HK’s youngest cricket team beats Manawatu¯

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

The youngest of Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti’s Path­way teams trav­elled to Palmer­ston North to take on a qual­ity Manawatu¯ side just be­fore Christ­mas.

A beau­ti­ful sum­mer day at the pic­turesque On­g­ley Park had the lo­cal lads keen to keep im­prov­ing from their win a cou­ple of weeks ago against Whanganui.

An 11-a-side fix­ture con­sist­ing of 35 overs, with max­i­mum of five overs per bowler, a 40-ball re­tire­ment for bats­man and nine play­ers tak­ing the field at any given time was the ba­sis of the for­mat which has been en­cour­aged by NZ Cricket to max­imise par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Cap­tain Jack Black with sup­port of his lead­er­ship team of Jack Tyson, Cooper Cotterill and Os­car O’Brien had de­cided to bowl.

Skip­per Jack Blake (1-37 off 5) led from the front and took the new ball along with Cooper Cotterill (3-24 off 5). The team started well tak­ing a wicket in the first over be­fore Manawatu¯ re­cov­ered to be 2-25 af­ter six overs.

Jack Tyson (3-11 off 5) and Fletcher Cooper (3-9 off 5) were asked to bowl into the wind and had suc­cess bowl­ing a cou­ple of the Manawatu¯ bats­man and the field­ers sup­port­ing with some great catches. Ten overs down and Manawatu¯ was find­ing it tough at 28 for 6.

Os­car O’Brien (3-9 off 3) and leg spin­ner Lo­gan Mur­ray (0-2 off 2) con­tin­ued to put pres­sure on the Manawatu¯ play­ers who were now 54-11 af­ter 20 overs.

O’Brien took two wick­ets in a row and had the Manawatu¯ bats­man un­der pres­sure fac­ing a hat-trick which they suc­cess­fully de­fended. This was to be the first of two hat-trick op­por­tu­ni­ties as Cotterill also had a chance in his sec­ond spell which in­cluded three wick­ets in one over.

Ted Gibbs (3-19 off 5) com­bined well with wicket keeper Davis who took two catches off Gibbs’ bowl­ing. Manawatu¯ was bowled out in the 30th over with a to­tal of 97-16.

The first goal of the HK lads was to knock off the 97 runs. Open­ers O’Brien (6) and Oliver Selby (1) tried hard, how­ever the Manawatu¯ open­ers were too good and af­ter a run out had HK strug­gling at 15-3.

Luca Al­bert (9) bat­ting at three was bowled by an­other good Manawatu¯ de­liv­ery. Jack Tyson (14) also looked good, how­ever a ball to the toe made the stroke play­ing bats­man find it dif­fi­cult and he was out caught keeper. HK now with the four top or­der bats­man in the shed for 46-6 af­ter 12 overs.

With five overs to go skip­per Blake (21) and Cooper (12*) safely man­aged the im­por­tant six balls adding 29 runs to the HK to­tal be­fore Blake was caught, bring­ing in Mur­ray (2) who put on an un­beaten 15 run part­ner­ship with Cooper to end the HK bat­ting ef­fort at 177 for 10 af­ter 35.

A well-earned 79-run vic­tory to the HK Speedy Signs Y6 lads.

The team thanked the Manawatu¯ Team for host­ing them, and coaches, par­ent um­pires, scor­ers and bar­be­cue cooks for sup­port dur­ing the day.

The win­ning team from Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti.

Both teams and coaches.

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