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Posted: Monday, 18 January 2021

Element IMF Cadets cruised to a nine wicket win over long-time rivals Flying Mullet Te Puke, in a Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup match, played at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday (16 January 2020).

The Baywide encounter belonged to New Zealand Under 19 all-rounder Fergus Lellman, who showcased his talents with both bat and ball. Te Puke batted first and were restricted to 190, for the loss of nine wickets with, Lellman taking five wickets at a cost of 37 runs. Dan Price was the best of the visitors batting attack in finishing with 53 runs to his name.

An early wicket was the only hiccup in the Cadets reply. Lellman was in superb touch with an unbeaten 103 at a tick under a run a ball, with fellow New Zealand Under 19 player Tim Pringle also there at the crease when victory came in the 31st over, with 71 not out.

Northern Districts batsman Bharat Popli was at the forefront of Bayleys Central Indians 148 run win over Papamoa. Batting at three, Popli was in majestic touch as he stroked his way to the highest Williams Cup score in round two, with 144, which included thirteen 4's and two 6's. Lovely Sandhu provided plenty of support with 48 runs as Central Indians posted 304/5, with Daniel Ford chipping in with a handy 33.

Several of the Papamoa batsmen got starts before falling in the twenties, as they were bowled out for 156, to give the Rotorua combined side two wins from two games in the Williams Cup title race. 

The third century of the day was smacked by Eves Realty Greerton opening batsman Tom MacRury, who blasted nine shots over the boundary on the full, in his teams encounter with Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Ben Lind reached 35 before being dismissed, as Greerton reached 271 for the loss of eight wickets. Tauranga Boys bowler Darcy Collett was in good touch with four wickets for 46 runs.

A defiant knock by Tauranga Boys College opener Charles Williams, came to an end when he was removed for his team’s top score of 34, with Ben Vyver also reaching the thirties. Four wickets from Patrick Davenport did plenty of damage as the home side were removed sixty-seven runs short of their target.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, overcame a horror start against Generation Homes Lake Taupo, when they lost their first three wickets with just 4 runs on the board. The arrival of captain Cody Fell at the crease, dramatically changed the Rotorua sides momentum, with the Geyser skipper going on to top score with 49 runs. Liam Kelly (44) and Ben Astwood (34) also made handy contributions, with their team removed for 181.

A Michael Mitchell half century was the deciding factor in Lake Taupo getting home with just two wickets to spare. Cody Fell continued to lead from the front taking four wickets at a cost of 25 runs.


BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Results 16 January 2021

Eves Realty Greerton 271/8 (Tom MacRury 137, Ben Lind 35; Darcy Collett 4/46) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 205 (Charles Williams 34, Ben Vyver 32; Patrick Davenport 4/50)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 181 (Cody Fell 49, Liam Kelly 44, Ben Astwood 34; Roger Urbahn 3/37) lost to Generation Homes Lake Taupo 182/8 (Michael Mitchell 56; C Fell 4/25)

Flying Mullet Te Puke 190/9 (Dan Price 53; Fergus Lellman 5/37) lost to Element IMF Cadets 192/1 (F Lellman 103no, Tim Pringle 71no,

Bayleys Central Indians 304/5 (Bharat Popli 144, Lovely Sandhu 48, Daniel Ford 33) defeated Papamoa 156 (George Moore 27; PS Gill 3/34)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 13, Cadets 13, Central Indians 13, Lake Taupo 7, Mount Maunganui 6, Te Puke 1, Geyser 0, Tauranga Boys College 0, Papamoa 0.


2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones


174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January

144      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January

137      Tom MacRury (Greerton v Tauranga Boys College) 16 January

111      Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January

103no  Fergus Lellman (Cadets v Te Puke) 16 January

Six Wickets

7/10     Daniel Spencer (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January 

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