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.”