Team: Kaipaki GOLD
Player Condition: Numerous changes from the first match of the season
Ground: Raymond Park
Kaipaki recover from horrendous 2nd over to just fall short in a game, which went down to the wire vs. Marist at Tazmond Park.
Marist won the toss and decided to bowl first, and it was a solid Kaipaki start 8-0 after the 1st. What happened in the 2nd over is best left untold with 2 wickets on the first two balls of the over left Bellis to face the hat-trick ball in his first bat of the season. Hold on…. it actually is worth noting what happened….. Nick Binnie’s golden duck was followed up by another golden duck to Sunny Prabhu. Bellis managed to grab a single preventing the hat-trick, before, on the very next ball Fenwick was snapped up by a sharp catch at first slip to leave Kaipaki 9-3 after 2 overs.
Bellis departed soon after before a momentous partnership between Johnny Ahlers and Wayne “Big Red Dog” Clifford looked to have swung the momentum back Kaipaki’s way. Johnny fell just short of his 100 (92) in a partnership of 149 after a very impressive innings. Taz managed to get 5 beers down thinking he would be better not making the pitch after his bat had already been used twice for 2 ducks, but he did have to eventually trot to the crease managing 1 boundary before the last 3 batters decided to give some Marist some fielding practice skying catches all over the field while adding very few runs. Red Dog ending on 74 Not Out in Kaipaki’s 213/8.
Kaipaki’s fearsome bowling attack was to be spearheaded by young Jack Collins and Howie Baker, whom I hear was in fine form vs. Greatbatchs mob. Unfortunately Howie couldn’t match up to this form although he did manage to snare the first wicket. Collins mixed up his spell and was unlucky not to snare a wicket, beating the bat on a number of occasions.
Reg Hall was then into the attack and snapped up the 2nd wicket with Sunny holding onto the catch, the next batter was out to impress some bloody long haired bloke (or his so called chick) and while he couldn’t touch Howie, he torched Reg for few big hits, before Reg got the better of him and knocked over his middle stump. Some outstanding keeping by Ahlers looked to have brought Kaipaki into a strong position, but the umpires were too busy texting to be able to see 2 sharp stumping chances, Firstly off Howie and then Reg. Howie finishing with 1-33 off 6 while Reg bowled out 2-29 off his 7.
Sam Blake was then into the attack and looked very sharp in his 5 overs with some great variation and took out Marist’s (“I love myself”) captain to leave the game in the balance. But some power hitting by left handed Willard delivered the knockout punch as numerous bowlers attempted to get the Marist Pr*ck out.
Red Dog did state if the wickets had just been a little higher he would have got him.
In the end it was in the penultimate over that Willard would smoke his 9th 6 as Marist got the big W.