Game: Kaipaki vs St Paul’s Collegiate(Two Day Final) Champions Trophy Final
Venue: Cambridge Town Square (Grass)
Date: Saturday 28 & 29 March 2015
Weather: Mostly Wet 22 degrees
Toss: St Paul’s won the toss and decided to field first
Team: Hugo Bothma, Corey Hyde, Thomas Benn, Adam Flegg, Brenden Flegg, Greg Patterson, Craig Bulloch, Carl Schwarz, Kieran Milburn, Brad Leonard, Ross Laidlaw, Ben Strang
Result: No Result
Kaipaki 198 all out in 58 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Hugo Bothma 73, Bradford Leonard 33
St Paul’s Batting: 20 for 1 in 10 overs
Kaipaki were sent in on a green seamer against a very good St Paul’s pace attack. After lots of rain in the lead up to the final the pitch had plenty of moisture and movement early on which troubled the Kaipaki top order. Number 3 batsman Hugo Bothma showed all his grit and determination again to hit a valuable 73 for Kaipaki. Bothma has proved to be a big match player this season and in the 3 big games Kaipaki have played – Mike Cotter Cup Final, National Club Qualifier and the Champions Trophy Final Bothma has got 3 decent scores over 50.
Brad Leonard also batted well scoring a patient and mature 33 to support Bothma. Kaipaki were in a good position at 130 for 2 and looked to have the schoolboys under pressure. However the middle and lower order of Kaipaki could not capitalise on the impressive platform and Kaipaki were bundled out for 198.
Kaipaki at the change of innings were confident that 198 was a good enough score to defend and get first innings points. Kaipaki were boasting a very good pace attack themselves. 198 looked a long way off for St Paul’s as the Kaipaki applied the pressure. The pitch still had plenty of movement and was very lively indeed.
Unfortunately the rain set in around 3.30pm on Saturday and there was no further play in the final. Although there was a scheduled 2nd day the authorities called the game off as early as 11.25am the following day.
Although Kaipaki won as many games as St Paul’s during the round robin stages they gained 2 more bonus points than Kaipaki which means they are crowned champions for the 2014/15 season. It is a deserving championship for St Paul’s who have added real quality to the WVCA club competition.
Kaipaki are naturally disappointed to have the opportunity to win back to back championships taken away from them but they are immensely proud of what they have achieved this season. Out of 20 games they played this summer in one day and champions trophy cricket they had a record of played 20, won 17 lost 3. One of those games was against Greerton in the national Championship club qualifier.
Kaipaki will celebrate another great season at their prizegiving on the 18th of April at Kaipaki Oval.
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