Village Cricket showdown a cracker
The final of the Whangamata¯ Village cricket competition was another thriller, with Micos winning their second consecutive title.
Cricket is alive and well in Whangamata¯ with six sides in the Village Cricket competition, the Whangamata¯ Area School schools’ competition and, on
Sunday, and the annual Taiwhanga Trophy, a
33-over between Tairua and Whangamata¯ .
Whangamata¯ Village Cricket final winners Micos beat Windies, led by Dave Webb, by 10 runs. The match scores were Micos 121 for 7 vs Windies 112 for 7.
These match statistics hide the true cricket drama that unfolded at the Aickin Rd cricket oval. Included in this piece of sport theatre was tension, dramatic fightbacks and individual heroes. Micos’ innings was teetering with the loss of three wickets for eight runs as Kaleb dismissed both Micos openers.
Then what proved to be the matchwinning partnership of 95 runs between Jesse, 50, and Kane, 40, unfolded. Jesses’ whirlwind innings of 50 retired included four huge sixes and two fours, which took them back into control.
Windies somewhat strangled the last eight Micos overs as they conceded only 35 runs. Windies set off for the needed 122 off 18 overs.
Opener Chatty top scored with 25 runs. Renowned big hitter Greg “Frankie” Milne was just getting into his stride when a stray run out throw injured him and he retired hurt.
The match tension was increasing with accurate Micos bowling from Jesse, one wicket for four runs and Kane, one wicket for seven runs.
The final over had Windies needing 12 runs to win as the bandaged Frankie strode back to middle as the crowd erupted in anticipation. But it was not to be as Micos bowled out the final over for only two runs. Micos middle order batsman Ian won the hard luck prize of the game as he was run out without facing a ball.
Congratulations to Micos, thanks to umpires AJ and Nate, scorer Jake Mckillop, scoreboard operator Brian Prisk, bar Suzy and match convenor Richard Laurenson.
The Village competition has six sides: Micos, Windies, The Singhs, Carters, Darkside and Crazy Horses. Micos beat The Singhs and Windies beat Carters.
Spectators were treated to exciting action with dramatic fightbacks and some great individual performances.
The victorious Micos team celebrate with their trophy.