Game: Kaipaki Gold vs Fraser Tech
Venue: Kaipaki Oval (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 12th December 2015 (My Wedding Anniversary !)
Weather: Wet in the morning, clearing around mid morning ??, actually clearing around lunchtime
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and (eventually) Elected To Bat
Team / Batting Order: T Kapadia, D. Armstrong, M. Kapadia, M. Lowe , B. Strang, WCD Clifford, NG Binnie, K. Bell, J. Collins, H. Baker, DA Faville,
Result: Kaipaki Won By 43 Runs
Kaipaki 159 All Out in 32 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Matt Lowe 43, D. Armstrong 24, Wides 24
Tech Mongrels: 116 All Out in 31 Overs
The dawned wet – very wet ! The forecasters had it clearing mid morning.
Mid morning came and went – and it was still wet. However around 11.30am the clouds broke and we were on !
Skipper D. Armstrong, won the Toss and as this was the first time he actually had to toss a coin and make a decision – he panicked and quickly had to turn to his Team mates for a democratic vote…... It was unanimous – we would bat….it was also decided to keep the NZ Flag the same and that Louisa should win X-Factor…
T Kapadia opened the batting with D. Armstrong – and they got into their work early – 20/0 after 2 overs.
Kapadia was the first to go – after telling Armstrong in the break between overs to “keep everything on the ground, there are plenty of runs to be had here”….he skied the first ball of the next over straight to mid wicket.
This bought the better looking Kapadia brother to the crease – but his stay was short lived – LBW for 9.
Armstrong was the next to go – after hitting their poxy offspinner for 6 off the first ball of the over– he was out next ball after his stumps were rearranged.
This bought debutant Matt Lowe to the crease and he showed what anchoring the innings was all about….after a cautious start – he laid some classic cover drives and straight drives on his way to 43…
However there was all sorts of carnage at the other end….B. Strang, W. Clifford, N. Binnie, K. Bell and J. Collins – all back in the hutch quickly – with a total of 18 runs between them.
So – at 111/8 we were in a bit of trouble – but Howie Baker (14) and Dave Faville (10*) got us through to a defendable 159.
After the lunch break, it was Faville who opened up with the new ball. Bowling downwind quickly dropped onto a good line and length. Kaipaki’s No. 1 Spinner – W. Clifford – starting at the other end .
Both opening batsmen were dropped in the first 2 overs – and we all had thoughts that this could be an omen of what was to come this afternoon…
However in Favilles 3rd over – he caught the edge of the bat and Keeper Armstrong, winding back the years, took a diving one handed catch low to the ground….which removed the dangerous opener for 14.
Clifford then trumped that with 2 wickets in his 3rd over – and the Mongrels were in trouble….
Ben Strang came on and bowled 7 overs of tight Legspin – ending up with 3 wickets. And elevating him in the ranks to Kaipaki’s 2nd best Spinner.
The Mongrels went to drinks still needing 110 runs off the last 17 overs to win.
They must have had the calculators out at drinks – because immediately afterwards they started swinging the bat and wickets began to fall.
Kevin Bell toiled away bowling 7 on the trot but it was “The Cleaner” – Musti Kapadia (the good looking one) – who came on and cleaned up the last 2 wickets.
Tech Mongrels All Out for 116.
It should be mentioned that Musti only came on to bowl as Howie Baker had left the field with a “sore shoulder” – which he “injured” in the process of dropping a catch at 1st slip….which would have been our first Slip catch in 3 years ! .
In fairness to Howie – he did actually have hold of the ball but it jolted loose as his arm hit the ground….still goes down as a dropped catch…
So a win by 43 runs – and still unbeaten for the season.
MVP – Matt Lowe.
Honourable Mention – My Wife – Rebecca – for letting me play on our Wedding Anniversary
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