Weather Hot & Sticky
Crowd #s Grew to a raucous 50 ( Green and Colts teams finished very early + WAGS)
Day started well, beers put on Ice , afternoon tea in the fridge
Kaipaki lost the toss and was put into field for the 1st Innings – which transpired to be divided into thirds. We started well ,had a slow middle and a tighter last 10 overs.
Opening bowlers lead by the fluid Flavell and his 16 year old left arm apprentice Tom Anderson maintained a tight accurate opening spell keeping Suburbs to 50 for 3 after 10.
Anderson showing some bounce and carry for his slender young age getting a sharp lifting delivery draw an edge to gully which was masterly taken by the MVP of the day - Dan Fenwick.
Things turned a bit south after drinks, with Suburbs skipper Russ and his batting Partner Adam, settling in and then taking the long handle to the bowling.
In approx. 15 overs they belted a partnership of 135 to all parts, showing no respect for a variety of bowlers.
Even a bit of niggle did not seem to upset them. Maybe even galvanised to even more lusty hitting.
Was a wake up call... we were staring down the barrel of a 350 run chase until the Skipper had master stroke and MVP Dan Fenwick was tossed the ball.
Maybe insulting being called a part timer, as he proceeded to rip apart the Suburbs line up. Showing the earlier bowlers how to bowl line a length at the Kaipaki oval... he broke the partnership then with Kent Currie getting the skipper, MVP Dan Fenwick bowled the next 3 batsmen to end the innings with 4/45 and Suburbs reigned back in for a total 289.
The Boys felt we were in with a sniff at half time.
The run chase got off to a flyer.... MVP Dan Fenwick & Taz Kapadia rocked along, racing to the 50 in 4.3 overs.
The loss of Taz did not slow the momentum, with Deane Bellis lighting up the boundary ropes early.
The 2nd wicket to fall was MVP Dan Fenwick for a well struck 43 in the 9th over.
Not a worry – the Team still had momentum.
The loss of Bellis 3 runs later caused a ripple in the team and bit of consolidation was taken. Kent demonstrating a picture perfect shadow batting in the nude forward defence.(someone needs to get a picture).
After drinks it was time to lift the run rate which had the RPO around 13 and climbing rapidly.
Suburbs brought on their slow bowlers which made it very difficult to hit unless it was rank 1/2 tracker.
Scoreboard pressure lead to the demise of a remaining wickets with Kent making a well compiled 50 with some lusty blows.
Guppy 27 and Red Dog 28 were the only contributors of note, before the wheels completely fell off with Kaipaki all out for 221 in the 32nd over .
Dan Fenwick = outstanding afternoon tea, 4 for 45 + good catch and well struck 43 opening the batting.
WAG of Day
Jolie Fenwick = entertaining the children outstanding afternoon tea (Dan claims it was his) and all day attendance!!!!
Wayne Clifford - “The Big Red Dog”