Game: Kaipaki vs Greerton (50 over one day game) National Club Champs Qualifier
Venue: Pemberton Park, Tauranga (Grass)
Date: Saturday 18/01/15
Weather: Sunny and extremely hot
Toss: Greerton 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, Brandon Weal
Result: Kaipaki lost by 36 runs
Greerton 302 for 8 in 50 overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Jerem Wylie 3 for 26 off 10 overs
Hinuera Batting: B Hampton 124, C Neal 53
Kaipaki 266 all out in 46 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Jerem Wylie 70, Hugo Bothma 40, Brandon Weal 39
Greerton Bowling: C Thomas 4 for 39 off 9 overs
Kaipaki have fought hard to run Greerton close, but in the end Greerton’s high quality all round game has proved the difference in very hot conditions.
Greerton playing on their home ground had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss. The pitch was very green and had a little bit of moisture in it after overnight rain. Kaipaki were comfortable with bowling first and they were in a good position after 10 overs restricting Greerton to 48 for 2. Ross Laidlaw when hitting the right areas with the ball was getting some useful movement and he managed to get 2 handy wickets that lifted Kaipaki’s confidence. Kaipaki again appeared on top after 20 overs when Greerton were 90 for 3, Jerem Wylie proving a handful for the Greerton batters to face and the experienced Bradford Leonard also hitting good areas with the ball.
A decisive moment in the game came in the 15th over when Greerton’s B Hampton, on 25, shouldered arms to a straight delivery that flicked the front pad from Leonard. Kaipaki appeared convinced the ball was going onto the stumps – this was confirmed by a man in the middle who said it may have been just flicking the stumps, but still gave it not out. B Hampton went on to then bludgeon his way to 124 and was the main reason for setting Kaipaki 303 to win.
Looking as though that chasing 360 was on the cards Kaipaki showed their fighting spirit. They dug deep and did a superb job in restricting Greerton to 302. At The luncheon interval Kaipaki were confident they had the fire power in their batting to chase down what they believed a par score. Pemberton Park had one very short square boundary and the dry weather made the outfield lightning fast.
Kaipaki got off to a rocketing start scoring 50 in the first 5 overs. Openers Ross Laidlaw and Corey Hyde giving Kaipaki some real momentum and a useful platform to work from.
Unfortunately when Laidlaw chipped one to mid on and Corey Hyde was adjudicated LBW (the first one of the game) Kaipaki lost some momentum. Kaipaki’s middle order never got going and their situation looked hopeless at 129 for 6 after 25 overs. Schoolboy Brandon Weal batting at number 3 showed his class and his exciting potential scoring a well compiled 39.
Kaipaki looked down and out until Jerem Wylie took the crease. The talented Wylie showed again what a classy performer he is. After bowling easily the best spell throughout the day, he then scored 70 off 46 deliveries to bring Kaipaki back into the game. He seemed to have developed quite a competitive rivalry with Greeton’s best B Hampton which spiced up this already competitive battle.
Wylie was well supported by left hander Hugo Bothma during his innings. Bothma putting in a gritty display to stay at the crease during the middle stages of Kaipaki’s innings contributing 40 runs.
Kaipaki looked odds on to complete an upset victory when they got to 255 for 7 after 44 overs.
However, Kaipaki’s momentum was effectively stuffed when they lost their last 3 wickets inside 2 overs to end 36 runs short.
Greerton when it mattered showed their class and experience by winning the key moments during the game. They fielded superbly, their ground fielding certainly was superior to Kaipaki’s and that in itself would of saved them 36 runs.
Kaipaki can take many lessons from this game and will become a better team because of the experience. Although they were outplayed in most facets of the game they still put themselves into a position to win. If a couple of things that they can’t control went their way this game potentially could have produced a different outcome. They will work hard to improve their game and hopefully put themselves into a position where they get the opportunity to play this type of game again next season.
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