Te Awamutu Courier

Former Kaipaki player delivers match’s decisive blow

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including four sixes and a four.

Jeffries went on to carry his bat making 35 not out and at the other end, Hamish Patel, who played three games for the Kaipaki nation in seven days, finished on 12 not out.

Kaipaki finished with 283/6 off their 40 overs.

For Waipuna Valley, Poukie Mannering was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3/26 off his eight overs.

Mannering, who has also pulled on the baggy green and gold cap in the past, bowled a full length and proved to be hard to get away.

When it came to Kaipaki’s turn with the ball, the nation opened with Dinan and Erin Hunt, who was on debut for Kaipaki.

Both bowlers worked hard, as Waipuna Valley through Keith

Vincent and Ross Shapley looked to attack the bowling when given the opportunit­y.

Vincent made 53 and Shapley made 57.

Both were dismissed by Sean Crotty, who is sharp enough to push the batsman back, but concentrat­es on a good length with a little bit of nibble outside the off-stump.

He took 5-32 off his eight overs and dragged the nation back into the game.

Waipuna brought Mannering to the crease, he carried his bat during a match-winning knock of 52 not-out.

The game came right down to the wire, Waipuna Valley were nine down when Mannering hit the winning runs — a magnificen­t game which could have gone either way.

Other wicket takers for Kaipaki were Patel with 1-43, left-arm wristspinn­er Robinson with 1-33 and

Clarke who bowled the one over taking 1-4.

Lea also went well with ball in hand, and despite not taking a wicket, he went for only 22 off his six overs.

Hunt, who has a big future in the game, took the new ball and bowled impressive­ly.

Wicket-keeper Smith-Hodgson was sharp behind the stumps and Leith Schwass was busy in the outfield.

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