Raymond Park # 1
On The Line – The Seddon Cup
After a lot of scrambling around we eventually tracked down the Seddon Cup.
It was in Michael Clayton’s garage.
Michael Clayton was in Piopio.
After breaking in to Michael Claytons garage, the Seddon Cup finally arrived at Raymond Park – only to be handed over to WestHam at the end of the day….
It is said that catches win matches – we dropped a lot of catches….
It should also be said that not bowling leg-side long hops will also win matches – our bowling wasn’t flash…
It could also be said that batting diligently will also win matches….apart from a couple of guys – we did not bat diligently….
But – we were the best fed team on the field !
Playing at Raymond Park comes with the advantage that Taz will erect his large Marquee (and no – this is not a metaphor for anything else – it really is a large marquee) – and his Wife – Ash – will provide an amazing spread at the Innings break…we had Macaroni Cheese, Nachos with Sour Cream, BBQ Chicken Wings – not to mention the 400 bags of sponsored Jellybeans from Challenge….
So after losing the Toss and Fielding first we did well to limit WestHam to 237 after their allotted 35 overs.
Glenn Collins (The GC) took a couple of good catches – showing everyone else how it was done…
Nick Binnie bowled 7 overs on the trot for a good return of 2/34.
Eric Stevens bowled a huffing and puffing 4 overs finishing with 2/21
Howie “The Peculiar Purple Pieman Of Porcupine Peak” Baker, not so much - with figures of 0/103 from his 3 overs….or something close to that…
After our degustation smorgasbord - the Opening pair of Mark Donovan and Musti Kapadia set about their work and had a good stand of 44 before Musti was bowled for 17 - looking to increase the run rate.
Howie Baker showed touches of averageness amongst long periods of poor batting, before he too succumbed trying to clear the ropes…caught for 16.
Mark Donovan showed glimpses of the class, which made him a dominant figure in the Northland Under 15 side of the mid-80’s.
He played some glorious Cover Drives and Hook shots. He was out LBW for a well compiled 38. He later blamed the rash shot that he played on the “Food Coma” he was struggling through…
By then, the pressure of trying to chase the run rate became too much for the rest of the Kaipaki outfit – with only Nick “Rubbish” Binnie showing some resistance – remaining 25no – and watching the demise of 6 Kaipaki Batsmen from the non-strikers end…
Kaipaki All Out -136
Not our finest performance – but some little nuggets of cricketing gold that will give us confidence heading into our next match…
Highlights of the Day:
· The Lunch Spread
· Eric Stevens 54 Nicknames
· Mark Donovan saying “Come On Kaipaki” (quickly followed by” Sh*t – I never thought I would be uttering those words….”