A Captains Knock

By Hayden McIntyre

When I think back now about the premier one day final on 7th December 2014 at Pukekura park I can’t help but smile. We had just scrapped into the semis finishing 4th which meant we had to beat Hawera in Hawera. Its in this game things started to click for us as a team. We managed to post 245 batting 1st after being 89-4 off 30 overs. We were able to restrict Hawera to under 200 and win comfortably.

We found ourselves in our 1st one day final with a chance to win our 1st premier competition in over 50 years. Going into the final against NPOB we had a lot of confidence after our semifinal win but I knew we would have to play as good or even better to win the final.

The pitch was used for a 1st class game a week earlier and was quite slow and tacky which suited our attack. We ended up bowling 1st and with a bit of rain forecast later in the day and maybe duckworth/lewis getting involved we were happy to bowl 1st. We got a wicket in the very 1st over and consistently took wickets throughout their innings with the biggest partnership coming between CD captain Will Young and his brother Rupert of 56. Bowling them out in the 47th over for 196 was a huge effort with the batting line up they had. We bowled with great accuracy and discipline and took some crucial catches at key times.

Going into the break I knew we had keep them to a below par score on that wicket and told the guys that it was a very get-able target if we could string a few partnerships together.

We got off to a solid start getting to 40 without losing a wicket but soon found ourselves 58-4 after 20 overs. With a drop of rain falling I came to the crease to join Zamo with the goal of 1st getting ahead of the D/L target score which we were about 10 runs short of. 7 or 8 overs later we had caught up and were staying ahead of the target by accumulating 3-4runs an over. At 124-4 after 36 overs with a partnership of 66 and both of us well set to push on to our target of 197 we had the upper hand. All of sudden though we lost 3 quick wickets to be 128-7 off 38 overs needing 69 off 12 overs with only 3 wickets in hand.

When Tails joined me at the crease I remember saying let’s keep getting our 1’s and hit the bad ball. Well straight away he looked to attack the bowling he took the spinner for a couple of boundary’s one being a six to the longest part of the field. He then hit the two quick bowlers for a couple more boundaries 1 clearing the player’s tent. Before long we were celebrating in a huddle on puke park having won with 2 overs to spare.

That was the greatest feeling I’ve had in my cricket career to date. Being part of and captaining the 1st Inglewood premier team to bring a premier title back to the club in over 50 years was hugely satisfying.

I was proud of the way we had played not only in that game but going on to become the 2nd best club in CD that year as well as winning the 20/20 title. Falling only 15 runs short of claiming the 2 day title as well.

The 2014/15 season was a standout year for the club and for me personally after 12 seasons at the club it still is our most successful.