Game: Kaipaki Gold vs Hamilton Lions
Venue: Steel Park # 2 (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 5th December 2015
Weather: Sunny and Hot in the middle; cool and shady under the oak trees
Toss: No Toss Required - Kaipaki Captain sweet talked Opposition Captain into bowling first. Kaipaki batted First
Team / Batting Order: TG Kapadia, MJ Clayton, DR Fenwick, NG Binnie, RGJ Sim, BJ Leonard, DM Bellis, SW Dalgety, DK Bullock, MK Kapadia, KT Bell
Result: Kaipaki Won By 130 odd
Kaipaki 267 in 35 overs
Kaipaki Batting: MJ Clayton 49, DR Fenwick 46, Brad Leonard 27, Deane Bellis 42, Wides 33
Hamilton Lions: 139 All Out in 25.4 overs
The Team this week included M.Clayton, who was making his Gold 15/16 season debut.
After a week of badgering anyone who listened that he was to bat 1, 2 or 3 and that he was going to score 359 in doing so, Clayton was offered the opening position. He duly went about making good on his promise of a triple ton, getting the Gold bit off to a rollicking start. 10 boundaries inside the first 5 overs saw Clayton race to 49 in an opening partnership of 51 with T Kapadia. Unfortunately that’s where it ended, his concentration broken as KFC opened its doors for the lunchtime crowd.
Next in was last week’s winner of the NAGG (Not A Good Game) award - D Fenwick, who was determined to put his first ball duck behind him. With some extra net sessions during the week under his belt, Fenwick strode out to the wicket full of self-belief that he couldn’t possible do any worse. A confident shout by the bowler first ball had Fenwick thinking retirement, however it was turned down by the umpire. Fenwick went on to score a well complied 46, guiding the ball to all parts of the ground behind square.
N. Binnie and R. Sim – both got good starts reaching double figures but neither could cash in on what was some pretty benign bowling from the first, second and third change bowlers.
B.Leonard came in at some point and continued to turn the strike over, collating singles and twos with relative ease. With a few well timed 4’s along the ground to the cover boundary thrown in, Leonard demonstrated traditional batting technique of the highest order and showed why he was Kookaburras’ pin up boy of the early 90’s. His 27 off 27 deliveries ensured that the tail could wag in the final few overs.
And wag it did! D.Bellis (sniff..) then came in at the score of 209 for 6 with 3.6 overs to go. Using all his golfing and hockey experience, 30 of his 42 went to and over cow corner. A superb lower order knock as the innings came to an end.
After the Lunch Break, Kevin Bell was handed the new ball. With some serious pace and some not so serious line and length - Kevin got the opposition off to a good start going at 8 an over. Extremely unlucky not to pick up a wicket, however his 7 overs of very fast bowling, back to back, means Kevin will be pretty sore today.
S Dalgety was the first bowler to claim a wicket, removing the off stump of the opening batsmen who was starting to look like he might get established and make some form of meaningful contribution to the Hamilton Lions run chase.
With Kaipaki Gold being low on off spinning stocks for today’s game, it wasn’t until the 14th over that M Kapadia was introduced to the attack. With an arm that went beyond the minimum 45 degrees, Kapadia sent down 4 overs of some of the best spin bowling Kaipaki has seen since 1926. Kapadia ripped through the middle order of the opposition, claiming 4 wickets. With the opposition at 7 down and looking less likely to chase the required runs, a 5 wicket bag and nomination for Kaipaki Player of the Year looked on the cards.
However a change in bowler from the KFC end of the ground, brought in B.Leonard who selfishly took the final 3 wickets for 1 run off 1.3 overs. Nice one Leonard…
M Kapadia was awarded the Most Valuable Player for his nearly 5 wicket haul. M Clayton awarded Debut of the Season. B Leonard awarded Team Player. Howie Baker awarded Eighty Third Best Spinner in Club.
Kaipaki Cricketer Of The Year 1936/37
This weekend we are playing Fraser Tech (Mongrels) at the picturesque and beautifully manicured Kaipaki Oval.
Please advise if you are keen……..