Game: Kaipaki Gold vs Good Guys
Venue: Raymond Park (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 12th December 2015
Weather: Warm, Dry, Humid, Sunny, Arid, Balmy , Not Wet, Not Cold
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and Elected To Bat
Team / Batting Order: T Kapadia, H. Baker, J. Mitchinson, K. Bell, D. Bellis, M. Kapadia, N. Binnie, D. Faville, J. Collins, Z. Bratton, Dom Pom
Result: Good Guys Won By Wickets
Kaipaki 201 / 5 in 35 overs
Kaipaki Batting: James Mitchinson 87, T. Kapadia 39, Wides 12
Good Guys: 202/5 in 32 Overs
The day dawned bright on the Kapadia Oval (Raymond Park) last Saturday as Kaipaki Gold took on the defending champions, Good Guys.
Last season’s loss at the same venue was studied in detail prior to the match and measures put into place so to not repeat some of those cock ups again. I.E. untidy line and length and woeful fielding. (Merry Xmas to you Fav)
A Co-Captaincy policy was adopted and HRE Baker and T Kapadia elected to bat. The fact that Good Guys only had 9 available at that stage played a major part in that decision.
A solid start at the top of the order by Messrs Baker & Kapadia (that’s why we were captains) saw Kaipaki establish a sound opening partnership.
It wasn’t until HRE Baker was undone by a ball that seamed at least 3 feet and took out his middle peg. “Virtually unplayable” was the call echoed around the ground.
Enter one young Pom, James, who swaggered to the crease with confidence written all over his face. Although this may have been obscured slightly by the gay head band he also wore.
Within a few overs he had a well composed 50 on the board, while Taz Kapadia had very uncharacteristically only added 4. Boooorrring.
At the 25 over mark, Kaipaki seemed bound to post a score of 250 plus but some very tight bowling by Good Guys at the death, limited the score to just over 200. Much to Doc McStuffins disgrace who decided the only way he was going to bat up the order was convince us he had to attend the Chiefs Xmas function.
Nice little cameo I might add though.
James produce a stylish 87 with only the openers and Wides contributing any other scores of note.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the day was the much anticipated lunch provided by Mrs Kapadia. OMG – Ash outshone herself again with perhaps the most divine collection of “lunch time nibbles” seen at a Kaipaki fixture. Naturally the bowlers declined the feast to concentrate on their line, length and energy levels.
Nick Binnie obviously missed this message and regretted the extra strawberry swirls he swallowed before opening from the far end.
The other Pom opened up with great gusto and pace but again heavily influenced by the gay headband, only managed the one wicket.
Dave Faville came on first change and moved the ball this way and that. (A theme that would come back to haunt him in field later in the day. Although the least said about that - the better ah Fav…)
The bowlers toiled away but the score kept ticking over without the necessary wickets required for a victory. In the end Good Guys claimed victory with 3 overs to spare and 5 wickets in reserve.
Of particular note was the bowling of one Deane “Kaipaki Cricketer Of The Year 2010-11” Bellis, who showed his mastery of the medium pace. Shame the same could not be said for his fielding.
Musti Kapadia moved a step closer to claiming the No1 spinners spot with 2 wickets, however that may change in the New Year as I have just come into some very revealing dirt on Bones. Bribery is a very powerful tool.
Special thanks to young Zac Bratton for filling in at short notice and Jacko Collins for donning the gloves and taking a caught behind up close.
So our undefeated run comes to an end as does 2015.
2016 promises much as we look to kick on and finish in the top four.
Merry Xmas to you all and again thank you Ash for your hospitality, our player of the day without a doubt. Well it certainly wasn’t going to be Fav…..