November 25, 2017

HK U15 Cricketers go down to Hawkes Bay in Festival final

A majestic logo even if the rest of the country think it is Rangitoto Island.

Horowhenua Kapiti’s Under 15 representative cricketers have gone down to Hawkes Bay in the final of the Wanganui Cricket Festival played over four days at Victoria Park, Wanganui.

It was a disappointing end to what was otherwise a very successful tournament for the HK side who have put together some surprisng results in recent seasons. Surprising is such a safe word for cricket reports as it is positive and usually means success but also covers the odd inexplicable slip up.

The Wanganui Cricket Festival for the under 15 age grade comprises five, 30 overs a side matches played over three days and a final on the fourth day. Batsmen are required to retire when they reach 30 runs but can come back if all other wickets have fallen. Bowlers can bowl a maximum of 6 overs in a match. Eight teams were contesting this years tournament.

Horowhenua-Kapiti, Hawkes Bay and Cornwall finished equal top on the points table after pool play. The finalists were decided on run rate with HK qualifying top to meet Hawkes Bay. Cornwall had to be content with a 3rd/4th playoff with Wanganui.

Final – Horowhenua-Kapiti v Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay won the toss and decided to bat first. After the loss of two early wickets they piled on the runs and ended up posting a formidible total of 198 in their 30 overs.

Joshua Bohmer was the best of the HK bowlers with 3 wickets for 34 runs. Other wicket takers were; Andre Halbert 1 wicket for 14 runs, Ryan Franks 1 for 35 and Cameron Beck 1 for 54. Cameron also effected a run out and took a catch. Josh Bohmer and Jonathan Griffith also took catches.

When it came time to bat HK’s normal flurry of runs somehow got confused with flurry of wickets. Even a wild optimist would be struggling to see us as still in the game with the top order gone and only 50 runs on the board.

It was very pleasing to see the tail wag like a dog who is excessively excited. Excellent contributions were had from Keegan MacLachlan 24, Ryan Franks 27 not, Cameron Beck 18 and that man again Josh Bohmer on 30 not out. The best partnershipof the innings was 37 runs for the 9th wicket between Cameron Beck and Josh Bohmer.

Horowhenua Kapiti finished up 50 runs short on 148 for 9, but the flag was still flying and some pride restored despite the pain of losing a final after such a good tournament.

A summary of the lead up matches to the final are as as follows:

Game One:Horowhenua-Kapiti v Manawatu

The game between neighbours HK and Manawatu is always keenly contested and this match was no exception.

Hk batted first and posted a very competitive 156 for 3 in their 30 overs. Nick Putt top scored with 36 n.o. Curtis Jones also retired on 31 n.o. Other scores of note were; Carter Andrews 21, Andre Halbert 17, Matthew Goulden 16 and Jonathan Griffith 16.

Normally Hk would have expected to defend a total of 156 but a bit of rustiness in the field and some wayward bowling cost them dearly. Manawatu finished up achieving victory, finishing on 160 for 4 in the 29th over. Andre Halbert took 2 wickets for 20 runs. Josh Bohmer got 1 wicket for 19 runs. Liam Forward and Matt Goulden took a catch each.

It was disappointing to lose this game after posting such a strong total. But like most things in life, tomorrow is another day and for HK things were only going to get better.

Result: Manawatu won by 6 wickets.

Game Two: Horowhenua-Kapiti v Hawkes Bay

HK won the toss and elected to bat. It is usually a good sign when the top partnership for the innings is for the first wicket. Curtis Jones and Andre Halbert putting on 58 runs for the first wicket before Curtis was out for 31. Andre Halbert retired but would return later.

Thanks to some strong hitting and excellent running between the wickets, HK finished up on 187 in their 30 overs. Andre Halbert top scored with 49 off only 27 balls. Curtis Jones 31, Keegan MacLachlan 28, Ryan Franks 18 and Sean Finlayson 14 were the other major contributors.

Hawkes Bay could only manage 133 all out in the 26th over as the pressure of a climbing run rate required took its toll. Andre Halbert starred with the ball as well as the bat, taking 4 wickets for 39 runs. Other wicket takers were; Ryan Franks 2 for 16, Cameron Beck 2 for 27 and Liam Forward 1 for 29. Josh Bohmers 4 overs for 5 runs also needs a special mention. Matt Goulden got a run out and Nick Putt behind the stumps took 3 catches and a stumping.

Result: Horowhenua-Kapiti won by 54 runs.

Game 3: Horowhenua-Kapiti v Taranaki

Taranaki batted first and were in early trouble. Wickets fell at regular intervals and an early finish was on the cards when they were 68 for 8 but an 8th wicket stand of 70 got them through to a creditable 144 for nine in their 30 overs.

For HK Jonathan Griffith took 2 wickets for 1 run, Ryan Franks 2 for 16, Josh Bohmer 2 for 19, Cameron Beck 2 for 27 and Andre Halbert 1 for 13. Cameron Beck, Keegan MacLachlan, Nick Putt and Ryan Franks all took a catch each.

HK had to bat well to haul in what was a tricky target. Andre Halbert got them off to another flyer with 26 runs off only 15 balls. After three quick wickets, Nick Putt and Jonathan Griffith steadied the innings with a 35 run partnership for the 4th wicket. Another flurry of wickets put the heat on the tail but they came to the party and closed out the win reaching 145 for 7 in 28 overs.

Andre Halbert scored 26 runs, Jonathan Griffith 26, Nick Putt 22 and Keegan MacLachlan 19.

Result: Horowhenua-Kapiti won by 3 wickets.

Game 4: Horowhenua-Kapiti v Eastern Districts

Eastern Districts are a Rep side from the Eastern suburbs in Auckland (Howick, Pakuranga etc). They won the toss and chose to bat first. It was a struggle throughout the innings but they managed to get through to 112 for 9 in 30 overs.

For HK, Ryan Franks took 3 wickets for 27 runs, Andre Halbert 2 for 6, Joshua Bohmer 2 for 10, Cameron Beck 1 for 14 and Liam Forward 1 for 33. Sean Finlayson took 2 catches and wicket keeper Nick Putt took one catch.

In reply HK were never troubled scoring 116 for 3 in only 18 overs. Jonathan Griffith top scored with 28 runs. Also Curtis Jones 24 n.o., Carter Andrews 15, Nick Putt 15 n.o. and Andre Halbert 12.

Result: Horowhenua-Kapiti won by 7 wickets.

Game 5: Horowhenua-Kapiti v Onslow

Onslow were college players with an association with Onslow Cricket Club in Wellington. Onslow won the toss and put HK into bat.

From there it was all one way traffic with HK finishing up on the astonishing total of 301 for 4 in 30 overs. Keegan MacLachlan top scored with 42 n.o. The rest of the roll of honour is; Sean Finlayson 38 n.o., Andre Halbert 37 n.o., Nick Putt 36 n.o., Josh Bohmer 32 n.o., Curtis Jones 29, Jonathan Griffith 25 and Matt Goulden 14.

In reply Onslow put their big hitters at the top and had a crack. They reached a credible 167 for 8. Josh Bohmer took 3 wickets for 32 runs. Other wicket takers were; Cameron Beck 2 for 8, Curtis Jones with a fiery spell that yielded 2 for 13 and Matt Goulden 1 for 10.

Nick Putt and Matt Goulden took two catches each. Liam Forward and Josh Bohmer took one catch each.

Result: Horowhenua-Kapiti won by 134 runs.

Thanks

For Graeme Goulden who scored every game. Dave Andrews who umpired. All the wonderful parents who turned up and supported us and assisted with such riveting tasks as laundry.

For the team. Thank you very much for a successful tournament. You were exceptionally well behaved on and off the field. You played well and gave us all a lot to smile about. I know you were disappointed to fall at the final hurdle, but overall it is a result to be proud of considering the strength of the sides there.

Andre Halbert well done on finishing second in the MVP rankings for the tournament. Just pipped by one point for the top spot by a clever dude from Hawkes Bay (sounds familiar).

This is the last year for the boys going to the Wanganui Cricket Festival as it finishes at Under 15 level. We have enjoyed excellent support from parents over the years who have always turned out in droves (with sometimes reluctant siblings of team members in tow) to support the team.

They started out as tiny Under 11’s and now most of them are looking me in the eye (and I am six foot). The tone of chatter in the field was noticeably deeper this year as well.

The Wanganui Cricket Festival as a five year experience for us has been packed with excitement. It has had it all. Losses, wins, tight finishes and of course the odd controversy or two (or three or four….). Its purpose is to develop cricketers and in that regard for us it has been an important part of our success.

A fantastic group of boys who loved playing cricket have become an even more fantastic group of young men who love playing cricket. That is a first class result in itself before we even glance at what the scoreboard says.