DATE- Valentine’s Day
WEATHER- Sunny With Shades Of Grey !!
TEAM LIST- D. Armstrong, D Bellis, D. Faville, D. Fenwick and some more players whose name did not start with a ‘D’
The Seddon Cup was on the line again. Defending champions West Ham facing Kaipaki at home.
Surprisingly, we managed to find 11 players with ease this weekend, considering it was Valentine’s Day.
Let’s be honest, we all know who our first love is…BEER….the biggest motivation to turn up for cricket.
A big day for Kaipaki Gold. A “Must Win” match in order to make it to the semis plus the added pressure of trying to win back the Seddon Cup on home soil. The last time we faced West Ham, things didn’t go in our favour.
After winning the toss, Michael Clayton took the cricketing world by surprise, when he told the opposition Captain that we would bowl first. The first Captain to ever make this decision in 125 years at Kaipaki Oval.
Opening the bowling attack were Howard Baker and Nick Binnie - which confused the batsmen with their spin and pace combination. Both bowlers bowled a continuous spell of 7 overs on the trot, giving a great start to the innings. Howie picked up 4 wickets in his spell and Nick got 1 – with the visitors going to drinks in a bit of trouble at 100/5.
After drinks - good contributions from our part time bowlers Taz Kapadia and Darin Armstrong, picking up 2 wickets each. I guess Mr Clayton spotted their hidden talents during the Waitangi Day 6 a side tournament.
Kaipaki rolled West Ham for 148 in 29 overs.
LUNCH – a great effort from the lads with their Plates this week – there was enough food to feed both Teams plus the Kaipaki Green Team who came to support after cleaning up in their match earlier – and then still enough food left over to feed everyone after the match had finished !
Kaipaki chasing 149 at home seemed fairly achievable, however going by our past record we didn’t want to take this too lightly.
Opening the batting were M Kapadia and D Faville, giving a slow – but steady - start to the innings. First to go was D Faville. In came D Fenwick, who took control of the innings and put the run chase within reach before the drinks break.
Unfortunately, he lost his wicket just before the break.
West Ham saw a small glimmer of hope after the drinks break as Kaipaki lost 2 more wickets in quick succession. The game was eventually won in the 25th over. D Armstrong doing the final honours having to go out to the middle with 1 run required to win – hit the first ball to the boundary.
H. Baker picking up 4 wickets in his spell and a good day at the field too. Was awarded the best bowler for the day.
D. Fenwick scored a quick 67 and Musti Kapadia anchored the innings with 44 not out.
Big thanks to the Clayton kids – Taya and Billy for helping us dish out the food at halftime.
The Senior C tournament is now reaching its final stages, with 2 more “Must Win” games coming up – if we are to make the Semis.
We are playing Good Guys this coming weekend at Raymond Park. With the ICC World Cup fever in the air the motivation will be high among the boys to win the upcoming games.
Well done Gold Team for making it this far.