Game: Kaipaki vs Clifton CCC
Venue: Kaipaki Oval (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 26 November 2016
Weather: Sunny but windy - 20 degrees
Toss: Kaipaki Won the Toss and Elected To Field First
Format: One Day Game (35 Overs)
Kaipaki Team: Brad Leonard, Fraser Graafhuis, Corey Hyde, Jerem Wylie, Rich Wylie, Michael Clayton, Alan Ford, Dan Fenwick, Ryan Shutte, Nathan Daley, Mike Edgen 12th Man: Scott Couch
Clifton CCC: Mark Greatbatch (c), Charlie Greatbatch, David Holt, James Marshall, Gareth Fraser, Andy Wylie, Luke Irving, Sam Irving, Peter Gibson, Peter Myers, Sam Howard
Result: Kaipaki won by 7 wickets
Rob Wylie Memorial Cap (Man Of The Match): Fraser Graafhuis (Kaipaki)
Clifton CCC 185 all out in 35th over
Clifton CCC Batting : Mark Greatbatch 42, Gareth Fraser 50, Peter Gibson 35no
Kaipaki Bowling: Ryan Shutte 2 for 32, Jerem Wylie 2 for 7
Kaipaki 186 for 3 after 22 Overs
Kaipaki Batting: Fraser Graafhuis 71, Corey Hyde, 48no, Jerem Wylie 35no
Clifton CCC Bowling: Sam Irving 1 for 29, James Marshall 1 for 43, Mark Greatbatch 1 for 18
Kaipaki have regained the coveted Bradley/Greatbatch Bat in what was an impressive first up performance for Kaipaki since becoming a Kindred Club. In what has been frowned upon as a controversial move by Kaipaki administrators, taking the premier team out of competition to concentrate on carnival type games, proved to be a big success for all players and supporters that experienced the occasion.
Both teams were filled with former first class cricketers and provincial rep cricketers but it was former NZ Cricketers Mark Greatbatch and James Marshall that took the standard to another level.
Kaipaki won the toss and elected to field first. Mark Greatbatch opened the innings for Clifton as he did so many times for NZ. Although getting dropped a couple of times throughout his innings Greatbatch showed glimpses of his belligerent stroke play, that made him a sensation at the 1992 World Cup - he produced 42 quick fire runs which included 6 fours and 1 six. He ended up getting run out, although some of his stroke play remains his athleticism naturally has declined. James Marshall was next at the crease. His first delivery was off former ND allrounder Ryan Shutte, they played together for ND. Shutte bowled his first delivery to James Marshall in his favoured cutting spot. He hit it beautifully for 4 just behind point and it was one of the finest strokes seen at Kaipaki Oval. Unfortunately for all who were there to witness, Marshall's innings came to an abrupt end when Shutte bowled a beautiful delivery to penetrate Marshall's defence and bowled middle stump out of the ground. It was a fantastic moment for Shutte but it was disappointing for the guys who wanted to see Marshall score some quality runs.
Cliftons innings never really got out of third gear and they were restricted to 185 all out in the 35th over. Cameo performances by Gareth Fraser (50) and Peter Gibson (35) guided Clifton to a competitive total. Kaipaki, although a little scruffy in the field, generally bowled tidy line and lengths and it was generally a very good bowling display.
Kaipaki in return made short work of the modest total they were chasing. Fraser Graafhuis was outstanding at the top of the innings and some of his stroke play was equal to the NZ Internationals that batted before him. He was rewarded for his fine batting display by winning the Rob Wylie Memorial Cap which is a trophy that was donated by the Wylie family to honour their late father who passed away last year - Both Kaipaki and Clifton were represented by the Wylie Brothers.
Other fine performances by Kaipaki with the bat were Corey Hyde (48no) and Jerem Wylie (35no). Kaipaki cruised to victory by 7 wickets.
The game was followed by a good presentation at the ground and then a fantastic function at Martin Bradleys house. Kaipaki also began the weekend with a fantastic function at Smith & McKenzies on Friday night. This was a great cricketing weekend where good players played some competitive cricket against each other but socialised in good humour throughout - the spirit of cricket was alive and well. The spirit of Kaipaki Cricket is alive and well....
Kaipaki Cricket Enthusiast