of de­serv­ing cen­tury for Te Awa­mutu Marist.

Scott Law top scored with 87 for VE Vets Te Awa­mutu Sports.

Te Awa­mutu Marist’s qual­ity bats­man Vi­nay More chimes in with bag of six wick­ets.

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