May 19, 2019

HKCA Under 15’s go down to Wanganui in Rep season opener

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The Horowhenua-Kapiti Under 15 cricket team went down to Wanganui in the first representative match of the season by 72 runs.

For a long time during the match it looked like a fairytale result was on the cards but it was not to be.

With a number of players on duty for the Under 16 side, it was a chance to blood some new talent.

HK won the toss and put Wanganui into bat. After a slow start Wanganui dominated the opening session to be 60-2 at drinks. The middle session belonged to HKCA who ripped out the middle order and were in a strong position going into the final session with Wanganui reeling at 114-7 with 16 overs remaining.

At that point it looked like a famous victory was on the cards. But Wanganui had other ideas and batted out the final overs to reach 183-7. Brett Cameron finished unbeaten on 47.

For HKCA new caps Sean Finlayson (2-21), Liam Bargh (1-14) and Ryland Knight-Densem (0-25) did an excellent job. Liam Forward (2-31) and Ivan McIntyre (1-25) were the other wicket takers.

Liam Forward took a fine catch off his own bowling. Wicketkeeper Jayden Miles snared two catches behind the stumps and Ivan McIntyre threw in a runout. Overall it was an excellent performance from the team in the field.

The target to win of 184 was always going to be a demanding one. HKCA opener Matt Goulden went in the first over. After 11 overs HKCA were in trouble at 27-3.

Carter Andrews and Ivan McIntyre then put on a 49 run partnership to give some hope. But with the run rate required climbing the pressure mounted. Carter was bowled for 44 (a career best) and 4 runs later Ivan went for 18.

In a do or die effort HKCA sent in their pinch hitters Liam Bargh and Sean Finlayson, but the gamble did not come off as Wanganui bowled tightly.

With the cause lost No.6 batsman Keegan McLachlan batted on bravely until he ran out of partners. He was the last wicket to fall, out for 21 from 42 balls.

There were a lot of positives from the match and HKCA supporters can look forward to the rest of the season with some optimism. The new caps can be proud of their effort and will have learned a lot from the experience.


  1. Debbie Bohmer says:

    Hooray the cricket season is back upon us 🙂 Shame about the result in Sundays game, but it is still early on, and we’ll be back to our winning way before too long. Looking forward to your match reports again. A great read 🙂