Gib­son keeps TeA on top of con­test

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Lo­cal hero Jake Gib­son scored 182 not out to keep Te Awa­mutu Sports on top of the Spark Premier Waikato Val­ley and Hamil­ton com­pe­ti­tion af­ter three rounds.

Te Awa­mutu Sports trav­elled to O¯ toro­hanga on Satur­day and bat­ted first.

Gib­son made his way to the crease af­ter the loss of an early wicket and im­me­di­ately made bat­ting look easy.

Scor­ing with ease, Gib­son kept the score­board tick­ing over as he and sev­eral of his team-mates formed part­ner­ships.

As wicket fell at one end, Gib­son con­tin­ued to look as­sured and a class above as he bought up his sec­ond cen­tury of the sea­son off 103 balls.

How­ever, af­ter reach­ing the land­mark, Gib­son took the hand­brake off and started dis­patch­ing the ball to all parts of the ground.

His abil­ity to get the back knee dirty was shown in the fi­nal over when he scored 28, in­clud­ing four sixes.

Te Awa­mutu fin­ished with an im­pos­ing 339 runs on the board, Gib­son scor­ing his 182 not out off 139 balls.

O¯ toro­hanga got of to a good start with the bat, how­ever, they never re­ally looked to chal­lenge the to­tal.

The home side bat­ted out their 50 overs for 256/8, in­clud­ing 117 from Leighton Par­sons. Wick­ets for Te Awa­mutu were shared equally.

A com­fort­able win for Te Awa­mutu Sports pro­vides them with their sec­ond bonus point win, leav­ing them on top on the com­pe­ti­tion ta­ble.

This comes af­ter a pun­ish­ing win over Mor­rinsville in the first round.

Te Awa­mutu also topped 300, scor­ing 311 on the back of an­other Gib­son ton (120) be­fore bowl­ing the vis­i­tors out for 82, which in­cluded a five wicket haul for spin­ner Steve Sis­tern-Tate.

Round two was aban­doned due to rain. At­ten­tion now turns to this week­end’s home game against a Cam­bridge team look­ing to get their sea­son back on track.

Photo / Sup­plied

Te Awa­mutu Sports bats­man Jake Gib­son — two in­nings, two cen­turies.

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