Game: Kaipaki vs North Bombay Cricket Club
Venue: Clifton Cricket Ground (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 23rd January 2016
Weather: Sunny and VERY VERY HOT
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and Elected To Field
Format: 30 over innings
Kaipaki Team: Michael Clayton ©, Bradford Leonard, Jerem Wylie, Nick Binnie, Fraser Graafhuis, Alan Ford, Roddie Sim, Marc Severinson, Dan Fenwick, Kent Currie, Wayne Clifford,
Result: Kaipaki Won By 2 Wickets
North Bombay CC: 225 for 6 in 30 Overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Wayne Clifford 2 for 46 in 6 overs.
Kaipaki: 231 for 8 in 30 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Fraser Graafhuis 118no
Kaipaki against all odds have won an epic battle against the North Bombay Cricket Club who are based out of Auckland. The game was billed as the game of the Clifton Cricket Carnival as both sides had playing rosters with great depth.
Kaipaki won the toss and elected to field as they wanted to chase whatever Auckland chucked at them. The Aucklander’s got away to a flyer and at one stage a score nearing 300 looked realistic. Opening batsman Gardiner for North Bombay scored a belligerent 95 and hit the Kaipaki bowlers to all parts of Hawkes Bay. However the running between wickets wasn’t great and Kaipaki through some agile fielding and accurate throws picked up 3 run outs – this kept Kaipaki in the game and halted any momentum that North Bombay had created. Kaipaki made a very fine comeback in the last 10 overs and restricted North Bombay to 225. North Bombay felt that this was probably 20 runs shy of what they needed.
Kaipaki started their innings cautiously and their aim was to have 10 wickets in hand by the 10th over. They achieved this goal through dogged batting by left hander Roddie Sim and a measured approach by Fraser Graafhuis. Both openers took the score to 76 before the first wicket. Kaipaki then stumbled between the overs of 13 and 20. They couldn’t sustain their momentum and found themselves well behind the required run rate with 10 overs to go. Kaipaki need 113 runs for victory off 10 overs. Kent Currie joined Graafhuis at the crease and the pair of them put on a partnership of 76 runs in very good time. Both players put the foot down and there was a flurry of boundaries that unbelievably put Kaipaki ahead of the game with 5 overs remaining. However, once Currie left there was another mini collapse and Kaipaki only had 2 wickets in hand and still 17 runs to get off 3 overs. The run rate wasn’t the issue but wickets all of a sudden was. However, the experienced Fraser Graafhuis expertly showed his composure and class by taking over the majority of the strike and guiding the Kaipaki team to a monumental victory. Wayne Clifford’s contribution in the last few overs cannot go unmentioned – his experience and cool headedness also deserves accolades. Kaipaki ended getting the runs with an over remaining.
As far as individual performances are concerned for Kaipaki this century from Fraser Graafhuis is right up. His innings had a great mix of power hitting and finesse. He knew when to hit big but also noodled the ball around to accumulate one’s and two’s.
This game has began an exciting rivalry one feels….
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