Game: Kaipaki Gold vs Star Varsity
Venue: Swarbrick # 1 (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 14th November 2015
Weather: Dry, Windy, Sometimes Warm, Sometimes Cold, Sleeveless Vests were the clothing option of the day
Toss: No Toss Required - Kaipaki Captain sweet talked Opposition Captain into bowling first. Kaipaki batted First
Team / Batting Order:, Dan Fenwick, Darin Armstrong, Deane Bellis, Musti Kapadia, Ryan Preston, Brad Leonard, Dane Bulloch, Nick Binnie, Wayne Clifford, Howie Baker, Taz Kapadia
Result: Kaipaki Won By 174 Runs
Kaipaki 262 in 33 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Ryan Preston 83, Darin Armstrong 37, Brad Leonard 33, Dan Fenwick 31, Deane Bellis 0, Wides 95
Star Varsity: 88 All Out in 23.3 overs
The Team this week consisted of Bradford Leonard, making his Kaipaki Gold debut after 4 years in the Kaipaki Nation wilderness and Ryan Preston making his 1st Kaipaki appearance for the season.
As mentioned above, no toss was required this week as the Kaipaki Captain – using an old Jedi mind trick - coerced the opposition Captain into fielding first – thus giving the Kaipaki boys an opportunity to get some runs on the board…..
The tried and true opening pair of D. Fenwick and D. Armstrong once again showed that this is indeed a winning opening partnership as they took the score briskly to 66 before D. Armstrong was out, caught at deep point, chasing a wide delivery.
This caused a mini collapse – actually it was only Deane Bellis - who was out shortly after, for a golden duck…
Musti Kapadia came and went for a quick dozen and Dan Fenwick fell shortly before drinks for a well compiled 31.
This bought Brad Leonard and Ryan Preston to the crease and together they dispatched the Varsity bowlers to all parts of the park.
Preston especially was in an attacking mood – hitting ten 4’s and three big 6’s before skying one and getting caught for 83.
B. Leonard looked good on his way to 33.
Wickets fell regularly after that with the Kaipaki batsmen trying to keep the run rate ticking along – finally being dismissed for 262 with an over still remaining.
The return of Howie Baker from his O.E. also meant the return of the BBQ – and this week we were treated to Squid Rings, Burgers and Chicken Kebabs….
After the Break, Deane Bellis (resplendent with Yellow Headband) took the new ball and it was decided that we would continue with our tradition (The Kaipaki Trap) of opening the bowling with a spinner at the other end…..with Taz Kapadia doing the honours again this week.
I don’t have the scorebook so cant really remember how it all played out…….so here are the highlights as I remember them…..
· D.Bellis got a couple of wickets,
· R. Preston got a couple of Run Outs,
· Nick Binnie replaced Bellis and may or may not have got a wicket,
· Musti replaced Nick Binnie and took a couple of wickets – including a sharp caught and bowled.
· Dan Fenwick hobbled off the field , faking a back injury after dropping a goober….
· His replacements – Thomas Swart-Leonard and Riley Binnie – were superb in the field
· Howie Baker – bowled 6 overs of dribble and took a few wickets,
· Dan Fenwick –returned to the field from his near “Career Ending” back injury.
· Fenwick, in his usual “The Cleaner” manner, replaced Howie Baker and cleaned up the last wicket with his 2nd ball of the over.
· Star Varsity all out for 88.
A great team effort with both bat and ball.
Man of the Match – Ryan Preston 83 runs and a couple of sharp run outs…..
Women of the Match – Donna Leonard (as she now wishes to be known) – Congratulations Bradford….I assume Wedding Invites to be sent out shortly….
Next Week we have Eastlink at our new Ohaupo Base…
Who’s keen ?
Chairman Of Convenor Of Selectors