Game: Kaipaki vs Hinuera (50 over one day game) Mike Cotter Cup Final
Venue: Cambridge Town Square (Grass)
Date: Saturday 13/12/14
Weather: Overcast and Humid
Toss: Hinuera won the toss and decided to bat
Team: Jerem Wylie, Dean Busch, Hugo Bothma, Corey Hyde, Kieran Milburn, Greg Patterson, Thomas Benn, Fraser Kilgour, Carl Schwarz, Brad Leonard, Ross Laidlaw, Ben Strang, Chris Hurren
Result: Kaipaki won by 8 wickets
Hinuera 189 all out in 49 overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Kieran Milburn 3 for 27 off 10 overs, Ross Laidlaw 2 for 38 off 8 overs, Dean Busch 2 for 19 off 7 overs
Hinuera Batting: R Wilson 79
Kaipaki 190 for 2 in 30 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Hugo Bothma 74, Corey Hyde 62no
This game was played at the picturesque Cambridge Town Square, the home of Waikato Valley Cricket.
Hinuera won the toss and surprised many by deciding to bat first. The pitch had a tinge of green to it and also had moisture that would assist the new ball. Kaipaki were immediately into their work and had both Hinuera openers back in the pavilion by the 7th over as Hinuera were 20 for 2.
Hinuera through Henry Cameron (27) and R Wilson (79) put up some resistance that helped Hinuera get to 189. At One stage through their innings a score of 230 plus looked on the cards but Kaipaki kept getting wickets at crucial times which made it difficult for Hinuera to gain any real momentum.
Kaipaki were at times not at their best in the field but they did put the screws in when it was needed. Kaipaki has a very experienced and talented side and the class showed through when the pressure came on. Leg spinner Ben Strang and off spinner Kieran Milburn bowled superbly and they were well back up by medium pacer Dean Busch who hit a nagging and consistent line and length.
There was some magnificent out field catches by Ross Laidlaw, Jerem Wylie and Dean Busch which helped swing the momentum Kaipaki’s way.
At Lunch Kaipaki were weary of the Hinuera opening bowling duo of Jason Rusk and Andrew Tiddy. There was still enough in the pitch to threaten any batting line up.
However, Kaipaki made no work of the run chase. They lost an early wicket but then Corey Hyde and Hugo Bothma batted outstanding to record a 123 run partnership for the second wicket, which effectively crushed the Hinuera hopes. The pair took a measured approach at the start of their innings but as Hinuera got frustrated their bowling and fielding became erratic which Bothma and Hyde cashed in on. They ended up bludgeoning the attack all around the Cambridge Town Square. Fraser Kilgour came in late to finish the game with two 4’s and a 6 over cover. Kaipaki got the score with 20 overs to spare. Last week they scored 320 against the same opposition, it has been mentioned that if given the opportunity 400 wasn’t out of the equation this time round.
Before Kaipaki’s return to club cricket Hinuera had a stronghold on the Waikato Valley Club Competition. In the last 2 years as Kaipaki’s player roster has built up the pendulum has swung Kaipaki’s way – it was the 7th consecutive victory Kaipaki has had over Hinuera.
It’s a proud moment for Kaipaki and their success hasn’t been built around any one player. It is a good all round team and every single player has contributed to this championship victory. Carl Schwarz has done a fantastic job captaining the team, his cricketing knowledge and experience has shown through on many occasions. The team has made a massive step up from last year’s team. The players are training harder and they are all willing to improve their games week by week. Kaipaki has certainly raised the bar as far as standards are concerned in the Waikato Valley. They have created an environment which young players in the future will thrive in.
Kaipaki now look forward to playing Greerton on the 18th of January in the semi finals of the Northern Districts Club Champs. The team that wins this competition will go through to the National Club Champs in early April in Auckland.
• Jerem Wylie was again economical with the ball – 1 for 26 off 10 overs
• Hugo Bothma’s hit 14 fours and 3 sixes and his innings cam off 76 balls
• Corey Hyde hit his 4th score over 50 out of 7 innings.
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