See Hear HKCA YEAR 8’s SQUAD

Joel Harvey Charlie Mead Declan Prentice Rico Albert Joe Telford Jesse Johns Regan Crighton Daniel Oldroyd Piripi Bercic

 See Hear HKCA YEAR 8’s Match Reports

Game 1 - 9/1/19,

The Horowhenua-Kapiti Under 13 boys had the first day of thier Hawke’s Bay Cricket camp today up at Windsor Park in Hastings. The boys have been training together for months and were really eager to get out there today and show off thier skills.

New captain Sam Kennett won the toss and elected to bat on a bouncy artificial, the boys found it tough going from the beginning against a very strong Onslow attack. The top order tried hard but were undone by some really good bowling, a big positive was that the boys were not throwing thier wickets away and rather being beaten by a good ball. Campbell Reynolds and Henry Williams put on a mini rebuild facing over 50 balls between them until Brayden Baker took over. Brayden looked like he was playing a different game of cricket out there and piled on an impressive 21 off 26 with 2 boundaries before coming undone to a very good delivery. Debutant Joel Bishop was incredibly impressive in the lower order proving that he is by no means a tail end batsmen wacking an intelligent 15 from 26 with 3 boundaries. The boys finished on 102 bowled out in the 30th.

The boys were disappointed with the total but confident that the strong bowling attack they have could do a good job. Just before the game started we had a massive blow as strike bowler Joel Bishop suffered an ankle injury and couldn’t bowl. The LOBCC player battled really hard to get out there and field to make sure the team have 11 on the park, great to see such determination in such a young player. The team struggled again with the Onslow batsmen cashing in on anything loose. Piripi Bercic and Brayden Baker opened up and bowled without luck until they were replaced with Henry Williams and Declan Prentice. Prentice bowled incredibly well and had some tough chances dropped off his bowling, figures of 1-19 off 4 don’t do his spell justice as he really turned the ball and bowled with good control. A player to watch for the future. Captain Kennett came on in the last over and grabbed himself two very nice wickets but it wasn’t enough to stop Onslow winning with 7 wickets in hand. The boys enjoyed themselves and have identified a lot of work on areas for the rest of the week. A big day tomorrow with 2, 35 over games. Crichq links will be posted in the morning to follow the boys progress.

Game 2, 10/1/19

The See Hear Horowhenua-Kapiti Under 13 boys get off to a great start on day 2 here in Napier at the Hawke’s Bay festival of cricket!

Tasked with playing 2, 30 over games today the boys knew they were in for a battle today in the 32 degree Hawke’s bay heat. Captain Sam Kennett won the toss in the first game and elected to send himself and his vice captain Jack Harley in for a bat. These two are looking like a very dangerous combination up the top of the order and two playersdestined for higher honours. Sam struck a patient 28 off 47 and Jack Harley showed why he is being compared to a young Bailey Te tomo with 30 runs from his 41 deliveries. After such a great start the boys formulated a plan to up the run rate and bat around Henry Williams who played a really mature innings, rotated strike and ran awesomely between the wickets for his 24. Campbell Reynolds and Brayden Baker played very unselfish knocks, hitting out to score 19 and 21 respectively. The boys reached a very defendable total of 145.

Heading out to bowl Joel Bishop has his first bowl of the tournament for a very unlucky 4 overs for 14 and his opening partner Charlie Mead grabbed the first wicket. From there on in it was the Spinners and our two Henry’s that took over. Henry Butler bowled his 4 overs on the trot for an outstanding 3-16 and Henry Williams showed really promising ability to mix up his pace and set his fields. Henry has a remarkable cricket brain for his age and today that proved vital at the end of both innings when we needed it and he conceded just 7 from his 4 overs. Ollie Parkinson made his first appearance today with a well bowled 4 overs 17-1 and bowled well in tandem with Declan Prentice who took 3 overs 2-10. The game looked all but wrapped up until a determined Cambridge No 11 rocked up to the crease. The last pair put over 50 runs to give their target a real shake but the cool head of Williams prevailed to deliver us a 6 run win. The boys took a lot of confidence from this awesome win into the next game where things were just as close.

Game 3, 10/1/19

The See Hear Horowhenua Kapiti Under 13s come out on top in a low scoring nail biter against Western Bay of Plenty!

The HK side were dealt a blow as the previous game ran overtime and Sam Kennett lost the toss, they were asked to field for another 30 overs making that nearly 60 on the trot with very short breaks. That didn’t stop the boys from getting off to an unreal start though! Piripi Bercic and and Charlie Mead opened up, Piripi bowling with real intensity to claim 4 overs 2-20 and Mead was very economical and bowled with control for his 1-10 off 4. From there, the HK side only lifted as Joel Bishop claimed his very first wicket in HK colours. The first of many for the right arm seamer, he took 1-5 off his 4. Henry Williams yet again provided the goods, bowling his 4 overs 2-3 and gaining these incredible figures by using his great cricketing brain. Our spinning trio of Declan Prentice, Campbell Reynolds and Ollie Parkinson bowled really economically for a combined 8 overs between them for 23 runs and Brayden Baker had a great death bowling spell of 4 overs for 19. A massive shoutout to keeper Joel Harvey, keeping 60 on the trot at an under 13 level is an outrageously tough ask and Joel kept his standards and energy high for almost every one of the 60 overs. An effort you should be very proud of Joel. The boys were stoked to have the WBOP side out for 94 but they didn’t yet realise the battle ahead of them.

The usual suspects of Sam Kennet and Jack Harley opened up and reached 21 between them before they fell in quick succession and by the time we lost our third wicket of Brayden Baker who again departed for a breezy 16 we were cruising at 50-3, little did we know WBOP had other plans. The HK boys suffered a mini middle order collapse to be left reeling and a vocal WBOP team let them know about it. At 71-7 the game was in the balance although it looked like Campbell Reynolds had the situation under control. While he was there, Campbell was showing great batsmanship, picking the gaps and playing the role that was required. After he fell, the HK boys looked like they were staring down the barrel of a somewhat embarrassing defeat. Enter Declan Prentice into the game. Prentice batted out of his skin to bring his team and region home from an unlikely position with 12 of the most crucial runs you’ll ever see from 31 balls. Prentice had nerves of steal as he ignored the chat being thrown in the field and played his own game. He was well supported by Joel Bishop, Henry Butler and Ollie Parkinson but well done Declan for getting that one done for your team. The boys head into tomorrow’s 50 over game full of confidence after going 2/2 today. Crichq will be up from the first ball tomorrow!