Vil­lage Cricket show­down a cracker

Coastal News - - News - By DON MACKAY Whanga­mata¯ Cricket

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.

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