Craig Bulloch – After a warm up consisting of a 4km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run Craig only managed to run once between wickets. He however got 5 wickets for the match and lead the best bowling performance of the summer. 8
Kent Currie – proved again that he is a great tosser. If anyone wants to know his success for being good at tossing, it is his ability to call for head…he believes if he called for tails during tossing that would be weird and awkward for all concerned. 8
Taz Kapadia - After the news that his son will not be the first Indian batsman to score 100 centuries in international cricket he harnessed his disappointment to score valuable runs and laid the foundation for a good batting performance…he kept wickets much better than Deane Bellis. 9
John Parker – Debut match for Kaipaki. After his debut for NZ we all wondered if he would actually get an opportunity to bat. He did, and in doing so broke land speed records for running between wickets…his debut for Kaipaki will be his most memorable experience in his cricketing career. He also showed that his commentating days are not finished and gave a great description of events at first slip. 8
Deane Bellis – Scored 45 by playing hockey shots to cow corner. He came up with an innovative way to improve his catching…he called “mine” and also kept his eye on the ball. The trip down to Supercheap before the game to purchase super glue also gave him an added advantage. 8
Simon Bratton – Played his cap game for Kaipaki. Another solid performance in the middle order. However we are still waiting for him to say his first word at Kaipaki – Simon not being able to speak certainly adds to the excitement when watching this team run between wickets. 8
Matt Lawry – Got his highest score for Kaipaki and played some nice shots. His scoring ability in the scorebook is very questionable though. He is now enrolling into night school to undertake Mathematics tuition. 8
Michael Clayton – Only came to the ground to get a score update. He got some very direct instructions from the captain to tell his wife that he is still at work and will be home around 6.30pm…I don’t think his wife would of believed him though, as he ended up with a sore back, gammy hamstrings and sun tan lines above his trousers (crack) from when he was crouching down in readiness for a catch. 8
Scott Couch – probably one of his funniest performances of the summer. He for the first time in his career had someone(John Parker) doing his thinking for him during his spell and the outcome was a very fine bowling performance. – he thoroughly deserves the yellow headband. Couchy will continue to be Kaipaki’s pin up boy and is currently organizing a photo shoot for the Kaipaki calendar that will go on sale in October. 8
Sean Austin – As the boundaries were smaller this week he had to bowl off a short run. He however bowled with pace and accuracy. He did give the godfather out however which will be of concern to him as Kaipaki begin their selection and recruitment process for next season. 3 – you can’t give John out and expect to get 8, can you?
Scott Keelty – With the godfather and Scott playing together it lifted the average age of the team to 55. He showed experience does count however and his 4 wicket haul was well deserved reward for a great first season of cricket. Geez, why didn’t he bowl in the semi final? 9
BIG THANK YOU to Scott McLeod and David Kneebone for coming down and supporting the Baggy Green & Golds!!!
Yours in starting to develop a hunch back because of the weight of the bronze medal around my neck,
Kaipaki Cricket Club