Upper Hutt make the most of a bad situation

COLIN WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:35 21/11/2012

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Upper Hutt had their first win in the Wilkinson Ewen Chatfield Cup, in a close, reduced-overs match on Saturday.

The win, on TMP's Barton Oval, featured a stand-out all rounder effort from Ollie Newton.

Along with Matt Taylor and Daniel van der Heyden, Newton was recently selected in the Hutt Valley side for a revamped Tararua Cup and on Saturday, even in an shortened game, he showed he has plenty to offer.

Newton's medium-pacers took five for 22 off less than seven overs as North City struggled to 137 in 33 overs in an innings in which van der Heyden snared fives catches behind the stumps.

Upper Hutt's batsmen, and the truncation of the game, then created to some tense periods of play.

Wickets fell in a clatter early and when Nick Press was the sixth man out at 31, it was looking a game too far. Newton came in to partner Taylor and it was their 54 run partnership which proved the winning difference.

Newton's dismissal for 25 off 35 balls came at 85 as the side struggled to 88-9 off 22.4 overs. Taylor, unbeaten with four boundaries in his 40 off 51 balls, was the difference in an innings where, incredibly, six Upper Hutt batsman made ducks.

In the wash up Upper Hutt's 90 runs in 24.4 over (and its one wicket remaining) were enough to beat Norths 137 in 33.3 overs . . . funny game, cricket.

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- Upper Hutt Leader

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