Kaipaki have been completely outclassed by a rejuvenated Cambridge cricket team who are now frontrunners to win Championship.
Game: Kaipaki vs Cambridge Cricket Club
Venue: Cambridge Town Square, Cambridge (Grass)
Date: Saturday 30rd January 2016
Weather: Sunny and VERY VERY HOT
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and Elected To Bat
Format: Two Day Game
Kaipaki Team: James Mitchinson, Corey Hyde, Carl Schwarz, Fraser Kilgour, Adam Flegg, Brenden Flegg, Hugo Bothma, Chris Hurren, Doug Cookson, Joshua Jaques, Ben Strang, Ross Laidlaw, Harrison Bolli, Dom Grover,
Result: Cambridge Won By 10 Wickets
Kaipaki (1st Innings): 190 all out in 43 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Ben Strang 40, Adam Flegg 31, Joshua Jaques 30
Cambridge (1st Innings): 309 all out in 78 Overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Doug Cookson 2 for 44 off 13, James Mitchinson 2 for 10 off 5, Brenden Flegg 2 for 41 off 10
Kaipaki (2nd Innings): 180 all out
Kaipaki Batting: Doug Cookson 47, Corey Hyde 46
Cambridge (2nd Innings): 62 for 0
Kaipaki has been given their heaviest defeat for a number of years at the hands of local rival Cambridge in a two day game played at the picturesque Cambridge Town Square.
Two Day cricket is a new concept for the Champions Trophy and the experiment has been hugely successful. Kaipaki won the toss on what was thought to be a batting friendly pitch. Kaipaki were boasting a very strong batting line up on paper and were confident of a big first innings score. However, Kaipaki’s discipline was very poor for a team of this quality – too often batsmen were not willing to do the hard yards and gifted their wickets away. The only way Kaipaki were going to be competitive in this game was if they scored in access of 300 in the first innings and unfortunately they pulled up well short of that score. Cambridge were rewarded for bowling a consistent line and length which suffocated the Kaipaki stroke makers. Kaipaki were bowled out for 190.
Kaipaki showed some resolve in the field and they battled hard throughout the Cambridge innings. Kaipaki were unlucky not to have both openers in the shed early as there were big appeals for caught behind which were turned down by the player umpires. Cambridge ended the first day on 210 for 7.
Kaipaki started the second day poorly by dropping a catch off the very first ball of the day. Kaipaki needed everything to go their way on day 2. The bowlers bowled well but without any reward or luck. 40 runs on the second morning were scored down to the third man boundary. Cambridge who have a dogged approach to the game battled hard throughout their innings and taught Kaipaki a lesson on how to apply themselves at the crease. Cambridge ended with 309 which was a 119 run first innings lead.
Kaipaki needed to get away to a good start in the second innings. However, the complete opposite happened. They were 50 for 6 and a complete embarrassment looked on the cards. However Doug Cookson who is in the team as a bowler dug deep and grounded out an innings that almost saved Kaipaki from defeat. He batted for 3 hours and 34 minutes. It was a tremendous exhibition of determination and pride from the tail ender.
His efforts went unrewarded though and Cambridge knocked Kaipaki over for 180 which meant they only needed 62 runs for victory off 11 overs which they did no wickets down and in a canter.
This defeat has sent shockwaves through the Kaipaki team who now face a massive challenge if they are to repeat last years final’s appearance. They play the Indian Aroma Raiders on Saturday which should be a good way to get their campaign back on track and a great opportunity to accumulate precious competition points. However – the weather forecast might not allow any play at all…if this is the case that would add salt into injury…
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