Solid first innings batting performance on a tricky pitch the catalyst for victory.
Game: Kaipaki vs Morrinsville CC
Venue: Morrinsville Recreation Ground (Grass)
Date: Saturday 20th & 27th February 2016
Weather: Sunny and VERY VERY HOT
Toss: Morrinsville Won Toss and Elected To Field First
Format: Two Day Game
Kaipaki Team: Corey Hyde, Hugo Bothma, Doug Cookson, Joshua Jaques, Ben Strang, Dom Grover, Bradford Leonard, Jerem Wylie, Matt Lowe, James Mitchinson, Doug Bradley, Ross Laidlaw, Adam Flegg, Dylan Griffin
Result: Kaipaki won by 4 wickets
Kaipaki 300 all out in 77 overs
Kaipaki Batting (1st Innings): Carl Schwarz 76, Jerem Wylie 74, Joshua Jaques 51
Morrinsville CC (1st Innings) 155 all out in 43 Overs
Kaipaki Bowling: Adam Flegg 3 for 20 off 8 overs
Morrinsville CC (2nd Innings) 244 all out in 52 overs
Morrinsville Batting: Rhys McCarthy 126
Kaipaki Bowling: Dylan Griffin 3 for 34 off 9 overs
Kaipaki 100 for 6 in 24 overs
Kaipaki Batting (1st Innings): Carl Schwarz 19no
Kaipaki have beaten Morrinsville in a two day fixture and take full competition points at the Morrinsville Recreation Ground. The win means that Kaipaki have been able to accumulate a full 15 competition points and put pressure on first placed Cambridge going into the final two rounds of the Champions Trophy.
On the first day Kaipaki were sent into bat on what looked like a very green and moist pitch. The pitch proved tricky to bat on and the Kaipaki batsmen had to dig deep and show resolve that hadn’t really been seen this season. Kaipaki made 300 which was a score well above par. Carl Schwarz showed good poise and control to notch up an important 76 while Jerem Wylie bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground to get 74. Joshua Jaques again impressed and he scored a well compiled 51. Jaques has been a fine addition to the Kaipaki batting line up and his experience and quality has shown through in his first 3 games for the club.
Late on Day One Kaipaki picked up 6 crucial Morrinsville wickets to have them reeling. Morrinsville finished Day One on 86 for 6 still needing 114 to make Kaipaki bat again.
The start of Day two brought frustration for Kaipaki. Needing 14 wickets to secure victory they were hampered by the side strain that Dom Grover picked up in his 3rd over of the morning. Grover couldn’t take any part in the match which left Kaipaki short of bowling options after Adam Flegg was ruled out at the bowling crease because of recurring shin splint troubles. Kaipaki found unlikely penetration with the ball through Corey Hyde who picked up 2 very important wickets that helped Kaipaki knock Morrinsville over for 155.
Kaipaki enforced the follow on. Rhys McCarthy for Morrinsville showed all his class, grit and determination to almost deny Kaipaki a victory. He scored a disciplined 126 and blunted the Kaipaki attack to the point where Kaipaki were almost about to wave the white flag. Kaipaki at tea only had 4 wickets and still needed 6 wickets plus runs to win this match. However, as proved against Te Awamutu the game before you can never be too sure of the outcome in cricket. Kaipaki somehow rallied and rolled the last 6 Morrinsville wickets for 23 runs and then set themselves up for a run chase which they needed 100 off 26 overs. Kaipaki didn’t really show great discipline in their second innings but did enough to get the required runs and win the match. After the final runs were scored it rained heavily…
This was a good two day match and one that Kaipaki played particularly well in. Kaipaki are again starting to mould themselves into a good team which is great for the future of the club. Next week the boys will take on Hinuera in Matamata.
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