The morning consisted of numerous phone calls back & forward to confirm if the game would be played, as all other cricket in the central North Island had been cancelled.
Kaipaki Gold assembled a formidable line up at the newly refurbished Ohaupo Rugby grounds.
After what will now become “the customary” Howard Baker “Pie Run”, our skipper Darin ‘Bones’ Armstrong again turned to the Jedi mind tricks and won the toss without actually tossing a coin, and Marist were put into bat.
It was decided that with the impending bad weather hanging around, both teams would declare their innings after 20 overs, so in essence, rendering the match a 20/20.
Right from the first over, signs were clear that this would be no ordinary match, with Mitch Mace bowling a great line & length, in what is an “unconfirmed” new record for the Gold team, having a first over bowled with no extras!!
Mitch and Wayne “Red Dog” Clifford set the game up for us with tight bowling and were both rewarded with a wicket or two each and set the tone for what was to follow.
Red Dog again clearly showed that he was Kaipaki’s number one off spinner. (Much to the disgust of one H Baker).
Howie Baker, Doc Kev Bell - and Kaipaki’s 2nd best Off Spinner, Darin Armstrong - carried on the start and all bowled great lines, sneering a wicket or two each and restricting Marist to 44 All Out.
Glen Collins again showed is youthful exuberance in the field, and special mention must go to young Jacko Collins who stepped up and played for a depleted Marist side, batting well (smashing Uncle Howie’s pies to all corners of the field), bowling well (getting the prized wicket of Kaipaki’s dangerous looking opener – for a Duck) and to cap it off taking a stunning diving catch close in at cover. A great “green & gold” future ahead for young Jacko.
So the 45 runs were slowly knocked off (albeit 3 down) but with help from some lusty Nick Binnie blows and by 4pm we were at Bones’ house on the Kaipaki plains, for a beer and contemplating whether to spa or not to spa?
Discussion revolved around a good start to the season (4 from 4) and managing to now carry it on. After 7 or 8 beers, it was discussed that one D Bellis, had perhaps found his calling at the KCC, and should maybe hang up his speedos, and focus solely on his new role as Kaipaki statistician!!
This was discussed for a number of hours and to be honest, the final decision is somewhat of a hazy memory blank now, so if anyone can shed light on the final vote, that would be appreciated!!
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