Above: Player of the Match Jamie Gibson on his way to scoring 96 not out for Eastern Suburbs. Gibson backed up his batting by taking 5 for 34 with the ball to help Easts win the final by 31 runs. Photo courtesy of Bernie Golder.
Defending Wellington club cricket One-Day champions Eastern Suburbs won the inaugural Ewen Chatfield Cup title in the final against Karori at Kilbirnie Park on Sunday.
All-rounder Jamie Gibson was the hero of the final for Easts, scoring 96 not out with the bat as Easts recovered from 62 for 7 to post 222 for 8 in 50 overs, and then taking 5 for 34 with the ball to help level Karori’s challenge.
Easts won the match by 31 runs and will now represent Wellington in the national club championship in Auckland in April.
Gibson, who headed into the final in hot form having scored 73 and taken 6 for 25 for Wellington City versus Hutt Valley the previous weekend and scored 83 in two-day club cricket the previous day, was superb.
Batting at number seven, Gibson came to the crease with his side deep in trouble at 41 for 5. Further wickets fell, but he found an ally in Easts captain Lance Dry who eventually scored a measured 32 off 89 balls. The pair out on 125 for the eighth wicket. Gibson’s unbeaten 96 came off 98 balls and included four fours and five sixes.
Opening the bowling, Gibson then knocked the top off Karori’s innings, taking the early wickets of Simon Baker, Harry Wright and Chris Spring to have the visitors at 27 for 3.
Karori opener Luke Scully led the remainder of the chase by scoring 83 off 96 balls and Tom Blundell scored 44. Scully and Blundell carried Karori’s score to 138 in the 30th over before their partnership was broken when Scully was caught and bowled by Dry.
The game hung in the balance, but it swung Easts’ way when Seb Logan dismissed Blundell and Hamish Templeton in the same over to reduce them to 166 for 7 in the 36th over. Ronald Karaitiana, Dry and Gibson then combined to finish the chase off in the 44th over.
Below some more photos from the Ewen Chatfield Cup One-Day final: