Hawke's Bay edge H-K
A hard-fought second innings at bat could not save Horowhenua-Kapiti from defeat in cricket's Hawke Cup on the weekend.
Playing Hawke's Bay at Nelson Park in Napier, H-K was put in to bat in the first round of the two-day competition.
Player-coach Ewen Thompson said Hawke's Bay had the best of the conditions on Saturday, bowling first - but H-K's 92 all-out was still an "average" effort with the bat.
A solid bowling effort from H-K restricted Hawke's Bay to 254 all-out by Sunday morning - leaving H-K with a chance to salvage a draw.
Thompson said scoring runs was irrelevant in the second innings - the team just had to bat out the rest of the second day.
"The team weren't that far off in the end. We batted 77 overs, which is easily the most since I've been coach, which is pleasing."
H-K was all-out for 210 in its second innings with wicketkeeper and Paraparaumu College player Matt Fowler leading the charge with 50 runs from 128 balls.
"He batted well over a session against a bowling attack which has a lot of first class players. He was exceptional for his age," Thompson said.
He said the most important aspect of Fowler's innings was the number of balls it soaked up.
"When we're trying to save the game and we need to bat over 100 overs - if everyone batted 60 balls then we'd save the day."
Hawke's Bay got the 48 runs - not easy as the H-K's bowlers took five wickets defending the modest total.
Thompson backs his bowlers to do the job in the two-day competition, and give the team a chance to win.
"I don't think there's a team in the competition that we can't bowl out twice. The problem is keeping up with the bat."
Thompson said the team was starting to compete with the "big boys" - and he was confident of a two-day win soon.
- Kapiti Observer