Game: Kaipaki vs Te Awamutu (50 over one day game)
Venue: Kaipaki Oval, Kaipaki (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 22/11/14
Weather: Cold, Windy, Showery.
Toss: Kaipaki won the toss and decided to bowl
Team: Carl Schwarz ©, Ross Laidlaw, Jerem Wylie, Chris Hurren, Elliot Webb, Dean Busch, Hugo Bothma, Corey Hyde, Kieran Milburn, Greg Patterson, Thomas Benn, Fraser Kilgour
Result: Kaipaki won by 2 wickets
Te Awamutu 264 all out in 49 overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Ross Laidlaw 4 – 43 off 9
Kaipaki 265 for 8 in 48 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Greg Patterson 40, Kieran Milburn 42, Thomas Benn 56
Kaipaki have seen off a spirited Te Awamutu cricket performance. Kaipaki won the toss and decided to bat in tricky bowling conditions. ‘The Nation’s Capital’ was very chilly indeed for this fixture and it led to some lacklustre fielding and bowling performances.
Kaipaki’s bowling attack lacked discipline and often bowled too short and too wide. Kaipaki were poor in the field, dropping 5 catches. It is something that has plagued this team for most of the season as overcoming complacency seems to be Kaipaki’s greatest challenge at the moment.
Zac Gibson, who is making a habit of scoring runs against Kaipaki again showed his class scoring 91 runs. Rob Kaine was another player who batted well for Te Awamutu, scoring 84.
Kaipaki’s run chase faltered consistently throughout their innings with no one really going on and getting a big score. Thomas Benn was Kaipaki’s best scoring 56. Kaipaki often lost wickets at crucial times which kept Te Awamutu in the game. Te Awamutu were in the fight right to the end. However, Kaipaki have massive batting depth and Dean Busch and Ross Laidlaw saw the team through in the end to secure another victory.
Kaipaki now finish the round robin with 2 very tough games against St Paul’s this coming week and competition front runners Hinuera. Kaipaki will need to be at their best if they are to get through to the Mike Cotter Cup Final.
· Thomas Benn scored his first 50 for Kaipaki
· Ross Laidlaw continues to get wickets and is Kaipaki’s leading wicket taker this season
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