Game: Kaipaki Gold vs HSK Blue
Venue: Kaipaki Oval (Artificial)
Date: Saturday 7th November 2015
Toss: Kaipaki Won Toss and Elected To Bat
Team / Batting Order: T Kapadia, EJ Parker, DM Bellis, AJ Rout ,WCD Clifford, RGJ Sim, NG Binnie, DA Faville, DK Bullock, GD Harvey, DE Groves
Result: Kaipaki Won By 5 Runs
Kaipaki 215/9 in 35 overs
Kaipaki Batting: Roddie Sim 84*, Nick Binnie 32, Wides 99
HSK Blue: 210 All Out in 34.1 Overs
With a further 74 frontline players and all other males in New Zealand unavailable for this weekend’s fixture, up stepped two of the Nations (Kaipaki and New Zealand) most promising young female cricketers – Emma Parker and Alisha Rout – to help out the Gold bit. Also contributing his valuable time and energy to helping out - Socrates (Cooch) Windgrass of Footrot Flats fame.
With two chiefs running the show today (Messrs Bellis and Clifford), deciding batting orders and bowling sequences was always going to be challenging. Fortunately with Emma and Alisha offering to sit near the top order and Dom Groves offering to bat up the rear – filling in the gaps was relatively easy. Bellis at 3, Clifford at 5 and the rest could sort themselves out.
Bellis took Clifford’s double sided coin to the middle of the pitch for a toss, which he duly won - all whilst some foreign journalist hovered around the two captains on his Segway taking still shots of the traditional event.
T Kapadia [again] opened the batting with E Parker who both poked and prodded the opposition attack. Parker got a beautiful away swinging bouncer from bowler #77 and was adjudged leg before wicket with a big donut against her name.
D Bellis arrived at the crease and duly went about cementing the number 3 batting position, caressing his way to double figures with a raft of superbly timed nicks and cross bat shots.
Kapadia failed [again] trying a cute bat pad number, which brought A Rout to the crease who at number 4 was expected to put 50 on the board. Unfortunately she offered a caught and bowled to bowler # 18 whilst also on nought.
W Clifford came in looking to continue the form displayed in his man of the match performance the previous week. However he failed to get his bat in front of a delivery coming straight on and was the third LBW victim to some overly generous Kaipaki umpiring.
Enter Roddie Sim. 664111446468116661111144 read his scorecard. Enough said
Nick Binnie superbly held up the other end for Sim and contributed a well struck 32
A couple of others came and went (not worth mentioning) with the final score being 215/9 after 35 overs. A competitive total, but something the Gold bit would have to work hard to defend
After the break, Dom Groves and Kapadia took the new ball. Groves comes from county Kent in England and that’s a long way away from Kaipaki. He also bowls with incredible heat something not seen in the Gold team since E Stevens graced the Oval. Anyhow he proved too much for both batsman and keeper (D Bullock) beating both in a fiery opening spell. The off stump of opening batsman 43 flying through the air was a magnificent sight leaving the on looking crowd demanding more.
Kapadia also comes from abroad, however his opening spell only produced runs for the batsman. The Kaipaki Trap this week failed to work. Suspicions of dodgy backroom deals and bribery came to the minds of some as HSK’s score appeared to climb exponentially in the afternoon sun.
The ball was thrown to E Parker. By changing things up, keeping the batsman guessing it was a coup that worked! Batsman 13 holed out to Groves who took a regulation catch in the deep. A Rout was then given the opportunity and with some trickery and cunning, fooled two middle order batsman (#74 and #26) by taking their leg and middle stumps respectively. By doing so, relegated Howie Baker to 73rd best spinner in Kaipaki…
However the scoreboard continued to tick over with irregular regularity. The game was in the balance with runs and balls neck and neck. Clifford and Groves produced some timely economy rates which swung the game in Kaipaki’s favour.
However come the final over and these two had bowled their allotted overs. With HSK requiring 6 runs to win (closer inspection of scorebook later suggests they needed a further 12 runs…) the responsibility was passed to D Bellis to bring it home. A surprisingly successful shout for LBW with his first ball saw HSK Blue bowled out for 210 (per scoreboard)!
Two from Two for the Gold bit. A great team effort with both bat and ball – and thanks to the guys and girls who stepped up and filled in at late notice.
D. Bellis (Kaipaki Cricketer Of The Year 2011)
Co-Captain and Death Bowler