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Cricket: Taradale Cricket Club etch name on inaugural Taupō T20 tournament

Taradale premier men’s club cricketers have made their intentions clear this summer after winning the inaugural Lake Taupō CC Spring Twenty20 Cup today.

The You Travel-sponsored Maroons beat the hosts by 51 runs at the Owen Delany Park after scoring 132-8 in their allotted 20 overs before skittling their opponents for 81 runs.

Having won the toss, Lake Taupō asked the Luke Kenworthy-captained Taradale to pad up but Taradale opener Callum Hewetson must have got them ruing their decision as he scored 41 at almost a run a ball.

No 7 Harry Warke chimed in with a hard-hit 36 from 19 balls. Lake Taupō bowler Moko Rivers advanced his tournament wicket haul to a dozen, taking 3-12 in the final.

“We started getting much better towards the end of the tournament to play some good cricket in our fourth game,” said stand-in coach Dale Smidt, stepping up from mentoring juniors after regular coach Robbie Quinn was unavailable due to illness.

“We have ticked quite a few of our boxes while carrying out a balancing act,” Smidt said.

He said Taradale had found a balance between giving the young and restless some opportunities while eking out victories.

Smidt said the tourney was brilliant with the players finding some pre-season mojo and the organisers had been instrumental in ensuring everything went swimmingly well.

The former Hawke’s Bay Cricket administrator harked back to the five years ago when Taupō were a robust outfit under the leadership of an English professional but said they had since lost their footing a little at premier men’s club level.

“There were some good boys up there so it was a really, really good set up with a nice prize giving, lunches provided and good umpires.”

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