Kaipaki’s season back on track with strong first up effort…….
Game: Kaipaki Gold vs West Ham
Venue: Kaipaki Oval (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 9th January 2016
Weather: Warm, Dry, Humid, Sunny, Arid, Balmy , Not Wet, Not Cold
Toss: Kaipaki Lost Toss and Elected To Field
Team / Batting Order: T Kapadia, D. Fenwick, M. Donovan, D. Armstrong, R. Sim, M. Kapadia, D. Bellis , B. Strang, H. Baker, K. Bell, M. Mace
Result: Kaipaki Won By 4 Wickets
West Ham: 177 All Out in 31.3 Overs
Kaipaki Bowling: D. Bellis 3/21 , B. Strang 3/35
Kaipaki: 178 / 6 in 30.3 overs
Kaipaki Batting: D. Armstrong 35, R. Sim 33, M. Kapadia 25*, D. Bellis 20
Welcome to 2016!
We are fast approaching the business end of the season and like the weather, form is changeable – I would have preferred to have inserted “scorching hot” here but NZ summer is fairly unpredictable.
Saturday 9th January saw us take on the old foes, West Hamilton – a formidable opponent and well worth the respect shown to them by the 11 that did battle on a warm day at Kaipaki Oval.
Highlights of the day include;
Donny’s driving (on the way to the game) – Howard Baker must have mistaken Saturday for Sunday given the leisurely speed he cruises the open road at!
Fielding by Kaipaki was definitely a big difference – albeit Mitch Mace did his best to increase the target & try to make a game of it by helping one shot over the fence with some sportsman like boundary riding fielding.
West Ham kicked off to a very quick start (64/0 after 8 overs) until H. Baker undid the first opener with a combination of spin, flight & pace and knocked his poles over. Hard to coach great off spin bowling like the Bakers of this world.
The West Ham danger man Louie was able to compile a well put together 38 until he spooned a full toss back to Bellis – never underestimate the power of the full bunger – its undone many a good batsman and several of them were used to our advantage on Saturday.
Ben Strang (no relation to Blair aka Rangi of Shorty Street) & Deane Bellis dominated with the ball and really choked the life out of West Ham in the crucial mid-section of the batting innings – both these guys also made contributions with bat in hand. Probably both contenders for Man of the Match however as Dan Fenwick was picking and he didn’t get a bowl (despite several large hints that he was ready and eager to bowl) this may have impacted on his final decision.
Roddie Sim & Musti Kapadia can be thanked for bringing some sensible batting to the crease and their 38 & 25 respectively were effectively what really undid the West Ham attempt to thwart our run chase.
Other notable highlights;
Deane Bellis accelerated his batting opportunity by giving Taz out LBW in what some are saying is a new world record for the fastest finger being raised (the innuendo here is too obvious to take further?) – video highlights using the super slow replay have shown the bowlers appeal for leg before was accepted as the ball left his hand – match fixing officials are looking into it as we speak.
Kevin Bell aka Doc had the best LBW appeal of the day – a solo effort which much to the dismay of the rest of the team was given out.
Bones took the Catch of the Match – a rather innocuous diving forward at gully number – some concerns over the validity of the catch – lets just say the dismissed West Ham Batsman “Woodie” won't be inviting Bones round for a beer anytime soon. However - Replays will show it was legitimate and very well held as one of 3 he took on the day.
The new uniforms are great, the slim fit accentuates the lower limb development for those of us not blessed with calf muscles. The pants will be great for skate boarding and wearing to the Outback Bar in the future when we go there to pick up our kids….
The most significant achievement of the day was the breaking of the losing streak for Donny in Kaipaki colours.
This duck / curse has been haunting this delicate flower of a man (with great hair) since his Kaipaki debut 2 seasons ago – Thank God we can lay that demon to rest now.
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