On Saturday and Sunday (29th and 30th November) Wairarapa hosted Horowhenua-Kapiti. Dan Cayliss, the Queen Elizabeth Park Groundsman had worked hard in the weeks building up to this game to prepare the pitch and was on hand all weekend to put covers on, repaint lines and spread sawdust!
The umpires Johann Fourie and James Sprowson were appointed by Central Districts Umpires and Scorers Association to umpire the game.
Horowhenua-Kapiti won the toss and put Wairarapa into bat. The stumps and bails were put into place and the park looked fantastic.
Before the game was started both teams, officials and management paid tribute to the tragic loss of Australian batsman, Phillip Huges, who died last week and a minutes silence was held.
The game did not start well for the Wairarapa boys with Sean going out LBW on the first ball. From there things went from bat to worse and after 12 overs the Wairarapa were 5 down with only 17 runs on the board. Debutant Todd Thayer managed to show some resilience and he and Robbie Speers were able to put on a 26 run partnership for the 6th wicket. Robbie Speers (27) and Gordon Reisima (31) were the only batsman to make any kind of contribution to the total of 88 after 41.4 overs. It was the opening bowlers Caleb Gaylard (who took 5 wickets) and Matthew Bacon (4 wickets) who did the damage.
Horowhenua-Kapiti got off to a great start scoring an opening partnership of 104 runs before Liam Burling took a catch off the bowling of Jamie Holmes.
Horowhenua-Kapiti then lost the next 9 wickets for 88 runs, posting a total of 186 off 52.4 overs, giving them a lead of 98 runs. It was Stefan Hook-Sporry who shone with the ball, taking 6 wickets for 51 runs off 18 overs. Sean Jarvis was the other wicket taker taking 2 for 9 off 5.4.
However, by lunch time on day 2, Liam Burling and Gordon Reisima brought some stability to the Wairarapa innings and had reached 161 for 7. After lunch Liam and Gordon played a number of beautiful shots and had put on a 123 run partnership before Gordie was dismissed by Strickland after scoring 66 runs. Liam was on his way to score his maiden century for the Wairarapa men before he held out to long on for a fantastic 89 putting Wairarapa right back in the game.
Wairarapa started off well with Stefan Hook dismissing the dangerous Good for a duck. Horowehenua-Kapiti fought to reach the target of 155 with 7 wickets in hand and 13 balls giving them the outright victory.
Many thanks to Catherine Rossiter-Stead for the wonderful photos she has taken which have contributed to this post.
The full score card can be viewed here