OMETIMES in a small competition, especially amongst junior sport, it is difficult not to have one team dominate over the others, leaving a predictable end to a predictable season.
That is certainly not the case, though, in the Hamilton District Junior Cricket Association’s Under 16 competition this season, where the stand out team is at the bottom of the table instead of the top and even they haven’t been too far away from the mark.
The interruption of Country Week means that there are only two rounds of two-day games remaining, although all teams are hoping to squeeze in a catch-up game for the lost round right before the break.
Hamilton leads the way for the moment, but there really hasn’t been a lot between it, Southern Pumas and St Andrew’s and it all points to a very exciting end of the season.
Hamilton – 1st 40pts
HAMILTON has its nose in front on the ladder and has plenty of reason to think it will stay there after a great start to the season, losing just the once to St Andrew’s by six runs.
It even nearly pulled that game out of the fire too, thanks largely to some heroics from Aaron Jenkins and with a host of very talented players in the squad, can normally get itself out of any trouble it finds itself in.
Seven of the top 20 leading run scorers and three of the top five batting averages come from Hamilton, with Mitch Lang, Riley Pickering, Daniel Richardson and Jenkins usually among the runs and making sure that Hamilton’s bowlers have a total which it can normally defend without too much difficulty.
It is a similar story with the ball, where Lang, Wade McDonald and Bayley Cook all sit in the top 10 wicket takers, while it is only a matter of time before Jenkins recaptures his form with the ball, with the Country Week destroyer of many castles likely to produce a ‘five for’ at any moment.
Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, January 7, 2014