Britain’s the Financial Times would read - “ Shares in Kaipaki Gold rise on the back of solid performance”
The Waikato Times leading sports story is - “Former Sport Waikato Chairman and founder, looks forward to Top Six Sausagefest”
Whale Oil’s Cameron Slater blogs - “Catches, not snatches win matches”
The Melville HardOut pamphlet drop asks inside - “Bellis Bellis, who the f%$k is Bellis?”
Well, on a Thursday evening in the boondocks of Melville Heights, there wasn’t a reporter to be seen, but had there been – they would've witnessed and reported on a timely return to form of the Kaipaki Nations founding team; which sees them into the top six playoffs for the Claude Cup!
Rather than leaving the teams’ Top Six hopes to chance, it was decided and agreed between the grades equally most average teams that the smash and grab 20/20 format of cricket would be used to decide who would be the best of the worst (or the worst of the best).
The Gold bit of the Nation has always struggled in the field, with age, lack of enthusiaism and sometimes inability being the contributing factors but in this format of the game, the team was always going to back itself with heavy hitters such as Michael Orangeboom, Tazman Kapadia and Wylie Coyote to call on in the batting ranks.
However, following a team honesty session in Queenstown – the team produced one of the finest fielding efforts seen in the modern game! With some calculated field placements and sticking to a bowling plan Melville found itself in the shite from the outset. Tossing a ball up that turned 90, Big Red Dog sent the middle stump of the opening batsman flying out of the ground with the very first ball!
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Some magnificant catching, notably by Big Red Dog strategically placed at square leg to protect the bad ball by Dan Fenwick , ripped the guts out of the Melville side who never got going eventually finishing on 95.
Tazman Kapadia true to reputation, got the chase off to a splendid start making 37 before falling to a plum LBW to Emma Watson the Melville teams premier woman bowler. Tazman was particulary dark with the decision (even darker than usual), giving the offending umpire a verbal as he trudged off.
This brought Gareth Cox with helmet, mouthguard, armguard, shoulder pads and any other protective armour he could fit into his suitcase - to the crease. Together with Bellis, these two guided the Gold team to the target inside 12 overs.
For the playoffs – Go Well Boys!!
Deane Nottle - Bellis