Unlike the previous weekends antics, the mighty Kaipaki Gold team had a relatively uneventful win on Saturday.
Many would say that was because Dan “Master Builder” Fenwick was not playing. Personally - I would not like to go down that track.
The afternoon commenced with the Captain, Michael “Guppie” Clayton winning the toss and electing to bowl first on a stinking hot day at Kaipaki.
“What”… I hear you say, a Kaipaki team bowling first at home? Unusual yes – but this would prove to be the first of Guppies tremendous captaincy decisions. (do you like that Guppie, can I bat higher next time)
We marked the beginning of the game with a minutes applause as it was going to be Eric “Dot Co Dot NZ” Stevens last game in the Kaipaki colours.
Billy T (aka dotcodotnz) opened the innings with a fiery 1 over spell, then proceeded to 3rd man to recover until the second innings.
Guppie had obviously been up all night studying tactics for the day as the introduction of Kaipaki’s number 1 spinner (yours truly – with a 3-fer) and number 2 spinner( Big Red Dog - who got a 2- fer), stemmed the run flow and resulted in 5 quick wickets.
Reg Hall & Jacko Collins mopped up the tail with a fine display of bowling at the death which resulted in a modest run chase of 146.
Glenn “The Eternal Teenager” Collins was joined by Deane Bellis to open the innings for the Gold Team.
Guppies reason for using Deane Bellis at the top of the order was two fold,
1. Deane did f- all in the field and to help him pick his bottom lip off the ground,
2. Kate was there.
Again this proved a master stroke from our captain with Glenn notching up a classy 30 and Deane Bellis celebrating a fine return to form (or maybe he was on a promise) with an unbeaten 90 no.
All that was left was for Eric (now recovered from his fiery one over spell) to come in and finish the innings for a well-deserved 9 wicket win to Kaipaki.
The game also marked the Debut for Roddie Sims – the (ex) Ngahinapourian - who showed great batting prowess in the recent Rashes Match.
Not sure if 35 overs behind the stumps was what he had envisaged prior to the game - but rest assured Roddie, you ‘ll get a bat next time.
For all those who are off on their junket down to Queenstown, good luck. We will keep you up dated as we smash Old Boys this Saturday.
PS - Eric it has been a pleasure. All the best in Christchurch.