Defending Baywide Twenty 20 champions Carrus Mount Maunganui booked a berth in the Baywide Twenty 20 Final next weekend, when they beat long-time rivals Element IMF Cadets in a game of attrition, in Saturday’s (12 January 2019) late afternoon round at Fergusson Park.
After sitting out the round five bye, the Mount side struggled with the opposition bowling on a what turned out to be a bowlers paradise, being removed for just 56. Dan Smith was the only Mount Maunganui batsman to reach the twenties. Cadets skipper Jono Boult took aim with his off-breaks to claim five wickets for 22 runs with Kamal Bains and Jacob Logan taking two cheap wickets apiece.
Cadets were bowled out for 46, with the second ball of the eighteenth over, as the Mount Maunganui bowlers defended what looked to be a very modest total. The Cadets top score of 14, told the tale of the Mount slow bowlers domination in the encounter. Craig Baldry, who joined the Mount side from Tauranga Boys College at season start, weaved plenty of magic with the ball to take five wickets at a cost of just 10 runs.
Mount Maunganui, will square off with Eves Realty Greerton in the title decider. The Pemberton Park based side were never troubled in their two games at the Fergusson Park field-day, winning both with seven wickets to spare.
First up, Greerton dispatched GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, bowling them out for just 75. Taupo skipper Hashim Malik top scored with 24, with Lee Watkins and Dan Spencer both taking a three wicket haul. The current Baywide and Williams Cup title holders cruised home, with new club recruit Henry Collier there at the end with an unbeaten 60 runs.
Bayleys Central Indians batted first in their round six encounter with Greerton and posted a respectable target when they reached 121/8. First innings honours belonged to Lovely Sidhu with 33 runs and Josh Ormrod and Henry Collier with three wickets apiece. Shaun McCarthy anchored the Greerton victory with an unbeaten 33, with Lee Watkins and Pip Thickpenny also making useful contributions.
The final round of qualifying play next Saturday (19 January 2019) will be the entrée to the T20 title decider, with the Cadets last round bye, ensuring that Mount Maunganui and Greerton, have already banked the necessary points to meet in the final.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide Twenty 20 12 January 2019
Bayleys Central Indians 174/5 (A Bennett 55, B Sandford 54; T Pringle 3/15) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 122/6 (T Clarke 41no, N Dovey 27)
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 75 (H Malik 24; L Watkins 3/14, D Spencer 3/15, J Tutty 2/7) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 81/3 (H Collier 60no)
Element IMF Cadets defeated New World Te Puke
Carrus Mount Maunganui 56 (D Smith 22; J Boult 5/22, K Bains 2/4, J Logan 2/8) defeated Element IMF Cadets 46 (C Baldry 5/10, T Goodin 2/8)
Bayleys Central Indians 121/8 (L Sidhu 33. J Rowe 22; J Ormrod 3/22, H Collier 3/25) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 122/3 (S McCarthy 33no, L Watkins 27, P Thickpenny 23; S Nichols 2/25)
New World Te Puke 195/5 (D Price 74no, T Bridgman-Raison 43, S Crossan 29; M Rivers 2/31) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 107/7 (EW Williams 43no; I Singh 4/25)
Points Table: Greerton 27, Mount Maunganui 24, Cadets 18, Lake Taupo CC 12, Central Indians 12, Te Puke 9, Tauranga Boys College 6.
BOPCA Twenty 20 Honours Board
Centuries – 155 Brett Hampton v Te Puke (6 October 2018)
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