Premier Reserve One Day Final,
Karori Premier Reserve vs Petone-Eastbourne Premier Reserve
Karori Park no.1
On what can only be described as another day in paradise, Karori put on an absolute pearler for what promised to be an exciting day of competitive finals cricket. Both sides were full of confidence with superb form shown throughout the season in the one day format. Having met in the first game of the season, Karori got the better of a hapless Petone side. After which Petone went about their work to secure 10 form 10 and earn a well-deserved finals berth. Karori however, didn't stop there and went on to go undefeated in the regular season to secure a home final.
And what a picture Karori Park was. Sight screens, boundary ropes, marquees, and a lovely cricket wicket to boot greeted the boys upon arrival. Having won the toss, Simon Baker inserted Petone. All was in readiness at 10:30 am with Mitch 'The Big Moose' Butler standing at the top of his mark.
Wickets were the order of play in the morning and Karori didn't have to wait long. The Big Moose sent down a searing first prune which squared up the opening bat, kissed the outside edge and was snaffled by Zank behind the sticks. This set the tone for the first innings where Karori picked up poles at regular intervals. Petone sunk to 76-6 after a handy second wicket partnership of 46 thanks largely to a majestic opening spell by The Big Moose, which produced figures of 4 for spit as well as being smartly supported by James Hartshorn. Restricting bowling partnerships throughout the innings between Henry Glogau, 7-0-29-2, Ed Wright, 5-0-22-2, Richard Petrie, 6-2-23-0 and Ben Freeman-Catley (CJ), 3-1-8-0, meant they never managed to get away.
Petone however, rallied after the drinks interval and put together a 50 run 7th wicket partnership before CJ, with some individual brilliance, made a sprawling save in the covers before whipping the ball into Zank who dislodged the bails. From there the boys managed to mop up the tail reasonably effectively to have Petone all out for 152.
In response, Karori got off to a flyer with Neil Martin and Baker putting on 35 for the first wicket before Nelly was trapped in front. Banecivich joined Baker and the two put on another handy 30 run stand. However, It wasn't until Glogau joined Baker that the back of the chase was well and truly broken with the two putting on 60 for the 3rd wicket. Karori went on to lose a further 3 wickets chasing the final 25 runs but the game was all but theirs. A special mention to the skipper, Baker, whose patient 56 guided the boys to within touching distance. An innings out of character but no less effective. Suitably Zank hit the winning runs with a loft on-drive to the boundary which capped off a successful day for him with 5 dismissals behind the sticks.
Thus completing the perfect one day gherkin season with 12 from 12 wins and deserved champions. The boys were well supported throughout the match by the wider squad and Karori cricket family. Thank you to all those that came along as well as those that were there in spirit (busy house hunting). Now on to the red ball...