It was sweet victory for Kaipara Flats.
For the first time since 2010, the Kaipara Flats Cricket Club premiere team has won the Northland T20 championship.
It was sweet relief for the current Kaipara squad, which has made the final five times.
In this season’s final, Kaipara was up against a formidable Kamo team, which had won all but one of its games in the championship.
Kamo batted first and was bowled out in 18 overs, scoring 78 runs. Kaipara made its 79 runs in 12 overs, conceding only two wickets.
Captain Liam Jones said the team brought its all to the final, comfortably fielding a full team.
“The only games we have lost are where we couldn’t organise a full team. But there’s nothing like a final to bring out players.”
There have been some star performances from Kaipara Flats players this season.
Josh Cunis is the top wicket taker in the combined Northland Cricket competition this season, with 25 wickets.
In a match against City Cricket Club (Whangarei), Cunis took eight wickets, allowing Kaipara to snatch victory in the second innings in just six overs.
To add insult to injury, in the following match against City Cricket, he took a hat trick.
“He’s always been a good player but has had difficulties with injuries. This season we have seen his full potential,” Jones says.
Kaipara Flats batsman Sam Sweeney is also the top run scorer for the combined Northland comp. He was sitting on 378 runs in mid-January.
However, the 50-over Lion Red Cup escaped Kaipara’s grasp this season after an unexpected loss to Northern Cricket Club last month.
Meanwhile, the Premier Declaration competition has begun and will run until March 27.