Hinuera Senior Mens cricket is in the middle of another season competing in the Waikato Valley competition. Fielding an A and a B side again this season, the club has managed to keep both teams running through the holiday period, albeit a couple of players short here and there. Both teams have had a tougher season than in previous years as competition continues to improve from other clubs. This has resulted in the A side struggling to repeat their feats of previous years and suffering a couple of losses before Christmas.
Playing the first half of the draw unbeaten meant that we were still able to make the final of the 1 day competition against Kaipaki, a fast developing club with a lot of ability. The final did not go our way this time, handing Kaipaki its second 1 day title in 2 years. The B team struggled to regain their late form of last season. Teams dropping from the top division improved the level of play in this division also and proved testing for the team. Some good individual performances weren’t quite enough to see the team through to a finals spot.
Both teams have returned to fresh competitions post Christmas with trophies still up for grabs in the 20/20 and 100 over formats. Shrinking numbers due to other commitments has meant both teams have had to play in trying circumstances but so far both find themselves still in the trophy hunt. A strong performance by the club to end the season is sure to lead to some silverware returning to the trophy cabinet come finals time at the end of March.