EVERYONE loves a big finish at a sporting event and at KFC Oval in front of a great crowd, the Hamilton District Junior Cricket Association’s Under 16 grand final gave the spectators all they could have asked for.
A run out in the final over on Sunday left Hamilton just three runs short of St Andrew’s’ total of 154, sparking emotional scenes of joy, relief and utter heartache, depending on which team you were looking at, as the Drews won their second title in a row.
It had been a fantastic display of cricket from two young sides, and unfortunately, there could only be one winner.
Jack Goodman won the toss for St Andrew’s and chose to bat first, and although the breeze across the ground towards the bandicoots should have helped Aaron Jenkins’ outswingers, the Drews’ opening pair of Joe Tonissen and Cam Pither was able to pick off six runs.
Daniel Richardson tore in from the clubroom’s end and his pace clearly gave both batsmen a few problems, and he was very unlucky to have Pither dropped at cover in the second over, something which would come back to haunt Hamilton as the day wore on.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 13, 2014.