Hinuera top off top season with third victory

AARON GOILE
Last updated 05:00 26/03/2012

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Hinuera have made it a triple treat to end the Waikato Valley club cricket season.

After winning the Twenty20 championship and the one-day competition, Reid & Harrison Hinuera made it a perfect finish to the season by taking out the Champions Trophy 100-over competition on Saturday.

Going into the 10th and final round with a four-point lead at the top of the table, Hinuera faced a virtual final against second-placed OTC Otorohanga at the Otorohanga Domain, and the importance of the match meant neutral umpires were called on.

The home side won the toss and put Hinuera into bat on a sluggish, wet wicket.

The visitors' top five all got a double- digit start, but four lost their wickets trying to play aggressive shots.

Despite having a respectable run rate (4.17), Hinuera were five down after 30 overs. But Ryan Wilson (68) and Mitchel Green (48) launched a counter-attack.

The pair scored at more than a run a ball and cleared the infield with ease to put together a brilliant partnership.

The lower order managed some crucial partnerships with Green, but wickets kept falling, and Hinuera were out for 203 in the 51st over.

That left Otorohanga 49 overs to achieve an outright win, or survive and manage a winning draw, which might have been enough for them to clinch the title, but they never got anywhere close.

Hinuera, pumped up after rolling Morrinsville for 30 the previous weekend, continued where they left off, with Andrew Tiddy and Jason Rusk claiming an early wicket apiece.

Otorohanga's batting effort was over in 34 overs.

Ruby's Morrinsville finished in third place, despite being beaten at the Morrinsville Recreation Ground by 45 runs by Waikato Punjabi, who finished last. The visitors made 254 before dismissing Morrinsville for 209.

Te Aroha finished fourth, despite fifth-finishing Cambridge thrashing them by 161 runs.

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