In a remarkable game at the home of Wairarapa Cricket, the Bracewell Cricket Academy team tied their match with Wairarapa Chairman’s XI.
The Bracewell Academy team was made up of players from different parts of the world.
A brilliant day and a great wicket saw the Wairarapa Emerging players bat first. They were dismissed inside 48 overs for 206, after threatening on occasions to post a massive score.
Perhaps the highlight of the Wairarapa innings was the outstanding catch by A. Peters to dismiss star Rathkeale College batsman Harry Clinton-Baker in full flight.
With eight of the local batsmen reaching double figures yet not getting beyond 35, it was easy to see that the regular fall of wickets was going to be their downfall.
A similar pattern occurred when the Bracewell Academy side batted. The match was always in the balance. The Wairarapa team failed to penetrate with their medium pacers and it was left to the spinners to do the damage. Aaron Wilson and Jamie Holmes kept the game alive, but it was “a new found star” in Alex Treseder who surprised everyone with his figures of 4 – 19. With the score at 193 – 9 and still 14 needed one would be excused for thinking that the odds favoured the home team.
Harry Clinton-Baker, who also took 2 wickets and Treseder bowled out the final overs and the tension mounted as they continued to let slip a few wides among the dot balls. With one over to go the scores were tied. In an attempt to hit out to secure the victory, Ellen Smith, all the way from UK, failed to clear Daniel Haxton.
Brendon Bracewell , whose world famous academy has been in operation since 1996, said that it was the first tied match that his many teams of internationals had experienced.