Karori Reserves Vs Upper Hutt
Trentham Memorial Park
Karori Captain Simon Baker won the toss and elected to bat first, his side looking to make it nine wins from nine games.
The pitch was green and slow which troubled the Karori batsman. Both Baker and Isaac Nimmo went early, leaving Karori at 15-2 after four overs.
Ed Wright and Richard Petrie then had to work hard to get the innings back on track, Wright scoring 18 and Petrie 46. However, Karori wasn't out of the woods yet and when they were both dismissed Karori were 87-4.
The middle order could then only manage starts on a track that was proving difficult to bat on. Zank Desai and Jake Halstead scored 26 and 20 respectively, while others couldn't get out of single figures.
However, an important innings from Ben Freeman-Catley saw Karori through to a total of 217 all out. Freeman-Catley found the boundary seven times on his way to 42. He was also supported valiantly by number 11 Isaac Harris who added 17 runs of his own.
The second innings started well for Karori with Misty Jones-Middleton taking a wicket in his second over. His first of three wickets in a fine display of bowling which saw him finish with figures of three for 18 off 10 overs and included five maidens.
A mixture of runs and occasional wickets followed and Upper Hutt found themselves at 174-6 after 43 overs. The game was in the balance with Upper Hutt requiring a further 44 runs off the last seven overs.
However, after a wicket each for Wright, Harris, and Baker, Upper Hutt found themselves at 194-9 with three overs remaining. Karori on top.
It wasn't over yet though with stand-out batsman Sam Morgan swinging away a few boundaries to get Upper Hutt to 209-9 after 49 overs.
One over left, 9 runs to win, and Simon Baker stepped up to bowl for the Karori side.
The first half of the over went exactly to plan, dot, one, dot. The good start to the over then continued with the next two balls only going for singles. One ball left, a six would mean victory for Upper Hutt, anything less and Karori would claim the victory.
Upper Hutt number 11 Toby Meyrick was on strike and he did his best, smashing the ball away to the leg side but there were many relieved players in the Karori XI as the ball rolled over the boundary for four. Upper Hutt were stranded one run shy, and Karori made it nine wins from nine.