Heavy overnight rain in Poverty Bay didn’t stop Bay of Plenty Coastland booking a berth in the ND Senior Secondary Championship Final on Friday (13 December 2019).
The Bay of Plenty representatives squared off with Counties Manukau in an afternoon semi-final encounter reduced to 27 over per side. Counties Manukau batted first and set the Bay side a solid target when they posted 164 for the loss of three wickets.
Coastland opener Taylor Bettleheim reached 27 before dismissal with Niven Dovey batting at three posting a very useful 41 runs. The Counties bowlers then struck back and it was left to Liam Collett who top scored with a hard fought 49 runs and Harrison Leach, with a 50 run partnership, to get the Bay side over the line.
Bay of Plenty Coastland go into the ND Senior Secondary Championship title decider, seeking back to back ND titles, after winning the Alan Whimp Cup for the sixth time last season.
Championship Semi-Final: Counties Manukau 164/3 lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 165/7 (Liam Collett 49no, Niven Dovey 41, Taylor Bettelheim 27)
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