Game: Kaipaki vs St Paul’s (106 Overs) Champions Trophy
Venue: Kaipaki Oval (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 01/03/15
Weather: Hot and sunny 28 degrees
Toss: Kaipaki won the toss and decided to Bowl first
Team: Hugo Bothma, Corey Hyde, Thomas Benn, Brad Leonard, Kent Currie, Fraser Kilgour, Brenden Flegg, Adam Flegg, Ben Strang, Dean Busch, David Morris, Jerem Wylie
Result: Kaipaki lost by 70 runs
St Paul’s 196 all out in 43 overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Adam Flegg 3 for 66 off 12 overs, Brenden Flegg 3 for 51 off 10 overs
St Paul’s Batting: B Higgins 76
Kaipaki 126 all out in 34 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Hugo Bothma 51, Kent Currie 27
Kaipaki’s batting capitulated against top placed St Paul’s in a catch up game on Sunday. After knocking St Paul’s over for 196 Kaipaki has put in one of their most complacent and reckless batting performances since the club was established 4 years ago. The problem with Brenden McCullum scoring plenty of runs in quick time against quality bowling is that every club cricketer thinks he can do the same thing… but they only end up licking their wounds in the pavilion moments later. This summed up the Kaipaki batting performance. With a lightning fast outfield and short boundaries, 196 should never be enough at this time of year but as it turned out it was 70 runs too many.
Kaipaki missing 6 of their regular starters decided to bowl first and they restricted St Paul’s to a meagre run rate early on. Former New Zealand and ND batsman Mark Bailey opened the innings and got a brisk 21 but apart from that the St Paul’s batters found it difficult to penetrate the Kaipaki fielders. Stand in Captain Brad Leonard showed all his experience by setting well placed fields to assist his hard working bowlers. Kaipaki only used 4 bowlers but it was again the Flegg brothers who returned the best figures. They are very good additions to the Kaipaki Squad and will certainly put plenty of pressure on regular players to keep their spots as Kaipaki chase a place in the Champions Trophy Final.
St Paul’s seam attack of Simon Morby and T Yarrall did the job for St Paul’s. Simon Morby returning figures of 6 for 47 off 15 overs. It was a very good display by the tall right arm seamer. He bowled with reasonable pace and got good bounce. He was supported in the field by his agile team mates who continually kept the pressure on the Kaipaki batsman.
Hugo Bothma was the shining light in the Kaipaki innings. After his 41no on Saturday he again put in another good performance to compile 56 runs. He unfortunately didn’t find any support from his teammates.
The loss is a good wake up call for Kaipaki who will be disappointed in this outcome. But it has a very strong positive as the weekends double header had given some more players valuable playing time and with a jam packed March schedule (have another catch up game v Morrinsville on the 15th plus 20/20 finals) they will be calling on their depth to get them through a tricky period. If they are good enough to get into the Champions Trophy Final there will be a good fight for positions.
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