Monday 25 January 2010 | Published in Regional
The Storm Chasers have earned their place in next week’s Turtles Domestic Cricket League finals after a brilliant win against the Super Kings at the weekend.
The Storm Chasers won what was later dubbed a ‘match winning toss’ to put the Super Kings out under the blazing sun to sweat it out in the field.
Sepa Tangimetua and Cameron Thorp opened up the batting for the Storm Chasers’ with Thorp improving on his duck last week with 4 runs on Saturday before falling to Super Kings bowler Mamanu Emile.
Tangimetua went on to score 26 runs before succumbing to the bowling prowess of Mamanu.
Enter Storm Chasers’ captain Ronnie Forbes to steady the ship and score the highest runs of the day with 80 runs from 80 deliveries – this was despite an equipment malfunction when Forbes lost his bat which nearly went for four!
Forbes was finally caught out by the Super Kings’ Daniel Webb with the Storm Chasers on 155 runs.
Pare Rongokea relished the opportunity to return to the cricket pitch reaching double figures with 10 runs.
Ben Cummings was also another stand out batsman for the Storm Chasers posting a very impressive 60 runs from 90 deliveries.
Best in the bowling for the Super Kings was Matt Beasley who took 4 wickets from 7.4 overs.
Campbell ‘Digger’ Hockin was another stand out bowler for the Super Kings taking 2 wickets in 10 overs.
Mamanu Emile took 2 wickets in 10 overs also.
Terry Williams and Daniel Webb both took a wicket each.
The Storm Chasers’ bottom order batsman did well to push the team’s total score to 233 leaving a daunting 234 target for the Super Kings to chase.
And after a day of sun baking in the field – the Super Kings struggled with the bat in hand.
Opening batsmen Bobby Hunter and Daniel Webb did their best but Webb’s wicket was smashed by a visibly impressed Muni Uini leaving the field with 9 runs followed by Hunter who scored 5 runs.
Space Raumea did his best to hold the team together with new partner Mamanu Emile having a short-lived batting innings with no runs.
Super Kings captain Apii Mamanu smashed the first six of the match and scored 26 runs in total before being caught out.
The Super Kings middle order crumbled with the in-form Bobby Hansen taking three wickets in just six overs.
Ben Cummings smashed two wickets with Muni Uini, John Beasley, Sepa Tangimetua, Cameron Thorp and Nga Ngere all taking one wicket each.
Super Kings were all out for 172 – 62 runs short of the target.
This weekend’s grand finals match between the Super Kings and Royal Heat is tipped to be the cricket match of the year as both teams will want to take out the inaugural Turtles Domestic Cricket League competition.