Game: Kaipaki Gold vs Hamilton Old Boys
Venue: Swarbrick # 2 (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 31st October 2015
Weather: Dry, Windy, Sometimes Warm, Sometimes Cold, A Good Day For A Picnic
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and Elected To Bat
Team / Batting Order: Taz Kapadia, Darin Armstrong, Deane Bellis, Roddie Sim, Steve Dalgety, Bevan Bayne, Jerem Wylie, Wayne Clifford, David Faville, Kent Currie, Nick Groves
Result: Kaipaki Won By 60 Runs
Kaipaki 181/8 in 35 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Jerem Wylie 32, Kent Currie 31*, Wayne Clifford 29*, Wides 26
Hamilton Old Boys: 121 All Out in 23.4 overs
With 22 frontline players and about 40 other friends and family all unavailable for this weekends fixture, Kaipaki turned up at Swarbrick Park with only 9 players against last years Finalists – Hamilton Old Boys.
A quick phone call had Nick Groves agree to climb out of his death bed and offer to arrive just after the start of play and Kent Currie managed to conveniently talk Morgan into taking a family picnic at picturesque Swarbrick Park – so he was due to arrive around 2.30pm – to give us 11.
The 11 consisted of Steve Dalgety, making his Kaipaki debut after 14 years in the Cricketing wilderness and Bevan “Blocker” (Crocker ?) Bayne making his 2nd Kaipaki appearance – and at very late notice.
Nobody wanted to be Captain – so given that D. Armstrong had the Team Gear in the boot of his car – that apparently made him Captain…
He duly won the toss and elected to bat to give time (hopefully) for Nick and Kent to arrive.
T. Kapadia and D. Armstrong opened the batting and after seeing off the first 3 balls with relative ease, Taz thought the 4th ball needed to go over the fence, but early season rust saw him mistime the shot and balloon the ball to mid on. Kaipaki 0/1 in the 1st over. Hurry up Nick and Kent !
D. Bellis arrived at the crease and after surviving a hearty caught behind appeal early on, put on a 38 run partnership before D. Armstrong holed out at Mid On trying to up the run rate. Where are you Nick and Kent ?
Bellis and Roddie Sim then put on 40 runs in good time – before Sim was adjudged LBW last ball before Drinks. Shortly after, Taz was seen loading a bag full of $20 notes into the boot of his car…..
A couple of quick wickets straight after drinks and Kaipaki were teetering at 81/5. Nick had arrived – no sign of the Kent and the girls…..
Jerem Wylie arrived at the crease (with a knee injury) and unable to run, plundered a quick fire 32 including 3 large 6’s.
His dismissal was quickly followed by that of D. Faville and Kaipaki were once again on the ropes at 127/8.
However, by now the Currie Family had arrived and Kent wandered to the crease with his confused wife and children still sitting on their Picnic Blanket wondering why Daddy had changed clothes and where he was now going with his Cricket Bat….
Kent, with some powerful hitting and Wayne Clifford chiming in at the other end, put on an unbeaten 55 runs in the last few overs – taking Kaipaki to a respectable 181/8 after their allotted 35 overs.
After the Break, David Faville 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…..
The Kaipaki Trap worked a treat and Taz had the 1st wicket in his 2nd over with debutant Steve Dalgety taking a great catch out on the mid wicket boundary.
Dave Faville had the dangerous Greg “Runty” New caught in the following over – Bevan Bayne calling for the high ball (to which 3 other fielders were most grateful) and gobbling the ball up in his big crocodile hands….
Taz then had Captain Compost caught at slip by Jerem Wylie and Kaipaki were on the march !
Enter Wayne Clifford and Steve Dalgety to the bowling crease.
The old head and the newbie then proceed to clean up the rest of the Old Boys batsmen – taking wickets at regular intervals.
Clifford with his experience, using flight and guile and all parts of the bowling crease, to end up with 4/17 from 6.4 overs.
Dalgety at the other end, bowling his military mediums, settled into a good line and length and ended up with 3/42 - bowling his 7 overs on the trot.
Old Boys all out for 121.
A great team effort with both bat and ball – and thanks to the guys who stepped up and filled in at late notice.
Man of the Match – Wayne Clifford (29* and 4/17). A good day out for the Big Red Dog.
Women of the Match – Morgan, Charlotte and Alexandra Currie.
Given the performance this week, those guys who were away this weekend may find it difficult to break back into the starting ranks next weekend…..
Tune In Next Week To Find Out……
Chairman Of Convenor Of Selectors