Game: Kaipaki vs St Paul’s Collegiate (106 Overs) Champions Trophy
Venue: St Paul’s Collegiate (Grass)
Date: Saturday 21/02/15
Weather: Overcast with sunny spells
Toss: St Paul’s won the toss and decided to bat first
Team: Jerem Wylie, Craig Bulloch, Hugo Bothma, Corey Hyde, Chris Hurren, Greg Patterson, Thomas Benn, Carl Schwarz ©, Brad Leonard, Ross Laidlaw, Kieran Milburn
Result: Kaipaki won by 2 wickets
St Paul’s 238 all out in 54 overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Craig Bulloch 3 for 36 off 9 overs
St Paul’s Batting: A Blackett 63
Kaipaki 241 for 8 in 52 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Corey Hyde 84, Jerem Wylie 60no, Brad Leonard 31
Kaipaki have fought hard to beat previously unbeaten St Paul’s in a very even encounter at St Paul’s. In a game that could of gone either way Kaipaki’s experienced players in Corey Hyde, Brad Leonard, Jerem Wylie and Craig Bulloch have led Kaipaki to victory.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on a pitch that had good pace and bounce St Paul’s batted patiently to set Kaipaki 238. At One stage it looked like St Paul’s would get close to 300 after being 160 for 3 at 36 overs. The teams took lunch at this score and it was exactly the regroup Kaipaki needed as they came out after lunch and took 7 wickets for 60 runs to bowl St Paul’s out in the 54th over. Kaipaki bowled reasonably well throughout the innings but they did have to fight hard to get wickets. Bulloch returning the best figures with 3 for 36 but Wylie and Patterson also bowled a consistent line and length.
Kaipaki lost wickets regularly throughout their innings but the mainstays of Hyde (84), Leonard (31) and Wylie (60no) made sure that Kaipaki kept ahead in their run chase. Kaipaki probably should have won the game a lot earlier than they did but St Paul’s fought hard right to the end and Kaipaki eventually needed 2 runs off the last ball of the game to win. Wylie who seems to play his best when the backs are against the wall made sure of the victory by hitting the last ball for four over square leg.
Kaipaki remain unbeaten in their Champions trophy defence. However they have a double header this weekend playing Otorohanga on Saturday and a catch up match vs St Paul’s on Sunday – both at Kaipaki Oval. With a depleted playing squad this weekend Kaipaki will have to call on their club depth to keep their unbeaten record intact.
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