Game: Kaipaki vs Te Awamutu Sports
Venue: Kaipaki Oval (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 13th February 2016
Weather: Sunny and VERY VERY HOT
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and Elected To Bat
Format: 106 over game
Kaipaki Team: Kent Currie ©, Corey Hyde, Brenden Flegg, Hugo Bothma, Doug Cookson, Joshua Jaques, Ben Strang, Dom Grover, Bradford Leonard, Jerem Wylie, Matt Wynn, Matt Lowe
Result: Kaipaki won by 177 runs
Kaipaki 371 for 7 dec in 53 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Corey Hyde 116, Bradford Leonard 65, Ben Strang 48, Matt Lowe 37no, Joshua Jaques 36, Kent Currie 30no
Te Awamutu 194 all out in 52.3 Overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Dom Grover 5 for 53 off 13 overs, Doug Cookson 4 for 42 off 10.3 overs
Doug Cookson has sensationally bowled a hat trick in the last over of the day to bowl Te Awamutu out and secure a crucial outright victory for Kaipaki in a Champions Trophy fixture at Kaipaki Oval. Te Awamutu had shut up shop early in their innings and looked for all money to have secured a draw going into the last over of the day. Kaipaki needed 3 wickets going into the last over to win the game and with little ball movement, tired bowlers, tired fielders (after battling ridiculously hot temperatures) and a very worn ball the odds were stacked against the home team. However cricket is a very strange game. Cookson got the 8thwicket with his very first ball of the 106th over of the day. Then his next delivery was a beautiful inswinging yorker that was bowled with good pace that sent the middle stump cart wheeling. The game had taken a dramatic turn and now Kaipaki only needed 1 wicket with four balls remaining to the number 11th batsman. Cookson with a spring in his step and fielders surrounding the bat charged in with new found energy. He again went for an inswinging yorker. The batsman was beaten for pace and the ball again sent the middle stump cart wheeling. Cookson was mobbed by his delighted team mates.
Earlier in the day Kaipaki, who were again utilising their rotation selection policies and as a consequence had 7 usual regulars not playing, took the opportunity to bat first after winning the toss. Opening batsman Corey Hyde scored a disciplined 116 to set Kaipaki up for a big total. His innings was chanceless and it was a timely confidence booster for last years Kaipaki Cricketer of the Year. Bradford Leonard playing his first game of 2016 was in belligerent form scoring 65 in rapid time.. Ben Strang, Joshua Jaques and Matt Lowe were other beneficiaries against an under strength Te Awamutu bowling attack.
Although Te Awamutu were chasing a massive score they took the smart option and tried to bat out for a draw. They were dogged and determined in their approach. Their batsman showed good discipline and blocked the straight deliveries while leaving balls outside off stump. They made Kaipaki work for every single wicket and it proved to be a frustrating time in the field for them. Kaipaki were able to pick up crucial wickets gradually throughout the Te Awamutu innings. Dom Grover did the majority of the damage picking up a 5 wicket haul – he toiled hard into a slight breeze.
This was a valuable game for Kaipaki and many learnings I’m sure took place. One is to never underestimate any opposition they play and the other is that twists and turns can happen very quickly in cricket and perseverance eventually pays off.
Kaipaki will now look ahead to a two day game against Morrinsville at Morrinsville Domain starting next Saturday.
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