THE Southern Pumas are the champion Hamilton District Junior Cricket Association Under 14 team for the second year in a row after comfortably defeating Hamilton on the weekend.
An action packed first day of play on which 11 wickets fell set up a potential grand finish to the match, but in the end, the class batsmen of the Pumas stood tall and under cloudless skies on Sunday morning, the end came quite quickly, with the Pumas having a minimum of 18 overs and eight wickets in hand when they surpassed the Hamilton total.
Hamilton skipper, Tobi Cook, won the toss and decided that his team’s best chance of victory was to put some runs on the board and then try to defend them, but the plan ran into problems early, when openers Xave Stevens and Nathan Richardson were both dismissed before the score had reached 15 by Ryan Burgess and Dylan Mooney.
It was a big blow to the Hamilton team, but Cook and Ben Annett refused to go into their shells and came out all guns blazing in response.
Cook in particular placed the ball to perfection and the score began to race along, the pair adding 43 runs before Sam Lambevski tempted Annett out of his crease and the lightning quick hands of Daniel Kerber whipped off the bails to dismiss him for 15.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 13, 2014.