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Two Bay Players Share December 2019 Player Of The Month Award

Posted: Saturday, 25 January 2020

Sarah Jane Stone & Chris Atkinson

The December Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Award is to be presented to a young women's player of untapped potential and a Baywide bowler who put on a championship winning performance - after the adjudicators were unable to split the two achievements.

Sarah Jane Stone, was the outstanding batter at the ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament played at Fergusson Park, where the best young players from six Northern Districts Cricket minor associations vied for the ND title.

Sarah Jane's performance with the bat shown out like a beacon, throughout the three days of play, earning her the tournament trophy awarded for the most runs. Her 149 runs also included the tournaments highest score of 85 not out against Northland.

Sarah Jane plays Saturday cricket for the Papamoa Hinds girl’s side, who play in the Western Bay of Plenty Secondary two competition. Such has been the success of the Hinds, that Sarah Jane, Tash Wakelin, Amelia Harvey, Elle Archer and Mya Clarke (non-traveling reserve) have all earned ND representative selection.

Mount Maunganui strike bowler Chris Atkinson, provided a Bay of Plenty Cricket outstanding championship performance, in the Bay of Plenty Cup Final on the 7th December 2019. Mount Maunganui batted first in the title decider and set Greerton a gettable target of 201.

Atkinson destroyed the vaunted Greerton top order batting attack, taking a hat-trick in his four wicket haul, as the defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders were bowled out for 117. Chris dismissed Mike Worsnop for seven runs, before grabbing the highly prized wicket of ND batsman Brett Hampton for a duck, followed by Pip Thickpenny without scoring.

Chris Atkinson's hat-trick highlighted his prowess with the ball, which has seen the Mount pace bowler take 45 wickets for the Bay of Plenty senior representative team,in just 22 appearances. 

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket December 2019 Player of the Month

Sarah Jane Stone (Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls Team)

Chris Atkinson (Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

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Carrus Mount Maunganui Defeat Eves Realty Greerton To Win Three-Peat Of Baywide T20 Titles

Posted: Monday, 20 January 2020

Baywide T20 Review 18/19th January

Carrus Mount Maunganui became the first team to win a three-peat of Baywide T20 titles, when they defeated Eve's Realty Greerton, in a thriller at the Bay Oval on Sunday (19 January 2020) evening.

Batting first in the early evening start, Mount Maunganui lost their first wicket with 25 runs on the board. Peter Drysdale then took control of the Mount fortunes, launching an attack on the Greerton bowlers to belt 76 runs off 54 balls, with Mount Maunganui 110/5 when the Mount master blaster was removed.

The match was well and truly up for grabs, when Mount Maunganui finished their turn at bat at 132 for the loss of nine wickets. ND all-rounder Brett Hampton was in good form with the ball with three wickets at a cost of 20 runs, with Jared Tutty taking two bowling scalps.

Greerton, were in an almost identical situation to their opponents, losing their first batsman at the 26 run mark. Several of the Greerton batsmen got starts but failed to capatilise and at 85 for six, were behind the eight ball. Enter Lee Watkins batting at nine, who fought back with an unbeaten 25 runs.

The title decider went right down to the last ball, with Mount Maunganui restricting Greerton to 128/7, to claim their third successive Baywide T20 championship by four runs. Craig Baldry took three wickets with skipper Dale Swan and Peter Drysdale both grabbing two wickets apiece.

Mount Maunganui reached the final with a comfortable victory over Generation Homes Lake Taupo in the semi-finals, with Greerton having a solid battle with New World Te Puke, before emerging victorious. 

Led by a Ben Musgrave half-century, Mount Maunganui reached 166 for three before restricting Lake Taupo to 111/7, to book their berth in the T20 final. Te Puke, made Greerton work hard for their place in the championship decider, when they posted 149 for the loss of just two wickets. An undefeated 77 runs from Bruce Kerr, took Greerton to the Bay Oval final, as his side got home with four wickets in hand with five balls to spare.

Mount Maunganui finished at the top of the standings with an unbeaten record in the qualifying play, with Greerton and Te Puke squaring off in the post section action courtesy of finishing second and third in the round robin action. 

Lake Taupo overcame long (theoretical) odds, to square off with Mount Maunganui after they finished on equal points with Cadets. On the penultimate day of competition, they beat Geyser City and Tauranga Boys College with Cadets losing both their encounters - with the Taupo representatives grabbing the last semi-final berth courtesy of beating Cadets in their preliminary contest.

 

BOPCA Baywide T20 Final 19 January 2020

Carrus Mount Maunganui 132/9 (Peter Drysdale 76; Brett Hampton 3/20, Jared Tutty 2/25) defeated Eves Realty Greerton 128/7 (Lee Watkins 25no; Craig Baldry 3/22, Dale Swan 2/18, Peter Drysdale 2/27)

 

Baywide T20 Semi-Finals

Carrus Mount Maunganui 166/3 (Ben Musgrave 58, Peter Drysdale 39, Matt Golding 31no, Nick Smith 30no; Habib Malik 2/19) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 111/7 (Drew Brierley 33, Habib Malik 23; Peter Drysdale 4/18)

New World Te Puke 149/2 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 62no, Blair McKenzie 48, Stephen Crossan 27) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 150/6 (Bruce Kerr 77no, Taylor Bettleheim 26; Christian MacDonald 3/15, Tasman Carsons 2/31)

 

Baywide T20 18 January 2020

Round Six 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 146/6 (Drew Brierley 58, Michael Mitchell 42; Tom Yarrall 2/39) defeated Geyser City 69 (Drew Brierley 3/7, Louie Love-Parata 2/4) 

Bayleys Central Indians 147/9 (Nandeera Nawela 59; Tim Pringle 4/21) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 149/1 (Ben Vyver  102no, Charles Williams 33)

Eves Realty Greerton 191/4 (Nick Hendrie 101, Brett Hampton 41no; Finn Dempsey 2/28) defeated Element IMF Cadets 153 (Jacob Logan 56, Joe McCluskey 34; Umesh Ranaraja 2/19)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 159/4 (Peter Drysdale 48, Ben Musgrave 38) defeated New World Te Puke 138/7 (Daniel Price 47, Tai Bridgman-Raison 43; Craig Baldry 3/23)

Round Seven

New World Te Puke 204/5 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 77, Daniel Price 52) defeated Element IMF Cadets 139 (Andrew Mascall 60, Scott Steward 27; Christian MacDonald 2/15, Cam Riley 2/28)

Geyser City 80 (Cody Fell 21, BJ Astwood 21; Craig Baldry 3/12) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 83/1 (Peter Drysdale 35, B Musgrave 27)

Bayleys Central Indians 124/7 (Nandeera Nawela 56; Shane Wineti 3/23) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 127/4 (Nick Hendrie 69, Taylor Bettleheim 20; Paru Mehta 2/0)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 101 (R How 27; Tommaso Pini 2/4, Niven Dovey 2/17) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 87/8 (Charles Williams 39; Drew Brierley 2/11)

 

Points Table (Final) Carrus Mount Maunganui 42, Eve's Realty  Greerton 36, New World Te Puke 30, Generation Homes Lake Taupo 24, Element IMF Cadets 24, Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 12, Bayleys Central Indians 6, Geyser City 0.

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Baywide T20 Final To Be Played Out Under Lights At The Bay Oval On Sunday Evening

Posted: Thursday, 16 January 2020

Baywide T20 18/19th January 2019

A quick-fire five rounds of Baywide T20 competition, will culminate in the 2019/20 title decider being played out under lights at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Sunday (19 January 2020) evening.

For the first time a mid-week round of Baywide cricket took place on Wednesday night, which has resulted in Carrus Mount Maunganui going into the last two rounds of qualifying play on Saturday, as the only unbeaten side.

The mid-week round saw Mount Maunganui defeat Eve's Realty Greerton, after the Mount posted 153/3 with Peter Drysdale leading the way with an unbeaten 84, before restricting Greerton to 133/7.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo posted a very solid 154/7, then had Bayleys Central Indians in disarray at five down with just 7 runs on the board, before going on to restrict them to 83/9. Moko Rivers grabbed a four wicket bag including a hat-trick.

New World Te Puke and Element IMF Cadets moved into second (equal) with Greerton, after taking the win points on offer from Geyser City and Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College respectively. 

Mount Maunganui, Cadets, Te Puke and Greerton are likely to battle for playoffs positions in the last two qualifying rounds, with Lake Taupo a rank outsider to pick upa semi-final berth.

The key games in round six, see Cadets square off with Greerton and front-runners Mount Maunganui meeting Te Puke. Lake Taupo would need a big win over cellar dwellers Geyser City to have any theoretical chance of reaching the playoffs.

Round seven key encounters to watch, are the Te Puke verses Cadets match-up and Lake Taupo against Tauranga Boys College.

 

Baywide T20 18/19 January 2020

Round Six (Saturday 18 January 2020)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Geyser City, Fergusson 1; Bayleys Central Indians v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Fergusson 2; Element IMF Cadets v Eves Realty Greerton, Tauranga Domain; Carrus Mount Maunganui v New World Te Puke, Fergusson 3.

Round Seven 

New World Te Puke v Element IMF Cadets, Tauranga Domain; Geyser City v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Fergusson 1; Eves Realty Greerton v Bayleys Central Indians, 

 

Ferguson 2; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Fergusson 3. 

 

Semi-Finals (Sunday 19 January) @ Blake Park & Bay Oval

Baywide T20 Final (Sunday 19 January) @ Bay Oval – 6pm

 

Baywide T20 Round Five (15 January 2020) – Results

New World Te Puke 145/5 (Dan Price 58, Blair McKenzie 47; Cody Fell 2/12) defeated Geyser City 123/7 (Sam Kershaw 45; Tasman Carsons 2/19)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 150/3 (Peter Drysdale 84no, Nick Smith 36no) defeated Eves Realty Greerton 133/7 (Brett Hampton 30; Dominic Crombie 2/20)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 108 (Isaac White 32; Scott Steward 3/18) lost to Element IMF Cadets 110/6 (Jacob Logan 35)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 154/7 (Roger Urbhan 67; Shonit Chandra 4/10) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 83/9 (Moko Rivers 4/9 including a hat-trick)

 

Points Table (After Round Five)

Mount Maunganui 30, Greerton 24, Te Puke 24, Cadets 24, Lake Taupo 12, Central Indians 6,Tauranga Boys College 6, Geyser City 0.

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Development Defeat Hawkes Bay

Posted: Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Owen Delany Park Taupo - 12th January 2019

Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team warmed up for their remaining ND Development assignments, with an eight wicket win over their Hawkes Bay counterparts on Sunday (11 January 2020).

Hawkes Bay won the toss and elected to bat at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, setting Bay of Plenty a solid target when they were dismissed for 236, with two balls to spare in their innings.

Rohan Fendall top scored for Hawkes Bay with 59 runs. Josh Earle did plenty of damage with the ball taking four wickets for 41 runs, with Jacob Logan also in good touch returning figures of three wickets at a cost of 34 runs.

An opening 116 run partnership, between Taylor Bettleheim and Jacob Logan, put Bay of Plenty in the box seat. When Jacob Logan was removed for 59, Taylor Bettleheim continued on to post an unbeaten 100 from 135 balls, in an innings that contained eleven 4's.

Daniel Price continued the momentum with a quick fire 60 not out, with the Bay of Plenty eight wicket victory coming in the 44th over.

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said “It was great to build two solid partnerships that controlled  our reply. Some great ball striking from Dan Price,quickly put us back on the front foot and a fantastic 100 runs from Taylor Bettleheim, was a pleasure to watch”. 

“We now have three tough games in the ND Development title race, so we need to build on the moment and keep working hard”. 

The Bay of Plenty second XI, will now endeavour to win back to back ND Development titles, in the three remaining games in their Basil McBurney Trophy campaign. 

On the 1st February 2020, the Bay side square off with Counties Manukau in the heart of Counties territory, before home matches to round out the season, with longtime rivals Hamilton and Waikato Valley. 

 

Inter-Provincial Development match @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 12 January 2020

Hawkes Bay 236. (RF Fendall 57; Josh Earle 4/41, Jacob Logan 3/34) lost to Bay of Plenty 239/2 (Taylor Bettleheim 100no, Daniel Price 60no, Jacob Logan 59)

 

2020 ND Development Schedule

1 February​ v Counties Manukau @ Karaka Sports Park

16 February​ v Hamilton @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

1 March​ v Waikato Valley @ Tauranga Domain

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Carrus Mount Maunganui And Eaves Realty Greerton Remain Unbeaten In Baywide T20 Action

Posted: Monday, 13 January 2020

Round 3/4 11th January 2019

Carrus Mount Maunganui and Eves Realty Greerton, remain the only unbeaten teams in the Baywide T20 competition, after rounds three and four were played out in Rotorua on Saturday (11 January 2020).

Mount Maunganui opened their round three match with a 42 run victory over Generation Homes Lake Taupo. The Western Bay side batted first and posted 163 for the loss of just two wickets. Peter Drysdale top scored with 78 runs with Ben Musgrave posting 48 runs.

The Taupo side were restricted to 121 for the loss of five wickets, with Drew Brierleyand Michael Mitchell both getting into the forties before dismissal. Mitchell Fergus on debut for Mount Maunganui, made a real impression taking two wickets for 18 runs, with Dale Swan also taking two wickets.

Geyser City lost five wickets on the way to 132/5, in their match-up with Greerton, with Dane Sorrenson their best with 30 runs. Unbeaten half-centuries to Taylor Bettleheim and Bruce Kerr took Greerton home to a nine wicket win. 

New World Te Puke returned home with a six wicket victory over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, while Element IMF Cadets defeated Bayleys Central Indians.

Lake Taupo grabbed their biggest scalp, since making an entrance in Baywide Premier cricket two and a half seasons ago, when they toppled Cadets. Cadets batted first and were removed for just 74, with Drew Brierley taking four wickets. Brierley went on to top score with a hard fought 23 runs, with five Lake Taupo batsmen still waiting in the wings.

Central Indians had little trouble with Geyser City - when they bowled them out for 81 and cruised home without losing a wicket. Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls did most of the damage in the Geyser turn at bat, taking six wickets for 18 runs, before going on to top score with an unbeaten 63. 

Greerton restricted Te Puke to 114/9, with Daniel Price shining out like a beacon with 58 runs. Bruce Kerr blasted 71 runs as Greerton reached their target with seven wickets in hand.

Mount Maunganui defeated Tauranga Boys College to wrap up their second win of the day. Batting first the Mount side reached 151/5, with Ben Musgrave in to top form with 73 runs. The Mount bowlers applied the brakes which resulted in restricting 

Tauranga Boys to 118/7, Charles Williams and Jason Spice reached the thirties, withNick Smith taking three wickets for the victors.

 

BOPCA T20 11 January 2020

Round Three

Geyser City 132/5 (Dane Sorrenson 30; Harrison Perry 2/22, Lee Watkins 2/29) lost Eve's Realty Greerton 136/1 (Taylor Bettleheim 63no, Bruce Kerr 52no)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 125/9 (Jason Spice 29; Reinhardt Kruger 4/18) lost New World Te Puke 126/4 (Iman Singh 52, Dillon Preston 39)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 163/2 (Peter Drysdale 78, Ben Musgrave 48) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 121/5 (Drew Brierley 45, Michael Mitchell 41; Mitchell Fergus 2/18; Dale Swan 2/22)

Element IMF Cadets defeated Bayleys Central Indians

 

Round Four

Geyser City 81 (Sam Kershaw 38; Stephen Nicholls 6/18) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 83/0 (Stephen Nicholls 63no)

Element IMF Cadets 74 (Jono Boult 25; Drew Brierley 4/4) lost to Generation Homes Lake Taupo 78/5 (Drew Brierley 23; Jono Boult 2/9, Depp Bollinger 2/29)

New World Te Puke 114/9 (Dan Price 59; Jared Tutty 3/19) lost to Eve's Realty Greerton 115/3 (Bruce Kerr 71; Josh Earle 2/31)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 151/5 (Ben Musgrave 73, Dominic Crombie 36; IsaacWhite 2/11, H Leach 2/37) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 118/7 (Charles Williams 37, Jason Spice 30no; Nick Smith 3/26, Craig Baldry 2/25)

 

Points Table (Provisional): Mount Maunganui 24, Greerton 24, Te Puke 18, Cadets 18, Central Indians 6,Tauranga Boys College 6, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser City 0.

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October & November 2019 Player Of The Month Awards

Posted: Monday, 13 January 2020

Fergus Lellman & Dale Swan

A New Zealand Under 19 batsman and a wily veteran bowler, have been chosen as the first two recipients of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month awards in the 2019/20 season.

Bay of Plenty’s Fergus Lellman, booked a berth in the New Zealand Under 19 team, to compete in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be played in South Africa in January and February 2020, with his performances with the bat against Bangladesh Under 19 in October 2019.

The Bay of Plenty young man, stood up with absolute defiance to a strong Bangladesh bowling attack, in his four turns at bat in the five game series at the Lincoln Oval in Canterbury. 

After posting 21 runs in game one, Fergus stood out like a beacon in game two with a unbeaten 116 off 133 balls, in a innings that contained seven 4's and five 6's. The Bay of Plenty all rounder continued on with his rich vein of form, to score 76 and 56 runs in the last two encounters against the visitors, who won four of their five ODI encounters.

Since returning home from the international series Lellman has franked that form with both bat and ball.

A top score of 82 runs, for Bay of Plenty against Northland in November, propelled the Bay side to the first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of the new year - with two hat-tricks in the Bay of Plenty Cup premier cricket competition shining the spotlight on his abilities with the ball.

A Bay of Plenty Cup eight wicket bag conjured up by Mount Maunganui spin bowler Dale Swan, who has played well over 200 games in the green and gold uniform, took out the November Player of the Month award.

Mount Maunganui batted first in the Battle of the Bridge game and were removed for 200 in the 48th over. Cadets made a solid start to their reply at 42 for the loss of two wickets. 

Enter the Mount Maunganui skipper, who then proceeded to destroy the Cadets innings. Four LBW decisions, two balls that spread the stumps and a caught and bowled along with a catch picked out by Tony Goodin, resulted in Cadets being dismissed for 119. 

Like a good wine, the Mount Maunganui bowler who played 37 games for the Bay of Plenty senior representative team, seems to be getting better with age. A peek at the 2019 

A New Zealand Under 19 batsman and a wily veteran bowler, have been chosen as the first two recipients of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month awards in the 2019/20 season.

Bay of Plenty’s Fergus Lellman, booked a berth in the New Zealand Under 19 team, to compete in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be played in South Africa in January and February 2020, with his performances with the bat against Bangladesh Under 19 in October 2019.

The Bay of Plenty young man, stood up with absolute defiance to a strong Bangladesh bowling attack, in his four turns at bat in the five game series at the Lincoln Oval in Canterbury. 

After posting 21 runs in game one, Fergus stood out like a beacon in game two with a unbeaten 116 off 133 balls, in a innings that contained seven 4's and five 6's. The Bay of Plenty all rounder continued on with his rich vein of form, to score 76 and 56 runs in the last two encounters against the visitors, who won four of their five ODI encounters.

Since returning home from the international series Lellman has franked that form with both bat and ball.

A top score of 82 runs, for Bay of Plenty against Northland in November, propelled the Bay side to the first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of the new year - with two hat-tricks in the Bay of Plenty Cup premier cricket competition shining the spotlight on his abilities with the ball.

A Bay of Plenty Cup eight wicket bag conjured up by Mount Maunganui spin bowler Dale Swan, who has played well over 200 games in the green and gold uniform, took out the November Player of the Month award.

Mount Maunganui batted first in the Battle of the Bridge game and were removed for 200 in the 48th over. Cadets made a solid start to their reply at 42 for the loss of two wickets. 

Enter the Mount Maunganui skipper, who then proceeded to destroy the Cadets innings. Four LBW decisions, two balls that spread the stumps and a caught and bowled along with a catch picked out by Tony Goodin, resulted in Cadets being dismissed for 119. 

Like a good wine, the Mount Maunganui bowler who played 37 games for the Bay of Plenty senior representative team, seems to be getting better with age. A peek at the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup bowling statistics, revealed that Swan had topped the wicket tally with 23 bowling scalps and also produced the best individual performance with his eight wicket haul against Cadets.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month

October - ​Fergus Lellman (New Zealand Under 19)

November​ - Dale Swan (Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

Bay of Plenty Cup bowling statistics, revealed that Swan had topped the wicket tally with 23 bowling scalps and also produced the best individual performance with his eight wicket haul against Cadets.

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BOPCA Seeks Cricket Development Officer

Posted: Thursday, 9 January 2020

Western BOP Region

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Association (BOPCA) is looking for a Development Officer focussed on Female Cricket to assist in the delivery of cricket to school aged children. The Bay of Plenty GoGirls Cricket programme is an in-school initiative which introduces cricket to primary aged females in a fun and engaging way.  It gives the students involved a place to experience cricket, develop their motor skills and grow their confidence. This programme has been a part of the BOPCA Development Programme for over six years and continues to grow each season.

This is a part-time position (30 hours per week) and we are seeking an enthusiastic, positive and vibrant sports deliverer. The successful applicant will operate and deliver this popular BOPCA cricket programme, working with hundreds of young participants over the summer from 3rd February to 27th March 2020 encouraging growth in participation for women’s cricket into the Western BOP region.

This role is suited to a passionate, confident person who has the energy and dynamism to engage enthusiastically with young people. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the drive and imagination to build, develop and adapt the programme, to suit the preferences of the initiative participants. Formal Qualifications are preferred as is a passion and interest in cricket but is not essential as full training will be provided.

To find out more and to apply, see the Job Listing on TradeMe. Applications due 17 January 2020.

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Baywide T20 Heads For Finals Showdown In Two Weekends Time

Posted: Thursday, 9 January 2020

Round 3/4 Rotorua 11th Jan

Two weekends of action packed cricket, interspersed with the introduction of a mid-week round of play, will culminate with the Baywide T20 Final being played out at the Bay Oval on Sunday 19th January 2020.

This Saturday (11 January 2020), the Bay of Plenty Cricket premier competition stops off at Boord and Smallbone Park in Rotorua, to decide rounds three and four of the non-stop action competition.

New World Te Puke batsman Daniel Price, flexed his muscles against Generation Homes Lake Taupo in round two, to blast a rare as hens teeth T20 century. He is sure to want to continue his momentum against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College in early afternoon action at Boord Park.

Long-time Carrus Mount Maunganui all-rounder Peter Drysdale, tops the T20 batting stakes after the opening two stanza's with 161 runs and has the opportunity to advance his tally against Lake Taupo in round three.

In other round three encounters, Eves Realty Greerton will be heavily favored to defeat Geyser City, whilst Bayleys Central Indians have home turf advantage at Smallbone Park against Element IMF Cadets, in a match that could go down to the wire.

Cadets youngster Depp Bolinger, along with Tauranga Boys College Kieran New and Greerton skipper Shane Wineti, share the lead in the T20 competition bowling statistics with four wickets apiece.

Leading the individual bowling performances is Shane Wineti, who turned in a match winning performance against Tauranga Boys College, in taking four wickets for 35 runs. Round four, could set up a batting and bowling duel between Te Puke century maker Dan Price and Greerton's Shane Wineti with the ball in hand.

A Rotorua local derby will take center stage at Smallbone Park with Central Indians squaring off with Geyser City, in a likely mate against mate battle. 

Defending T20 titleholder Mount Maunganui, will round out their trip to the Sulphur City when they square off with Tauranga Boys College, while Lake Taupo and Cadets will go into battle for the win points on offer.

 

BOPCA T20 Draws 11 January 2020

Round Three

Eves Realty Greerton v Geyser City, Boord 1; New World Te Puke v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Boord 2; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Boord 3; Element IMF Cadets v Bayleys Central Indians, Smallbone Park.

Round Four

Geyser City v Bayleys Central Indians, Smallbone Park; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Element IMF Cadets, Boord 3; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Carrus Mount Maunganui. Boord 2; Eves Realty Greerton v New World Te Puke, Boord 1. 

 

Points Table: Te Puke 12, Cadets 12, Mount Maunganui 12, Greerton 12, Tauranga Boys College 6, Central Indians 0, Lake Taupo 0, Geyser City 0.

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Development To Square Off With Hawkes Bay

Posted: Thursday, 9 January 2020

Owen Delaney Park Taupo 12th Jan

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, will prepare for the second half of their ND 2019/20 representative campaign, with an inter-provincial encounter against Hawkes Bay at Owen Delaney Park in Taupo on Sunday (12 January 2020), as they chase back to back ND Development titles.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said “Hawkes Bay are a quality opposition which is ideal for us from a player development perspective. The more of these types of fixtures we can exposure our emerging players to, the easier they will make the transition into our Senior Men’s representative side and beyond”. 

“Ben Sheriff and his team do a superb job managing the facilities at Owen Delany and I am expecting a high-scoring encounter”.

The defending Basil McBurney Trophy titleholders, got away to the start that they wanted in the first half of the current ND Development competition, winning both their first two competition match-ups.

First-up they defeated long-time rivals Northland, when they set their opponents a target of 190, before bowling Northland out for 155 to claim a satisfying 34 run win. Individual Bay of Plenty honours were claimed by New Zealand Under 19 all-rounder, Fergus Lellman, who top scored with 47 runs and took three wickets at a cost of 22 runs for good measure.

There were plenty of smiles of satisfaction, after the Bay side reversed last season’s sole defeat, with a ten wicket victory against Poverty Bay. Bay of Plenty skipper Dominic Crombie, led the way with the ball grabbing three wickets as Poverty Bay were bowled out for just 111. Fergus Lellman (55no) and Taylor Bettleheim (49no) were clinical in dispatching the opposition bowlers, as Bay of Plenty cruised to victory without losing a wicket. 

Bay of Plenty Development captain Dominic Crombie, has put together anoutstanding record since take change of the Development troops, at the start of last season’s ND Development campaign. Just a solitary loss from eight encounters, is Crombie’s record in charge of the Bay of Plenty second eleven.

One player who will need no introduction to Owen Delany Park, is Habib Malik, who will be making his Bay of Plenty Development debut. The Lake Taupo CC skipper,has performed with both bat and ball in the Bay of Plenty Cup premier competition, to earn a Development call-up in the inter-provincial match with Hawkes Bay .

 

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development v Hawkes Bay @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 12 January 2020

Dominic Crombie (C) Taylor Bettleheim,  Jacob Logan, Blair McKenzie,  Daniel Price, Marcel Collett, Habib Malik, Josh Earle, Iman Singh, Cameron Ingram (wk)Cameron Riley, Craig Baldry.

Coach: Russ Williams ​​Manager: Shaun Riley 

 

2020 ND Development Schedule

1 February​ v Counties Manukau @ Karaka Sports Park

16 February​ v Hamilton @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

1 March​ v Waikato Valley @ Tauranga Domain

 

2019 ND Development Results

V Northland @ Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe 17 November 2019

Bay of Plenty189 (Fergus Lellman 47, Niven Dovey 27, Marcel Collett 21) defeated Northland 155 (Fergus Lellman 3/22, Jacob Logan 2/19, Iman Singh 2/30)

V Poverty Bay @ Bay Oval, 1 December 2019

Poverty Bay 111 (Dominic Crombie 3/20, Daniel Price 2/20, Josh Earle 2/25) lost to Bay of Plenty Development 115/0 (Fergus Lellman 55no, Taylor Bettleheim 49no)

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Two Bay Of Plenty Young Men Join A Illustrious Bay Age-Group List

Posted: Tuesday, 7 January 2020

ICC Under 19 World Cup 17th Jan - 9th Feb 2020

There will be nervous anticipation building, for the two Bay of Plenty players selected to represent New Zealand at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, to be contested in South Africa 17th January – 9th February 2020.

Wicketkeeper Ben Pomare and all-rounder Fergus Lellman, will join a small illustrious group of Bay of Plenty age-group players to represent their country at the Under 19 Cricket pinnacle event.

Daniel Flynn, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Joe Carter and Sean Davey have all gone on from New Zealand Under 19 Cricket World Cup selection, to each write their own piece of New Zealand cricket history. 

Daniel Flynn was the first Bay player to earn Under 19 CWC selection, captaining the New Zealand representatives at the 2004 international age-group cricket championship in Bangladesh. Four years later it was the turn of current Black Cap super-stars, in skipper Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, to play in the Malaysian tournament.

Current Northern Districts four-day skipper Joe Carter and Sean Davey, joined their Bay of Plenty New Zealand Under 19 counterparts, when Australia held the stars-of-the-future showcase in 2012.

Ben Pomare and Fergus Lellman, share a common denominator with the five previous Bay of Plenty Under 19 CWC representatives, in that that they are graduates of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway.

Both Ben and Fergus, did their early learning of the great game, through participation within the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association Saturday morning cricket competitions.

They then took different roads to secondary school cricket, with Fergus attending Aquinas College and Ben joining the Tauranga Boys College cricket program. One great advantage of Bay of Plenty Cricket, is that promising youngsters are encouraged to play senior club cricket, while still at secondary school – with Fergus joining Otumoetai Cadets and Ben linking with Mount Maunganui.

The 2018/19 cricket year, was a breakthrough season for both Ben and Fergus, with both making their Bay of Plenty senior representative debuts. Ben kept guard behind the wickets on four occasions, with Fergus scoring 24 runs and taking four wickets with a best of 3/33 in his two games in the Bay of Plenty uniform.

 

Three Bay of Plenty players, franked their form at the ND Senior Secondary tournament played in Gisborne during December 2019, to earn selection in the ND Under 17 team. Ben Vyver, Niven Dovey and Liam Collett will take part in the NZ Cricket National age-group tournament in Canterbury 4-13 January 2020.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket ND Under 17 Selections @ NZC National U17 tournament 4-13 January 2020, Lincoln Canterbury

Ben Vyver, Niven Dovey, Liam Collett

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Nine Bay Of Plenty Girls Earn Selection In Northern Districts Teams

Posted: Saturday, 21 December 2019

BOPCA Northern District Selections

Bay of Plenty Cricket has been rewarded with its investment in women's and girls’ cricket in spades, with a record nine players selected for Northern Districts teams this season.

“Having nine players involved in the ND Representative teams this season is outstanding. The girls have put in a lot of time and effort into their games to get them to this level. It is great to see them being rewarded through their selection. We will be watching their tournaments closely and hope to see some great performances”, said Rebecca Yee, Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer.

Holly Topp and Brianna Perry, are currently representing Northern Districts at the annual NZ Cricket Under 19 Women's Tournament, being played in Canterbury. Holly has earned selection as captain of the side, with both players being outstanding examples of the success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket female age-group pathway.

Sarah Jane Stone and Tash Wakelin earned a ND Under 17 call-up, after performing well at Northern Premier League games. Sarah Jane was one of the batting stars at the recent ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament held in Tauranga, winning the batting prize for most runs.

Amelia Harvey, Elle Archer, Jorja Neill and Sabine Attrill received early Christmas presents, after selection for the ND Under 15 Girls side, to play at the NZ Cricket National tournament to be held in Wanganui 6-10 January 2020. Mya Clarke's potential was also recognized as a non-traveling reserve for the team.

Tash, Sarah Jane, Amelia, Elle and Mya all play for the Papamoa Hinds in Western Bay Junior Cricket competition. Their Coach Jake Ryan says, “Girls cricket in Bay of Plenty has grown over the past six years. We now have more opportunities and girls being recognized due to consistency of them playing together frequently. I am very proud of these girls and their commitment to cricket. Providing a positive culture and moments, allows for lifelong friendships and memories to be made. It is an exciting time for the girls selected and to see Bay of Plenty Girls’ cricket so strong.”

 

BOPCA Northern Districts Selections

NZ Cricket National U19 Women’s Tournament @ Lincoln 17-23 December 2019

ND Under 19: Holly Topp (Captain) Brianna Perry

 

ND U17 v Auckland @ Auckland 6-8 January 2020

ND Under 17: Sarah Jane Stone, Tash Wakelin

 

NZ Cricket National Under 15 Girls Tournament @ Wanganui 6-10 January 2020

ND Under 15: Amelia Harvey, Elle Archer, Jorja Neill, Sabine Attrill - Non Travelling Reserve: Mya Clarke

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Craig’s Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Finish Second At ND T20 Tournament In Taupo

Posted: Wednesday, 18 December 2019

2019 ND T20 Tournament 15-17 December

The Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty representative cricket team, bounced back from a first-up loss to Northland at the ND T20 tournament played in Taupo 15-17 December 2019, to finish second in the Brian Dunning Trophy competition. 

“Obviously we were disappointed with how we played first up against Northland”. “Some key misses in the field and off line bowling, and the inability to capitalize on a great start to our batting innings, meant that we always had one eye on what happened in other games over the next couple of days”. “We reflected well after the game and it was pleasing to see the changes and the execution of plans made against Poverty Bay the following day” said Coach Charles Williams

Saving the best for last, the Bay of Plenty side posted victory over arch-rivals Hamilton in their third completed stanza, in round four. Batting first, the Waikato team set Bay of Plenty a substantial target reaching 158/8. Dominic Crombie and Tim Pringle both took two wickets apiece.

With the heavy black clouds lurking ominously around Owen Delany Park, attack became the major consideration, as Stephen Crossan and Ben Musgrave entered the fray. The Bay had 17 runs on the board after just nine balls, when Musgrave was removed.

After Crossan was dismissed for 16, Bharat Popli (9no)  and Peter Drysdale (16no) got there side through to 46/2 after five overs, before heavy rain arrived, which was enough to get over the line courtesy of the Duckworth Lewis method of deciding rain affected matches

Bay of Plenty, didn’t get the start that they wanted in their chase for back to back ND T20 titles at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, on the opening day of the annual tournament.

Northland won the toss and after electing to bat, posted the Bay side a very big target when they reached 213/4. Batting at three, Oli White blasted a neat century of just 58 balls to dramatically accelerate the Northland run rate. 

Bay of Plenty were in good shape at 100 for the loss of two wickets in the eighth over, however the removal of Stephen Crossan for 52, saw the Northland bowlers tighten the screws. Peter Drysdale showed defiance before being removed for 38. Jacob Logan worked hard on his Bay of Plenty senior men’s debut, to be rewarded with 22 runs, however the Bay side couldn’t come up with the required runs, being bowled out for 178. 

Bay of Plenty picked up their first win of the annual ND T20 tournament when they defeated Poverty Bay in morning action on day two.

Bay of Plenty batted first and were struggling a little at three down with 47 runs on the board. Bharat Popli changed the momentum with 49 off 34 balls. The Bay tail wagged and they went on to reach 147 for the loss of seven wickets, in their allotted overs. 

Three of the Bay of Plenty young guns in Tim Pringle, Jacob Logan and Craig Baldry did the damage with the ball, with two wickets apiece, as Poverty Bay were removed for 94 to hand Bay of Plenty a solid 53 run win. 

Bay of Plenty all-rounder Peter Drysdale received a cap emblazoned with 100 games before taking to the field in the afternoon encounter against Waikato Valley – however his appearance was short-lived with all three afternoon encounters abandoned when the heavens opened.

Reflecting back on the tournament Coach Williams said “We have a very young side, but we prepare and adapt well, which holds us in good stead for future seasons. We make no secret that our senior members carry a massive amount of responsibility, but the likes of (Peter) Drysdale, (Bharat) Popli, (Ben) Musgrave and (Stephen) Crossan accept this challenge and lead by example on and off the field. 

“We were disappointed not to finish first, but we also gained a lot of experience and confidence and although we may have a young side, we still have the depth to win all formats of District Association cricket in Northern Districts”. 

“The team now has a break from a representative cricket, but firmly in our sights is the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge at the end of January and then the final rounds of ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl to round out the season”. 

 

ND T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 15-17 December 2019

Day One – 15 December

Northland 213/4 (Oli White 100; Chris Atkinson 2/37) defeated Bay of Plenty 178 (Stephen Crossan 52, Peter Drysdale 38, Jacob Logan 22)

Day Two – 16 December

Round Two

Bay of Plenty 147/7 (Bharat Popli 49) defeated Poverty Bay 94 (Tim Pringle 2/18, Jacob Logan 2/19, Craig Baldry 2/30)

Round Three

Bay of Plenty 34/1 v Waikato Valley - game abandoned

Day Three – 17 December

Round Four

Hamilton 158/8 (Tim Pringle 2/22, Dominic Crombie 2/30) lost to Bay of Plenty 46/2 (5.00 overs) by way of Duckworth Lewis method

Rounds Five – All games abandoned

 

Final Points: Northland 12, Bay of Plenty 10, Counties Manukau 8, Waikato Valley 6, Hamilton 4, Poverty Bay 0.

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Peter Drysdale Plays One Hundred Games In The Bay Of Plenty Cricket Uniform

Posted: Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Third Centurion For Bay Of Plenty

Rupert Peter Owens Drysdale, became just the third Bay of Plenty representative cricket player to play 100 games for his province, when he took to Owen Delany Parkin Taupo against Waikato Valley on Monday 16th December 2019, at the annual ND T20 tournament.

To put his achievement in perspective, Peter numbers amongst 549 players that have worn the blue and gold provincial cricket colours, since Bay of Plenty made their NZ Cricket minor association debut against South Auckland at Seddon Park in Hamilton in 1932.

Peter Drysdale, who wears Bay of Plenty player number 498 with absolute pride, made his Bay of Plenty debut at the ND One-Day tournament in Taupo against Hamilton on the 25 November 2009. 

The 2009 Taupo tournament team, was captained by former Black Cap Llorne Howell with Jono Boult, Bharat Popli, Ben Williams, Richard Rice, Steven Rae, Brett Hampton, Daniel Hill, Te Ahu Davis, Tony Goodin, Andrew Gibbs and Peter Drysdale in the playing twelve - with Hampton, Davis and Drysdale making their Bay of Plenty debuts.

No player has played more games with RPO Drysdale, than current Mount Maunganui premier captain and teammate Dale Swan, who played with Pete in the Bay team in the 2009/10 season. “When Pete first joined the Bay side his drive and sheer determination was apparent, it showed in the brand of cricket he played early on in his career”. 

“A start with the bat was never good enough, he could always do more. No one trains harder or with more focus. Pete has grown as a cricketer to become firstly the most successful Bay of Plenty captain and secondly one of the most revered all round cricketers in the Bay of Plenty region. Born to lead and genuine passion, Pete deserves every ounce of success that comes his way and massive congratulations on 100 games and no doubt plenty more to come”. 

Included in Drysdale century of appearances are a record 13 Hawke Cup matches, in which he became the most successful Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup captain, winning the time-honored NZ Cricket prize on two occasionasions and defending a further seven times. The Bay Hawke Cup skipper blasted 524 Hawke Cup runs and set a second wicket partnership record of 197, with Alex Lees against Counties Manukau in 2017.

Tim Clarke, who played 77 games in the blue and gold strip between 2010 and 2018, reflected back on his time in the Bay first eleven with Pete. “I was lucky enough to play every single one of my Bay games with Pete, with our playing together dating back to our days at Tauranga Intermediate School".

"Pete always had a work ethic second to none and his drive to succeed is unimaginable. From a struggling side in 2010 to arguably the most successful Bay team a few seasons later, must be credited to Pete's contribution and his leadership". "The team culture was fantastic through those years and the ongoing legacy has been awesome for the current crop of players. 

"Pete transformed our training ethic for the purpose of what we wanted to achieve. He didn't do it through talking but through his actions as captain, which created a close bond through the five or so season that he had the captain’s role". 

One of the newer members of the Bay of Plenty representative side, is Stephen Crossan who received his 25 Bay game baggie, against Northland in November.“Since my first Bay training, it was clear how driven Pete is to succeed. Every training has a purpose and Pete will continue to train until he feels that purpose has been achieved or his team mates arms fall off”.

“Pete’s work ethic is second to none and since I’ve been in the Bay setup, that has only increased inspiring the younger squad members, to hit more balls, take more catches and do whatever it takes to improve”. “An incredible team man that would give anything for the side. If you had to pick someone for a crisis, either bat or ball in hand, he’s your man”.

Peter Drysdale 100th game has produced the remarkable statistics of 3215 runs, three centuries with a highest score of 119 along with 24 wickets.

 

RPO Drysdale – BOPCA Player Number 498 (100 Games Record)

Debut​​v Hamilton 15 November 2009 (ND One-Day Tournament)

100 Games​v Waikato Valley 16 December 2019 (ND T20 Tournament

Games 100​Runs 3215​Centuries 3​HS 119​Wickets 24 ​BB 3/8

 

BOPCA Centurions

105​Derek (DA) Beard – BOPCA Player Number 345

Debut v Hamilton 30/31 January 1981 ​100th Game v Northland 10/11 Jan 1987

102​Michael (MJE) Wright - BOPCA Player Number 249

Debut v Poverty Bay 30/31 January 1967​ 100th Game v Hamilton 23/24 Nov 1991

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2019 ND T20 Tournament

Posted: Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Bay Of Plenty Daily Results

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty picked up their first win of the annual ND T20 tournament when they defeated Poverty Bay in morning action on day two.

Bay of Plenty batted first and were struggling a little at three down with 47 runs on the board. Bharat Popli changed the momentum with 49 off 34 balls. The Bay tail wagged and they went on to reach 147 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted overs. 

Three of the Bay of Plenty young guns in Tim Pringle, Jacob Logan and Craig Baldry did the damage with the ball, with two wickets apiece, as Poverty Bay were removed for 94 to hand Bay of Plenty a solid 53 run win. 

Bay of Plenty all-rounder Peter Drysdale received a cap emblazoned with 100 games before taking to the field in the afternoon encounter against Waikato Valley – however his appearance was short-lived with all three afternoon encounters abandoned when the heavens opened.

 

ND T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 15-17 December 2019 – Day Two

Round Two

Bay of Plenty 147/7 (Bharat Popli 49) defeated Poverty Bay 94 (Tim Pringle 2/18, Jacob Logan 2/19, Craig Baldry 2/30)

Round Three

Bay of Plenty 34/1 v Waikato Valley - game abandoned

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Grassroots Champions - December

Posted: Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Colin Rampling - Eastern Bay Of Plenty

Cricket in the Eastern Bay of Plenty dates back to the 1880's, with a Bay of Plenty Cricket Association established in Whakatane around 1904. There was also another Bay Association in Rotorua that started in 1921. The two organizations came together to form the present Bay of Plenty Cricket Association, after a Combined Bay of Plenty Teams played the MCC in Rotorua in February 1936.

A decade and a half ago, the Eastern Bay of Plenty has a thriving cricket competition, with Whakatane United, Kopeopeo and Trident High School playing in the BOPCA Williams Cup competition.

Over the following years, Eastern Bay of Plenty Cricket went into decline. In this edition of Grassroots Champions, we chat with Colin Rampling who is one of the Eastern Bay cricket loyalists currently reviving the game in the region.

Tell us a little about your cricket background? 

I'm from Wainuiomata in Wellington and played age group and Hawke Cup cricket for Hutt Valley and also represented Wellington at U19s. In 1998 as a 20 year old I headed over to the UK and played for Shildon in Durham. Then in 1999, I headed back, this time to the south of England to Whitstable in Kent, where I spent the most part of 15 years. Some highlights were playing for Cross Arrows at Lord's and the Duke of Norfolk XI at Arundel Castle.  My family returned to Whakatane in 2014 and I played for Whakatane United in the 2015/16 season.

What has prompted the revival of cricket in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region?

I saw some tamariki playing cricket at Rex Morpeth as part of a BOPCA schools programme and asked how other kids could join? I just wanted there to be a central hub for cricket in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I had a few different conversations with other parents who mentioned their tamariki wanted to play cricket locally, as there were some having to travel to Te Puke and Papamoa. 

How has the revival come about and who are the key people? 

Dean Finlay (Vice President), Steve Ford (Committee member) and Brent Jones (Trident High School) were already involved with some junior cricket. Dean and I meet with Scott Steward from Bay of Plenty Cricket in a cafe in Whakatane one winter’s day, because we wanted to join the dots and share this great sport. It is the people we have met who have given up there time to support cricket. We set up the Eastern Bay of Plenty Cricket Club and now are an Incorporated Society. The first committee has been set up with Anne Nillsens (Secretary) Bridget Baker (Treasurer) Mike Hayward and James Renwick.

Tell us about the Eastern Bay Cricket Club team that played in a recent McNaughton Trophy competition match. 

This was a great opportunity for us to support Brent and his set up at Trident. It's great to have some senior players crossing the white line again, representing the Eastern Bay. Our first Senior Captain Matt Purdy took the lead and recruited many of the players and organised a couple of training sessions. Alex Yates scored the club first 50 in an innings. Shane Baillie grabbed our first ever wicket. So a proud moment to be part of!

What junior cricket initiatives are being undertaken? 

We just finished our first 6 week program for Year 1 - Year 7, along with running two Y7/8 teams in the WBOP Saturday competition. We start or Year 1 -Year 7 in term one from Friday 14 February till 20 March 2020. Email ebopcricket@gmail.com  or Facebook Eastern Bay of Plenty Cricket Club for more information. 

What is being put in place to revive the senior game in the Eastern Bay of Plenty region? 

The McNaughton Trophy was our starting point and working with both Whakatane High and Trident High School's, we want to establish a pathway into Senior cricket. We will organise a couple of friendly President XI matches this season to keep up that interest. 

Tell us about future plans for the games development in the Eastern Bay of Plenty? 

We want to encourage tamariki into playing more fun cricket games and running our own Junior formats at all age groups.

Where do you see the game in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in ten years time? 

As junior groups grow, more sports clubs will get involved, with other venues buzzing with cricket activity adding a positive fun atmosphere for our community. This will support our pathway to having multiple High School and Senior teams. 

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2019 ND T20 Tournament Bay Of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Monday, 16 December 2019

15th December Results

ND T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 15-17 December 2019

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty senior representative team, didn’t get the start that they wanted in their chase for back to back ND T20 titles at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, on the opening day of the annual tournament.

Northland won the toss and after electing to bat posted the Bay side a very big target when they reached 213/4. Batting at three, Oli White blasted a neat century of just 58 balls to dramatically accelerate the Northland run rate. 

Bay of Plenty were in good shape at 100 for the loss of two wickets in the eighth over, however the removal of Stephen Crossan for 52, saw the Northland bowlers tighten the screws. Peter Drysdale showed defiance before being removed for 38. Jacob Logan worked hard on his Bay of Plenty senior men’s debut, to be rewarded with 22 runs, however the Bay side couldn’t come up with the required runs, being bowled out for 178. 

 

Day One – 15 December

Northland 213/4 (Oli White 100; Chris Atkinson 2/37) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 178 (Stephen Crossan 52, Peter Drysdale 38, Jacob Logan 22)

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Bay Of Plenty Coastland Go Twelve Straight At ND Senior Secondary Cricket Tournament

Posted: Monday, 16 December 2019

2019 ND Senior Secondary Tournament 9th to 13th December

The Bay of Plenty Coastland Senior Secondary team, has posted a remarkable winning record at the annual ND tournament held in Gisborne, with 12 straight victories, since tasting defeat on the opening day of competition twelve months ago.

On the last day of competition on Friday (13 December 2019) they won the ND Senior Secondary Championship title, to go with last season’s Alan Whimp Trophy, along with the 2019 T20 crown.

The two 2019 ND Senior Secondary titles, are further testament to the outstanding contribution of long-serving Coach Peter Swan, who has won seven ND Age-Group Championship titles over the years.

Waikato Valley batted first in the title decider and were bowled out for 171. Liam Collett took three wickets for 28 runs with Taylor Bettleheim coming in as the sixth change grabbing two wickets.

The Waikato Valley bowlers made a grand start, having the Bay team in trouble at four down with just 36 runs on the board. Enter Blake Pentecost, who was patience personified, as he set about taking his side through to victory. Blake’s unbeaten 70 runs off 107 balls, took Bay of Plenty Coastland to back to back tournament titles. Isaac White also made a solid contribution batting at seven, with 22 runs. 

Bay of Plenty Lakeland saved their best for last in the playoff for seventh place against Poverty Bay. The tournament hosts were bowled out for 125, with BJ Astwood ripping through their middle and lower order to take five wickets at a cost of just 11 runs – and for good measure taking a catch to dismiss their last batsman.Lakeland got home with two wickets in hand with Cameron Ingram top scoring with 39 runs.

 

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) on day four.

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 cruised into the ND Senior Secondary Championship semi-finals, after easily dispatching their Lakeland Counterparts on day three. The Lakeland side batted first in the 50 overs per side contest and were bowled out for 68,with Tommaso Pini grabbing three wickets. Ben Vyver (35) and Taylor Bettelheim (24) took their side home to an easy victory in the 10th over. 

 

Coastland won the ND Senior Secondary T20 title, when they defeated long-time rivals Hamilton in afternoon action on day two. Hamilton batted first and were bowled out for 71, with Harrison Leach taking three wickets at a cost of just 12 runs. Niven Dovey top scored with 36, with Taylor Bettleheim there at the end of the seven wicket win with a undefeated 30 runs in the scorebook.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland were restricted to 85/8 against Waikato Valley in their fifth/sixth place finish match. Robert Ward was the best of the Lakeland batting line-up with 26 runs. Waikato Valley got home with eight wickets to spare. 

 

ND Senior Secondary Cricket Tournament @ Gisborne 9/13 December 2019

Day Five – 13 December 2019 (50 over)

Championship Final : Waikato Valley 171 (Liam Collett 3/28, Taylor Bettleheim 2/14) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 172/9 (Blake Pentecost 70no, Isaac White 22)

Seventh Place: Poverty Bay 125 (BJ Astwood 5/11. Ryan Hill 3/26) lost to Bay of Plenty Lakeland 126/8 (Cameron Ingram 39)

 

Day Four – 12 December 2019 (50 over)

Championship Semi-Final: Counties Manukau 164/3 lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 165/7 (Liam Collett 49no, Niven Dovey 41, Taylor Bettelheim 27)

 

Day Three – 11 December 2019 (50 over)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 68 (Tommaso Pini 3/28, Toby Taylor 2/21) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 69/2 (Ben Vyver 35, Taylor Bettleheim 24)

 

Day Two – 10 December 2019 (T20)

Round Three

Bay of Plenty Coastland 140/3 (Niven Dovey 66, Dillon Preston 49) defeated Counties Manukau 114/5 (Harrison Leach 2/7)

Poverty Bay 114/8 (Ryan Hall 3/16) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 112/4 (Cameron Ingram 38)

Round Four – Championship Playoffs

T20 Championship: Hamilton 71 ((Harrison Leach 3/12) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 72/3 (Niven Dovey 30, Taylor Bettleheim 30no)

Fifth Place: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 86/5 (Robert Ward 26) lost to Waikato Valley 89/2 

 

Day One – 9 December 2019 (T20)

Round One

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 103/8 (BJ Astwood 20, Ryan Hall 20) lost to Counties Manukau 105/1

Bay of Plenty Coastland 178/5 (Taylor Bettleheim 81, Ben Vyver 31) defeated Poverty Bay 103/6 (Tommaso Pini 2/12, Mitchell Fergus 2/15)

Round Two

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 62 (Cameron Murray 5/9) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 63/0 (Taylor Bettleheim 43no, Dillon Preston 16no)

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A Double Tied Result And A Blazing Century Open the Baywide T20 Competition

Posted: Monday, 16 December 2019

Baywide T20 14th December

A dramatic double tie and a match winning century, grabbed the limelight in the opening two rounds of the Baywide T20 Championship on Saturday (14 December 2019).

Element IMF Cadets batted first against Carrus Mount Maunganui and posted a solid target when they reached 148/5. Marcel Collett top scored 48 with Craig Baldry taking two wickets. 

In reply, Peter Drysdale kept Mount Maunganui in contention with a gritty 84. Mount Maunganui entered the last over needing 11 runs to win. The Mount seemed destined to finish second, with seven runs required from the last ball. However twenty-year Mount veteran Nick Smith took the match to a super-over, when he smote the ball over the boundary ropes on the full, to take the encounter into an extra over apiece. 

Mount Maunganui batted first in their extra over and hit a hard-fought six runs. Needing two to win on the last ball, Cadets were restricted to just one run to tie the match for the second time in the encounter, with the points shared.

New World Te Puke chased down Bayleys Central Indians total of 143/6 with three wickets to spare, with Dan Price providing an entree to his round two heroics with the bat, top scoring with 48 runs for the victors.

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College successfully defended 148/5 against Geyser City in taking out a 26 run win, with Eve's Realty Greerton defeating Generation Homes Lake Taupo by 62 runs.

The late afternoon encounter between Lake Taupo and Te Puke turned into anabsolute run-fest. Lake Taupo openers Michael Mitchell (65) and Drew Brierley (64),blazed way with their willow weapons to put on a 131 run first wicket partnership. Lake Taupo set Te Puke a big run chase after posting 171 for the loss of three wickets.

Coming in at three, after the Te Puke first wicket fell with just 17 runs on the board, Daniel Price blasted his side to victory with a whirlwind attack on the Lake Taupo bowlers. Price smashed 103 off just 55 balls with ten 4's and six big heaves over the boundary ropes on the full. The hard fought Te Puke victory came with five balls to spare.

Greerton joined Te Puke with two wins apiece on the opening day of the Baywide smash and bash competition. Tauranga Boys College set Greerton a target of 149,with the Pemberton Park based side getting home with six wickets in hand.

Cadets defeated Geyser City by 60 runs, while Mount Maunganui led by Peter Dysdale who again led from the front with the bat to top score with 77 runs, defeated Central Indians. 

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide T20 Results 14 December 2019

Round One

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 149/5 (Tim Clarke 34, Niven Dovey 24; Sam Kershaw 2/30) defeated Geyser City 123/8 (Dane Sorrenson 41,  BJ Astwood 35; Isaac White 3/11, Kieran New 3/24)

Bayleys Central Indians 143/6 (Jeff Simmons 42, Aaron Bennett 24) lost to NewWorld Te Puke 145/7 (Dan Price 48, Tai Bridgman- Raison 42; Nadeera Nawela 3/21))

Element IMF Cadets 148/5 (Marcel Collett 48, Jacob Logan 40; Craig Baldry 2/18tied with Carrus Mount Maunganui 148/6 (Peter Drysdale 84, Matt Golding 30; Finn Dempsey 2/26) - Super Over, Cadets 6 Mount Maunganui 6.

Eve's Realty Greerton 175/5 (Taylor Bettleheim 52, Josh Bates 35, Campbell Thomas 29no; Drew Brierley 2/32) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 113 (Roger Urbahn 34; Taylor Bettleheim 2/5, Harrison Perry 2/16)

 

Round Two

Element IMF Cadets 174/5 (Jono Boult 45, Marcel Collett 45, Andrew Mascall 35) defeated Geyser City 114/6 (Dane Sorrenson 54; Depp Bolingford 3/11)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 171/3 (Michael Mitchell 65, Drew Brierley 64; Tasman Carsons 2/37) lost to New World Te Puke 175/4 (Dan Price 103, Stephen Crossan 39)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 148/9 (Blake Pentecost 41; Shane Wineti 4/30) lost to Eve's Realty Greerton 151/4 (Taylor Bettleheim 47, Josh Healy-Ormrod 45no)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 165/5 (Peter Drysdale 77, Matt Golding 51) defeatedBayleys Central Indians 126/8 (Nadeera Nawela 36; Dale Swan 3/22)

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2019 ND Senior Secondary Tournament Bay Of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Saturday, 14 December 2019

ND Senior Secondary Tournament 9th - 13th December

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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Baywide T20 Cricket Championship Kicks Off Kicks Off This Saturday In The Western Bay Of Plenty

Posted: Friday, 13 December 2019

The Baywide T20 championship kicks off this weekend with a standalone spot in the middle of the cricket season. A pre-season captains meeting advocated for acontinuous T20 season - instead of playing half the competition in the opening two weeks of the season and then completing the title race later in the season.

The first two Baywide T20 stanzas will be played at Western Bay venues on Saturday (14 December 2019), with an immediate return after the holiday break, on Saturday 11 January 2020. A break with tradition will see round five played on Wednesday 15 January, in an early evening time spot.

The weekend of the 18/19 January 2020, will bring the last two qualifying rounds and post-section action to Blake Park, with the final taking place on the Bay Oval on the Sunday evening.

Carrus Mount Maunganui, will have a three-peat of Baywide T20 titles in their sights,after winning the last two T20 Championships. Round one matches them up with arch-rivals Element IMF Cadets, with the Mount facing Bayleys Central Indians in the late afternoon round of play.

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, who won the first two T20 titles in the 2011/2012 and 2012/13 seasons, are at home at Nicholson Field for their first two rounds. Geyser City is their first-up opponents before they square of with Eve's Realty Greerton in round two.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo play Greerton and New World Te Puke meet Central Indians, to complete the round one action. Rounding out round two, are the match-ups between Cadets and Geyser City and Te Puke and Lake Taupo. 

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide T20 – Draw 14 December 2019

Round One

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City, Nicholson Field; Eves Realty Greerton v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Fergusson 2; New World Te Puke v Bayleys Central Indians, Fergusson 3; Element IMF Cadets v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain.

Round Two

Geyser City v Element IMF Cadets, Fergusson 1; Bayleys Central Indians v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Fergusson 3; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v New World Te Puke, Fergusson 2; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Eves Realty Greerton, Nicholson Field.

 

Baywide T20 2019-2020 Schedule

14 December 2019 - Round One &Two

11 January 2020 - Round Three & Four

15 (Wednesday) January - Round Five

18 January 2020 - Round Six & Seven

19 January 2020 - Semi-Finals & Grand Final @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

 

BOPCA Twenty 20 Champions

2018/19 (Mount Maunganui) 2017/18 (Mount Maunganui) 2016/17 not played - 2015/16 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2014/15 (Rotorua Central) 2013/14 (Rotorua Central) 2012/13 (Tauranga Boys College) 2011/12 (Tauranga Boys College) 

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty To Chase Back To Back ND T20 Titles

Posted: Friday, 13 December 2019

The Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty representative cricket team, will be chasing back to back ND Twenty 20 titles at Owen Delaney Park in Taupo 15th - 17th December 2019.

Twelve months ago, the Charles Williams coached side steamrolled the five other Northern Districts minor association teams, when they defeated all the five other title contenders to lift aloft the Brian Dunning Trophy aloft in triumph. The Bay side set the bar high for this years competition, with last seasons winning margins of eight wickets, 83 runs, eight wickets, 107 runs and 67 runs against current Hawke Cup title holders Hamilton.

The tournament will bring up a significant Bay of Plenty representative cricket milestone, with Peter Drysdale becoming just the third player to post 100 Bay of Plenty representative appearances, since the provinces first game in 1932.

RPO Drysdale will join Bay of Plenty Cricket legends in Michael Wright and Derek Beard, in playing a century of games in the blue and gold uniform.

All three players have set big milestones in their Bay of Plenty Cricket careers. Derek Beard, tops the list with 105 Bay appearances stretching from 1980/81 season to his retirement seventeen seasons later. DA Beard finished his illustrious career with 2843 runs, three centuries and a record that still stands today of 204 wickets. Derek took five 6 wicket bags with best bowling figures of seven wickets for 50 runs.

Mike Wright, who became the first Bay of Plenty Cricket centurion played his first game against Poverty Bay in the 1967/68 cricket season, with his longevity in the game leading to a an amazing 25 seasons in the Bay uniform. MJE Wright, who also wore his teams wicket keepers gloves, dominated the Bay of Plenty batting performances of his era. Wright smashed 3950 runs in his 102 Bay of Plenty appearances, which sits at the top of the Bay all-time runs list, ahead of Bharat Popli (3353) and Peter Drysdale who are the only other Bay batsmen to have broken the 3000 run Mark.

RPO Drysdale, enters the ND T20 tournament with 97 Bay of Plenty games in the BOPCA record book - and is scheduled to bring up the magical one hundred game mark, against Waikato Valley on Monday (16 December 2019) afternoon. Peter's performances since his debut at the ND One-Day tournament in Taupo in November 2009, looses nothing by way of comparison with the two Bay of Plenty Cricket legends.

Peter currently sits with 3176 representative runs to his name, which includes three centuries and a highest score of 119. In addition Pete is a useful spin bowler who has taken 23 wickets when called upon. Mike Wright, Derek Beard and Peter Drysdale,share a common bond of twice being members of Bay teams that have won the Hawke Cup.

 

ND Twenty 20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 15-17 December 2019

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty

Bharat Popli, Stephen Crossan, Ben Musgrave, Peter Drysdale, Blair McKenzie, Fergus Lellman, Tim Pringle, Iman Singh, Dominic Crombie, Jacob Logan, Josh Earle, Craig Baldry, Chris Aikinson (Sunday) Cameron Riley (Monday & Tuesday)

Coach: Charles Williams                       Manager: Wayne Brill

 

2019 ND T20 (Brian Dunning Trophy) Tournament Schedule

Round One (15 December)  ​Bay of Plenty v Northland

Round Two (16 December)   ​Bay of Plenty v Poverty Bay

Round Three (16 December)​Bay of Plenty v Waikato Valley

Round Four (17 December)  ​Bay of Plenty v Hamilton

Round Five (17 December)   ​Bay of Plenty v Counties Manukau

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Representative appearances

105 - Derek Beard (1980/81 - 1997/98) ​2843 runs.  3 centuries   204 wickets

103 - Michael Wright (1967/68 - 1991/92)  ​3950 runs   4 centuries

97* - Peter Drysdale (2009/10 - 2019) ​3176 runs   3 centuries   23 wickets.

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2019 ND Senior Secondary Tournament Bay Of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Thursday, 12 December 2019

Tournament At Gisborne - 9th to 13th December

Bay of Plenty Coastland cruised into the ND Senior Secondary Championship semi-finals after easily dispatching their Lakeland counterparts on day three. The Lakeland side batted first in the 50 overs per side contest and were bowled out for 68, with Tommaso Pini grabbing three wickets. Ben Vyver (35) and Taylor Bettelheim (24) took their side home to an easy victory in the 10th over. 

 

Day Three – 11 December 2019 (50 over)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 68 (Tommaso Pini 3/28, Toby Taylor 2/21) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 69/2 (Ben Vyver 35, Taylor Bettelheim 24)

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2019 ND Senior Secondary Tournament Bay Of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Tournament at Gisborne- 9th to 13th December

Bay of Plenty Coastland won the ND Senior Secondary T20 title when they defeated long-time rivals Hamilton in afternoon action on day two. Hamilton batted first and were bowled out for 71, with Harrison Leach taking three wickets at a cost of just 12 runs. Niven Dovey top scored with 36, with Taylor Bettleheim there at the end of the seven wicket win with a undefeated 30 runs in the scorebook.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland were restricted to 85/8 against Waikato Valley in their fifth/sixth place finish match. Robert Ward was the best of the Lakeland batting line-up with 26 runs. Waikato Valley got home with eight wickets to spare. 

In round three action, the Lakeland representatives lost a thriller against Poverty Bay. The home side posted 114/8 with the Bay side falling just three runs short of victory. Lakeland bowler returned 3/16 with Cameron Ingram belting 38 runs. 

 

Day Two – 10 December 2019 (T20)

Round Three

Bay of Plenty Coastland 140/3 (Niven Dovey 66, Dillon Preston 49) defeated Counties Manukau 114/5 (Harrison Leach 2/7)

Poverty Bay 114/8 (Ryan Hall 3/16) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 112/4 (Cameron Ingram 38)

 

Round Four – Championship Playoffs

T20 Championship: Hamilton 71 ((Harrison Leach 3/12) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 72/3 (Niven Dovey 30, Taylor Bettleheim 30no)

Fifth Place: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 86/5 (Robert Ward 26) lost to Waikato Valley 89/2

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2019 ND Senior Secondary Tournament Bay Of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Tuesday, 10 December 2019

9th - 13th December 2019

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne 9-13 December 2019

Bay of Plenty Coastland opened their ND Senior Secondary Cricket tournament campaign being played in Gisborne 9-13 December with two emphatic victories. On the opening morning the Coastland representatives batted first against Poverty Bay and posted a very solid 178/5, with Taylor Bettleheim top scoring with 81 runs of just 46 balls.

Round two saw a Bay of Plenty derby with Bay of Plenty Lakeland bowled out for 62 with Cameron Murray in majestic form taking five wickets for just 9 runs. The Coastland reply, was a walk in the park, with the side drawn from the Western Bay of Plenty getting home without the loss of a wicket.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland were beaten by Counties Manukau in the morning T20 action.

 

Day One – 9 December 2019 (T20)

Round One

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 103/8 (BJ Astwood 20, Ryan Hall 20) lost to Counties Manukau 105/1

Bay of Plenty Coastland 178/5 (Taylor Bettleheim 81, Ben Vyver 31) defeated Poverty Bay 103/6 (Tommaso Pini 2/12, Mitchell Fergus 2/15)

 

Round Two

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 62 (Cameron Murray 5/9) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 63/0 (Taylor Bettleheim 43no, Dillon Preston 16no)

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Bay Of Plenty Teams Finish Second and Fourth At ND Junior Secondary Tournament

Posted: Monday, 9 December 2019

2019 ND Junior Secondary Tournament 2 - 6 December

Bay of Plenty Coastland and Lakeland, can be well pleased with their five days of tournament play at the ND Junior Secondary Tournament played in Whangarei 2/6 December 2019. 

Bay of Plenty Coastland, finished second in the ND Championship and shared the T20 title, with Bay of Plenty Lakeland finishing fourth in the championship rounds and third equal in the T20 competition

Hamilton batted first in the ND Junior Secondary title decider, setting the Bay side a big target of 273, to win the championship prize. A big Hamilton century did the damage, with Spencer Wills and Depp Bollinger taking three wickets apiece. Two half centuries, from Spencer Wills and Utsav Kumar wasn’t enough, as the Bay side were bowled out for 214, to hand the Waikato team the championship title.

The opposition also batted first against Bay of Plenty Lakeland, with Counties Manukau being removed for 197, in the battle for third place. Lakeland put up a good fight, but the Counties bowlers eventually prevailed as the Bay team was dismissed for 154.

Day four semi-final action, saw Coastland defeat Counties Manukau to book a place in the title decider. The Bay side batted first and set a solid target, when they were dismissed for 232, in spite of being in some trouble at 71/5. Batting at six, Mathew Ward top scoring with 47 runs, with Finn O’Brien-O’Loan coming in a ten, posting 42 not out of just 27 balls.

Counties were bowled out for 145, some 88 runs short of their target, with Finn O’Brien-O’Loan taking four wickets.

Bay of Plenty Coastland put up a determined fight against Hamilton before tasting defeat. The Lakeland batsman were bowled out for 178, with Hamilton going on to a five wicket win. Individual honours were taken out by Logan Murray with 34 runs and Andrew Friskney who returned 2/24. 

Both Bay of Plenty teams qualified for the ND Championship section on day three, with Lakeland defeating Northland and Coastland squeezing home by a solitary wicket from Waikato Valley, in 50 over action.

Day two in the far north, saw Bay of Plenty Coastland defeated Counties Manukau,while Bay of Plenty Lakeland lost to Northland. The Coastland win put them through to the T20 Final against hosts Northland, with the Lakeland boys locked into the third and fourth place playoffs with Waikato Valley. 

Unfortunately wet weather resulted in the playoffs being abandoned, with Coastland sharing the title with Northland and the Lakeland representatives finishing in third equal position. 

Four wins from four T20 games, were the Bay of Plenty results on the opening day of the ND Junior Secondary tournament. Bay of Plenty Lakeland repelled the challenges of the ND Invitation XI and also took the big scalp of Hamilton. Bay of Plenty Coastland posted a 133 run win against Poverty Bay and bowled Waikato Valley out 21 runs short of their target.

 

ND Junior Secondary Cricket Tournament @ Whangarei 2/6 December 2019

Day Five – 6 December 

Championship Final: Hamilton 272 (H Trumm 130; Spencer Wills 3/39, Depp Bollinger 3/45) defeated Bay of Plenty Coastland 214 (58, Utsav Kumar 51, Harsh Patel 30)

Third Place: Counties Manukau 197 (Cohen Stewart 3/30, Logan Murray 3/31) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 154 (Billy Syme 42, Loughlin Keaney 32)

 

Day Four – 5 December (Championship semi-finals - 50 over games)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 232 (Mathew Ward 47, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 42no, Darcy Collett 31) defeated Counties Manukau 145 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 4/23)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 178 (Logan Murray 34, Lachlan Balfour 27, Daniel Coster 26) lost to Hamilton 179/5 (Andrew Friskney 2/24)

 

Day Three – 4 December (50 over games)

Waikato Valley 172 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/45) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 176/9 (Darcy Collett 38, Dylan Fletcher 26, Jordy Smith 25)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 131 (Daniel Coster 51) defeated Northland 127 (Cohen Stewart 3/24, Andrew Friskney 3/45)

 

Day Two – 3 December 2019 

Round Three (T20)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 167/7 (Utsav Kumar 60, Riley Brady 28) defeated Counties Manukau 109/7

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 78 lost to Northland 81/5 (Logan Murray 2/8)

Round Four (T20 Finals) – Not played due to wet weather

 

Day One – 2 December 2019 (T20)

Round One

Bay of Plenty Coastland 194/5 (Utsav Kumar 56, Riley Brady 30) defeated Poverty Bay 61 (Spencer Wills 5/13)

 

ND Invitation XI 79 (Andrew Friskney 3/12) lost to Bay of Plenty Lakeland 80/2

Round Two

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 123/6 (Logan Murray 38) defeated Hamilton 114/9 (Billy Syme 3/14)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 184/6 (Spencer Wills 55, Darcy Collett 33) defeated Waikato Valley 164/5 (Depp Bollingford 3/23)

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Carrus Mount Maunganui Win Seventh Bay Of Plenty Cup Title

Posted: Sunday, 8 December 2019

Bay Cup Final - 7th December

Carrus Mount Maunganui, won their seventh Bay of Plenty Cup title since the competition was established in the 2007/08 season, when they defeated Eve's Realty Greerton in the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup Final at Pemberton Park, on Saturday (7 December 2019)

Mount Maunganui batted first and reached 200 for the loss of seven wickets, in a game reduced to 40 overs per side after the match was halted because of an afternoon deluge, with the Mount at 122/5. 

Batting at four, Tim Tomlinson top scored with 36 runs, with Dominic Crombie coming in at six posting a hard fought 32. Lee Watkins and James Boyd took two wickets apiece for the home team.

Mount Maunganuui skipper Dale Swan and Chris Atkinson, did the damage with the ball, with the pair taking four wickets apiece as the 2018 Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders were rolled for 117. Swan, who sat at the top of the Bay of Plenty Cup bowling stakes increased his tally to 23 wickets, as he returned 4/18 in the title decider.

Greerton opener Taylor Bettleheim, stood like a sentinel at one end, as wickets fell at the other, going on to top score with 51. Umesh Ranaraja was the only other Greerton batsman to show any substantial defiance with 31 runs.

 

Textbook cricket tactics, suggest that a  big top-order  partnership is the is best option when faced with chasing down a solid target - with Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College using the tactic to perfection, to take home the Bay of Plenty Plate from Owen Delaney Park in Taupo.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo won the toss and elected to bat. The home side were in a very strong position, at 161 for the loss of two wickets, courtesy of a 141 run partnership, when Habib Malik was dismissed for 68. 

Michael Mitchell continued his assault on the Tauranga Boys bowlers top scoring with 88 runs, which included eight 4's. Led by four wickets from Kieran New, the visitors stemmed the tide with Lake Taupo reaching 212 for the loss of seven wickets at the end of their allotted overs.

Ben Vyver and Niven Dovey came together after Tauranga Boys first wicket fell with just five runs on the board. The top order pair settled down to produce a match winning 177 run partnership, before Vyver was dismissed for 66. 

Niven Dovey, went on to post the sixth the Baywide premier cricket century of the season, as he smacked 105 runs at a tad better than a run a ball. His innings contained seventeen 4's and one six, with Tauranga Boys requiring just 14 runs when he was removed. 

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide Premier Review 7 December 2019

Bay of Plenty Cup

Carrus Mount Maunganui 200/7 (Tim Tomlinson 36, Dominic Crombie 32; James Boyd 2/25, Lee Watkins 2/43) defeated Eve's Realty Greerton 117 (Taylor Bettelheim51, Umesh Ranaraja 31; Dale Swan 4/18, Chris Atkinson 4/34)

 

Bay of Plenty Plate

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 212/7 (Michael Mitchell 88, Habib Malik 66; Kieran New 4/28) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 215/4 (Niven Dovey 105, Ben Vyver 66; John Dolan 3/29)

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2019 ND Senior Secondary Tournament Results

Posted: Saturday, 7 December 2019

Day Four - 5th December

Bay of Plenty Coastland will meet Hamilton in the 2019 ND Junior Secondary Cricket Championship Final, on the last day of the annual ND tournament, with Bay of Plenty Lakeland squaring off with Counties Manukau for third place.

Day four semi-final action saw Coastland defeat Counties Manukau to book a place in the title decider. The Bay side batted first and set a solid target, when they were dismissed for 232, in spite of being in some trouble at 71/5. Batting at six, Mathew Ward top scoring with 47 runs, with Finn O’Brien-O’Loan coming in a ten, posting 42 not out of just 27 balls. Counties were bowled out for 145, some 88 runs short of their target, with Finn O’Brien-O’Loan taking four wickets.

Bay of Plenty Coastland put up a determined fight against Hamilton, before tasting defeat. The Lakeland batsman were bowled out for 178, with Hamilton going on to a five wicket win. Individual honours were taken out by Logan Murray with 34 runs and Andrew Friskney who returned 2/24. 

 

Day Four – 5 December (Championship Semi-Finals - 50 over games)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 232 (Mathew Ward 47, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 42no, Darcy Collett 31) defeated Counties Manukau 145 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 4/23)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 178 (Logan Murray 34, Lachland Balfour 27, Daniel Coster 26) lost to Hamilton 179/5 (Andrew Friskney 2/24)

 

Day Five – 6 December 

Championship Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland v Hamilton

Third Place: Bay of Plenty Lakeland v Counties Manukau

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Bay Of Plenty Finish Fourth At ND Secondary Schoolgirl’s Tournament

Posted: Friday, 6 December 2019

Tournament Review 2-4 December

The Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls cricket team, can be well pleased with their performances at the annual ND tournament played at Fergusson Park in Tauranga 2-4 December 2019.

Two solid victories, a rained out encounter and two losses were the results of the Bay of Plenty representatives, who finished in fourth place in the 2019 ND competition.

Bay of Plenty Coach Rebecca Yee “I am very happy with how the tournament went this week, some outstanding cricket played against quality opposition. It was great to see the improvement from last year, both with the bat and ball”. “Sarah Jane’s maiden fifty turned into an 85 not out, which was a spectacular highlight. This current crop of players is very talented and we look forward to seeing them succeed at higher levels of cricket.”

First up, the Bay side defeated Counties Manukau in the first of four T20 games. Led by three wickets from Amy Clegg, Counties were removed for 65 runs. The home side got home with two wickets to spare, with Sarah Jane Stone top scoring with 27 runs.

The Monday afternoon match-up against Poverty Bay, resulted in Poverty Bay posting 144/7, then restricting the Bay team to 94/5. Individual Bay of Plenty highlights, were provided by Amy Clegg with another three wickets and Elle Archer who was 23 not out.

The Bay team simply batted Northland out of contention, in round three on Tuesday morning, as they posted 146/5. Batting at four, Sarah Jane Stone was in majestic form, anchoring her sides innings with an unbeaten 85 off just 72 balls, which included fifteen 4’s and one big shot over the boundary. Elle Archer took two wickets as the team from the far north was restricted to 120/6.

A mini weather-bomb resulted in round four being abandoned. Bay of Plenty reached 106/4 with Waikato Valley at 40 without loss, when the weather intervened.

Bay of Plenty ended the tournament with a 30 over per side game against Hamilton in round five. The tournament hosts posted 114/7, with Amelia Harvey top scoring with 34 runs and Aimee Unwin posting 29 runs. Hamilton got home for the loss of four wickets. 

At the tournament prize-giving, Bay of Plenty’s Sarah Jane Stone was presented with the trophy for most runs (140) during the five rounds of play.

 

ND Secondary Schoolgirls Cricket Tournament @ Fergusson Park, Tauranga 2-4 November 2019

Day One – 2 December 2019 (T20)

Round One: Counties Manukau 65 (Amy Clegg 3/6) lost to Bay of Plenty 67/6 (Sarah Jane Stone 27)

Round Two: Poverty Bay 144/7 (Amy Clegg 3/31) defeated Bay of Plenty 94/5 (Elle Archer 23no)

 

Day Two – 3 December 2019 (T20)

Round Three: Bay of Plenty 146/5 (Sarah Jane Stone 85no) defeated Northland 120/6 (Elle Archer 2/23)

Round Four: Bay of Plenty 106/4 (Elle Archer 44, Sarah Jane Stone 22) – Waikato Valley 40/0 game abandoned because of wet weather

 

Day Three – 4 December 2019 (30 over games)

Bay of Plenty 114/7 (Amelia Harvey 34, Aimee Unwin 29) lost to Hamilton 115/4

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2019 Bay Of Plenty Cup and Plate Titles To be Decided On Saturday

Posted: Friday, 6 December 2019

Finals Day 7th December

Eves Realty Greerton and Carrus Mount Maunganui, will both enter the battle to decide the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup title on Saturday (7 December 2019), with plenty of championship winning experience.

Greerton are the defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders and also won the Baywide premier prize in 2013 and 2014. Twelve months ago they defeated Element IMF Cadets in the final, to complete an unbeaten run of eight straight Bay of Plenty Cup victories.

Mount Maunganui leads the Bay of Plenty Cup role of honour, winning the second edition of the Bay of Plenty Cup in the 2008/2009 season and adding their name to the trophy on five further occasions.

Three weeks ago, the two long-time rivals met for the first time this season, with the game an absolute thriller, before Mount Maunganui sneaked home by six runs

Mount Maunganui batted first and set the Pemberton Park based side a solid target,when they posted 239 for the loss of nine wickets. Long-time Mount player Peter Drysdale, led the attack on the Greerton bowlers with a sterling 90 runs before being dismissed. Lee Watkins was the best of the Greerton bowlers with four wickets.

Greerton skipper Shane Wineti directed the Greerton reply with 82 runs, before being adjudged LBW to the bowling of Pete Drysdale. The match went down to the wire,before Greerton were bowled out for 233, to give Mount Maunganui a hard fought six run win. Drysdale backed up his batting heroics taking three wickets at a cost of 25 runs.

Owen Delaney Park in Taupo, will host the Bay of Plenty Plate Final between Generation Homes Lake Taupo and Bond &Co Tauranga Boys College.   The two finalists, met on the opening day of the current season on the 5th October 2019, with 440 plus runs scored in the match.

Tauranga Boys took first use of the batting strip at Waipuna Park. Niven Dovey top scored with 55 runs, with Tim Clarke and Dillon Preston also making useful contributions with bat. Roger Urbahn was the best of the visitors with four wickets for 32 runs. Michael Mitchell and Roger Urbahn half-centuries and  49 runs from Jack Wiggins, took Lake Taupo to a five wicket win.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide Premier Preview 7 December 2019

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Final – Eves Realty Greerton v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Pemberton Park,

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Plate Final – Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Owen Delany Park. 

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Champions

2018/19 (Greerton) 2017/18 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2016/17 (Mount Maunganui) 2015/16 (Greerton) 2014/15 (Greerton) 2013/14 (Mount Maunganui) 2012/13 (Mount Maunganui) 2011/12 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2010/11 (Mount Maunganui) 2009/10 (Mount Maunganui) 2008/09 (Mount Maunganui) 2007/08 (Otumoetai Cadets)

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2019 ND Junior Secondary and Secondary Schoolgirl’s Tournaments – Bay of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Thursday, 5 December 2019

Day Three 4th December

ND Secondary Schoolgirls @ Tauranga

Day Three – 4 December 2019 (30 over games)

Bay of Plenty 114/7 (Amelia Harvey 34, Aimee Unwin 29) lost to Hamilton 115/4

 

ND Junior Secondary @ Whangarei 

Day Three – 4 December (50 over games)

Waikato Valley 172 (Fin O’Brien-O’Loan 3/45) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 176/9 (Darcy Collett 38, Dylan Fletcher 26, Jordy Smith 25)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 131 (Daniel Coster 51) defeated Northland 127 (Cohen Stewart 3/24, Andrew Friskney 3/45)

 

Day Four  – 5 December (Championship Semi-Finals - 50 over games)

Bay of Plenty Coastland v Hamilton

Bay of Plenty Lakeland v Counties Manukau

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Two Bay Of Plenty Senior Secondary Cricket Teams Chase Success In Gisborne

Posted: Thursday, 5 December 2019

ND Senior Secondary Tournament 8th - 13th December

A vital link in the transition of Bay of Plenty Cricket players, from promising secondary school players to senior representative and professional cricket players, is the annual ND Senior Secondary cricket tournament played in Gisborne each December.

Two Bay of Plenty teams representing the Lakeland (Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupo) and Coastland (Western Bay of Plenty) regions have been selected for the five-day tournament next week (9-13 December 2019), with many of the selected players having Baywide premier cricket experience.

Twelve months ago Bay of Plenty Coastland lifted aloft the Alan Whimp Trophy in triumph, at the end of the ND Senior Secondary cricket tournament, after annexing the ND age-group title for the sixth time since 2004.

The Bay side squared off with Hamilton, who had provided the Coastland side with their only defeat of the tournament in the qualifying competition. The first mistake made by Hamilton was in electing to bat after winning the toss. The Coastland bowlers ripped through the vaunted Waikato team batting to roll them for 80 runs. A walk in the park, best describes the Coastland charge for championship honours, with a ten-wicket win coming with the fourth ball of the 13th over. 

Bay of Plenty Lakeland also held their heads high with some good performances during the tournament. While they were beaten by Waikato Valley in the Plate Final, the team performed with good success during the tournament. 

Two of this year’s Coastland side made inedible marks with bat and ball at the 2018 tournament. Taylor Bettelheim was in the hot seat opening the Coastland batting.  On day four he led his side to a massive 299 for four wickets, as the Bay team demolished Counties Manukau by 118 runs, in their championship semi-final. Taylor smashed 131 off 157 balls, in a knock that contained eleven 4’s.

On the same day, Lakeland bowler Tommaso Pini (playing by invitation) wrecked the Poverty Bay innings, as the home side were bundled out for just 68. Tommaso weaved magic with the ball in taking six wickets for just 11 runs. 

 

ND Senior Secondary Cricket Tournament @ Gisborne 9/13 December 2019

Bay of Plenty Lakeland

Ben Astwood, Cameron Ingram, Sam Lund, Robert Ward, Miles Tapsell, Ryan Hall, Nathan McNeish, Harrison Hill, Sam MacLauchlan, Veeral Solanki, Viren Patel.

Coach: Sam Kershaw​​Manager:  Bryan Astwood

 

Bay of Plenty Coastland

Taylor Bettelheim, Blake Pentecost, Harrison Leach, Toby Taylor, Niven Dovey, Dillon Preston,  Tommaso Pini, Isaac White, Liam Collett, Mitchell Fergus, Ben Vyver, Cameron Murray.

Coach: Peter Swan​​

Manager: Shaun Riley

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2019 ND Junior Secondary and Secondary Schoolgirl’s Tournaments – Bay of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Thursday, 5 December 2019

Day Two - 3rd December

The wet weather that spread throughout the North Island, saw play eventually abandoned, at both the ND Junior Secondary tournament in Whangarei and the ND Secondary Schoolgirls competition in Tauranga.

Earlier on day two, Bay of Plenty defeated Northland at the Secondary Schoolgirls tournament, courtesy of a outstanding innings of 85 runs from Sarah Jane Stone. In the far north, Bay of Plenty Coastland defeated Counties Manukau while Bay of Plenty Lakeland lost to Northland. 

 

ND Secondary Schoolgirls @ Tauranga

Day Two – 3 December 2019 (T20)

Round Three: Bay of Plenty 146/5 (Sarah Jane Stone 85) defeated Northland 120/6 (Elle Archer 2/23)

Round Four: Bay of Plenty 106/4 (Elle Archer 44, Sarah Jane Stone 22) – Waikato Valley 40/0 game abandoned because of wet weather

 

ND Junior Secondary @ Whangarei 

Day Two – 3 December 2019 

Round Three (T20) Bay of Plenty Coastland 167/7 (Utsav Kumar 60, Riley Brady 28) defeated Counties Manukau 109/7

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 78 lost to Northland 81/5 (Logan Murray 2/8)

 

Round Four (T20 Finals) - To be completed

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2019 ND Junior Secondary and Secondary Schoolgirl’s Tournaments – Bay of Plenty Daily Results

Posted: Thursday, 5 December 2019

Day One - 2nd December

Four wins from four T20 games, were the Bay of Plenty results on the opening day of the ND Junior Secondary tournament, being played in Whangarei. Bay of Plenty Lakeland repelled the challenges of the ND Invitation XI and also took the big scalp of Hamilton. Bay of Plenty Coastland posted a 133 run win against Poverty Bay and bowled Waikato Valley out 21 runs short of their target.

Closer to home, the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls posted a win and a loss on the opening day of the ND tournament being played at Fergusson Park in Tauranga. The Bay side opened their competition with a win over Counties Manukau before putting up a brave fight against Poverty Bay.

 

ND Secondary Schoolgirls @ Tauranga

Day One – 2 December 2019 (T20)

Round One: Counties Manukau 65/8 (Amy Clegg 3/6) lost to Bay of Plenty 67/6 (Sarah Jane Stone 27)

Round Two: Poverty Bay 144/7 (Amy Clegg 3/31) defeated Bay of Plenty 94/5 (Elle Archer 23no)

 

ND Junior Secondary @ Whangarei 

Day One – 2 December 2019 (T20)

Round One

Bay of Plenty Coastland 194/5 (Utsav Kumar 56, Riley Brady 30) defeated Poverty Bay 61 (Spencer Wills 5/13)

ND Invitation XI 79 (Andrew Friskney 3/12) lost to Bay of Plenty Lakeland 80/2

Round Two

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 123/6 (Logan Murray 38) defeated Hamilton 114/9 (Billy Syme 3/14)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 184/6 (Spencer Wills 55, Darcy Collett 33) defeated Waikato Valley 164/5 (Depp Bollingford 3/23)

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Development Cruise To Victory At The Bay Oval

Posted: Monday, 2 December 2019

Basil McBurney Trophy - 1st December

Quiet satisfaction descended on the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Sunday (1 December 2019) afternoon, after the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, had cruised to victory over Poverty Bay in their Basil McBurney Trophy match-up.

The Bay of Plenty second eleven, entered the ND Development contest against Poverty Bay, with two narrow losses in the last two seasons. Last season the Poverty Bay paper-thin three run defeat, was their only loss on the way to winning the ND Development competition.

Poverty Bay won the toss and backed themselves by taking first use of the Bay Oval strip, which looked to have plenty of runs in it. The visitors first wicket fell with just eight runs on the board, with the key wicket of Nick Hendrie caught behind by Cameron Ingram for 26, having Poverty Bay in real trouble at 41/4.

The Poverty Bay innings came to an end with the fourth ball of the 38th over, when they were removed for 111. Bay Development Captain Dominic Crombie led the way with ball taking three wickets at a cost of 20 runs, with Josh Earle and Daniel Price taking two wickets apiece.

"It was a fantastic bowling and fielding performance from our lads that set up a great win", said Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams.

Two of the young guns of Bay of Plenty Cricket, in Taylor Bettelheim and Fergus Lellman, strode to the wicket determined to waste as little time as possible in bringing home a Bay of Plenty victory. It took just eighteen overs for Bay of Plenty to take the competition win points on offer, without losing a wicket.

Fergus Lellman top scored with an unbeaten 55 at a tad better than a run a ball, in an innings that contained eight 4's and one shot over the boundary ropes. Taylor Bettleheim was as dominant as his partner at the batting crease, in posting 49 not out, which included six boundaries.

"Our two openers in Taylor and Fergus were very deliberate in their choice of shots in the run chase, which led to a very convincing win". "I was really happy with our all-round performance and how we are moving forward as a group', said Williams.

The Bay of Plenty second eleven now take a competition break until February 2020, when the they will endeavour to retain their unbeaten ND Development season record, against Counties Manukau, Hamilton and Waikato Valley.

 

ND Development Competition @ Bay Oval, 1 December 2019

Poverty Bay 111 (N Hendrie 26; Dominic Crombie 3/20, Daniel Price 2/20, Josh Earle 2/25) lost to Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development 115/0 (Fergus Lellman 55no, Taylor Bettleheim 49no)

 

Basil McBurney Trophy Schedule 2019/2020

2 February 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Counties Manukau, Karaka

16 February 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Hamilton, Bay Oval

8 March 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Waikato Valley, Bay Oval  

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Greerton And Mount Muanganui To Decide 2019 Bay Of Plenty Cup Title

Posted: Monday, 2 December 2019

Bay Cup Semi Finals Review

Eves Realty Greerton and Carrus Mount Maunganui will contest the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup Final, after the two clubs won their semi-finals on Saturday (30 November 2919) - albeit in completely contrasting circumstances.

Greerton simply blasted Element IMF Cadets out of the playoffs, when they batted first and posted 306/9. Top order batsman Nick Hendrie was in superb touch hammering 127, before being dismissed, with Matt Worsnop posting 39 runs. Cadets young stand-in captain Fergus Lellman, will long remember the encounter taking a five wicket haul including a hat-trick.

The big target proved too much for the visitors to Greerton headquarters, who were bowled out for 158. Cadets were in desperate trouble at 94/9, before their last two batsmen in Michael Barbeau (40) Finn Dempsey (24no) gave their side respectability with a 64 run partnership. Lee Watkins, Matt Worsnop and Jared Tutty all grabbed three wicket bags for the winners.

The second Bay of Plenty Cup post-section match, between New World Te Puke and Mount Maunganui, was dominated by the visitors to the Te Puke Domain. Mount Maunganui bowled first and dismissed the home team for 121. Blair McKenzie was the best of the hosts batsmen with 27 runs, with Tony Goodin, Dominic Crombie and Chris Atkinson doing the damage with the ball.

The Mount Maunganui progression to the Bay of Plenty Cup title decider, was a stroll in the park, as they got home without losing a wicket. Long-time Mount premier team-mates, Peter Drysdale and Matt Golding both posted half centuries on their way to a clinical victory.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo and Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, will decide the Bay of Plenty Plate after wins in Taupo and Rotorua respectively. 

Lake Taupo batted first in their match-up with Geyser City and set their opponents a solid target, after reaching 203 for the loss of nine wickets. Drew Brierley and Louie Love-Parata both posted half centuries. Geyser City's Liam Kelly batting at eight, stood out like a beacon with 71 runs as the Rotorua representatives were removed for 129, to give the Great Lakes region side a big 74 run win

An over’s reduced match in the Sulphur City, saw Tauranga Boys College earn the right to meet Lake Taupo in the Bay of Plenty Plate final. Tauranga Boys restricted Bayleys Central Indians to 109/8, before getting home with five wickets to spare.

Individual Tauranga Boys honours, belonged to Tim Pringle who took four wickets and Jason Spice (32no) and Dillon Preston (26no) who put on a winning 47 run partnership.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 30 November 2019

Bay of Plenty Cup Semi-Finals

Eve's Realty Greerton 306/9 (Nick Hendrie 127, Matt Worsnop 39; Fergus Lellman 5/55 (including a hat-trick) defeated Element IMF Cadets 158 (Michael Barbeau 40, Finn Dempsey 24no; Lee Watkins 3/23, Matt Worsnop 3/31, Jared Tutty 3/32)

New World Te Puke 121 (Blair McKenzie 27, Josh Earle 23no; Tony Goodin 3/17, Dominic Crombie 3/33, Chris Atkinson 3/40) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 120/0 (Peter Drysdale 57no, Matt Golding 56no)

 

Bay of Plenty Plate Semi-Finals

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 203/9 (Drew Brierley 66, Louie Love-Parata 56, AJ How 32; Barry Hogan 3/47, Liam Kelly 2/26) defeated Geyser City 129 (Liam Kelly 71, AJ How 3/15, Drew Brierley 3/23, John Dolan 2/13)

Bayleys Central Indians 109/8 (Jeff Simmons 41, N Nawala 29; Tim Pringle 4/20, Jason Spice 2/8) lost to Tauranga Boys College 110/5 (Jason Spice 32no, Dillon Preston 26no, Liam Collett 23; Andrew Gibbs 3/57)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Final – Eves Realty Greerton v Carrus Mount Maunganui

Bay of Plenty Plate Final – Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College

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Bay Of Plenty To Play In ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament Next Week

Posted: Monday, 2 December 2019

ND Secondary Girl's Tournament 2-4 December

The Bay of Plenty team to play at the ND Senior Secondary Schoolgirls Cricket Tournament at Fergusson Park next week (2-4 December 2019), is a young side, with a number of players who have taken part in two recent Under 15 and Junior Girls tournaments, in the Bay of Plenty and Northland.

Four from four victories and the tournament title at the Bay of Plenty tournament - and two wins in their only two encounters in the weather affected Northland tournament, highlight the progress of a band of promising youngsters. 

The ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament is the passageway for promising young girls, to progress through the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway to senior representative cricket. There is no better example of the Bay of Plenty female pathway success, than White Fern Anna Peterson, who represented the Bay at the Tauranga based tournament in 2006 and 2007.

“The Bay of Plenty team is looking forward to playing the other District Associations, especially since the Northland tournament was so rain affected yesterday. We have prepared well through our different tournaments and some players have recently been involved in the Northern Districts system”. “It is great to be able to host this tournament here in Tauranga”, said Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer, Rebecca Yee.

The tournament format of four rounds of Twenty 20, followed by a thirty over encounter on the last days play, sees Bay of Plenty meet Counties Manukau, Poverty Bay, Northland and Waikato Valley in T20 action in the first four rounds. Their biggest test will come in their 30 over per side assignment, when they square off with defending titleholders Hamilton.

 

ND Secondary Schoolgirls Cricket Tournament @ Fergusson Park, Tauranga 2-4 November 2019

Bay of Plenty Team - Aimee Unwin, Tash Wakelin, Amelia Harvey, Sarah-Jane Stone, Amy Clegg, Sabine Attrill, Christina Gatenby-Hinton, Cate Wahl, Elle Archer, Georgia Kaye

BOPCA Secondary Schoolgirls Draw

December 2 - Round One (T20) Bay of Plenty v Counties Manukau - Round Two (T20) Bay of Plenty v Poverty Bay.

December 3 - Round Three (T20) Bay of Plenty v Northland - Round Four (T20) Bay of Plenty v Waikato Valley.

December 4 - Round Five (30 over game) Bay of Plenty v Hamilton.

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Sudden Death Cricket To Find Bay Of Plenty Cup & Plate Finalists

Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2019

Bay Cup Semis - 30th November

Sudden death cricket this Saturday (30 November 2019) will sort out the four teams, which will fight out the Bay of Plenty Cup and Plate Finals, seven days later.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Eves Realty Greerton, earned the top spot in the qualifying round robin competition, and will host Element IMF Cadets in semi-final action at Pemberton Park. Both sides have a bowler apiece who have taken a coveted six wicket haul this season. Cadets skipper Jono Boult took six wickets for 18 runs against Geyser City, while Greerton attack bowler Jared Tutty grabbed six wicket in his side match-up with Central Indians.

Arguably the most improved team in Baywide premier cricket in the current season is New World Te Puke. Their second place finish in the round robin competition, has been rewarded with a home semi-final against Carrus Mount Maunganui. 

Much of the Te Puke success, has been built upon their top order batting attack, with Tai Bridgman-Raison, Stephen Crossan and Blair McKenzie all scoring centuries. Mount Maunganui has a special attack weapon in Dale Swan, who is at the peak of his form after two hundred plus games in the green and gold strip. Eight wickets for just 19 runs against Cadets greatly contributed to Swan’s 19 wickets this season.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, have made steady progress since joining the Baywide premier ranks three years ago. The side from the Great Lakes region finished the preliminary competition, as the top qualifier in the Bay of Plenty Plate playoffs and will meet Geyser City at Owen Delany Park. 

Lake Taupo's Mark Mitchell and Roger Urbahn, who sit in prominent position on the batting and bowling stakes, are likely to spearhead their teams victory chase. Geyser City's Sam Kershaw has been a shining light in his teams batting line-up, with 294 runs to his name and is likely to have a prominent role in his teams performance.

The second Bay of Plenty Plate semi-final, sees Bayleys Central Indians at home at Smallbone Park to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls has dominated the Bay of Plenty Cup batting statistics, blasting 396 runs and posting the seasons highest score of 126 not out. Tauranga Boys bowler Kieran New has been in top form taking 13 bowling scalps.

 

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Semi-Finals

Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets, Pemberton Park; New World Te Puke v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Te Puke Domain.

 

Bay of Plenty Plate Semi-Finals

Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Geyser City, Owen Delany Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Development To Settle The Score Against Poverty Bay

Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2019

Basil McBurney Trophy - 1st December

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, has a score to settle, when they square off with Poverty Bay Development at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday (1 December 2019).

Last season, the Bay of Plenty second eleven started their season with a heartbreaking three-run loss to Poverty Bay, before dispatching Hamilton, Northland, Waikato Valley and Counties Manukau, to claim the Basil McBurney trophy awarded to the winners of the ND Development competition.

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams “Our last game against Northland was a fighting win on a wicket that wasn’t great.  The boys battled for 190, which was below par, but an unbelievable bowling and fielding performance changed the outcome of the game”.

“Looking forward to Poverty Bay this weekend, we have had two close losses to them in the last two seasons, which the guys are sure to have at the back of their minds. We have a score to settle and the encounter is another great opportunity for the guys to express themselves”. “The development group is always growing and learning which is all we can ask”.

The Bay of Plenty selectors, have gone for a largely unchanged team that defeated Northland, with Mikaere Leef coming into the line-up. The Te Puke premier bowler, made four BOPCA Development appearances last season taking seven wickets with best bowling figures of 4/44.

 

ND 2019/20 Development Competition

Craigs Investment Partners BOPCA Development v Poverty Bay @ Bay Oval, 1 December 2019

Bay of Plenty Team: Taylor Bettelheim, Fergus Lellman, Jacob Logan, Marcel Collett, Niven Dovey, Daniel Price, Dominic Crombie ( c ) Joshua Earle, Iman Singh, Cameron Ingram, Mikaere Leef, Craig Baldry

Coach: Russell Williams                     Manager: Shaun Riley

 

Schedule

2 February 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Counties Manukau, Karaka

16 February 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Hamilton, Bay Oval

8 March 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Waikato Valley, Bay Oval  

 

Results

ND Basil McBurney Trophy @ Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe 17 November 2019

189 (Fergus Lellman 47, Niven Dovey 27, Marcel Collett 21) defeated Northland 155 (Fergus Lellman 3/22, Jacob Logan 2/19, Iman Singh 2/30)

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Two Bay Junior Secondary Age-Group Teams To Make The Long Trip To The Far North

Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2019

ND Junior Secondary Tournament - 2nd to 6th December

Two Bay of Plenty teams will represent the province at the ND Junior Secondary Cricket Tournament to be played in Whangarei 2nd - 6th December 2019 - with three additional Bay players selected for the Northern Districts Invitational side.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland players are drawn from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo, with Western Bay of Plenty, the catchment area for the Bay of Plenty Coastland representatives. 

Participation in the ND Junior Secondary Schools tournament, is an important cog in the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway. Year 5 and 6 players kick of representation selection in BOPCA sub-association representative teams, before the most promising progress to Coastland and Lakeland Primary teams. The Bay of Plenty Junior and Senior Secondary teams are the last links in the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway. 

“Age group tournaments are less about results and more about supporting the players development as cricketers and as young men. We are fortunate to have two quality coaches in Sam Owen and Sam Kershaw involved, both bring considerable knowledge and a level of professionalism to the environment”, said Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison

This year’s Bay of Plenty teams, have both been humming in training will enter the competition with positive mindsets of success. Twelve months ago, Bay of Plenty Coastland won the tournament Twenty 20 trophy, after dispatching archrivals Hamilton in the title decider. The Bay side posted 133/4 then bowled the Waikato side out for 88, to claim the ND prize.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland also performed with distinction in the weather blighted competition. They finished a meritorious fourth in the T20 competition and demolished Poverty Bay by 86 runs in their solitary 50 over game.

 

ND Junior Secondary Cricket Tournament @ Whangarei 2/6 December 2019

BOPCA Coastland Junior Secondary Team

Spencer Wills (c), Darcy Collett, Depp Bolingford, Luca Adsett, Harsh Patel, Finn O’Brien O’Loan, Matthew Ward, Riley Brady, Dylan Fletcher, Utsav Kumar, Jordan Smith, Ethan Chamberlain.

Coach: Sam Owen                  Manager: Rana Collett

 

BOPCA Lakeland Junior Secondary Team

Harry Jones (co-captain) Cohen Stewart (co-captain) Lockie White, Ben Parlane, Te Manewha Rikihana, Daniel Coster, Lachlan Balfour, Logan Murray, Loughlin Keaney, Andrew Friskney, Luke Spargo, Billy Syme.

Coach:  Sam Kershaw            Manager: Crispian Stewart

 

Northern Districts Invitational Team

Josh Espitalier, Sam Clode, Jayden Meyer.

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Bay Of Plenty Lakeland Finish The ND Primary Tournament With A Dramatic Win

Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2019

ND Primary Tournament - 25-27 November

Bay of Plenty Lakeland, wrapped up the three days of play at the ND Primary Cricket tournament played in Cambridge 25-27 November 2019, with a dramatic one run win.

The ND Primary tournament and two rounds of pre-tournament competition, is the first step in the ND age-group cricket pathway, with nine-aside teams contesting 40 overs per side matches.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland batted first against the ND Invitation XI and were dismissed for 149, with Ben Clarke in top form smacking 55 runs. The game was on a knife-edge, with the Bay team removing their opponents for 148, to claim a one run victory. Zach Forster did plenty of damage with the ball taking four wickets for 33 runs.

Bay of Plenty Coastland also finished the Cambridge tournament with a victory, in a match where all 16 wickets fell in the encounter. The Coastland representatives were bowled out for what looked to be a modest 83, before the Coastland bowlers stormed into the encounter, to remove the Waikato side for just 68. Harry Burns top scored with an unbeaten 23 runs with Angus Tustin taking three wickets for 20 runs.

In earlier tournament action, Bay of Plenty Coastland defeated Northland on day two with the Lakeland side going down to Hamilton. Day one saw Coastland give archrivals Hamilton a cricket lesson, with the Lakeland side posting an extremely satisfying win over a strong Counties Manukau team. 

Bay of Plenty Coastland finished the 2019 ND Primary competition, with four wins and a single defeat to Counties Manukau. Bay of Plenty Lakeland can also be pleased with their competition performances, which resulted in two wins and two games that went down to the wire.

ND Primary Tournament @ Cambridge 25-27 November 2019

Day Three (27 November)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 149 (Ben Clarke 55) defeated ND Invitation XI 148 (Zach Forster 4/33, Tom Yetsenga 2/25)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 83 (Harry Burns 23no) defeated Waikato Valley 68 (Angus Tustin 3/20)

Day Two (26 November)

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 115 (Tom Yetsenga 27, Ethan Staddon 25, Ben Clarke 23) lost to Hamilton 118/6 (Zach Forster 2/15, Tom Martin 2/20)

Northland 178 (Angus Tustin 2/22, Harry Burns 2/29, Jake Stott 2/45) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 182/7 (Harry Burns 58, Dylan Henderson 36)

 

Day One (25 November)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 230/8 (Sebastian Heath 65rt, Austin Tustin 41rt, Dylan Henderson 38) defeated Hamilton 132 (Angus Tustin 2/14, Jake Stott 2/20)

Counties Manukau 189/6 (Riley Kusabs 3/26) lost to Bay of Plenty Lakeland 190/6 (Sohan Patel 65, Ben Clarke 24, Tom Martin 22)

 

Round Two 17 November

Waikato Valley 178/7 (F Morey 50; Sohan Patel 2/13, Zach Forster 2/27) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 88 (Tom Martin 39)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 184/5 (Dylan Henderson 54, Harry Burns 40, Bryn Robertson 30) lost to Counties Manukau 186/6 (Angus Tustin 2/24)

 

Round One 10 November (Played @ Cambridge 24 Nov after no play on the 10 Nov)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 191/8 (Dylan Henderson 60, Angus Tustin 41, Bryn Robertson 32; Ben Clarke 3/29) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 166/7 (Tom Yetsenga 56, Ben Clarke 28; Angus Tustin 2/10, Jake Stott 2/27)

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Genera Western Bay Of Plenty Super 6’S Played Out To A Unique Backdrop At Blake Park

Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2019

Girl's Super 6's - 21 November

The Genera Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s, was played out to the unique backdrop of the Blackcaps v England First Test at the Bay Oval on Thursday 21st November 2019.

A new record of 34 teams, took part in an amazing day of action and frivolity at Blake Park, with an abundance of laughter greeting the test match patrons as they made their way to the big game.

The Western Bay of Plenty Super 6’s, is the culmination of the GoGirl school visits by Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee and gives the youngsters the opportunity to put their new found cricket skills into action.

In addition to the near two hundred youngsters taking part, a myriad of family and friends sat on the sidelines giving plenty of vocal support

To celebrate the historic occasion, tickets to the Black Caps verses England encounter were given to the youngsters to experience the live action of test cricket, at the conclusion of the Super 6’s.

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s Prizewinners

Positively Cricket Awards - Pyes Pa School, Golden Sands School and Matahui School.

Future Spirit Awards - Ruby (Greenpark School), Mikayla (Gate Pa School) and Tiana (Whakamarama School)

Superstar Awards - Bailey (Tauranga Primary), Jan Marie (St Mary’s Rotorua), Chloe (Oropi School), Leonelle (Greenpark School, Shreya (Katikati Primary)

Players with Promise Awards - Bonnie (Pyes Pa), Danika (Bethlehem College), Livvy (Taumata School)

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Defeat Northland In Fergus Hickey Action

Posted: Thursday, 28 November 2019

Fergus Hickey Rosebowl 23-24 November

Picture this - Northland need one run to tie and two runs to win, to defeat Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty, with the batsman facing sitting on 129 not out. 

Bay of Plenty spin-bowler Peter Drysdale then weaved some of his magic with the ball to grab the wicket of the Northland centurion, who finished a defiant innings stranded on 129 runs, with Bay of Plenty posting a dramatic victory to earn the ND 2020 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge spot.

The occasion was the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game between Bay of Plenty and Northland, played at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei, 23th and 24th November 2019.

The visitors to the far north took first use of the batting strip and were quickly under the pump, losing their first three wickets with just 62 runs on the board. “Taylor Bettleheim took his opportunity in just his second game for the Bay senior men’s side and grafted a very selfless 66 runs”, “The dismissal of Taylor, saw Fergus Lellman taking the responsibility for getting the team out of danger, looking untroubled, as he posted our sides top score of 82”, said Bay of Plenty Coach Charles Williams.

“Throughout our entire turn at bat, our young guns stood up with Tim Pringle playing a very confident innings and backing it up the next day bowling twenty plus overs on the trot”. “Dominic Crombie scored some valuable runs down the order on day two, with the most pleasing thing for me being the way our younger batsmen stood up when we needed them”.

Bay of Plenty started well in their defence of, 282, before Northland dug in to go on attack. By late afternoon the Bay seamers had bowled tirelessly in very hot conditions “Not once did the seamers ask for a rest and they kept charging in from the opening ball to the last wicket”. “They were complemented by the relentless line and length from Tim Pringle and Peter Drysdale. Both spinners built pressure and both of them bowled superbly”.

When the dramatic end came - Bay of Plenty had not only completed the rare feat of beating Northland in the far north, but had secured a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton in early 2020.

“The victory shows the outstanding attitude of the current squad and that no game is ever beyond us. We have an exciting group of players in our squad and we cannot wait to try to win back-to-back ND Twenty 20 title in Taupo in a few weeks time”, said the Bay of Plenty Coach.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Whangarei, 23/24 November 2019 – Result

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 282 (Fergus Lellmen 82, Taylor Bettleheim 66, Tim Pringle 37, Dominic Crombie 23; NJ Parkes 5/69)

Northland 281 (TK Parkes 129; Chris Atkinson 3/76, Dominic Crombie 2/42, Peter Drysdale 2/43, Tim Pringle 2/65)

Result: Bay of Plenty won by way of first innings points

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Chase Hawke Cup Direct Challenge Berth

Posted: Friday, 22 November 2019

Hawke Cup vs Northland 23-24 November

There have been few more vital starts to the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl competition, for the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty representative team, than this weekend’s (23/24 November 2019) clash with Northland at Cobham Oval in Whangarei.

The ND Hawke Cup challenger spot is up for grabs, in the calendar year competition, played within the Fergus Hickey title race. Current Hawke Cup holders Hamilton, will face the ND challenger in the first 2020 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge. Entering the last round of the ND Hawke Cup qualifying competition, Bay of Plenty and Waikato Valley are locked together at the top of the qualifying standings on 21 points apiece.

With a maximum eight points up for grabs, there will be plenty of interest in the Bay of Plenty match in the far north. With Waikato Valley sitting out the weekend bye, the Bay side must take some points from the Northland encounter, to book the ND Hawke Cup Direct Challenge position.

The Bay of Plenty side are a mix of solid experience and youth who have earned promotion from the BOPCA Development ranks. Hard hitting top order batsman Stephen Crossan, will be presented with his Bay of Plenty Cricket baggy cap awarded for 25 Bay of Plenty senior representative appearances, in Whangarei.

Long-serving all-rounder Peter Drysdale, is closing in on the magical mark of one hundred Bay of Plenty games and will tick off his 97th Bay appearance at the Cobham Oval. Bay of Plenty Captain Ben Musgrave (48 games) is fast approaching the significant milestone of 50 games in the Bay uniform.

At the other end of the experience spectrum is Josh Earle, who has earned promotion from the Bay Development side that beat Northland last weekend, to make his senior representative debut. 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Whangarei, 23/24 November 2019

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty (appearances in brackets)

Peter Drysdale (96) Stephen Crossan (24) Bharat Popli (78) Taylor Bettelheim (1) Blair McKenzie (6) Ben Musgrave - captain (48) Fergus Lellman (2) Ben Pomare (4) Tim Pringle (12) Dominic Crombie (2) Iman Singh (10) Chris Atkinson (20) Josh Earle (debut)

Coach: Charles Williams                       Manager: Wayne Brill

ND Hawke Cup Points: Bay of Plenty 21, Waikato Valley 21, Counties Manukau 15, Northland 11.

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Four Bay Of Plenty Players Selected For ND Under 19 To Play At National Tournament

Posted: Friday, 22 November 2019

ND Under 19 Tournament - 4 to 12 December

The ND Under 19 cricket team, to play at the NZ Cricket Under 19 tournament at Lincoln in Canterbury 4-12 December 2019, has a strong Bay of Plenty presence in the side with four Bay players earning selection.

Fergus Lellman, Ben Pomare and Tim Pringle, recently played for the New Zealand Under 19 side in a five match series against their Bangladesh counterparts. Jacob Logan has also been selected for the ND team, with Taylor Bettleheim chosen as a non-travelling reserve.

Fergus Lellman is an all-rounder of considerable ability, with a century and a number of wickets in the recent international age-group series showcasing his talents. Ben Pomare is a wicket keeper of rare ability with his work behind the stumps catching the ND selectors eye. Tim Pringle burst into the Bay of Plenty senior representative team two seasons ago, becoming the youngest player to be selected beating Kane Williamson’s previous mark.

Jacob Logan has earned his ND Under 19 stripes, on the back of some sterling performances with both bat and ball in the ND Development competition. Taylor Bettleheim, will draw considerable benefits as one of the non-travelling reserves, training with the side before the South Island tournament.

Bay of Plenty Cricket legend Graeme Aldridge will co-coach the team, with Chris Kuggeleijn, who played one game for Bay of Plenty in his illustrious playing career. Another former Bay of Plenty representative in Fraser Lellman will assist with the management of the team. 

ND Under 19 Team to play at the NZ Cricket Under 19 Tournament @ Lincoln 4-12 December 2019

Ben Pomare, Fergus Lellman, Jacob Logan, Tim Pringle (Bay of Plenty) Oliver White, Nathan Parkes,  Luke Trigg (Northland) Marcel Marconi,  Hayden Dickson (Counties Manukau) Michael Lanting,  Sajith Dhambagollah (Hamilton) David Hancock,  Thomas Bradburn (Waikato Valley) 

Non Travelling Reserves: Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty) Declan O’Brien (Counties Manukau)

 

Coaches: Graeme Aldridge, Chris Kuggeleijn                Manager: Fraser Lellman

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Two Bay Of Plenty Teams Start A Cricket Journey

Posted: Friday, 22 November 2019

ND Primary Tournamanet - 25-27 November

Two teams of Bay of Plenty Primary School players, will be starting a journey next week, which could lead some of the youngsters to senior representative and top level cricket careers in the future.

 

The ND Primary competition, which is the first of the three ND age-group tournaments organized by Northern Districts Cricket each season, scheduled two rounds of pre-tournament competition, before the annual three day tournament in Cambridge 25/27 November 2019

Black Caps Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, are three of the many graduates of the ND age-group pathway tournaments, with the trio taking part in the 2003 ND Primary competition.

Bay of Plenty enters two teams in the annual tournament, with BOPCA Coastland selected from the Western Bay of Plenty. The BOPCA Lakeland teams are selected from the most promising youngsters from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo.

The Bay of Plenty sides will enter the Cambridge tournament, with a loss apiece in round two of the pre-tournament competition. The two Bay sides will play their rained out round one contest, in Cambridge on Sunday 24th November.

ND Tournament @ Cambridge 25/27 November 2019 – BOPCA Teams Schedule

Day One (25 November) BOPCA Coastland v Hamilton, BOPCA Lakeland v Counties Manukau.

Day Two (26 November) BOPCA Coastland v Northland, BOPCA Lakeland v Hamilton.

Day Three (27 November) BOPCA Coastland v Waikato Valley, BOPCA Lakeland v ND Invitational XI.

Round Two 17 November

Bay of Plenty Coastland 184/5 (Dylan Henderson 54, Harry Burns 40, Bryn Robertson 30) lost to Counties Manukau 186/6 (Angus Tustin 2/24)

Waikato Valley 178/7 (F Morey 50; Sohan Patel 2/13, Zach Forster 2/27) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 88/8 (Tom Martin 39)

Round One 10 November

Bay of Plenty Coastland v Bay of Plenty Lakeland – no play due to wet weather

(To be played 24th November @ Cambridge)

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Genera Western Bay Of Plenty Super 6’s To Take Place To A Historic Background

Posted: Monday, 18 November 2019

21 Novemebr - Girls Super 6's Blake Park

The Genera Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s to take place at Blake Park on Thursday 21st November 2019, will be played out to a historic background with the first ever test at the nearby Bay Oval, taking place between the Black Caps and England.

To celebrate the historic occasion, tickets to the Black Caps verses England encounter will be given to the youngsters to experience the live action of test cricket, at the conclusion of the Super 6’s.

The 2019 Girls Super 6’s has attracted record number of both schools and teams, with 36 teams from 19 Western Bay of Plenty Schools from Katikati to Te Puke – which is a solid increase from last year’s 28 teams from 17 schools.

The Western Bay of Plenty Super 6’s, is the culmination of the GoGirl school visits by Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee and gives the youngsters the opportunity to put their new found cricket skills into action.

The GoGirl program delivers weekly coaching sessions, to Year 4 to 6 girls in Term One and Four of the school year, through a combination of the fundamental motor and cricket skills program.

“The GoGirls sessions this term have gone really well. We have seen a lot of new girls participating in the programme. They are all looking forward to playing games against other teams. To see this many female cricketers taking part is wonderful and we are busy organising the season to create more opportunities for them” said Rebecca.

The Bay of Plenty regional cricket festivals follow the NZ Cricket philosophy of ‘Making school cricket programs all about fun, participation and developing our players of tomorrow’.

“Our Girls Cricket Festival Days are always full of colour and the day never fails to produce a huge amount of laughter and hilarity, with the girls having fun and enjoying their day of cricket in the sun”. “At this Genera WBOP Super 6’s Festival Day, we are helped by some of our older Bay of Plenty representatives, where the young players will be able to show GoGirls participants where cricket can lead.”

 

Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Development Program

21 November              Genera Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s @ Blake Park

Participating Schools: Matua School x 2, Gate Pa School x 1, Oropi School x 1, Pyes Pa School x1, Katikati Primary School x 1, Matahui School x 1 Omanu School x 2, Pillans Point School x 2, St Marys’s Catholic School (Rotorua) x 2, Tahatai Coast School x 1, Te Puke Primary School x 1, Tauranga Primary School x 1, Whakamaramara School x 2, Greenpark School x 3, Maungatapu School x 2, TePuna School x 2 Bethlehem College Primary x 2.Taumata School x 3, Golden Sands School x 4.

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Development Defeat Northland By 34 Runs

Posted: Monday, 18 November 2019

17 November Basil McBurney Trophy Review

Defending ND Development Champions Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty, made the best possible start to defending the Basil McBurney Trophy, when they defeated Northland at the neutral venue of Bledisloe Park in Pukekohe on Sunday (17 November 2019).

Bay of Plenty won the toss, in their first ND Development competition game of the season and elected to bat.  New Zealand Under 19 representative Fergus Lellman was in good touch and stroked 47 runs of 68 balls, in a patient innings that included four boundaries. Batting in the middle order, Marcel Collett and Niven Dovey kept their side’s turn at bat ticking over.

When Niven Dovey was dismissed, the Bay had some work to do being six down with 140 runs on the board. Captain Dominic Crombie and Cameron Ingram who was making his Bay second eleven debut, both made useful contributions down the order, as Bay of Plenty were removed for 189 with one ball to spare in the regulation fifty overs.

Bay of Plenty opening bowler Fergus Lellman, put the Northland reply on the back foot, taking the first three wickets with just 22 runs on the board. When opener Bert Horner was adjudged IBW to the bowling of Iman Singh, the team from the far north was on the ropes at 105/7.

Batting at eight, Mark Andrianatos belted the ball with defiance to post his team’s top score of 54 not out, with Northland removed for 155 - to hand the Bay of Plenty representatives a 34 run victory.

Fergus Lellmen, finished the match with bowling figures of three wickets at a cost of 22 runs, with Jacob Logan and Iman Singh taking two wickets apiece.

Revenge will be on the Bay of Plenty Development side, on Sunday 1st December 2019, when they host Poverty Bay, who beat the Bay by a paper-thin margin of three runs last season.

 

ND Basil McBurney Trophy @ Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe 17 November 2019

189 (Fergus Lellman 47, Niven Dovey 27, Marcel Collett 21; H Kidd 3/24) defeated Northland 155 (M Andrianatos 54no, B Horner 53; Fergus Lellman 3/22, Jacob Logan 2/19, Iman Singh 2/30)

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Three Centuries In Three Weeks Lead New World Te Puke To The Bay Of Plenty Cup Playoffs

Posted: Monday, 18 November 2019

16 November Bay Cup Review

New World Te Puke have been on fire in the Bay of Plenty Cup, with three centuries in the last three weeks, taking the team to a home semi-final in two weeks time.

On Saturday (16 November 2019) it was the turn of long-time Te Puke batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison, to plunder the Geyser City bowling, as his side reached 293 for the loss of three wickets. In tandem with Stephen Crossan, who had posted three figures a week ago, the pair put on an opening stand of 161 before Crossan fell for 79. 

The Te Puke opener continued on, with the clubs third centurion this season in Blair McKenzie (63no), before Bridgman-Raison was removed for 116. The three figure score stretched the veteran batsman's centuries to a new club record of sixteen. 

Sam Kershaw's innings of 66, stood out like a shining beacon, as Geyser City were bowled out for 134. Josh Earle was the best of the Te Puke bowlers taking three wickets for 19 runs.

The final place in the Bay of Plenty Cup playoffs, was decided at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, where Element IMF Cadets had to work hard to defeat Generation Homes Lake Taupo. The home side batted first and posted 170/9, with Michael Mitchell top scoring with 61 runs. Cadets loss six wickets in their successful run chase, with openers Jacob Logan and Andrew Mascall both reaching the forties before being dismissed.

Carrus Mount Maunganui, won a tight battle against Eves Realty Greerton, to cement third place in the qualifying competition. Mount Maunganui posted 239/9, with Peter Drysdale top scoring with 90 and Ben Musgrave chipping in with a handy 40 runs.

Greerton were restricted to 233/9, just seven runs short of preserving an unbeaten run in round robin play. Greerton skipper Shane Wineti led from the front to be rewarded with 82 runs to his name. Peter Drysdale showcased his all-round skills in taking three wickets at a cost of 25 runs.

Bayleys Central Indians returned to winning form against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, in a match where twenty wickets fell in the afternoons play. The Rotorua combined side were removed for what looked to be a modest 139. Kieran New did plenty of damage with ball, taking a four wicket bag.

Tauranga Boys were bowled out for 78 with the fourth ball of the 21st over, with Central Indians bowler Prabh Gill in superb form, taking four wickets at a cost of just 8 runs.

The final round of the Bay of Plenty Cup qualifying play, has resulted in Greerton, Te Puke, Mount Maunganui and Cadets, qualifying for the Bay of Plenty Cup shootout. Lake Taupo, Central Indians, Tauranga Boys College and Geyser City will contest the Bay of Plenty Plate. Both title races will resume in two weeks time, after a break next weekend, for the historic Black Caps v England Test Match at the Bay Oval.

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Results 16 November 2019

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 170/9 (Michael Mitchell 61, Luke Woods 25; Fergus Lellman 3/34) lost to Element IMF Cadets 173/3 (Jacob Logan 47, Andrew Mascall 41; Drew Brierley 3/25)

New World Te Puke 293/3 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 116, Stephen Crossan 79, Blair McKenzie 63no) defeated Geyser City 134 (Sam Kershaw 66; Josh Earle 3/19)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 239/9 (Peter Drysdale 90, Ben Musgrave 40; Lee Watkins 4/52, Matt Worsnop 2/14) defeated Eve’s Realty Greerton 233/9 (Shane Wineti 82, Umesh Ranaraja 31; Peter Drysdale 3/25, Dale Swan 2/42)

Bayleys Central Indians 139 (Aaron Bennett 36; Kieran New 4/25, Niven Dovey 3/40) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 78; Prabh Gill 4/8)

 

Points Table (Final): Greerton 41, Te Puke 41, Mount Maunganui 32, Cadets 29, Lake Taupo CC 23, Central Indians 23, Tauranga Boys College 14, Geyser City 5.

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Craigs Investment Partners Bay Of Plenty Development To Square Off With Northland

Posted: Friday, 15 November 2019

17 November Basil McBurney Trophy Preview

Defending ND Development titleholders, Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development XI, kick of their defence of the Basil McBurney Trophy against Northland, on Sunday (17 November 2019) at the neutral venue of Bledisloe Park in Pukekohe.

Last season, the Bay of Plenty second eleven started their season with a heartbreaking three-run loss to Poverty Bay, before dispatching Hamilton, Northland, Waikato Valley and Counties Manukau to claim the ND Second XI prize.

Bay of Plenty Cricket’s has long held a philosophy of developing the provinces young emerging talent, through selection in the ND Development competition, where the young men are exposed to the rigors of senior men’s representative competition.

The Bay side to meet Northland, continues the emphasis on youth, with the vast majority eligible to play Under 21 cricket. However the team is not lacking in senior representative experience, with Geyser City wicketkeeper Cameron Ingram the only player making his Bay of Plenty Second XI debut.

Taylor Bettelheim, Craig Baldry, Dominic Crombie, Fergus Lellman and Cameron Riley, all made successful transitions to the Bay of Plenty senior representative side last season, from the Bay of Plenty Development ranks

Dominic Crombie will captain the side after skippering the team to victory last season. The Bay side has two quality opening batsman in New Zealand Under 19 player Fergus Lellman and Taylor Bettelheim.

Marcel Collett, Daniel Price, Dominic Crombie and Josh Earle, will anchor the middle order, with all-rounders Jacob Logan and Niven Dovey extremely capable with both bat and ball. The bowling attack will be spearheaded by Cameron Riley, Craig Baldry and Iman Singh with Cameron Ingram behind the stumps.

 

ND Basil McBurney Trophy - Bay of Plenty Development v Northland @ Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty

Dominic Crombie (captain). Taylor Bettelheim, Fergus Lellman, Jacob Logan, Marcel Collett, Niven Dovey, Daniel Price, Josh Earle, Iman Singh, Cameron Ingram, Cameron Riley, Craig Baldry.

Coach: Russell Williams                     Manager: Shaun Riley

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Stop Press

Posted: Thursday, 14 November 2019

Joe Carter to Captain ND Against Otago 17 November

Long-serving Bay of Plenty representative, Joe Carter, is to captain Northern Districts against Otago in the first round of the Ford Trophy at Seddon Park on Sunday 17th November 2019.

ND v Otago 17th November 2019 @ Seddon Park, Hamilton 

James Baker                       (Hamilton)

Peter Bocock                      (Hamilton)

Dean Brownlie                   (Bay of Plenty)

Joe Carter  (c)                    (Bay of Plenty)

Henry Cooper                    (Northland)

Katene Clarke                    (Counties Manukau)

Zak Gibson                        (Waikato Valley)

Brett Hampton                   (Bay of Plenty)

Bharat Popli                       (Bay of Plenty)

Ish Sodhi                            (Counties Manukau)

Brett Randell                      (Northland)

Anurag Verma                   (Hamilton)

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Vital Bay of Plenty Cup Qualifying Game to Take Place at Owen Delany Park

Posted: Thursday, 14 November 2019

16 November Bay of Plenty Cup Preview

A vital encounter in the last round of qualifying play in the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup, will be fought out at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on Saturday (16 November 2019), when Generation Homes Lake Taupo host Element IMF Cadets - with the winner grabbing a berth in the Bay of Plenty Cup semi-finals.

While the two sides are locked together on 23 points apiece, entering the contest in the Great Lake region, they come from completely different spectrums of Baywide cricket. 

Cadets have become one of the heavyweights of Bay of Plenty premier club cricket, since they being established four decades ago. The Western Bay of Plenty club have won the Bay of Plenty Cup on three occasions and have triumphed in the time-honoured Williams Cup 11 times. The Tauranga Domain based club, has produced a myriad of ND and Bay of Plenty representatives, with Black Cap bowling star Trent Boult having played all his senior club cricket in the Cadets strip.

Lake Taupo have made big strides since joining the Baywide ranks in the 2017/18 season. Three 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup wins, have taken them to the cusp of making the Bay of Plenty Cup playoffs, contested by the top four from the qualifying rounds. Individual playing performances suggest that Bay of Plenty representative honours await the club in the future.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Eve's Realty Greerton, have already booked a home semi-final courtesy of their unbeaten record, albeit only just preserved against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College last weekend. They are certain to receive a good workout in the penultimate qualifying round, when they visit Blake Park, to square off with long-time rivals Carrus Mount Maunganui.

The second semi-final venue has also been decided, with New World Te Puke having banked enough points to host a post-section game at the Te Puke Domain. The formbook would suggest, that Te Puke will pick up a further six points when they travel to Smallbone Park in Rotorua to play Geyser City. 

Tauranga Boys College and Bayleys Central Indians, who meet at Tauranga Boys home base at Nicholson Field, look destined to meet-up in the Bay of Plenty Plate, which is contested by the second echelon from the qualifying rounds of play. Both sides have put up some strong performances and with a little luck could have squeezed a spot in the top four. 

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 16 November 2019

Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Element IMF Cadets, Owen Delany Park; Geyser City v New World Te Puke, Smallbone Park; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Eves Realty Greerton, Blake 3; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Bayleys Central Indians, Nicholson Field.

Points Table: Greerton 41, Te Puke 35, Mount Maunganui 26, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo CC 23, Central Indians 17, Tauranga Boys College 14, Geyser City 5.

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Grassroots Champions - Grasshoppers

Posted: Tuesday, 12 November 2019

One Team Club with a Lengthy History

Grasshoppers Cricket Club seems like a permanent fixture in the Western Bay of Plenty B Grade competition. The one team club welds together a genuine enjoyment of the game with friendly competitive play.  The Hoppers encompass fair play, respect for the opposition, always playing within the rules of the game and providing a friendly social environment within the game of cricket.

In this edition of Grassroots Champions, longtime Hoppers player and administrator Kerry Blomquist tells us about some of the Grasshoppers history.

When and how did Grasshoppers come into existence?

Tauranga Grasshoppers Cricket was born when a group of drinking buddies from the Tauranga Commercial Travelers Club, agreed to enter a team in the Tauranga Cricket Association local cricket Saturday league at a B grade (Social) level, back in 1983.

The foundation for the Hoppers was predominantly built on mate-ship and comradary. This culture has very much contributed to the impressive success achieved over the years. The Hoppers longevity is definitely down to members encouraging friends to come along and enjoy the sport of cricket, coupled with an extremely healthy social culture.

How long have you been a Hopper?

I am not one hundred per cent sure when I joined.....I believe it was around '85, '86

Tell us about the Grasshoppers early days

As I mentioned, in the early days, the cricket was extremely social. Not a lot of emphasis was put on winning. It was very much an afternoon of sporting endeavour with a couple of quiets before and after the match.

Hoppers cricket quickly morphed with a more competitive approach to the game, without losing the social aspect, when an increase in the skill level was achieved with the introduction of, "actual cricketers" who, when combined with existing players became, in just a couple of seasons, a force and a real threat in the local league. 

Tell us about some of the early players in the side

In the early days the club was definitely not blessed with too many skilled cricketers and over the years, the squads have been an eclectic mix from all walks of life, ethnicity and sporting backgrounds.

There have been, Builders, Plumbers, Company Executives, Farmers, Orchardists, Jewellers, Entrepreneurs, Salesman, I.T technicians, Antique Dealers, Butchers........and the list goes on.

White collar, Blue collar.........Asians, Poms, South Africans, Kiwis and I am a little reluctant to admit, but we have even had a couple of Aussies as well. Softballers, Rugby Players, Hockey Players, an AFL Player, Golfers, Soccer Players and Poker Players.

Over time however the mix also included ex representative cricketers from many different regions of New Zealand. Nelson, Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Western Bay to name a few. In every case....the common denominators have always been........Sport, the enjoyment of the game and the company of your mates..

As stated in the opener.....The game that the Hoppers participate in, is always done with the utmost respect for the sport and its rules and a passion for the game. The social aspect is of course the thread that has kept the Hoppers, current and past, close to the top of the league year after year.

On field banter is also an important characteristic of our membership. The Hoppers are recognised as a team that is above personal sledging, but are never short of an amusing on field quip or two aimed directly at its own members.

Regale us with some of the characters in the team over the years

Naming names is always a risk and I am really not a risk taker. Let's just say that there has always been, over the years, no shortage of extremely funny guys who have over time, offered up a number of very, very funny practical jokes and one liners to entertain the crowd.****All part of the Grasshoppers culture****

Tell us about the trips away and the funny stories to arise out of the trips

You know that "what happens on tour, stays on tour" As you well know, the ultimate success of any trip is not so much about the result but more about the memories.

Due to the very social commitment to the club by some of our members, trips away became integral to the makeup of the Grasshopper psyche. Trips to One day Internationals at Eden Park were always an excuse to fill a bus with personnel and alcohol for a great day out, of which there were many.

We have also traveled to Fiji to compete in a 40/40 tournament called the Compton Cup. Needless to say, it was a hell of a trip but without podium success. I will give you this one - as part of the entry requirement to the Compton Cup, we had to provide our own, non playing traveling umpire. 

We managed to convince one of Tauranga's senior umpires at the time to join us on the trip. Rocky Beswick. Rocky passed away many years ago now, so I don't think he will mind me telling you this little story. We stayed at the Fiji International Hotel. We were all accommodated in rooms which were located in a single wing of the Hotel, with access to the rooms via one very long hallway. On this particular evening we were involved in an extremely intense Kava ceremony followed by a kava based after party.

Needless to say, this was Rocky's (as it was for the rest of us) first experience with this root based anesthetic-like beverage. The effects of, usually aren't realized until you either pass out or you attempt to return to wherever you happen to be staying at the time. (If you can remember). It was easy for us, as all we had to do was negotiate one long hallway and remember the number of our rooms.

However when it came time to retire for the evening. Rocky had reached a state of total numbness. He was struggling to manage the basic motor skill of placing one foot in front of the other, resulting in a forward walking motion so he decided to use the wall of the hallway as his guide, transiting the hallway in a diagonal motion only changing direction when he crashed head first into one side then changing direction until he crashed into the wall on the other side.....eventually finding his room by a process of elimination. His room was the one where, when he tried to enter the room, he wasn't abused by the current occupant of said room. 

There were many, many, other events over the course of the tournament, beginning at the Auckland airport where much of our duty free alcohol was consumed before we even left New Zealand and ending with arrival back in NZ in a various stages of mild amnesia.

The Grasshoppers traveled to Malaysia and played cricket in temperatures and atmospheric conditions, that can only be described as  uncomfortable and extremely dehydrating. Obviously the re-hydration sessions were most entertaining and enjoyable.

We had a two year home and away series with a random team from Papatoetoe, which again was an excuse for a bus trip, which included the consumption of measured quantities of food and refreshments.

Great Barrier Island was one of our more interesting destinations. At Tauranga airport, we filled a small plane with players and another small plane with the necessities of life and endured the most amazing flight along the Eastern coast line before landing in, what can only be described as a farm paddock which had recently been the recipient of a couple of days of torrential rain. Most of us had self medicated during the flight in anticipation of the supposed dangers which were ahead of us. Namely landing a small plane in a rain soaked paddock. 

The absolute highlight of this trip was the commute to the cricket ground and the what can only be described as the most unique venue on the planet.

Our commute to the ground was facilitated by a number of small water craft and required open water travel to a tributary, which took us deep into no-where in particular. When we were at the end of the tributary we were greeted by locals with wheel barrows. The trip to the ground itself required us to load the wheel barrows with cricket gear and refreshments and take a short walk, through the beautiful untouched native bush, to a clearing in the middle of no-where hence forth know as."The Cricket Ground".

The ground was surrounded by native bush with the pitch constructed by running a mower over an area in the middle of the clearing, The bowlers could only operated from one end as the other end of the pitch ended roughly five meters from a full blown river, which was protected by a roll of shelter netting attached to a border of well established Manuka trees. No less than four balls were replaced during the course of the match.

I can't remember the outcome of the match but the afternoon BBQ (a sheet of corrugated iron over an open fire) was outstanding. Cricket and comradary were the winners on the day!!!!!

The funds for all the trips were sourced through copious amounts of fundraising, including working bee's, raffles and firewood sales. The firewood activity involved the felling of trees, kindly donated by club members, the splitting of the timber, the transportation of split wood to a central location in Tauranga and then the sale and delivery of the product. 

This was the primary source of funds and after many, many hours of labour by all the members and their families, raised thousands of dollars for our trip fund and could only have been achieved by a positive family friendly culture within the club. 

What age does the present crop of players range from?

The youngest full playing member is 19 years old with the oldest member still making a significant contribution at 64 years young.

Tell us about the 2019/20 side and the present crop of characters

The crop of characters remains unchanged from our past crop of characters. There are some new ones and some old ones back for another term. A genuine mix of ages, skills and experience with personalities, which all fit the Grasshopper culture, from the passed members to the new ones. 

What have been some of the memorable moments in the Grasshoppers history

Again, I refer to the culture that has remained unchanged for the past 36 years. With this culture memorable moments occur every season. For me personally, just playing alongside passed cricket legends such as, Rod Wealleans, Jim Steere, Ross Newton, Stu Abbott, Hugh Gardner and Rex Inglis, just to name a few and current legends Bob Curran, Ben Goodall, Ray Body and Wayne Anderson....and future legends, Andrew Balfour, Chris Savage, Craig Williamson and Dean O'Brien. Those are memories I will hold dear for a lifetime.

Another important memory for me is seeing young average cricketers develop as people and take their newly evolved skill set to a higher level, which has allowed them to compete at a higher level of the game with the help of the older, more experienced heads in the Hoppers environment.

Can you recall and retell some of the outstanding feats on the field

There are too many to accurately recall without leaving out some which would only upset the those of us who really deserve the accolades, but there is one outstanding feat which I will recall for you and can almost guarantee that this feat will not be repeated in Tauranga cricket ever again.

The Hoppers were deep into a match against Albion at the most picturesque ground in Tauranga....Mitchell Park, in the late 1980's early 90's. Albion batsman, John Page, was at the crease and suddenly, without warning, dropped to the ground with what we suspect was either a fit or a heart attack. Grasshopper legend Hugh Gardner. with lightening reactions and without hesitation, sprinted in from the square leg boundary....rolled John into the recovery position and then, recognizing that John was starting to swallow his tongue.......ripped a bail from the top of the stumps and s hoved it into Johns mouth to stop his tongue from choking him to death. The ambulance duly arrived and John was taken to hospital where I believe he made a full recovery.

Obviously not a cricketing feat but certainly an outstanding feat of compassion and awareness of what was potentially a life or death situation.

Who are the longest serving current players in the team and tell us a little about them

If you use the term players loosely....that would be me. I am available to play every Saturday but ask not to be selected if there are younger members available to play. The future of our club is reliant on the introduction of new, younger members and us old fellas need to recognise that these guys or girls want to and need to play.

We currently have 2, 15 year vets that were both poached from other Tauranga based clubs and have been an important part of our club ever since.

We poached Chris Savage from Albion and Andrew Balfour from Mount Maunganui. Both of these guys are top level all-rounders with outstanding skills in all areas of the game. They are both obviously better than B Grade, but have individually made the decision to remain with the Hoppers and have always been critical contributors to the Hoppers many championship successes.

Where to from here for the Hoppers?

Grasshoppers originally affiliated to the Greerton Cricket club for many years however, we collectively felt that the Greerton club gave us very little support. We were very much taken for granted. We decided to divorce ourselves from Greerton and form a breakaway, fully affiliated independent, stand alone club in our own right.

We were approached to affiliate to Tauranga Sports for a couple of seasons until their cricket program hit the wall and was dissolved. We were then totally homeless and spent many years in the wilderness without a home ground, or a club room, to have available to us for after match functions to host and show appreciation to our opposition teams.

A positive resolve to this dilemma was found in the form of support from Rossco's Cafe and Bar until the bar was sold three years ago and the new owners really showed no interest in having us on board. Thankfully, Tracy and Tok from the Cornerstone pub were genuinely excited about the prospect of the Hoppers calling their establishment our home. A happily mutual relationship has now evolved and we are no longer homeless.

Financially we owe a great deal to Pub Charity for our survival. Without their support our members would be up for some pretty heavy costs, which in many instances can be a determining factor as to whether or not, young family's can afford to have a family member committed to a season of cricket.

As an independent stand alone single team club our survival from year to year is tenuous to say the least. Unlike the bigger established Tauranga clubs, The Hoppers do not have a junior program and we are not a catchment club for the school leavers and new arrivals into the Tauranga area.

The Future.....who knows? We will continue for another 36 years, as we have for the past 36 years, with new friends, second and third generation Hoppers coming through and the open door policy we have to encourage new boys. Girls, men and women to be a part of an organisation that, competes hard but honestly and with the utmost passion and respect for this amazing game.

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Three Bay Players Selected for Northern Spirit

Posted: Monday, 11 November 2019

Catch the Spirit at Bay Oval in December and January

The SkyCity Hamilton Northern Spirit has named their squad for the 2019-20 season, being the ND Women’s sides 20th in domestic cricket.

The three Bay of Plenty players, selected, come from different spectrums in Northern Spirit experience. Kate Anderson has been a fixture in recent Spirit teams having played 40 One-Day matches and 32 Super Smash games. The talented all-rounder has belted over one thousand runs with a best score of a remarkable 160 not out. For good measure she has taken 53 wickets in the two forms of the game.

Nensi Patel made her Northern Spirit debut at just 14 years of age and has gone on to wear the Spirit uniform on 29 occasions. The right arm-arm medium fast bowler has taken 22 wickets with best bowling figures of four wickets for 19 runs.

Holly Topp is making her Northern Spirit debut, after success with the ND Under 21 Women’s side. Holly is a perfect example of the Bay of Plenty Cricket women’s pathway, having graduated from the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls and ND Under 18 and Under 21 Women’s sides, to making her Northern Spirit debut this season.

Bay of Plenty cricket fans, will have the opportunity to watch our local players in action at the Bay Oval during the summer, in Hallyburton Johnstone (One-Day) and Super Smash (Twenty 20) matches.

On the 7th and 8th December 2019, the Northern Spirit will play back to back Hallyburton Johnstone matches against the Central Hinds. On the first day of 2020, the Spirit will meet the Wellington Blaze in Super Smash competition, returning to the Bay Oval on the 12th January, with both matches double-headers with the Knights.

Click here to read the ND latest news, to learn about the SkyCity Hamilton Northern Spirit 2019/20 side.

Bay of Plenty Northern Spirit Selections

Kate Anderson (domestic contract) Nensi Patel, Holly Topp

SkyCity Hamilton Northern Spirit @ Bay Oval

Hallyburton Johnstone Shield

7 December 2019        Northern Spirit v Central Hinds

8 December 2019        Northern Spirit v Central Hinds

Super Smash

1 January 2020            Northern Spirit v Wellington Blaze (Double-Header with the Knights)

12 January 2020          Northern Spirit v Canterbury Magicians (Double-Header with the Knights)

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Generation Homes Lake Taupo Upset Bayleys Central Indians

Posted: Monday, 11 November 2019

9 November Bay of Plenty Cup Review

Generation Homes Lake Taupo came of age in Baywide premier cricket on Saturday (9 November 2019), when the defeated Bayleys Central Indians and moved into the Bay of Plenty Cup top four, for the first time since joining the Baywide ranks three seasons ago. 

The Rotorua combined side batted first at Smallbone Park and were bowled out for 150. Stephen Nicholls continued his sterling run of form to top score with 71 runs. Nicholls knock took him to 297 runs, at a remarkable average of 95.67, in six rounds of the Bay of Plenty Cup competition. Lake Taupo bowler Drew Brierly, weaved some magic with the ball in taking five wickets for 36 runs.

An opening stand of 61 runs from Drew Brierley (46) and Habib Malik set a solid Lake Taupo platform for victory. Michael Mitchell batting at three, steered his team to the upset win belting an unbeaten half century, in his sides convincing six wicket win

New World Te Puke skipper Stephen Crossan, took control of his teams turn at bat against Carrus Mount Maunganui, smacking 110 of 102 balls in a innings that saw fifteen 4's and three 6's. Blair McKenzie contributed a handy 40, with Nick Smith and Dale Swan taking wickets apiece for Mount Maunganui, as Te Puke reached 243/9.

Mount Maunganui were on the back foot at 69/5. Ben Musgrave stabilised his sides innings with 72 runs, before the Te Puke bowlers struck back to remove their opponents for 177. Christian MacDonald and Cam Riley did plenty of damage with the ball, grabbing three wickets each.

Eve's Realty Greerton, got of the canvas to scramble a one wicket win against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. The Tauranga students took first use of the batting strip and posted 147 all out. Dillon Preston was in good touch, top scoring with 51 runs. 

At 77/2, the defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders seemed on track for victory. Excellent Tauranga Boys work in the field and some tight bowling paid dividends and at 130/9, Greerton looked headed for defeat. A sterling knock of 36 not out from Josh Bates and the fighting qualities of number eleven batsman James Boyd, got Greerton home to a one wicket victory. Kieran New played a big part in the extremely close finish with three vital wickets.

Former Northern Districts all-rounder Jono Boult, showed he had lost none of his skills, when Element IMF Cadets posted a seven wicket win over Geyser City.

The Rotorua Baywide newcomers were bowled out for 117, with BJ Astwood and Cameron Ingram showing some defiance with the bat. However the first innings belonged to the Cadets skipper who took six wickets for just 18 runs and snared a catch in the field for good measure.

New Zealand Under 19 batsman Fergus Lellman, anchored his sides seven wicket victory with 47 runs, with both Andrew Mascall and Jacob Logan reaching the twenties before being dismissed. 

Bay of Plenty Cup 9 November 2018 Results

Geyser City 117 (BJ Astwood 30, Cameron Ingram 26; Jono Boult 6/18) lost to Element IMF Cadets 118/3 (Fergus Lellman 47, Andrew Mascall 25, Jacob Logan 20)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 147 (D Preston 51; Jared Tutty 3/17) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 148/9 (Josh Bates 36no, Umesh Ranaraja 28; Kieran New 3/49)

New World Te Puke 243/9 (Stephen Crossan 110; Nick Smith 3/32, Dale Swan 3/58) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 177 (Ben Musgrave 72, Peter Drysdale 34; Christian MacDonald 3/30, Cameron Riley 3/31)

Bayleys Central Indians 150 (Stephen Nicholls 71, Lovely Sandhu 25; Drew Brierley 5/36) lost to Generation Homes Lake Taupo 152/4 (Michael Mitchell 50no, Drew Brierley 46)

Points Table (Provisional): Greerton 41, Te Puke 35, Mount Maunganui 26, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo CC 23, Central Indians 17,  Tauranga Boys College 14, Geyser City 5.

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Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Festival Days Produce a Myriad of Laughter and Fun

Posted: Friday, 8 November 2019

First Two Festival Days of the Season - Rotorua and Mount Maunganui

The first two Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Festival Days, took place on Tuesday and Wednesday (5&6 November 2019) at Boord Park in Rotorua and Blake Park in Mount Maunganui.

The laughter and myriad screams of delight from the Year 5 and 6 youngsters, told the tale of the success of the two Rotorua and Western Bay Festival days, where taking part in a fun environment and bonding with team mates took centre stage.

Much of the success can be attributed to the Bay of Plenty Cricket philosophy, where there are no tournament winners, with fairplay achievements recognized along with spot prizes on the day.

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Festival days kicked off on Tuesday 5 November at Boord Park in Rotorua, with eight very enthusiastic teams. At the end of the day, Aorangi and St Michaels Schools were presented with the day’s fairplay awards.

Twenty-two teams took part in the 16th Western Bay of Plenty Mini World Cup at Blake Park on Wednesday 6th November. The most highly sought after award presented each year is the best dressed team award.

This year the best team prize, went to Selwyn Ridge, who played under the banner of New Zealand. The team were kitted out in a full Black Cap playing strip including photos of their favourite Black Cap player on their hats.

The most improved trophy was given to Gate Pa School (Afghanistan), Tahatai Coast (Namibia) won the sportsmanship award, with Matua School (Australia) presented with the spirit of cricket prize. 

Attention now turns to the Great Lake region, where the Taupo Cricket Carnival will be held at Owen Delany Park next Thursday (14 November 2019).

Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Development Program – Festival Days

Genera Rotorua Festival Day Prizegiving

Fairplay Awards – Aorangi School & St Michaels School

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Mini World Cup Prizegiving

Most Improved Team:            Gate Pa School (Afghanistan)

Best Dressed:                          Selwyn Ridge (New Zealand)

Sportsmanship Award:           Tahatai Coast (Namibia)

Spirit of Cricket Award:         Matua (Australia)

Upcoming Genera Junior Cricket Events

14 November              Genera Taupo Cricket Carnival @ Owen Delany Park

20 November              Genera Eastern Bay of Plenty Festival Day

21 November              Genera Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s @ Blake Park

11 March                    Genera Western Bay of Plenty Rainbow Cup @ Bay Oval

18 March                    Genera Rotorua GoGirl Festival Day @ Boord Park

25 March                    Genera Taupo GoGirl Festival Day @ Owen Delany Park

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Two Wicket Keepers Take Centre Stage in Bay of Plenty Cup Action

Posted: Friday, 8 November 2019

9 November Bay of Plenty Cup Preview

A steady pair of hands behind the stumps is a prerequisite to team success on the cricket field. This Saturday (9 November 2019) two of the best glovemen in Baywide premier cricket, will square off in the Bay of Plenty Cup, when Carrus Mount Maunganui meet New World Te Puke at Fergusson Park.

Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie and Mount Maunganui's Ben Pomare, both made their Bay of Plenty senior representative debuts last season, sharing the wicket keeping duties after the retirement of long serving keeper Tim Clarke.

Both players have had a big start to the current season. Ben Pomare earned selection for the New Zealand Under 19 team, who played their Bangladesh counterparts in a five game series, in Canterbury during October.

Last weekend, Blair McKenzie anchored Te Pukes victory over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, belting 109 runs in a patient innings of 144 balls. His early season three figure score sits alongside back to back centuries last season.

Bayleys Central Indians, who have slipped off the pace after a scintillating start to the Bay of Plenty Cup, will want to get their semi-final prospects back on track against Generation Homes Lake Taupo, at Smallbone Park. 

The Lake Taupo side can be well pleased with their season so far, after joining the Baywide ranks two seasons ago. Two wins and competitive matches against the Western Bay heavyweights, suggest that the Great Lakes representatives have learned many lessons from their initial season in Baywide cricket.

Element IMF Cadets, will be heavily favoured to defeat Geyser City, at Cadets headquarters at the Tauranga Domain. The Rotorua based Bay of Plenty Cup new recruits sit at the bottom of the standings and are going through a similar learning curve to Lake Taupo last season.

There have been a number of Geyser City individual performances that are giving Geyser City much optimism in the first Baywide cricket foray. Sam Kershaw sits in second place in the batting stakes with Satpal Singh taking a four wickets bag against competition leaders Greerton.

Bay of Plenty Cup front runners Eves Realty Greerton, will put their unbeaten season start on the line, when Tauranga Boys College pays a visit to Pemberton Park. The encounter will have an additional edge with the Western Bay of Plenty Challenge prize of the Baker Cup on the line.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 9 November 2019

Bayleys Central Indians v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Smallbone Park; Eves Realty Greerton v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College; Pemberton Park; New World Te Puke v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Fergusson 3; Element IMF Cadets v Geyser City; Tauranga Domain.

Points Table: Greerton 35, Te Puke 29, Mount Maunganui 26, Cadets 17, Central Indians 17, Lake Taupo CC 17, Tauranga Boys College 14, Geyser City 5.

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Bay of Plenty to Play in the Kaipara Flats Junior Girls Smash 15 Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, 6 November 2019

16/17 November Tournament Preview

Hard on the heels of the Bay of Plenty Girls Under 15 success at the Bay of Plenty tournament at Labour weekend, a Bay of Plenty team are participating at the Kaipara Flats Junior Girls SMASH 15 tournament this weekend (10/11 November 2019).

The Bay of Plenty team won the inaugural Bay of Plenty Girls Under 15 tournament, winning four straight games to lift aloft the trophy in triumph. The Bay of Plenty representatives defeated Taranaki and Manawatu representative sides along with a Cornwall Cricket Club side, in the preliminary rounds, before overpowering the Cornwall representatives in the title decider.

Cornwall bated first in the final and posted 112 for the loss of five wickets. Bay of Plenty got home for the loss of just four wickets with this weekend’s captain Mya Clarke leading the way with a sterling 33 runs.

“Northern Districts see this as an important part in the pathway to provide opportunities for players to beginning their representative careers, as do we. It is the first chance for players in our representative programme to play for Bay of Plenty.

“This is BOPCA’s stepping-stone to the U14 tournament at Easter and Secondary School Girls representative teams”, said Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer, Rebecca Yee.

Mya Clarke will captain the Bay of Plenty team for the first time, however she has a myriad of girl’s junior cricket experience, which will stand her in good stead in the far north tournament.

The Kaipara Flats event, will see all other five Northern Districts Cricket Associations field a side, in a round robin format of 15 over games. This will be the Bay of Plenty’s third appearance at the Northland Cricket venue tournament.

Kaipara Flats Junior Girls SMASH 15 Tournament 16/17 November 2019

Bay of Plenty Team

Mya Clarke – Captain (Te Puke HS) Macy Donaghy, Rachael Wahab (Otumoetai College) Annie Nolan, Grace Kahle (Aquinas College), Aimee Unwin (Tauranga Girls College), Sabine Attrill (Mount Maunganui Intermediate), Tazmin Rowland, Elly Shirley (Tauranga Intermediate)

Teams: Northland CA, Counties Manukau CA, Waikato Valley CA, Hamilton CA, Bay of Plenty CA, Poverty Bay CA.

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Genera Biosecurity Step in to Assist The Bay Of Plenty Cricket Junior Development Program

Posted: Monday, 4 November 2019

Generous Sponsorship Faciliates 2019/2020 Program

Genera Biosecurity, has stepped in to ensure that the Bay of Plenty Cricket Junior Development Program goes ahead this season, after a funding shortfall.

The BOPCA Junior Development program facilitates the in-school delivery program, which introduces youngsters to the basic skills of cricket. Many of the participants have never picked up a bat or ball previously and enjoy the fun environment delivered by the qualified instructors.

The Genera Biosecurity financial support will also cover the hugely popular and successful Junior Cricket Festival days, which are delivered in the four Bay of Plenty Cricket regional centres.

Genera is a biosecurity industry leader using technological solutions to safeguard New Zealand. Genera is proudly a one hundred per cent New Zealand owned company.

“Upon hearing that the BOPCA schools grassroots cricket program was at risk of cancelation, denying children across the Bay of Plenty access to the basics of cricket coaching, we agreed on the spot to fund the program”, said Genera Biosecurity founder Mark Greenwood.

Mark Greenwood who is eighty years of age, played cricket in his home town of Te Puke for many years and said that he felt it was important for children of all backgrounds to have access to sport.

“Cricket is such a big part of the Kiwi psych and like any sport, it offers much in the form of developing self-belief, confidence, camaraderie and general wellbeing”. “I loved my playing days and made some lifetime mates and learnt a lot about winning and losing”.

“I’m really happy to be supporting a program, which aims to grow the game by reaching into communities which otherwise might miss out”, said Mark.

The financial support will ensure that the BOPCA Junior Cricket Development Program, goes ahead this summer, delivering cricket   to thousands of children in the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty along with Rotorua and Taupo.

The BOPCA Festival Days kick off in Rotorua on Tuesday (5 November 2019) at Boord Park, with the Western Bay of Plenty Mini World Cup taking place at Blake Park the next day. The Western Bay of Plenty Mini World Cup, is considered the flagship of the Festival Days, with this year’s tournament the 16th time the hugely popular event has been held.

The Festival Days roadshow, moves to Owen Delany Park in Taupo on Thursday 14th November, with the Eastern Bay of Plenty schools participating in their Festival one week later.

The youngsters that play in the Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s on the 21st November, on the Blake Park rugby fields, are in a for a once in a lifetime experience, with the opening day of the first test between the Black Caps and England taking place on the adjacent Bay Oval.

At the conclusion of the Super 6, tickets to the Black Caps verses England encounter, will be given to the youngsters to experience the live action of test cricket. 

Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Development Program – Festival Days

5 November                Rotorua Festival Day @ Boord Park

6 November                Western Bay of Plenty Mini World Cup @ Blake Park

14 Nov ember              Taupo Cricket Carnival @ Owen Delany Park

20 November              Eastern Bay of Plenty Festival Day

21 November              Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s @ Blake Park

11 March                     Western Bay of Plenty Rainbow Cup @ Bay Oval

18 March                     Rotorua GoGirl Festival Day @ Boord Park

25 March                     Taupo GoGirl Festival Day @ Owen Delany Park

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Mount Maunganui Bowler Claims Eight Wickets

Posted: Monday, 4 November 2019

2 November Bay of Plenty Cup Review

Long-time Carrus Mount Maunganui bowler Dale Swan, wrote his name into Baywide cricket history, when took eight wickets in his teams dramatic 81 run win over arch-rivals Element IMF Cadets.

Mount Maunganui batted first in the Battle of the Bridge game and were removed for 200 in the 48th over. Mount newcomer Tim Tomlinson, who previously played premier cricket in the City of Sails, top scored with 62 runs with Peter Drysdale chipping in with 29. Mayura Galappaththi was the best of the Cadets bowling attack returning 3/21.

Cadets made a solid start to their reply at 42 for the loss of two wickets. Enter the Mount Maunganui skipper, who wears his 200 premier game cap with absolute pride, who proceeded to destroy the Cadets innings. 

Four LBW decisions, two balls that spread the stumps and a caught and bowled along with a catch picked out by Tony Goodin, resulted in Cadets being dismissed for 119. The last Baywide eight wicket bag was taken by Black Cap Trent Boult in February 2013 returning figures of 8/37.

A New World Te Puke century took centre stage at Nicholson Field, where the visitors dispatched Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, in a high scoring match-up. Te Puke took first use of the college strip, with opening batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison in top form in belting 87 runs. 

Batting at four, keeper Blair McKenzie anchored his teams innings as they posted 244/4. McKenzie played a patient innings of 109 posting a strike rate of 75 (per 100 balls) with ten 4's and a six. Tommaso Pini and Niven Dovey took two wickets apiece for Tauranga Boys.

Niven Dovey backed up his two wickets to top score with 61 runs with, Tim Clarke posting a handy 41, as the Tauranga students made a valiant attempt to chase down the solid target. The Te Puke bowlers tightened the screws to bowl their opponents out for 216, to claim their fourth win of the season.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, picked up their second Bay of Plenty Cup win, after they set Geyser City a very solid target. Skipper Habib Malik opened his sides turn at bat and top scored with 72 runs. Michael Mitchell posted a unbeaten 60 as Lake Taupo reached 253/4 in their fifty overs.

Sam Kershaw (74) and BJ Astwood (41) provided plenty of defiance at the wicket, before their team was bowled out for 194, to hand Lake Taupo a 59 run victory. Moko Rivers was the best of the Lake Taupo bowlers taking three wickets at a cost of 44 runs.

Eves Realty Greerton posted the biggest score of the weekend, when they reached 308/6 against Bayleys Central Indians. Brett Hampton belted 88, with Taylor Bettelheim making a solid contribution with 74 runs. Umesh Ranaraja (51) and Bruce Kerr (47) also made significant contributions.

Six wickets from Jared Tutty, took his side home to a very big 187 run win, to re-ink their place at the top of the standings. Lovely Sandhu shone like a electric light at one end, as he worked his way to 78 before dismissal, as his team was bowled out for 121.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Results 2 November 2019

Carrus Mount Maunganui 200 (Tim Tomlinson 62, Peter Drysdale 29; Mayura Galappaththi 3/21, Fergus Lellman 2/31, Finn Dempsey 2/31) defeated Element IMF Cadets 119 (Jacob Logan 23; Dale Swan 8/19)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 253/4 (Habib Malik 72, Michael Mitchell 60no, Roger Urbahn 44; Matt Collier 3/46) defeated Geyser City 194 (S Kershaw 74, BJ Astwood 41; Moko Rivers 3/44, AJ How 2/22, R Urbhan 2/34)

New World Te Puke 244/4 (Blair McKenzie 109, Tai Bridgman-Raison 87; Tommaso Pini 2/26, Niven Dovey 2/42) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 216 (Niven Dovey 61, Tim Clarke 47, Isaac White 26; Iman Singh 2/20, Mikaere Leef 2/35, Christian MacDonald 2/42)

Eve's Realty Greerton 308/6 (Brett Hampton 88, Taylor Bettelheim 74, Umesh Ranaraja 51, Bruce Kerr 47; A Gibbs 2/55) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 121 (Lovely Sandu 78; Jared Tutty 6/55, Shane Wineti 2/10, B Hampton 2/45)

Points Table: Greerton 28, Te Puke 28, Mount Maunganui 25, Central Indians 16, Cadets 16, Lake Taupo CC 16, Tauranga Boys College 13, Geyser City 4.

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Two Bay of Plenty Teams to Challenge For the ND Primary Title

Posted: Monday, 4 November 2019

Primary Boys Season Preview

Black Caps Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, are three of the many graduates of the ND Primary tournaments, which is seen as the launching pad for the stars of the future.

The Black Cap captain along with his two ace New Zealand bowlers, represented Bay of Plenty Coastland, at the 2003 edition of the first ND age-group pathway competition.

Kane, showed that he was a star in waiting at the Intermediate school-age competition, finishing the tournament with 420 runs from four turns at bat with just one dismissal to his name.

The ND Primary competition, which is the first of the three ND age-group tournaments organized by Northern Districts Cricket each season, kicks off with round one on the 10th November, with round two seven days later. The competition climax follows on the 25/27 November, when the annual Primary championship is completed with three days of cricket in Cambridge.

Bay of Plenty enters two teams in the annual tournament, with BOPCA Coastland selected from the Western Bay of Plenty. The BOPCA Lakeland teams are selected from the most promising youngsters from the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua and Taupo.

Friendships will be forgotten in the opening round of the ND age-group tournament, when the two Bay of Plenty teams meet in head to head action, at the Te Puke Domain on Sunday 10th November.

The two Bay sides will warm-up for the three day Cambridge tournament, with a game apiece on Sunday 17th November. Bay of Plenty Lakeland will have an away trip to play Waikato Valley while Bay of Plenty Coastland will host Counties Manukau.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland Primary Team

Ben Clarke, Liam du Plessis, Jake Finlay, Zach Forster, Riley Kusabs, Tom Martin, Lucas Neill, Sohan Patel, Ethan Staddon, Thomas Yetsenga.

Non-Travelling Reserves: Harry Cheesman, Ryan Lloyd.

Coach: Dean Finlay                Manager: Mat Staddon

Bay of Plenty Coastland Primary Team

Angus Tustin (Captain) Harry Burns, Sebastian Heath, Dylan Henderson, Billy Ramsdem, Jake Riley, Bryn Robertson, Luke Scrimgeour, Jake Stott, Jack Williamson.

Non Travelling Reserves: Ollie Norwood, Charlie Williams, Dan Anderton, Nishi Patel.

Coach: Tai Bridgman-Raison             Mananger: Shaun Riley

ND Invitational Team: Callum Cornelius, Asa Banbury.

ND Primary Competition Schedule

10 November – Round One: BOPCA Lakeland v BOPCA Coastland, Te Puke Domain.

17 November – Round Two: BOPCA Lakeland v Waikato Valley (away); BOPCA Coastland v Counties Manukau (home)

25-27 November – ND Tournament @ Cambridge

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Battle Of The Bridge To Resume At The Tauranga Domain

Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2019

2 November Bay of Plenty Cup Preview

The most intense rivalry in Baywide cricket will resume again on Saturday (2 November 2019), when Element IMF Cadets and Carrus Mount Maunganui square off in the Bay of Plenty Cup at the Tauranga Domain.

Battles of the Harbour Bridge have an intensity of their own, when Cadets and the Mount meet each season with bragging rights firmly on the line.

A rained out Williams Cup match last season, resulted in the two rivals meeting in just Bay of Plenty Cup and Baywide T20 preliminary action, with the honours split at a victory apiece. Cadets drew first blood in the Bay of Plenty Cup, when they posted 245/7, then bowled their opponents out for 236 to grab a hard fought nine run win.

The Baywide T20 match-up was a battle of attrition, with Cadets seemingly in control, after bowling Mount Maunganui out for just 56. Long-time Cadets player Jono Boult did plenty of damage taking 5/22. Mount bowler Craig Baldry weaved absolute magic with the ball, claiming five wickets at a cost of 10 runs, as Cadets were bundled out for 46 to give Mount Maunganui a 10 run win.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup champions Eves Realty Greerton, sit at the top of the leader board with an unbeaten start to the season. This weekend Greerton are at home at Pemberton Park against Bayleys Central Indians.

The Rotorua side sit mid-table on the standings, with a victory re-inking their place in the top four, while a loss would make their chances of making the Bay of Plenty Cup playoffs infinitely harder with just three qualifying rounds remaining.

New World Te Puke sits in second place, six points in arrears of Greerton, with a win over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College cementing their top two spot. Tauranga Boys College lurk on the cusp of the top four and victory will ramp up their chances of booking a berth in the playoffs.

Smallbone Park in Rotorua, will host an intriguing battle between the two recent newcomers to Baywide cricket. Generations Homes Lake Taupo are in their second season of the three Baywide competitions, with Geyser City entering the Bay of Plenty Cup this season.

Both teams have accepted the challenges of Baywide Cricket with individual players stepping up to the plate. A measure of the player progress, is provided by Lake Taupo skipper Habib Malik gaining selection for the Bay of Plenty XI that played Hawkes Bay, in pre-season competition last weekend.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 2 November 2019

Geyser City v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Smallbone Park; Element IMF Cadets v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v New World Te Puke, Nicholson Field; Eves Realty Greerton v Bayleys Central Indians, Pemberton Park.

Points Table: Greerton 28, Te Puke 22, Mount Maunganui 19, Central Indians 16, Cadets 16, Tauranga Boys College 13, Lake Taupo CC 10, Geyser City 4.

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NZ Blindcaps to Play Bangladesh in a Bay Of Plenty Series

Posted: Thursday, 31 October 2019

2019 Bangladesh Blind Cricket Team Tour of NZ Preview

It has been a long time coming but New Zealand Blind Cricket are delighted to announce the 2019 Bangladesh blind cricket team tour of New Zealand during November 2019.

The tour will be the first hosted by New Zealand since becoming members of World Blind Cricket Limited (formerly known as the World Blind Cricket Council) in 1996 and played under the approved international playing conditions of the WBCL.

While New Zealand has participated in two One-Day World Cups (India 1998 and Pakistan 2006) and the T20 World Cup in India during 2017, as well as multiple against Australia, there has not been the domestic support to accommodate the hosting of an international event beyond development activities.

“The game has now grown to a level where we have community support which allows us to invite countries to New Zealand to play” says NZBCA Board Chair Donna McCaskill. “It is something we have wanted to do for a long time and at one point we did have our hand up to host a World Cup, but we had to quickly withdraw due to lack of financial backing that comes with hosting an event at that level. What makes this different is we have player support and community engagement and involvement”.

The six game series against the Bangladesh Blind Cricket Council team, will be hosted in the Bay of Plenty, with three Twenty 20 matches being played at the Bay Oval Mount Maunganui on the 3rd, 6th and 9th November 2019. 

The Bay Oval, has been developed from a virtual wasteland to one of the best international venues in world cricket. The ground has hosted South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies, England and India along with matches in the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying tournament and the 2018 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup including the final.

The next chapter in the Bay Oval history, is to be written in just a few weeks time, with the historic first test between the Black Caps and England starting on the 21st November 2019.

The two final T20 encounters and an ODI will be played at the picturesque Smallbone Park in Rotorua on the 4th, 7th and 10th November.

Click here to view Blindcaps player profiles.

Blind Cricket Internationals in the Bay of Plenty 2019

NZ Blindcaps v Bangladesh @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

3 (Sunday) November             T 20 Game One – 12.30pm start

6 (Wednesday) November      T20 Game Three – 12.30pm start

9 (Saturday) November          T20 Game Five – 12.30pm start

NZ Blindcaps v Bangladesh @ Smallbone Park, Rotorua

4 (Monday) November           T20 Game Two – 12.30pm start

7 (Thursday) November          T20 Game Four – 12.30pm start

10 (Sunday) November           ODI – 10.30am start

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Bay of Plenty Win First Bay of Plenty Under 15 Girls Cricket Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

First Annual Labour Weekend Invitational Tournament Recap

The first Bay of Plenty Cricket Under 15 Girls tournament, held at the Gordon Spratt Reserve over Labour weekend (26/27 October 2019) was a unqualified success, despite the strong winds that made conditions somewhat uncomfortable over the weekend.

Bay of Plenty took out the tournament, winning there three preliminary games and defeating the Cornwall Cricket Club representatives in the title decider. A feature of the tournament, was the highly competitive totals that were posted throughout the Twenty 20 competition.

The tournament winners posted four strong batting performances, setting solid targets in their three preliminary games. “There were several close games that went down to the wire, including the final, where Bay of Plenty chased down their target with just three balls to spare” said Bay of Plenty Cricket tournament organizer Rebecca Yee

Three individual performances during the weekend shone out like beacons. Thirteen-year-old Abby Treder from Manawatu, scored the first two half-centuries of her career, with a particularly strong batting performance against Bay of Plenty.

Two wicket-keepers showed talent and dexterity beyond their years. Cornwall keeper Elizabeth Buchanan took five catches and effected three stumping’s and also assisted in two runouts. Bay of Plenty wicket keeper Amelia Harvey was also in top form with the gloves with six catches and one stumping.

“The tournament was an outstanding success, which will benefit the young participants in their future endeavours in the game. The performances from the four teams was exceptional and we appreciate the participation of Cornwall, Taranaki and Manawatu who drove many kilometers to play in the tournament”.

“Bay of Plenty Cricket are keen to run the tournament next year and we hope to invite more teams to compete”, said Rebecca.

Day One 26 October – Round One

Bay of Plenty 125/4 (Aimee Unwin 30, Jorja Neil 25) defeated Manawatu 109/7 (Abby Treder 51; Tash Wakelin 3/17)

Taranaki 52/8 (Simi Bajaj 3/16) lost to Cornwall 53/3

Round Two

Manawatu 90/6 (Gemma Lovewell 35) lost to Taranaki 91/5 (Emily Shelver 24)

Bay of Plenty 135/5 (Tash Wakelin 43, Elle Archer 29) defeated Cornwall 96/8 (Simi Bajaj 22, Jessica McHardy 21; Tash Wakelin 3/14)

Day Two 27 October – Round Three

Manawatu 65/8 (Arunika Mathur-Saini 3/17) lost to Cornwall 66/0 (Simi Bajaj 33no)

Bay of Plenty 114/0 (Amelia Harvey 27, Sabine Attrill 26 retired. Tash Wakelin 22 retired) defeated Taranaki 82/5 (Heidi Johns 36)

Final: Cornwall 112/5 (Simi Bajaj 32) lost to Bay of Plenty 113/4 (Mya Clarke 33, Tash Wakelin 24)

Third Place: Taranaki 136/5 (Jorja Death 38) lost to Manawatu 140/1 (Abby Treder 53 retired, Gemma Lovewell 39, Brooke Te Wake 22)

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Hawkes Bay Take Home The Howell Family Trophy

Posted: Monday, 28 October 2019

Weekend Recap

A Bay of Plenty century and a six wicket bag, weren’t quite enough to retain the Howell Family Trophy, in the deciding match against Hawkes Bay played at the Tauranga Domain on Sunday (27 October 2017).

The two sides entered the fifty over per side title decider with a win apiece in Twenty 20 action on day one. Bay of Plenty won the toss on day two and elected to bat, setting Hawkes Bay a substantial target, when they posted 280 for the loss of nine wickets.

ND batsman Joe Carter came in at four when the hosts were 48/2 and proceeded to pick his shots, in partnership with fellow Northern Districts player Bharat Popli, as they put on a 132 run stand.

Popli was the first to be dismissed when he fell with 83 runs to his name. Carter continued on, before he was caught by Angus Schaw off the bowling of Bradley Schmulian for 128, with four balls remaining in his sides turn at bat. Angus Schaw was the best of the Hawkes Bay bowlers with four wickets for 53 runs.

Hawkes Bay lost their first wicket for just three runs but worked their way back into contention. When Hawkes Bay were at 226/9, the ascendancy was well and truly in Bay of Plenty’s favour. However Dominic Thompson and Ben Stoyanoff, defied all that the opposition bowlers could throw at them, to take them through to a one wicket win with just two balls to spare.

Thompson was defiance personified at one end, smacking an unbeaten 109 off 91 balls in an innings that contained six 4’s and four 6’s, with Stoyanoff posting a hugely valuable seven runs. Cameron Riley grabbed a six wicket bag returning figures of 6/83.

The Howell Family Trophy will now reside in the “Other Bay” during the winter break, until the two provinces go into battle again in twelve months time.

Hawkes Bay comprehensively won the first of the two Twenty 20 games against the Bay of Plenty XI played at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday.

Batting first the visitors posted an impressive 189/8. Matt Edmonson and Dominic Thompson, batting at three and four, did the damage with both reaching the sixties before being dismissed. Wily Bay of Plenty spin bowler Peter Drysdale, who was the home sides second change, weaved some magic taking four wickets at a cost of 29 runs. 

Bay of Plenty failed to bat their overs out, being dismissed for just 118, with 24 balls remaining in their turn at bat. The damage was done in the middle of the home sides innings, with three wickets falling for just six runs.

The afternoon encounter was a thriller, with Bay of Plenty evening the score and taking the Howell Family Trophy into a day two decider.

Bay of Plenty showed a lot more authority in the afternoon encounter, after they posted 182/8. Joe Carter and Peter Drysdale put on an 80 run opening stand before Carter was removed for 32 runs. Drysdale continued on to be rewarded with a half century. Batting at five Bharat Popli anchored the Bay of Plenty innings belting 55 off 30 balls, with Dan Price chipping in with 21 runs. 

Hawkes Bay were on the required run rate from the start. Matt Edmonson again led the way to top score with 62, with Angus Schaw and Dominic Thompson both posting handy contributions. The game was in the balance entering the final over, with Hawkes Bay falling two runs short as they were restricted to 180/5, to hand Bay of Plenty a paper-thin margin win.

Howell Family Trophy Cricket Series 26/27 October @ Tauranga Domain

Day Two - Fifty Over

Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 280/9 (Joe Carter 128, Bharat Popli 83; Angus Schaw 4/53) lost to Hawkes Bay 281/9 (Dominic Thompson 109no, Bradley Schmulian 66, Bayley Wiggins 52; Cameron Riley 6/83

Day One Twenty 20 - Game One

Hawkes Bay 189/8 (Matt Edmonson 67, Dominic Thompson 65; Peter Drysdale 4/29) defeated Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI 118 (Stephen Crossan 45, Bharat Popli 29, Joe Carter 25; William Clarke 3/14)

Game Two

Craig Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI 182/8 (Bharat Popli 55, Peter Drysdale 50, Joe Carter 32, Dan Price 21; Ben Stoyanoff 3/29) defeated Hawkes Bay 180/5 (Matt Edmonson 62, Angus Schaw 47, Dominic Thompson 27; Habib Malik 2/28, Tim Pringle 2/33)

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Carrus Mount Maunganui New Recruit Takes Four Wickets on Debut

Posted: Monday, 28 October 2019

26 October Bay of Plenty Cup Review

Carrus Mount Maunganui new recruit Brett Randell, roared into life in his first game in the green and gold strip on Saturday (26 October 2019) - on a day where bowlers grabbed most of the limelight. 

Geyser City had first use of the wicket at Blake Park, being bowled out in the 32nd over, for 101. Northern Districts medium pacer, Brett Randell, who has recently re-located to the Bay of Plenty, showcased his talent in taking four wickets for 13 runs. Sam Kershaw was the best of the visitors batting attack top scoring with 37 runs. 

It took Mount Maunganui just13 overs to get the required runs, losing just two wickets on the way. Mount keeper Ben Pomare powered his team to victory with an unbeaten 78 off 41 balls.

New World Te Puke bowler Daniel Elyashiv, dismantled the Bayleys Central Indians vaunted batting attack grabbing five wickets at a cost of 25 runs, as the Rotorua side were removed for just 124. Tasman Carsons returned figures of 3/27. Batting at ten, Lakhwinder Bhatti was the best of the Rotorua teams batsmen with 22 runs.

Te Puke lost five wickets on the way to victory, with Mikaere Leef in good touch with 43 runs and veteran batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison chipping in with a handy 27. Long-time Central bowler Andrew Gibbs was the best of his sides bowling attack with three wickets.

New Zealand Under 19 player Fergus Lellman, demonstrated his all-round ability,  taking five wickets for Element IMF Element Cadets against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. Batting first the students were bowled out 158. Ben Vyver top scored with 37 runs, with Lellman the chief destroyer in returning bowling statistics of five wickets for 28 runs.

Cadets had a few hiccups on the way to the win points on offer, losing five wickets. Gurwinder Singh who is better known for his bowling feats anchored his sides victory, with his teams best of 56. 

Eve's Realty Greerton smacked 227 for four wickets, before humbling Generation Homes Lake Taupo, removing them for 45. Ben Lind top scored with 80, with Umesh Ranaraja and Pip Thickpenny both registering half centuries.

The Greerton wickets were well shared around with seven individual bowlers getting their name in the score book.

At the close of play in round four, the Bay of Plenty Cup standings had a familiar look, with defending champions Greerton leading the way from Te Puke, Mount Maunganui, Cadets and Central Indians.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Results 26 October 2019

Geyser City 101 (Sam Kershaw 37, Daniel Fisher 20; Brett Randell 4/13) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 103/2 (Ben Pomare 78no)

Eve's Realty Greerton 227/4 (Ben Lind 80, Umesh Ranaraja 51, Pip Thickpenny 51; Will Perry 3/46) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 45 (Jared Tutty 2/3, Lee Watkins 2/12)

Bayleys Central Indians 124 (Lakhwinder Bhatti 22; Daniel Elyashiv 5/25, Tasman Carsons 3/27) lost to New World Te Puke 127/5 (Mikaere Leef 43, Tai Bridgman-Raison 27; Andrew Gibbs 3/28)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 158 (Ben Vyver 37, Tim Clarke 31, Cameron Templer 22; Fergus Lellman 5/28, Michael Barbeau 3/24) lost to Element IMF Cadets 162/5 (Gurwinder Singh 56, Jono Boult 30, Andrew Mascall 27)

Points Table: Greerton 27, Te Puke 21, Mount Maunganui 18, Central Indians 15, Cadets 15, Tauranga Boys College 12, Lake Taupo CC 9, Geyser City 3.

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Bayleys Central Indians Batsman Streets The Oppostion In The Batting Stakes

Posted: Thursday, 24 October 2019

26 October Bay of Plenty Cup Preview

Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls, has streeted the other Bay of Plenty Cup batsman in the batting stakes, after just three rounds of competition. The Rotorua combined side opener has blasted 272 runs in October, with the next best being 126.

Nichols opened his season onslaught, against eight times Baywide champion of champions Carrus Mount Maunganui with an unbeaten 126, followed by 78 not out in his sides match-up with new comers Geyser City. Last weekend he was dismissed for the first time this season, when was caught behind by Element IMF Cadets keeper Daniel Maathuis for 68.

This Saturday (26 October 2019) Central Indians are at home, when New World Te Puke pays a visit to Smallbone Park. The two sides are both at a critical juncture in their race for a semi-final berth, with two wins from their opening three matches.

Mount Maunganui, will go into their encounter with Geyer City at Blake Park, with a new addition to their quality bowling line-up. Northern Districts right-arm medium pacer Brett Randell, who has re-located to the Bay of Plenty from Northland, will join Chris Atkinson, Dale Swan and Tony Goodin in the Mount Maunganui front-line bowling attack.

Eves Realty Greerton who remain the only unbeaten team in the current Bay of Plenty Cup title race, will hit the road to the Great Lake region, to take on Generation Homes Lake Taupo at Owen Delany Park.

Both sides posses a potent strike weapon with the ball in hand, with their ranks. Lake Taupo attack bowler Roger Urbahn, leads the Bay of Plenty Cup bowling stakes with nine wickets, with a best of four wickets for 32 runs. Last Saturday, Graham Hudson announced his arrival at the Greerton club, when he took six wickets at a cost of 56 runs against Te Puke.

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, will be home at Nicholson Field for the first time this season, when they host Cadets in round four. Last weekend the Tauranga students hit their straps, when they dispatched Geyser City, after posting 187/8 and then bowling their opponents out for 91.

After two rounds of the Bay of Plenty Cup, Cadets sat in the uncommon position at the bottom of the standings, before defeating Central Indians in a cliff-hanger to move into contention. They are sure to be completely focused on progressing up the standings when they square off with Tauranga Boys.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 26 October 2019

Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Eves Realty Greerton, Owen Delany Park; Bayleys Central Indians v New World Te Puke, Smallbone Park; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Element IMF Cadets, Nicholson Field; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Geyser City, Blake Park 3.

Points Table: Greerton 21, Central Indians 15, Te Puke 15, Tauranga Boys College 12, Mount Maunganui 12, Cadets 9, Lake Taupo CC 9, Geyser City 3.

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Howell Family Trophy to Take Centre Stage at The Tauranga Domain Over Labour Weekend

Posted: Thursday, 24 October 2019

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI v. Hawkes Bay

The second annual Howell Family Trophy cricket series, will take place at the Tauranga Domain over the Labour weekend holiday break, when a Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI play Hawkes Bay.

Last year the Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay Cricket Associations, decided that the representative warm-up matches should become a regular fixture and to cement the games in their annual calendar, the Howell Family Cup was put up for competition.

The Howell family has had strong cricket connections with both Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty. John Howell, played for Hawkes Bay in Hawke Cup and Central Districts regional competition, before moving north to the Bay of Plenty in the early 2000’s. John’s two sons in Llorne and Glynn, also played major association cricket, with Llorne playing for Bay of Plenty on 38 occasions.

A squad of fourteen players has been selected to play in the weekend games, with various combinations being tried out, as Bay of Plenty prepare for their up-coming Northern Districts representative assignments.

Two uncapped players, have made the Bay of Plenty squad, on the back of sterling performances in the early stages of the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup premier competition. While the three weekend encounters don’t have official representative status, the matches will provide an opportunity for Daniel Price and Habib Malik, to break into the Bay of Plenty senior representative side later in the season.

Daniel Price has recently returned home from a very successful stint, playing English League cricket during the New Zealand winter. The Te Puke batsman was selected for the Bay of Plenty Development side last season, where he performed with distinction, with a highest score of 49 in three appearances.

Lake Taupo CC captain Habib Malik, is an all-rounder who is equally adept with both bat and ball. He is a top order batsman for his premier club side and a very deceptive change bowler. 

Three of the most promising young players in the country will be on show at the Tauranga Domain, after recent appearances for the New Zealand Under 19 team who played their Bangladesh counterparts, in a recent series in the South Island.

Keeper Ben Pomare, hard hitting top order batsmen Fergus Lellman and all-rounder Tim Pringle, enhanced their chances for selection in the New Zealand team, to play in next year’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be held in South Africa.

Bay of Plenty XI v Hawkes Bay 26/27 October @ Tauranga Domain

Day One: Twenty 20 x two

Day Two: Fifty over per side match

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI Squad

Ben Musgrave – Captain, Peter Drysdale, Chris Atkinson, Ben Pomare (Mount Maunganui) Stephen Crossan, Blair McKenzie, Dan Price, Cam Riley, Mikaere Leef (Te Puke) Joe Carter, Fergus Lellman (Cadets) Tim Pringle (Tauranga Boys College) Habib Malik (Lake Taupo CC) Bharat Popli.

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Bay of Plenty Cricket to Host Under 15 Girls Tournament During Labour Weekend

Posted: Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Taranaki, Manawatu and Cornwall Teams Visiting for T20 Competition

This season’s participants of the highly successful GoGirl program, which kicked off in the Western Bay of Plenty of Plenty this week, will have to look no further than the Gordon Spratt Reserve this weekend, to see the representative opportunities on offer.

Bay of Plenty Cricket, are hosting the inaugural Under 15 Girls tournament at the Gordon Spratt Reserve, over the first two days of the Labour Day holiday weekend break.

The GoGirl program, is a very important cog in the Bay of Plenty Cricket Girls pathway and last year was delivered to over 600 Year 4 – 6 girls, in three Bay of Plenty regions.

“Providing proof of the achievement of the program, fifty percent of the players in this U15 team took part in primary school based GoGirls.  The team is coached by Jake Ryan, teacher in charge of girl’s cricket at Tauranga Intermediate, who has been integral to the success of this current crop of players”. “Bay of Plenty Cricket are very excited to host the three teams on Labour weekend. It will be a new experience for the players, as we have not played Taranaki or Manuwatu before” says Rebecca Yee, BOPCA Women’s Cricket Officer.

Much of the impetus for the Under 15 Girls tournament, came from the Bay of Plenty participation in an Under 14 Girls tournament, hosted by the Cornwall Cricket Club in Auckland last April.

While the first days play was ruined by rain, day two, resulted in the Bay of Plenty representatives winning both their encounters with the two Cornwall club teams that competed in the tournament.

The Bay of Plenty representatives will be joined at the Gordon Spratt Reserve, by teams representing Taranaki, Manawatu and the Cornwall Cricket Club, in Twenty 20 competition.

Bay of Plenty Under 15 Girls Invitational Tournament @ Gordon Spratt Reserve 26/27 October 2019

Bay of Plenty Team: Tash Wakelin, Grace Kahle (Aquinas College) Jorja Neill (Tauhara College) Macy Donaghy (Otumoetai College), Elle Archer, Amelia Harvey, Aimee Unwin (Tauranga Girls College), Mya Clarke (Te Puke High School), Brittany Jenkins (Tauranga Intermediate), Sabine Atttrill (Mount Maunganui Intermediate).         

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Stop Press

Posted: Tuesday, 22 October 2019

(In previous times, daily newspapers would announce breaking news under the banner of STOP PRESS, after stopping the presses)

Brett Hampton earns selection in New Zealand XI to play England in T20 action next Sunday – The hard hitting ND and Bay of Plenty batsman, has been selected in the New Zealand eleven to square off with the England tourists on Sunday 27 October 2019, before they arrive in the Bay of Plenty to play the Black caps in the historic first test at the Bay Oval.

Hampton, has played for the Northern Knights on 72 occasions, over the three forms of the game, blasting 1263 runs and taking 42 wickets.

Promotion to Northern Districts, came on the back of some outstanding performances for the Bay of Plenty senior representative team. Player number 499 made his Bay debut at the ND One-Day tournament during November 2009.

Just last week, the power hitter warmed up for the coming season when he hammered a century for Greerton, in the Bay of Plenty Cup. Coming in at four against multiple Baywide champions Otumoetai Cadets, Hampton took aim on the boundary ropes to blast 119 off just 48 balls, in a whirlwind innings that produced sixteen 6's.

Brett has fitted in 67 Bay of Plenty appearances, in between his ND commitments, with spectacular success. His highest score of 194, came when Bay of Plenty relieved Hamilton of the Hawke Cup in 2013. 108 wickets with a best of seven wickets for 60 runs, testifies to an all-rounder of the highest quality. 

Hawke Cup cricket seems to bring out the best in Hamptons fighting qualities, with 619 runs from eight Hawke Cup Direct Challenge appearances and the icing on the cake of 21 wickets.

Brett is one of only three Bay of Plenty all-rounders to have 2000 runs and 100 wickets to his name. Bay of Plenty centurion Derek Beard leads the way with 2843 runs and 204 bowling scalps, from Jono Boult with 2240 runs and 157 wickets, with Brett currently on 2122 runs along with his 108 wicket tally.

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Element IMF Cadets Lay Down a Warning to the Bay Of Plenty Cup Contenders

Posted: Monday, 21 October 2019

19 October Results

Element IMF Cadets delivered a warning to the other seven Bay of Plenty Cup contenders on Saturday (19 October 2019), that you write the Tauranga Domain based side off at your peril.

Sitting at the bottom of the points standings entering round three, Cadets were desperate to bank their first win points of the Bay of Plenty Cup, when they squared off with Bayleys Central Indians at Mitchell Park in Tauranga.

The Rotorua visitors took an unbeaten season start into the encounter and set the home side a very solid target, after being bowled out for 226. Sahil Rana top scored with a solid 65, with Stephen Nicholls continued his superb start to the new season with 57. Andrew Carter was the best of the hosts bowling attack taking three wickets for 42 runs.

Batting at three, ND batsman Joe Carter anchored his sides reply with a hard fought 89 runs. When Daniel Maathuis, batting at nine entered the arena, his team still needed thirty odd runs for victory. Maathuis put his head down to work his way to an unbeaten 20 runs, which took his side home to a extremely hard fought two wicket win.

Carrus Mount Maunganui, gave Generation Homes Lake Taupo a cricket lesson at Blake Park. Led by a well worked 91, from long-time Mount top order batsman Peter Drysdale, the home team posted 256/9. Ben Musgrave was also in good touch with his willow weapon to reach 80 before being dismissed. 

The visitors top score of eleven, told the tale of their batsman coming and going to the wicket, as they were bundled out for 76 with the first ball of the 26th over. Mount captain Dale Swan weaved some magic with his slow ball, to take four wickets for 12 runs, with former ND bowler Tony Goodin grabbing two wickets.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup title holders, Eve's Realty Greerton remained the only unbeaten team in the title race, when they disposed of New World Te Puke in their top of the table clash. Te Puke were on the back foot for much of their time at the crease, with their top score of 37 coming from Gagandeep Samra batting at eight. Greerton newcomer Graham Hudson showcased his skill with the ball in hand, taking a six wicket bag.

Taylor Bettleheim, who made his Bay of Plenty senior representative debut last season while still at secondary school, led the way for his teams easy eight wicket win with an unbeaten 43 runs. A 57 run partnership with Nick Hendrie set the platform, with Bruce Kerr belting 37 off just 21 balls.

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College teacher Tim Clarke, showed his team mates the way to put bat to ball as he top scored with 78 off 63 balls, batting first against Geyser City in Rotorua. In a match that was reduced to an initial 36 overs per side due to the inclement weather, the Tauranga students posted 187/8 in their allotted overs.

Geyser City were removed for 91, to give the Western Bay of Plenty visitors a  96 run win. Co-captain Tim Pringle who opened both his sides batting and bowling attack, with good success, returned figures of three wickets at a cost of 26 runs.

Bay of Plenty Cup 19 October 2019 - Results

New World Te Puke 105 (Gangandeep Samra 31, Stephen Crossan 27; Graham Hudson 6/56) lost Eves Realty Greerton 109/2 (Taylor Bettleheim 43no, Bruce Kerr 37, Nick Hendrie 22)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 256/9 (Peter Drysdale 91, Ben Musgrave 80, Ben Guild 24) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 76 (Dale Swan 4/12, Tony Goodin 2/15)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 187/8 (Tim Clarke 78, Tim Pringle 29, Blake Pentecoat 25; Dane Sorrenson 2/37) defeated Geyer City 91 (Tim Pringle 3/26, Kieran New 2/11, Cameron O'Dea 2/22)

Bayleys Central Indians 226 (Sahil Rana 65, Stephen Nicholls 57, Ben Sandford 37, Andrew Carter 3/42) lost to Element IMF Cadets 229/8 (Joe Carter 89, Andrew Mascall 32, Jono Boult 22, Daniel Maathuis 20no; S Nicholls 2/21, Andrew Gibbs 2/37)

Points Table (Provisional): Greerton 20, Central Indians 14, Te Puke 14, Tauranga Boys College 11, Mount Maunganui 11, Cadets 8, Lake Taupo CC 8, Geyser City 2.

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Top of the Table Bay of Plenty Cup Clash at the Te Puke Domain

Posted: Thursday, 17 October 2019

19 October Bay of Plenty Cup Preview

A top of the table clash at the Te Puke Domain on Saturday (19 October 2019), matches New World Te Puke against Eves Realty Greerton, where the winner will retain their unbeaten start to the Bay of Plenty Cup title race.

Both sides have enthusiasm in spades in their ranks after unbeaten starts to the season. Te Puke has three young men in Christian MacDonald, Hamish Wilde and Josh Earle, who couldn’t wait to don the Te Puke strip this spring, after successful winters playing in the United Kingdom.

Greerton new recruit Bruce Kerr, who previously played in Poverty Bay, has made a big impression with his new club. Last weekend he played a large part in Greerton posting a massive 254/4, in just 26 overs, against longtime Baywide heavyweights Element IMF Cadets. Coming in at three, Kerr smashed 65, off just 37 balls, to set up a solid platform for his side.

Te Puke will put the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket challenge prize of the Baker Cup on the line, giving the game an extra edge. The Baker Cup, was formerly the Tauranga Cricket Association championship trophy, which has found new life as a challenge trophy within the Baywide competitions. 

Bayleys Central Indians, have also made a grand start to their Bay of Plenty Cup campaign, in going two from two (victories) in their season start. This weekend they are on the road to the Western Bay, to meet Cadets.

Two of the Rotorua combined side, have made outstanding starts to the season to lead the Bay of Plenty Cup batting and bowling honours. Stephen Nicholls has blasted 204 runs with a best of 126 not out, with Parv Mehta topping the bowling stakes with seven bowling scalps.

Cadets will be hungry for victory after losing their first two games and are likely to take a hardnosed approach to getting back in contention. All rounder Jacob Logan top scored with a hard fought 37 against Greerton last weekend, while Andrew Mascall got into the sixties on the opening day of the current cricket year.

Carrus Mount Maunganui will be desperate for action, after their last weekend’s match at Waipuna Park, was abandoned due to a wet outfield. This weekend they square off with Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC, who has a win and a loss in their first two encounters.

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College travel to the Sulphur City to play newcomers Geyser City, with the winners grabbing their first win of the current season.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 19 October 2019

Carrus Mount Maunganui v Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC, Blake 3; Geyser City v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College Smallbone Park; Element IMF Cadets v Bayleys Central Indians, Mitchell Park; New World Te Puke v Eves Realty Greerton, Te Puke Domain.

Points Table: Greerton 13, Central Indians 13, Te Puke 13, Lake Taupo CC 7, Tauranga Boys College 4, Mount Maunganui 4, Geyser City 1, Cadets 1.

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Western Bay of Plenty GoGirl Program Kicks Off on Monday

Posted: Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Introductory Program for Year 4-6 Girls

A introductory Girls Cricket program, that was delivered to over 600 Year 4 – 6  participants throughout the Bay of Plenty last season, kicks off again on Monday 21st October 2019, with the GoGirl program being delivered in 20 Western Bay schools.

The GoGirl program will be presented in the Western Bay of Plenty in both Term four and Term one of 2020, with the girls cricket curriculum being expanded to the Rotorua and Taupo regions in Term one next year.

The overriding goal of GoGirls is to provide a positive cricket experience for young females. “We would love the girls to join a cricketing pathway, but we hope that they continue to love the sport in any way, be that as a player or a fan of the game”. “Last season half of our Girls Under 14 players had taken part in GoGirl program’s and continued their cricket careers at a higher level” said BOPCA Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee.

The BOPCA GoGirl program, delivers four weekly coaching sessions to each school that participates in the program, through a combination of the fundamental motor and cricket skills.

In the Western Bay of Plenty, GoGirls is the second step in the BOPCA Girls pathway, after the primary schools cricket awareness program delivered by Bay of Plenty Cricket. “In the Western Bay, GoGirls runs alongside the NPL GO, which gives the youngsters an option to play outside of school, with an opportunity to move on to the JNPL (Junior Northern Premier League) competition”, said Rebecca.

“Each of the Western Bay options are avenues to representative cricket and we are currently working on developing our girl’s only programs, in the other Bay of Plenty sub-associations”.

Each GoGirl program concludes with a highly popular Girls Festival Days, where the participants take their newly learned skills into a fun day of cricket activity

There is huge excitement building towards the Western Bay Super 6’s festival day on the 21st November 2019. The GoGirl cricket day, is taking place on the adjacent Blake Park rugby fields, to the opening day of the historic Black Caps verses England at the Bay Oval,

Rotorua and Taupo Year 4-6 girls will have their day in the (cricket) sun, with the BOPCA Girls Cricket Festivals coming to Boord and Owen Delany Parks, at the culmination of their regional GoGirl programs in March 2020.

BOPCA Girls Cricket Festival Days 2019/20

21 Nov            WBOP Girls Super 6’s @ Blake Park

11 March         WBOP Rainbow Cup @ Bay Oval

18 March         Rotorua GoGirl Festival Day @ Boord Park

25 March         Taupo GoGirl Festival Day @ Owen Delany Park

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Morning Weather Bomb Fails to Stop Ryan + Alexander Consultancy Bay of Plenty Cricket Golf Day

Posted: Monday, 14 October 2019

Fundraising Tournament Supporting Junior Cricket Across the Bay of Plenty

The dawn of last Friday (11 October 2019) brought thoughts of despair to the organisers of the Ryan + Alexander Consultancy Bay of Plenty Cricket golf day, scheduled for a 12 noon start at the Te Puke Golf Club.

Driving rain, that showed no signs of abating during the morning, saw cancellation of the tournament becoming an immanent prospect. However the weather gods smiled late in the morning, with the superb drying qualities of the Te Puke Golf Club greens and fairways allowing a shotgun start at 1pm. 

It would have been unfortunate if the golf day hadn’t proceeded, as all profits on the day were directed to the further development of the BOPCA junior cricket and age-group programs.

Bay of Plenty Cricket has emerged as the leading NZ Cricket Minor Association in the country in the last decade, with winning the Hawke Cup on two occasions and defending the prestigious prize nine times, the most visible sign of success. The Bay of Plenty success story has been built upon the junior and age-group pathways put in place some twenty years ago.  

Icing on the cake, has been provided by the elevation of Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Daniel Flynn and Graeme Aldridge to Black Cap honors and the number of Bay players making the jump up to professional cricket. The flag bearer for women's cricket in the region, has been current White Fern Anna Peterson, who is another graduate of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway. 

The golf day players dug deep on the day, to raise a considerable amount of money to ensure that the promising youngsters of today have the opportunity to become the cricket stars of tomorrow.

Former hard-hitting age-group batsman Josh Evemy showed he could hit a golf ball with the same power as a cricket ball, taking out the gross prize. Another to impress with his golf clubs, was former Bay of Plenty representative Mark Divehall, who is in a select group who have blasted a double century in premier club cricket, with Mark winning the division two stableford category. 

Other major winners on the day were Glen Keaney (Div One Stableford), Paul Ford (Div Three Stableford) and Stuart McFayden, Stefan Ford, Paul Hill and Dave Andrew who took out the coveted team prize.

Dark Clouds Stalk the BOPCA Golf Day at the Te Puke Golf Club

A Full House Awaits the Bay of Plenty Cricket Prize-Giving

Ryan + Alexander Consultancy Ltd Bay of Plenty Cricket Golf Day - Results

Gross: Josh Evemy

Division One Stableford: Glen Keaney

Division Two Stableford: Mark Divehall

Division Three Stableford: Paul Ford

Team: Stuart McFayden, Stefan Ford, Paul Hill, Dave Andrew

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Brett Hampton Delivers Batting Masterclass

Posted: Monday, 14 October 2019

Bay of Plenty Cup Continues

For the second October in a row, Brett Hampton gave a master-class in batting as he powered Eves Realty Greerton to victory against Element IMF Cadets, in a Bay of Plenty Cup game on Saturday (12 October 2019), in a rain shortened match reduced to 26 overs per side.

Cadets had early success grabbing their first wicket with the second ball of the game. Greerton new recruit Bruce Kerr then took control belting 65 runs off 37 balls. Coming in at four, Hampton took aim on the boundary ropes to blast 119 off just 48 balls, in a whirlwind innings that produced sixteen 6's. The ND batsman put on a similar performance on the opening day of last season, belting 155 in a Twenty 20 encounter, scoring 102 runs over the boundary ropes. 

Greerton finished their turn at bat at 245 for the loss of five wickets, setting their opponents a target of over nine runs an over. Jacob Logan was the best of the Cadets bowlers taking two wickets for 55 runs.

Jacob Logan led the way for the Cadets reply with 37 runs. While Joe Carter, Lee Te Hurne and Mayura Galappaththi got into the twenties, the lack of any substantial partnerships resulted in Cadets being restricted to 175/8.

The second rain affected match in the Western Bay of Plenty also produced a solid target. New World Te Puke batted first in their home ground match-up with Generation Home Lake Taupo, to post 196/9 in their allotted 34 overs. Skipper Stephen Crossan top scored with 67 runs, with AJ How taking three wickets for the visitors.

Two three wicket bags from Iman Singh and Christian MacDonald, did most of the damage as Lake Taupo were removed for just 123, to hand Te Puke a 73 run win.

Bayleys Central Indians moved into a share of the competition lead, after a good tussle with Geyser City in a Rotorua local derby. Geyser City took first use of the batting strip at Boord Park, producing a good sized target after they were bowled out for 168. Batting at three Sam Kershaw anchored the Geyser innings with 73, with former Bay of Plenty representative Dane Sorrenson chipping in with 25 runs. Parv Mehta continued his good form with the ball taking four wickets for 38 runs.

Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls, picked up from last weeks century, to again lead his side to victory with a patient 76 as the combined side got home with six wickets to spare.

A sodden outfield at Waipuna Park, resulted in the encounter between Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College and Carrus Mount Maunganui, being abandoned without a ball being bowled.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Results 12 October 2019

New World Te Puke 196/9 (Stephen Crossan 67, Blair McKenzie 36; AJ How 3/44, Roger Urbahn 2/32, Habib Malik 2/42, Drew Brieley 2/47) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 123 (H Malik 33, D Brieley 22; Iman Singh 3/38, Christian MacDonald 3/20, Cam Riley 2/31) - 34 over match

Eves Realty Greerton 254/5 (Brett Hampton 119no, Bruce Kerr 65, Pip Thickpenny 34; Jacob Logan 2/55) defeated Element IMF Cadets 175/8 (J Logan 37, Joe Carter 29, Lee Te Hurne 27, Mayura Galappaththi 23; Umesh Ranaraja 2/19, Jared Tutty 2/28, Josh Bates 2/29) – 26 over match

Geyser City 168 (Sam Kershaw 73, Dane Sorrenson 25; Parv Mehta 4/38, Andrew Gibbs 3/37, LS Bhatti 2/25) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 170/4 (Stephen Nicholls 76, Aaron Bennett 30, Ben Sandford 20no; S Kershaw 3/35)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Carrus Mount Maunganui – match abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 13, Central Indians 13, Te Puke 13, Lake Taupo CC 7, Tauranga Boys College 4, Mount Maunganui 4, Cadets 1, Geyser City 1.

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Grassroots Champions - Christelle High

Posted: Monday, 14 October 2019

October 2019 Profile

Welcome to the second edition of Bay of Plenty Crickets Grassroots Champions which aims to tell the stories and tales of the hardworking people of our game. In edition two, we chat with Christelle High who is one of our Baywide premier grade umpires.

Tell us about your early background in life

I grew up in South Africa in a very rural part of the Western Cape near the coast. I moved to the UK (Canterbury) when I was 18, lived there for 5 years and then ended up here.

What sports did you play in your youth

I played netball and tennis, as these were the only sport available to girls at the school I went to.

When and why did you immigrate to New Zealand?

I immigrated in 2001. We realised that we wanted to live somewhere with sun, beaches and open spaces.

How did you come to live in Tauranga?

We read about Tauranga in a travel book (Let's go), liked what it said, got on the bus in Auckland and have been here ever since.

What attracted you to cricket and how did you get involved in umpiring?

Our son plays cricket, I enjoyed watching, then decided why not give umpiring a go? I also realised that there were very few female umpires, so that motivated me as well to get out there. I contacted Kevin Earl, the local umpire manager and it all started from there.

What do you enjoy about standing in the middle for hours at a time?

The game, developing my skills, interacting with the players and the challenges I come across while standing in a game.

What other grades of cricket have you umpired?

I got my first opportunity in 2015 to stand in the NZ Cricket Women's Under 21 tournament.  I've had the privilege to stand in that tournament ever since.  In 2018, I debuted in the NZ Cricket Hallyburton Johnstone Shield competition and also made my debut in the Bay of Plenty Men’s Premier competition in 2018.

Are there any moments in the middle that stand out for you?

Standing with Kathy Cross and Kim Cotton who both umpires I admire and have learned so much from.  I have also had the privilege to stand with some of the men on the NZ Cricket Panel - these are all moments that stand out, as I get to learn from some of the best.

Tell us a little about your husband Chris involvement in cricket

He started scoring for NZ Cricket last season and he started his umpiring journey with Bay of Plenty Cricket this year.

What are you aspirations for the future in the umpiring ranks?

I want to keep developing as an umpire and work my way towards the NZ Umpire's panel, and hopefully one day stand in a ICC game.

Tell us a little more about Christelle High

I grew up with my mom and two sisters, in a very small town, where I was in boarding school.  I spent a lot of my time playing rugby and cricket with the boys. I'm a wife, mom, a teacher and am a type 1 diabetic. I spend my summers and winter when possible watching cricket.

What music do you listen to – I don't really have a specific type to be honest, it will often depend of what I'm doing.

What was the last book that you read – I often read books about food and health, so last one was about low-carb lifestyle.

Favourite movie – Any James Bond movie

Favourite TV program – Murdoch Mysteries

Favourite meal – Any salad

Favourite drink – Diet lemon, lime and bitter

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Two Baywide Master Blasters Star on Bay of Plenty Cup Opening Day

Posted: Thursday, 10 October 2019

12 October Preview

Two Baywide premier master-blasters from last season, picked up where they left off, in the opening round of the Bay of Plenty Cup last weekend.

Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls, blasted 126 not out against Carrus Mount Maunganui, to lead his troops to an 87 run win over the eight-time Baywide champion of champions. Last season, Nicholls smashed 459 runs in the three Baywide competitions, including two centuries with a highest score of 126.

Long-time New World Te Puke batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison, played a big role in his sides eight wicket defeat of Element IMF Cadets on the season opening day. Bridgman-Raison was patience personified as he crafted an unbeaten 86 off 128 balls. The Te Puke elder statesman carried on from the previous cricket year, where he had belted 542 runs and ran his Te Puke centuries to a club record of fifteen.

A local Rotorua derby, headlines the Bay of Plenty Cup in the Sulphur City this Saturday (12 October 2019), where Central Indians square off with newcomers Geyser City at Smallbone Park.

Geyser City bowler Satpal Singh played havoc with the ball against Eves Realty Greerton last week, grabbing four wickets in a bowling spell that included three ducks, as Greerton had to work hard for the win points on offer.

Joint 2018/19 Baywide champion of champions Cadets, will want to reverse last weekend’s opening day defeat, when they travel the short distance to Pemberton Park from their Tauranga Domain headquarters. However standing in their way are the defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders in Greerton.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC, will fancy their chances when they play Te Puke at Blake Park on Saturday. A hard fought first-up win over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, will give the side from the Great Lake region plenty of confidence as they make the road-trip north on the weekend.

For the second week in a row, Mount Maunganui will be at home at Blake Park, when Tauranga Boys College pays a visit to the Mount Maunganui Park. Both sides will be desperate to bank their first win points of the season, with a battle to late in the day likely to take place.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 12 October 2019

New World Te Puke v Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC, Te Puke Domain; Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets, Pemberton Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Geyser City, Boord Park; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Waipuna Park 2.

Points Table: Greerton 7, Central Indians 7, Te Puke 7, Lake Taupo CC 7, Tauranga Boys College 1, Cadets 1, Mount Maunganui 1, Geyser City 1.

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A Blazing Century Sets Bay of Plenty Cup Alight

Posted: Monday, 7 October 2019

Steven Nicholls of Bayleys Central Indians Blasts an Unbeaten 126

Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls set the Bay of Plenty Cup alight, on the opening day of the 2012/2020 cricket season, blasting an unbeaten 126 in his sides total of 241 for the loss of seven wickets, against Carrus Mount Maunganui on Saturday (5 October 2019).

The Rotorua combined sides captain led the way as he carried his bat to the first century of the new Baywide premier season. Nicholls innings contained ten 4's and four big heaves over the boundary ropes. Chris Atkinson was the best of the Mount bowlers taking three wickets for 37 runs. 

Three wickets apiece by Parv Mehta and Prabh Gill put the home side on the back foot, being bowled out for 154 in the 41st over, to hand Central Indians a confidence boosting 87 run win. Ben Musgrave was the best of the Mount Maunganui batsmen top scoring with 54 runs.

New World Te Puke chased down Element IMF Cadets solid target of 215, with ease, losing just two wickets on their charge to victory. Cadets batted first and were bowled out for 214 in the 46th over. Andrew Mascall and skipper Jono Boult both hit half centuries, with Christian MacDonald taking three wickets for Te Puke.

Tai Bridgman-Raison, who owns the Te Puke premier most centuries, went on the attack to take his team home to the win points on offer with 86 not out. Daniel Price, put on a 99 run partnership with Bridgman-Raison before being dismissed for 52, with Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie there at the crease when victory came with an unbeaten 44 runs. 

Geyser City made a respectable debut in the Bay of Plenty Cup, against current title holders Eves Realty Greerton at Smallbone Park in Rotorua. In a rain shortened 36 over contest, the Rotorua debutants batted first and reached 104 for the loss of nine wickets, with Sam Kershaw top scoring with 39 runs.

Greerton were made to fight hard for victory losing six wickets on the way. Nick Hendrie worked hard at one end while wickets tumbled at the other, to take his team home to victory with 78 not out. Satpal Singh did the majority of damage with the ball, grabbing four wickets, in a bowling spell that included three ducks.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo won a good battle with Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. Tauranga Boys batted first to reach 216/9 with Niven Dovey posting a half century. Lake Taupo got home with five wickets to spare with Roger Urbahn taking four wickets then belting a six to finish the match in his 58 not out. 

Bay of Plenty Cup 5 October 2019 – Results

Bayleys Central Indians 241/7 (Stephen Nicholls 126no, Ben Sandford 29, Lovely Sandhu 23; Chris Atkinson 3/37) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 154 (Ben Musgrave 46, Nathan Walker 30 Parv Mehta 3/19, Prabh Gill 3/39)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 216/9 (Niven Dovey 55, Tim Clarke 39, Dillon Preston 26; Roger Urbahn 4/32, John Dolan 2/46) lost to Generation Homes Lake Taupo 221/5 (Michael Mitchell 66, Roger Urbahn 58no, Jack Wiggins 49; Isaac White 2/32)

Geyser City 104/9 (Sam Kershaw 39, Lee Watkins 2/19, Shane Wineti 2/23) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 105/6 (Nick Hendrie 78no; Satpal Singh 4/47)

Element IMF Cadets 214 (Andrew Mascall 64, Jono Boult 53; Christian MacDonald 3/50, Iman Singh 2/33, Mikaere Leef 2/61) lost to New World Te Puke 217/2 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 86no, Dan Price 52, Blair McKenzie 44no)

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Bay of Plenty’s Anna Peterson Continues Success

Posted: Thursday, 3 October 2019

Re-Earned White Ferns Contract and Appointed Auckland Hearts Captain

September, was a big month for White Fern Anna Peterson, who re-earned a White Ferns contract and was appointed the Auckland Hearts Captain for both the 2019/20 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and Super Smash campaigns.

While the Anna Peterson cricket journey started as a five year old at the Takapuna Cricket Club in Auckland, a family shift to Tauranga, saw the aspiring cricketer come under the umbrella of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway.

In the last couple of decades, the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway has seen Matthew and Robbie Hart along with Daniel Flynn, Kane Williamson, Graeme Aldridge and Trent Boult selected for the Black Caps, with Anna Peterson making her White Ferns debut against England in 2012.

The real success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket passageway, in addition to the Bay New Zealand representatives, is the myriad of players who have gone on to play professional and senior representative cricket. 

Anna joined the Mount Maunganui Cricket Clubs junior program, on arrival in the Western Bay of Plenty, with her junior representative career beginning with selection in Bay of Plenty and ND Girls Under 14 teams. This was followed by her selection in Bay and ND Secondary sides. 

The (then) Year 12 Aquinas College student, made her senior debut in the ND Women's Development team before making her Northern Spirit debut in the 2007/08 season. In 2015, an employment opportunity resulted in Anna relocating to New Zealand's biggest city and making her Auckland Hearts debut.

Anna's White Ferns debut came against England on the 1st March 2019.  She has gone to play 60 matches for the New Zealand Women's team, scoring 358 runs in ODI and International Twenty 20's and capturing 40 wickets in the two forms of the game.

Anna Peterson will be forever remembered in the telling of New Zealand Cricket history. A stunning last over hat-trick, took the White Ferns to victory in a Twenty 20 clash with Australia, on the 12 February 2017. Anna became the first White Fern to take an international T20 hat-trick and just the fourth in International Women's T20. The magic spell of bowling came from the first three balls of the final over with Australia needing 11 runs for victory.

The new Auckland Hearts skipper has played 145 NZ Cricket domestic matches for Auckland and Northern Districts, taking over from Maddy Green who has moved to Wellington.

Hearts Head Coach, Nick White said, "We are excited to announce Anna as our new captain. Anna brings with her an excellent temperament and understanding of the game". “Anna is an astute tactician. She will relish working with an exciting squad, who continue to enjoy learning about the game."

The Auckland Hearts head to Hobart to play four pre-season hit-outs against the Hobart Hurricanes, before their first Hallyburton Johnstone One-Day game against the Wellington Blaze, at the Basin Reserve on the 16th November 2019.

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Geyser City Face a Big First-Up Hurdle in Their Baywide Cup Debut

Posted: Thursday, 3 October 2019

Opening Round on Saturday

Geyser City Cricket face a extremely big hurdle in their entrance into the Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide Cup premier competition, drawing defending title holders Eves Realty Greerton in the opening round on Saturday (5 October 2019).

The Geyser City Cricket Club are making the step up to Baywide premier cricket for the first time, since being established some three decades ago. 

Greerton steamrollered their way to victory in last years Baywide Cup, reaching the title decider with an unbeaten record, before dispatching Element IMF Cadets to win the Baywide trophy for the third occasion.

Cadets, who entered the 2018 title decider as the defending Baywide Cup champions, batted first on a wicket that looked to have plenty of assistance for the bowlers.  The Tauranga Domain based side, lost their first three wickets with just 25 runs on the board, before going on to set Greerton a target of 168 for victory.

At 100 for the loss of a solitary wicket, Greerton appeared to be cruising, before the Cadets bowlers struck back to rip out five Greerton batsmen for just a handful of runs. 

Enter Tom Renouf batting at eight, as he defied the Cadets bowling storm to take his team through to a one wicket win, with an unbeaten 36 runs.

Cadets, who host New World Te Puke at Mitchell Park, have experience in spades in skipper Jono Boult who seems to have been around the local cricket scene forever. A century of Northern Knights appearances and 2440 runs and 155 Bay of Plenty representative wickets, give his side an edge that few premier sides in the country can call on.

Hard hitting Te Puke captain Stephen Crossan, warmed up for this years Baywide competition, when he smashed a century at the inaugural Lake Taupo Spring T20 Cup in Taupo last weekend. Crossan, blasted the highest score of the weekend tournament, smacking 102 from the 65 balls he faced against Karaka from Counties Manukau. The Bay of Plenty top-order master blaster hammered eleven 4’s and fives 6’s in his time at the crease at Owen Delany Park.

The use of artificial wickets in the opening round of the Baywide Cup, sees Waipuna Park make a rare appearance as a Baywide cricket venue, where Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College will host Generation Homes Lake Taupo. Indications received are that both teams have bolstered their playing strength this season and they could both trouble the more fancied contenders, during the three Baywide competitions.  

Eight-time Baywide Champion of Champions, Carrus Mount Maunganui, kick off their Baywide season campaign with a tough assignment, when Bayleys Central Indians pay a visit to Blake Park on Saturday.  

The Rotorua combined side, were in sterling form in the second half of last season, with a third place finish in the Baywide Twenty 20 competition and finishing runner-up to Cadets in the Williams Cup.

However Mount Maunganui at home, is never an easy encounter, with the Mount Maunganui troops sure to be eager to grab the win points on offer. 

BOPCA Baywide Cup Draw 5 October 2019

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Waipuna 2; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bayleys Central Indians, Blake3; Geyser City Cricket v Eves Realty Greerton, Smallbone Park; Element IMF Cadets v New World Te Puke, Mitchell Park.

2018 Baywide Cup Honours

Runs: 219 Nick Hendrie (Eves Realty Greerton) 188 Tai Bridgeman-Raison (New World Te Puke) 187 Jake Rowe (Bayleys Central Indians)

Centuries: 104no Tai Bridgeman-Raison - 101no Jake Rowe

Wickets: 13 Brody Gilroy (New World Te Puke) 11 Josh Earle (New World Te Puke) 10 Jacob Logan (Element IMF Cadets) 10 Peter Drysdale (Carrus Mount Maunganui)

Baywide Cup Champions

2018/19 (Greerton) 2017/18 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2016/17 (Mount Maunganui) 2015/16 (Greerton) 2014/15 (Greerton) 2013/14 (Mount Maunganui) 2012/13 (Mount Maunganui) 2011/12 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2010/11 (Mount Maunganui) 2009/10 (Mount Maunganui) 2008/09 (Mount Maunganui) 2007/08 (Otumoetai Cadets)

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Geyser City Cricket Expands Baywide Cup to Eight Teams

Posted: Monday, 30 September 2019

Competition Kicks Off 5 October

Rotorua has doubled its Baywide premier cricket representation in the first half of the 2019/20 season, with the admission of Geyser City Cricket to provisional Baywide premier status for the 2019 Baywide Cup, that kicks off on Saturday 5th October 2019.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward said, “After a detailed review of the Geyer City Cricket’s application, Bay of Plenty Cricket has given the Rotorua Club temporary Baywide premier club status, for the 2019 Baywide Cup competition”. “Participation in the current season Baywide T20 and Williams Cup, is dependent upon performance and meeting Bay of Plenty Cricket objectives in the Baywide Cup” said Scott Steward.

“It will be a significant year ahead for Geyser City Cricket, with its first tilt at premier cricket in its nearly 30 year history. The premier grade is the puzzle-piece in the clubs pathway plan for our club and wider Rotorua cricketers spanning junior, secondary and senior levels”, said Geyser City spokesperson Kane Vanner

“The premier challenge is a big one and the club is under no illusion of which end of the spectrum it will be starting at. The clubs expectations for the season and the Baywide Cup in particular, are not about results, but simply striving to be a competitive unit that can demonstrate that they belong”.

Defending Baywide Cup titleholders Eves Realty Greerton, who posted an unbeaten record in winning the 2018 Baywide Cup, have picked up two quality players in Taylor Bettleheim and Bruce Kerr from Poverty Bay.

“Nick Hendrie was a standout for us last season and we're excited to have him back opening the batting. Pip Thickpenney, Taylor Bettelheim and Bruce Kerr will be looking to score key runs at the top of the order”. “Our quality all rounders, include Brett Hampton, Henry Collier, Lee Watkins and Umesh Ranaraja. Also three bowlers in Jared Tutty, James Boyd and Josh Bates, will be crucial to our successes this season”, said long-time Greerton skipper Shane Wineti.

Williams Cup champions Element IMF Cadets, who were joint Baywide Champions of Champions with Greerton, are set for another charge on the Baywide silverware. Cadets captain Jono Boult said “We have a young side again this season and we are looking to build some depth throughout the club. The premier side are focused on improving last season’s Baywide Cup and T20 results”. “We have an English and Dutch import along with Rhys Donaghy from Tauranga Boys College join the club”.

Eight-time Hart Family Trophy Baywide Champion of Champions Carrus Mount Maunganui, has been putting in plenty of work at the Blake Park nets, as they seek to regain the number one spot in Baywide cricket.

“With much of last season’s squad intact, we will look to build on our results and strive for more consistency. Top four in all three competitions is always the goal, however we are focused on pushing further to give ourselves a shot at all three Baywide titles”. “The revamp of the T20 competition adds an exciting element with a midweek game and the final under lights, which is something that all players would love to experience” said Mount premier team leader Dale Swan

Improved consistency was rewarded for Bayleys Central Indians, with second place in the Baywide big prize of the Williams Cup and third in the Baywide T20 title race last season. Central Indians representative Shonit Chandra said “The team wants to work on our mistakes from last season and achieve as much as we can. In the last few seasons we have promoted and showcased our talent, which we will continue to do in the new season”.

Multiple Williams Cup title winners New World Te Puke, has retained the same squad that played last season. Te Puke Captain Stephen Crossan says “Christian MacDonald, Hamish Wilde and Josh Earle all had successful winters plying their trade in the United Kingdom and we are expecting much of the same on their return to Te Puke”.

“The rest of the squad have been training the house down preparing for a big summer”. “We kicked off our season with the Lake Taupo CC Spring T20 Cup, a week out from the start of the Baywide Cup”.

Over the years, Tauranga Boys College has provided a cricket pathway that has promoted players into professional and senior representative cricket. Player/Coach Tim Clarke said “Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College has a strong side this season with the introduction of an overseas professional in Keiran New”. “Keiran will be taking on a coaching role with our junior cricket program and playing with the First XI on Saturdays. He has been a top-level premier player in Lancashire over the last nine seasons and also has two years of playing Sydney A Grade cricket”.

“While Taylor Bettleheim going to Greerton is a big loss, Tim Pringle and Niven Dovey will be stepping into a shared captain’s role to develop their leadership skills, as they look for higher age-group honours. This season, we aim to improve on our placing from last summer and hopefully break into finals contention in all three Baywide competitions”.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC are kicking off their third season in Baywide premier with a new-found confidence. “Now that we have ticked off of one of our goals of becoming a full member of the Baywide premier grade, we are hoping to kick on from the hard work that we have put in and compete with the other teams in the division”. “With our Spring Cup pre-season tournament opening our season, Lake Taupo CC is ready to take on the Baywide elite over the three competitions”, says Lake Taupo skipper Habib Malik. “We have Michael Mitchell returning from overseas and have recruited Drew Brierley from the UK, along with local players in Luke Woods and Shaun Davies back in our ranks”.

BOPCA BAYWIDE TEAM DETAILS 2019-2020

Element IMF Cadets

Home Ground: Tauranga Domain

2018/19 Top Four Finishes: Williams Cup Champions, Baywide Cup second, Baywide T20 fourth (Joint Baywide Champion of Champions)

Player Gains: Joe McCluskie (England) Emile van de Burg (Holland) Rhys Donaghy (Tauranga Boys College)

Player Losses: Sean Davey

Captain: Jono Boult

Eves Realty Greerton

Home Ground: Pemberton Park

2017/18 Top Four Finishes: Baywide Cup Champions, Baywide T20 second, Williams Cup fourth (Joint Baywide Champion of Champions)

Player Gains: Taylor Bettelheim (TBC) Bruce Kerr (Poverty Bay)

Player Losses: Nil

Captain: Shane Wineti

Carrus Mount Maunganui

Home Ground: Blake Park

2018/19 Top Four Finishes: Baywide T20 Champions,  Williams Cup third, Baywide Cup fourth.

Player Gains: Brett Randell (Northland)

Player Losses: Nil

Captain: Dale Swan

Bayleys Central Indians

Home Ground: Smallbone Park/Boord Park

2018/19 Top Four Finishes: Williams Cup second, Baywide T20 third.

Player Gains: One overseas player TBA

Player Losses; Nil

Captain: Stephen Nicholls

New World Te Puke

Home Ground: Te Puke Domain

2018/19 Top Four Finishes: Baywide Cup third.

Player Losses: Nil

Player Losses: Nil

Captain: Stephen Crossan                   Coach: Pete Swan

Bond and Co Tauranga Boys College

Home Ground: Nicholson Field

Player Gains: Keiran New (UK) TBC Pathway

Player Losses: Charles Williams, Taylor Bettleheim, Rhys Donaghy, Mitch Kale

Co-Captains: Tim Pringle, Niven Dovey                   Player/Coach: Tim Clarke

Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC

Home Ground: Owen Delaney Park

Player Gains: Michael Mitchell (returning from the UK) Drew Brierley (UK) Luke Woods, Shaun Davies (local Taupo players)

Player Losses:

Captain: Habib Malik

Geyser City Cricket

(Baywide Cup debut)

Home Ground: Smallbone/Boord Park

Captain: Dan Fisher

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ND Roadshow “Fielding Masterclass” Under Lights at The Bay Oval

Posted: Friday, 20 September 2019

Suitable for Coaches of All Levels

The advent of Twenty 20 cricket since the dawn of the new millennium, has ratcheted up fielding skills to unprecedented heights, as batsmen attack the boundary with previously unseen ferocity.  

The pursuit of boundaries and the stealing of runs, in the T20 game, has brought about a new athleticism in the field. There is no better example of the new-found dexterity and lightning responses, to hard-hit balls, than our own Bay of Plenty Black Cap superstars in Kane Williamson and Trent Boult.

Supreme fitness coupled with a countless fielding training sessions, has seen Kane and Trent pluck the ball from the air in amazing examples of match saving catches in recent seasons.

The third 2019 Spring ND Roadshow to visit the Bay of Plenty this year, will deliver a "Fielding Masterclass" at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui, on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said “One of the main attractions of the ND coaching workshops, is the variety of topics and their relevance for coaches working with young athletes”.

“We have a passionate group of local coaches who are eager to learn which is reflected in the level of interest. I expect another good turnout for the fielding masterclass, particularly with the added attraction of being under lights at the Bay Oval”.

The Fielding Masterclass has been designed for local cricket coaches of any level, from junior coaches entering the coaching ranks for the first time, through to experienced secondary school coaches, age-group representative coaches and senior club team mentors.

A added bonus for the coaches who attend the fielding workshop is that they will be able to "get up close and personal" with one of the best wicket blocks and outfields  in world cricket - with the fielding session being held under the lights at the Bay Oval.

Booking a place in the free coaching module is as simple as ringing BOPCA Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison on 0278 617 314 or contact him at tai@bopcricket.co.nz to book a place.

ND Roadshow "Fielding Masterclass"

Venue:             Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Date:               Tuesday 24 September 2019

Time:               7.30pm - 8.45pm

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Two Bay of Plenty Senior Representaive Teams Face a Season of Big Challenges

Posted: Thursday, 19 September 2019

Senior Men & Development Teams 2019/20 Season Preview

Two Northern Districts Cricket title defences and the lure of a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge, await the Bay of Plenty Cricket Senior Men’s and Development teams in the 2019/20 representative season.

Tai Bridgman-Raison BOPCA Pathways Manager said “There is a real sense of excitement amongst the playing group after such a successful 2018-19 season. The players are working hard as they prepare to defend the Brain Dunning and Basil McBurney trophies, with the added motivation of a possible Hawke Cup challenge”.

“We have a very talented group of young players progressing through from our Senior Secondary and Development squads, which has created a healthy competition for spots in the Senior Men’s team”. “From an Association perspective, the priority is very much on developing players who have the potential to play at a higher level. If our development programs are effective, then short-term goals such as winning trophies and competitions will take care of themselves”.  

A vital first-up ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter, with long-time rivals Northland in the Far North on the 23/24 November 2019, could open the door to a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge early in 2020. The annual Northern Districts Hawke Cup challenger, is found after a calendar year competition within the framework of the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl contests.

With current Hawke Cup titleholders Hamilton on top of the current points tally, this leaves Bay of Plenty and Waikato Valley on 17 points and Northland one point in arrears, in contention for the 2020 ND Hawke Cup Direct Challenge.

The scenario is that Bay of Plenty must defeat Northland. In the event of Bay of Plenty and Waikato Valley finishing on equal points, the Bay side would book the Direct Challenge berth against Hamilton, courtesy of taking first innings points when the two sides met in March 2019.  

The second big target for the Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s representatives, is their defence of the Brian Dunning Trophy, at the ND Twenty 20 tournament at Owen Delany Park in Taupo 15-17 December 2019.

Bay of Plenty dominated last season’s ND T20 fixtures, defeating Poverty Bay and Counties Manukau for the loss of just two wickets in both encounters. They continued on to get past Northland and arch-rivals Hamilton by 83 and 67 runs respectively, and saving the best for last dispatched Waikato Valley by 109 runs.

While defending the Basil McBurney Trophy is a major mission for the Bay of Plenty Development side in the next six months – the Bay Second XI primary role, is to provide senior representative experience to the promising young players of the region, to make successful transitions to the Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s side.

A heartbreaking 3 run loss to Poverty Bay and three successive victories, took the Bay side to the brink of the Basil McBurney prize, in a 2018/19 season title decider against Counties Manukau.

Two Bay of Plenty Development young men, stood up and simply took the game away from the Counties representatives with game winning performances. Keeper Ben Pomare blasted 114 runs in the Bays total of 258, with Tim Pringle grabbing seven wickets at a cost of 25 runs, as Counties Manaukau were rolled for 122 to hand Bay of Plenty the ND Development title.

BOPCA Senior Representative Program 2019-2020 Season

BOPCA Senior Men’s Team

23/24 Nov       Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Northland @ Cobham Oval

15-17 Dec       ND Brian Dunning T20 tournament @ Owen Delaney Park, Taupo

8/9 Feb            Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Hamilton @Tauranga Domain

22/23 Feb        Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Waikato Valley @ Blake Park

7/8 March        Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Counties Manukau - away

BOPCA Development Team

17 Nov            Basil McBurney Trophy v Northland - away

1 Dec               Basil McBurney Trophy v Poverty Bay @ Bay Oval

1 Feb               Basil McBurney Trophy v Counties Manukau – away

16 Feb             Basil McBurney Trophy v Hamilton @ Bay Oval

1 March           Basil McBurney Trophy v Waikato Valley @ Tauranga Domain

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Lake Taupo Cricket Club to Host a Twenty 20 Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Four Sides to Take Part in Pre-Season Matches

The Lake Taupo Cricket Club, has achieved plenty of milestones in its short existence since being established in 2016 - with another highpoint taking place, with an Invitation Pre-Season Twenty 20 tournament to be held at Owen Delany Park in Taupo.

On Saturday and Sunday 28th/29th September 2019, the Lake Taupo premier team will be joined by premier sides from the Karaka, Te Puke and Taradale Cricket Clubs, as the four participating sides take their final steps in their 2019 pre-season preparations.

“Our main objective as a club is to give our young Taupo cricketers a view of the pathway to premier and representative grade cricket. This tournament was seen as a opportunity to not only provide our premier cricket players with essential match practice, but also a way to showcase premier grade cricket to Taupo’s up and coming players in a unique and inspiring way”, said Lake Taupo CC representative Blaine Inch.

“We have partnered with Taupo Junior Cricket and will be providing a unique opportunity to our rising stars, who will accompany each team on the weekend as their 13th man”. “This will be a great chance for our youngsters to get an insight into how a premier grade team operates on game day, as well as ways to assist them to develop themselves in ways they wouldn’t be able to in their current environment”.

“The weekend will be built around having fun. We have done our best to make it an affordable exercise travelling to Taupo, so the teams can make the most of their pre-season weekend”. “Taupo is a fantastic destination, not only for cricket but for any kind of traveler. We will be hosting a social evening at our clubrooms on the Saturday night as we hope to establish long-term relationships with the other participating clubs. We have a long term vision of an eight team tournament and hope to entice these clubs back next year and in the future”.

One of the hidden gems in the Great Lake region is Owen Delany Park, which the visitors will get up close and personal with during the tournament. The Owen Delany facility, is an outstanding central cricket venue, readily accessible to Mid-North Island cricket players and fans alike. The number one field is fully banked with a good-sized grandstand.

There are two further playing levels which hosts three quality grass blocks and six artificial wickets. The best part of Owen Delany Park is the amazing drainage, which even after solid downpour during a game, quickly drains away.

Lake Taupo Cricket Club T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park 28/29 September 2019

28 September

11am: Lake Taupo CC v Karaka CC, Te Puke CC v Taradale CC

2.45pm: Lake Taupo CC v Taradale CC, Karaka CC v Te Puke CC

29 September

10.30am: Lake Taupo CC v Te Puke CC, Taradale CC v Karaka CC

2pm: Final - First v Second

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Coaches Wanted - Primary Boys Rep Teams

Posted: Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Coastland and Lakeland Positions

Bay of Plenty Cricket are seeking applications for the following coaching roles:

  1. Coastland Primary Boys (year 7-8)
  2. Lakeland Primary Boys (year 7-8)

The Coastland and Lakeland Primary Boys teams play in the Northern Districts Primary Boys tournament which is held in Cambridge from November 25th – 27th, 2019.

The Coastland area is the wider Western Bay of Plenty (Waihi to Pongakawa), Lakeland is made up of the Taupo, Rotorua and Eastern Bay of Plenty areas.

The key tasks of the coaching roles are to:

  • Facilitate a pre-tournament program which maximizes player development and prepares the group for tournament
  • Provide tactical & technical support to the playing group during the tournament and pre-tournament games
  • Coach the team in a way which is consistent with the values and principles of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Association
  • Develop a positive learning environment which prioritizes the development of players over winning

The coaching roles are voluntary positions, however Bay of Plenty Cricket will cover the costs associated with attending tournament (accommodation, meals, clothing etc..).   

Applications close Friday September 27th and the application form can be found here.

Please email tai@bopcricket.co.nz to apply or for more information.

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Northern Districts Seeking Board Members

Posted: Friday, 13 September 2019

Applications Close 11 October

Our Major Association, Northern Districts Cricket Association, is presently seeking four suitably qualified individuals to join their Board of Directors.  For all the details, click here.  Applications close 11 October.

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Volunteer Sports Photographer Wanted

Posted: Monday, 9 September 2019

Opportunity to Build Your Portfolio

WANTED – ASPIRING SPORTS PHOTOGRAHERS

Bay of Plenty Cricket has a unique opportunity available for an aspiring sports photographer to help us build a photographic gallery of our sport in the region.  

The voluntary position, is ideally suited for someone with a passion for both cricket and photography, who is starting out on a photo journalism journey. The volunteer position would be ideally suited to a senior secondary or tertiary student looking to develop and display their skills; however, all suitably qualified candidates will be considered.  The successful candidate will need to have their own equipment; at a minimum, we believe a DSLR camera and a telephoto lens would be neccessary.

While we can’t offer any financial rewards, we can offer the best seat in the house at Bay of Plenty Cricket matches.

The position will allow the successful candidate to build a photographic album that could assist with their future. The images would be used for the BOPCA website and social media posts, as well as being distributed to the regional sports media with photographer credits included.

In the first instance, please send an application (briefly describing your photographic training, experience and interest in this volunteer role) to info@bopcricket.co.nz

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Grassroots Champions - Stu Martin

Posted: Saturday, 7 September 2019

September 2019 Profile

Welcome to the first of Bay of Plenty Cricket's Grassroots Champions which aims to tell the stories and tales of the hardworking people of our game. In this first edition we meet Stu Martin, who is a vital cog in keeping our great game alive and well in the Taupo region.

Where, when and how did your love of the game start

I joined Taupo Junior cricket in 1983. My parents along with Warren and Wynn Murdock played a big part in my early development. The whole family played cricket, with Dad and my brother and sister all playing the great game. The development of Owen Delaney Park saw over 200 youngsters playing cricket each weekend in the 1980’s.

Tell us a little about your playing days

From my start in junior cricket, I was lucky enough to go on to play ND age-group cricket through the grades up to the Northern Districts Under 19’s division. I was selected for a New Zealand Youth XI, mentored by the late John Howell, on a South Island tour.

How did you get into administration of the sport and tell us about the admin roles you have held and currently serve

I was hugely influenced by my father and the work he put in to Taupo Cricket as Chairperson for many years. There was a natural progression for me, from playing to coaching and now on to the administration side of the game in the Great Lake region.

I am the current Taupo Cricket Chairman and a former Bay of Plenty Cricket Board member. Additionally I am a Taupo Cricket and Taupo Junior Cricket committee member. Another role is as a Bay of Plenty Cricket selector,

What attracted you to umpiring?

Having a strong playing background and having moved through the coaching ranks, this attracted me to offer something back to cricket as an umpire, with my knowledge and experience from the best seat in cricket.

I love the inter-action with the players and coaches and also the challenge to learn and improve my umpiring knowledge and skills.

Is living in Taupo any impediment to weekly umpiring duties and what are your ambitions in the umpiring ranks

No – while there is a bit of travelling involved, if an opportunity is put in front of you, you have to take it with both hands.

Tell us about the current Taupo cricket scene and where do you see Taupo cricket headed in the next ten years.

Currently the strength and growth of the Taupo game is in our junior ranks, which we are now feeding into College cricket. Taupo Cricket has a very progressive committee, who work side by side with the Lake Taupo Cricket Club to progress High Performance coaching programs.

Ten years from now the future of Taupo Cricket is exciting. Taupo Cricket will continue to grow from strength to strength. We will see our local cricketer’s pathwaying through into Bay of Plenty, Northern Districts, Black Caps and White Ferns teams.

Tell us about the hidden gem of Owen Delaney Park as one of the best cricket facilities in the country

Owen Delaney Park is an outstanding central cricket facility which is readily accessible to mid-north island cricket players and fans alike. The number one field is fully banked with a good-sized grandstand.

There are two further playing levels which gives us three quality grass blocks and six artificial wickets. The best part of Owen Delaney Park is the amazing drainage, which even after solid downpour during a game quickly drains away.

Tell us a little more about Stu Martin

What music do you listen to – I have various tastes which include Pink, Super Tramp and Gin Wigmore.

What was the last book that you read – The Kevin Pietersen autobiography.

Favourite movie – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Favourite TV program – Peaky Blinders & Frontier series

Favourite meal – Roast lamb

Favourite drink – Hawkesbay Pilsner

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Age-Group Training To Kick Off On The First Day Of Spring

Posted: Thursday, 29 August 2019

Action Kicks Off at Bay Oval on Sunday

The first day of spring, heralds a new approach in the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group player development program, when the first of three training days for Year 7 to Year 10 players, are held at the Bay Oval at Blake Park in Mount Maunganui.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said "The purpose of the programme is to assist with the long term development of our age-group players, by providing access to quality coaching, information and practice facilities".

In the last decade Bay of Plenty Cricket has become recognized as the best NZ Cricket Minor Association in the country, winning and defending the Hawke Cup on two occasions. In addition, the Bay of Plenty senior representatives have won the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl and Brian Dunning one-day tournament trophy, with the Bay Development side annexing the ND Development trophy on several occasions.

The success of the senior representative sides, has been built upon an extremely progressive and successful age-group pathway, which was put in place some twenty years ago.

The age-group player development programme is targeting Primary Boys (Year 7/8) and Junior Secondary (Year 9/10) players throughout the Bay of Plenty Cricket region. Three training days are being facilitated at the Bay Oval on Sunday 1st, 15th and 22nd September 2019.

The program will be delivered by two Bay of Plenty Cricket coaches in Russell Williams and Sam Owen. Russell holds NZ Cricket Level Two coaching certificate and is a Black Caps resource coach. Sam is a certified English Cricket Board Level Two coach and delivers private coaching lessons in the Western Bay of Plenty.

“Having Russ and Sam leading the program adds real credibility. They both have excellent reputations among the local cricket community as quality operators.”

The two local coaches will be supported by guest coaches including members of the Northern Districts High Performance team.

“Our player programs continue to evolve as we learn more about developing young athletes. Playing multipile sports, allowing time for other interests, developing people not just cricketers and prioritizing development over winning are the cornerstones of our programs. Sport NZ are doing some excellent work in this space with their Talent Plan and Balance is Better website”.

“Cricket seems to be riding a wave of positivity and enthusiasm on the back of the success of the Black Caps at the World Cup and that has been reflected in the level of interest for the sessions.”

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Baywide Cricket to Sport Several Changes in the New Cricket Season

Posted: Monday, 26 August 2019

Update on Premier Grade Teams, Baywide T20 and Williams Cup

Two Rotorua Baywide Cup contenders, a mid-week Twenty 20 competition round with the final under lights at the Bay Oval and a straight seven round qualifying shootout for the Williams Cup playoffs - headline the upcoming Baywide premier cricket season.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Officer Scott Steward has been busy during the winter months, meeting and consulting with the Baywide premier teams, before the unveiling of the revamped 2019 Baywide cricket format.

During the off-season, Geyser City Sports Club submitted an application to Bay of Plenty Cricket to enter a team into Baywide premier cricket for the 2019-2020 season. The application was supported by strong organizational and governance templates and a robust club player development pathway.

“After a detailed review of the Geyer City Sports application, Bay of Plenty Cricket has offered the Rotorua Club temporary Baywide premier club status, for the 2019 Baywide Cup competition”. “Participation in the current season Baywide T20 and Williams Cup, is dependent upon performance and meeting Bay of Plenty Cricket objectives in the Baywide Cup” said Scott Steward.

“We welcome Geyser City Sports step-up to become the second Rotorua side in this year’s Baywide Cup and we receive the bonus of removing the competition bye”. “It is important to note that that the successful application is on a trial basis with the ball now firmly in the Geyser City camp”.

After the Baywide Cup, attention swings to the Baywide T20 and the Williams Cup competitions, with a white ball in play, instead of the more traditional red ball of the Baywide Cup. The white coating to the leather makes the ball smoother and changes the aerodynamics, making the white ball swing differently from its red counterpart, which means a altered approach from the batsmen.

A revamped Twenty 20 title race will bring two new innovations ramping up the ‘smash the ball to the boundary’ competition. For the first time there will be a twilight mid-week qualifying round played on Wednesday 15th January 2020.  The Semi-Finals and Grand Final will be fought out at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Saturday 19th January, with the title decider played under lights.

Considered the biggest prize in Baywide premier cricket, the Williams Cup which dates back to the 1930’s, kicks off on the 1st February with the finale coming on the last day of the cricket season on Saturday 28th March 2020.

BOPCA Baywide Cricket Key Dates 2019

Baywide Cup

October 5th                 Baywide Cup Round One

December 7th              Baywide Cup (& Plate) Finals

Baywide Twenty 20

December 14th            Baywide T20 Round One & Two

January 15th                Baywide T20 Mid-Week Round

January 19th                Baywide T20 Semi-Finals & Final (Under Lights) @ Bay Oval

Williams Cup

February 1st                Williams Cup First Round

March 28th                  Williams Cup Final @ Bay Oval

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James Pamment Joins Team USA

Posted: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

USA Attempting to Qualify for 2020 ICC T20 World Cup

One of the Bay of Plenty cricket community's favourite sons, is taking another globe-trotting journey in his life on the road as a renowned and respected individual cricket skills mentor.

While James Pamment is still catching his breath after the exultation of playing a part in the Mumbai Indians victory in the 2019 IPL title decider, the specialist fielding coach has signed on with USA Cricket, as they attempt to qualify for the 2020 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

The departure of the previous coach has seen USA Cricket appoint an international array of coaching advisors, to assist the USA first XI continue its winning track record with a firm focus on successful tournament finishes in August and October, which will qualify the side for the T20 World Cup in Australia next year.

James Pamment has joined the USA cricket setup as the fielding coach for the T20 campaign. His appointment to Team USA, came about, when approached by former Indian wicket keeper Kiran More, who had been appointed as USA Cricket Director of Cricket.

“Kiran asked me if I would like to join the USA program for an initial three month contract. During this period the USA team is playing a T20 qualifying tournament in Bermuda, ODI’s in Florida and a tour to India”. “If we are successful in Bermuda the team, will attend the final ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament in Dubai and if they make the top six they will play at the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020”.

James attempted to unravel the mysteries of a fielding coach by saying “In the fielding specific roles that I have had, I generally take full responsibility for the collective tactical approach that the team takes. Individually, I will work with each member of the squad to assist with their ongoing skill development”. “I’ll work on team plans to ensure that we get the right fielders in the right positions at different phases of the game. I’ll be constantly looking at different ways to promote the key basics of fielding while keeping training relevant and fresh for the players’.

Team USA doesn’t lack for the want of experience with the appointment of some extremely experienced and high profile team mentors. Privan Amre (batting) and Sunil Joshi (spin bowling) both played for India with Kiran More in the 1990’s and have coached at domestic and international levels and in the IPL. 

Australian David Saker has coached both England and Australia, in successful Ashes campaigns, in roles as the team fast bowling coach. He has coached in both the Big Bash and IPL and as a player won the Sheffield Shield with the Victoria State side

Team USA has just qualified for ODI status and currently competes in ICC Tier Three competition. “We have some very talented cricketers who would be right at home in New Zealand Domestic First Class cricket. However they lack for support, infrastructure and competition, but I have been very surprised with the talent that I have seen”. “It is predominantly a mix of West Indian and South East Asia ex-pats who are playing the game in the States at present”.

When questioned on his expectations for the current USA team, James replied “My individual expectations are based around initial improvements through the work we do together and things that are put in place in the short and long term, as we see a group of players growing together and becoming more competitive on the world stage”.

“We are currently at the America’s World T20 Qualifying tournament in Bermuda, along with Bermuda, Canada and the Cayman Island. The top two sides will head to Dubai to join 12 other ICC Associate teams in competition, with six qualifying for the ICC 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia”.

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Two Bay of Plenty Coaches Earn Re-Appointment

Posted: Thursday, 8 August 2019

Charles Williams and Russell Williams Back for the 2019/20 Season

The early re-appointment of the BOPCA Senior Men’s and Development Coaches, signals the start of what could be a very big year for Bay of Plenty senior representative cricket.

Senior Men’s mentor Charles Williams and Development coach Russell Williams, have the defence of a Northern Districts Cricket trophy apiece firmly on their agendas, as they commence their season build-up.

A perfect five-win ND Twenty 20 title, at the annual three-day tournament kick-started the senior men’s campaign last season. The Bay of Plenty representatives controlled all five matches and were never seriously troubled in winning the Brian Dunning Trophy.

Charles Williams said “The key for the senior men’s side this season is to keep improving all facets of our game. We cannot judge ourselves on what happened last season but instead focus on the numerous challenges to come”.

“There seems to be a lot of excitement in Bay of Plenty Cricket at the moment, from the depth in the playing ranks, with Russ Williams and his Development team mentoring our youth. The fact that so many Development players were selected for the senior men’s side last season, comes from the work that he and Pete Swan are doing to prepare the abundance of the young talent we have in the Bay”.

“We have a fantastic mix of senior players who continue to lead by example and the exuberance of youth who are pushing the older heads to stay on their toes”. “For now, the focus is on pre-season training and preparing for the start of the club season”

The ND Fergus Hickey two-day competition, saw the Bay team rebound from a loss administered by current Hawke Cup titleholders Hamilton, to finish in second place on the final points tally.

A Hawke Cup challenge against Hamilton could be on the cards, if the Bay of Plenty representatives can defeat Northland in November, in the Bays last encounter of the calendar-year ND Hawke Cup qualifying competition.

The Bay of Plenty Development side major objective, is to provide a representative springboard for the promising youngsters of the region, to earn selection in the Bay of Plenty senior men’s side.

Last season the Bay of Plenty second eleven not only won the ND Development title race, but also saw eight Development players make the jump up to the Bay of Plenty flagship side.

BOPCA Development Coach Russell Williams said “We won the ND Development title last year and we will be doing our best to hang on to the trophy. We have a great group of young men striving to do it all again”.

“The team will be looking to repeat last season’s learning’s as well as implementing some new ideas. It is that time of year where I am really looking forward to the new season, where I get excited to get into it and summer can’t come fast enough for me”.

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ND Road-Show Visits Kick Off in the Bay Of Plenty on Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Start of the 2019/20 Season

The annual Northern Districts Cricket Road-Show visits to the Bay of Plenty, herald the start of the new cricket season, with the first ND visit scheduled for Wednesday 7th August 2019 at the Adams Centre for High Performance at Mount Maunganui.

The program for the first ND Road-Show, is an introduction to developing elite athletes, designed for junior cricket coaches and parents. The purpose of the program, is to ensure that those who coach or parent our young up and coming cricketers, can assist in delivering the best possible opportunities for the young players to reach their full potential.

Northern Districts Cricket will bring the full complement of their High Performance team, of Peter Zanzoterra (ND Pathways Manager) Kari Carswell (Spirit Head Coach and Female Player Pathway Manager) Matt Horne (Knights Batting Coach and former test batsman) Cliff Dickeson (ND Spin Bowling Coach) and Pat Malcon (former ND Director of Cricket).  

Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said “The ND introduction to developing the elite athlete has been specifically tailored for coaches and parents, working and living with our youngsters, so as to have a major impact on the players continued long-term development”.

“It is crucial that junior coaches and parents are up to speed with the latest developments, with first ND Road-Show visit, the ideal opportunity for our youngsters mentors to hear from and ask questions of the ND High Performance team in attendance”.

ND Road-Shows 2019

An Introduction to Developing the Elite Athlete

Date: Wednesday 7th August 2019

Time: 7.15pm

Venue: Adams Centre for High Performance, Miro Street, Mount Maunganui

Contact: Tai Bridgman-Raison BOPCA Pathways Manager 0278 617 314

September 4 – HP coaching of identified players

September 25 - HP coaching of identified players

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BOPCA Seeking Senior Representative Selectors

Posted: Monday, 5 August 2019

Closing Date - August 23

Senior Representative Selectors

Bay of Plenty Cricket are seeking expressions of interesting for the following role: 

Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Teams (Men & Development Men) - Selectors

This is an unpaid position. 

SENIOR TEAMS SELECTORS

REPORTS TO: Pathway Manager

The main role is to select our Senior Men and Development Men’s teams 

SELECTION RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Selectors to communicate and select teams for tournaments/matches. 
•    Attend pre - tournament/match practices to assist in selections.
•    Take an active interest in local cricket across the region to identify potential players for senior rep teams.
•    Be available to discuss with player’s their performances and team selection. 
•    Be proactive and engaged in selection discussions (and willing to voice views) 

SELECTION

A combination of the following should give the selectors an in-depth knowledge of the players in contention for selection:

•    Liaising with key, trusted people in clubs (i.e. feedback on other team’s players).
•    Attending key matches to observe specific players.
•    Observation of player’s skills and attitudes throughout winter training, trials and premier games.       
•    Communicating closely with Development Team coach and Bay of Plenty Cricket’s Cricket Development Manager.

 

For more information or expressions of interest please contact Tai Bridgman-Raison email: tai@bopcricket.co.nz mobile:  027 861 7314

Closing Date: August 23rd 2019

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Save the Date - BOPCA Fundraising Golf Tournament

Posted: Thursday, 1 August 2019

Support Junior Cricket in the Bay of Plenty

Complete the registration form here and return it today!

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Northern Districts Seeking Applications for Spirit Assistant Coach

Posted: Monday, 29 July 2019

Spirit Assistant Coach

Northern Districts Cricket Association, our affiliate, are currently seeking applications for the role of Northern Spirit Assistant Coach.  Please refer to this link for the a complete discription and details of how to apply.  Applications close 16 August.

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Bay of Plenty Cricket 2018-19 Season Review - McNaughton Trophy Final

Posted: Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Played Out Under Lights at the Bay Oval

A completely new experience awaited Papamoa and the Greerton Sikh XI, who won through to contest the 2019 McNaughton Trophy Final, with the title decider being played as a day/nighter under lights at the Bay Oval.

The kind support and approval from the Bay Oval Trust management, saw the first ball of the McNaughton Final bowled at 4pm on Thursday 21st March 2019, at the Mount Maunganui ground.

There is no bigger Reserve Grade prize in Bay of Plenty Cricket than the McNaughton Trophy. The origins of the Baywide Reserve Grade prize, come from the donation by the McNaughton Family in Te Puke, of a trophy for competition between second tier teams from the Tauranga and Te Puke sub-associations. A number of years ago the competition was expanded to include all Reserve and B Grade sides in Bay of Plenty Cricket.

Papamoa won the McNaughton Trophy, on a beautiful autumn evening at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui - when they defeated the Greerton Sikh XI, in front of the biggest crowd seen at club cricket in the Western Bay for many a day.

Papamoa won the toss and immediately elected to bat in the day/nighter, that saw the first game of Bay of Plenty club cricket played out under the lights. Openers Mark Divehall and Aaron Barbour got their side away to a flyer, blasting 39 without loss, in the first five overs.

Divehall was the first to go for 51. Enter Andrew Goldsmith, who smashed a half-century of just 37 balls, in a knock that contained six 4’s and two shots over the boundary ropes.

The dismissal of Goldsmith in the 32nd over, saw the Sikh bowlers apply the brakes a little to the Papamoa attempts to hit out. It was left to Aaron Barbour to anchor his sides total, of 214 for the loss of three wickets, with the Papamoa opening batsmen carrying his bat to 67 not out off 119 balls.

The Greerton Sikh batsmen strode to the wicket with real purpose, needing 5.35 runs an over to win  the Baywide trophy. While they were in front of the required run rate, they lost their first wicket at the 14 run mark and when opener Raghav Solgotra went for 26, they were two down for 48 which quickly became 3/52.

Amrit Singh took up the challenge to belt 54, at a tad over a run a ball, before the Papamoa bowlers tightened the screws, to dismiss the Singh XI for 185 with four overs to spare. Aaron Barbour backed up his batting heroics to take three wickets for 38 runs, sitting on a hat-trick, at one stage in his eight overs.

There was little discussion required for the Man of the Match award - being presented to Aaron Barbour, who top scored for his team and took three vital wickets that swung the game in Papamoa’s favour.

While the McNaughton Trophy dates back several decades, the two 2019 finalists were both recent newcomers in Western Bay of Plenty grade cricket.

The Sikh XI, who were formerly a stand-alone side, affiliated to the Greerton Cricket Club at the start of the 2017/18 season. The Greerton Indian representatives, have already experienced Western Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy success, winning last season’s Reserve Grade First Round title. Just a few weeks ago, the Sikh XI added another title when they won the current season Reserve Grade Twenty 20 crown.

Papamoa has even more recent history, after the Papamoa Cricket Club was established at the start of the current season. The Club has fielded three B Grade sides this season, with a combined squad drawn from throughout the Papamoa Club ranks, coming together to square off with the Greerton Sikh XI.

Both finalists have made the McNaughton Final, from the long route of having to win three games, after failing to draw a bye in round one.  The Greerton side dispatched Rotorua’s Geyser City Sports, in their 2019 McNaughton quarterfinal, after they chased down 208 with four wickets in hand. Papamoa defeated Mount Maunganui by 10 runs in quarterfinal action.

Papamoa made the McNaughton title decider after defeating Aquinas College. The Aquinas students were bowled out for 96, with Regan Collins grabbing four wickets for 15 runs. Andrew Goldsmith anchored the Papamoa seven wicket victory with a unbeaten 60 runs.

A Greerton derby decided the other finals berth, with the Sikh boys meeting the other Greerton Reserve Grade team. Greerton Sikh’s bowled first and restricted their club-mates to a modest 110 for the loss of eight wickets. The Greerton Indian representatives were taken to the wire before getting home with just three wickets to spare.

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Final @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 22 March 2019

Papamoa 214/3 (Aaron Barbour 67no, Mark Divehall 51, Andrew Goldsmith 50) defeated Greerton Sikh XI 185 (Amrit Singh 54, Raghav Solgotra 16; Aaron Barber 3/38)                               

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Semi-Finals

Aquinas College 96 (Regan Collins 4/15, Guy Wilkins 3/15, Danny Pokai 2/30) lost to Papamoa 99/3 (Andrew Goldsmith 60no; Finn Dempsey 2/29)

Greerton 110/8 (Matt Earl 20; JP Singh 2/12, G Singh 2/17, G Singh 2/43) lost to Greerton Sikh XI 112/7 (Amritpal Singh 27, Rashpal Cheema 26no; Scott Drabble 4/25)

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Quarter-Finals

Aquinas College 176 (Louis Robinson 52, Carson Wills 28, Darcy Hoskin 27; GS Gagan 3/40) defeated R&A Sangha 139 (Deepak Singh 40, GS Gagan 22; Toby Taylor 4/28, L Robinson 3/13)

Te Puke 114 (GS Samra 30, Simon Eves 27; M Rowland 4/21, Scott Drabble 3/13) lost to Greerton (M Earl 33, Sean Wakelin 29, Richie Earl 23no; Rheinhardt Kruger 3/24)

Geyser City Sports 207 (Kane Vanner 87, Ethan O’Donoghue 30; LS Bhatti 4/44) lost to Greerton Sikh XI 211/6 (GS Maangat 77, JP Singh 48)

Papamoa 142 defeated Mount Maunganui 132

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Round One

Papamoa 173/3 (Ryan Balsom 49, Mark Divehall 36, Andrew Goldsmith 36) defeated Singh CC 120 (Gurtej Billing 35no; Danny Pokai 3/10, Sean Crotty 2/19)

R&A Sangha 269 (Varinder Sandhu 90, Amardeep Tiwari 53; Amrinder Sidhu 36, GS Mahal 29; Sam Owen 4/27, Jim van der Vorm 2/40, Johnny Waite 2/56) defeated Cadets 186 (Grant Manners 75, Cameron Dunn 32no; Deepak Singh 5/28, Dev Sangha 2/20)

Mount Mauanganui B Grade 83 (David March 48; LS Bhatti 5/4 - includes a hat-trick) Greerton Sikh XI 86/6 (Sunil Gaur 27; James Cornelius 3/12, Mitchell Fergus 2/14)

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Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association Seeking Cricket Coach

Posted: Monday, 22 July 2019

Refer to Seek Advertisement for Full Details

One of our sub-associations, Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association, is looking to hire a Cricket Coach.

Refer to the job advertisement on Seek for further details.  Applications close Friday, August 2nd.

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Bay of Plenty Cricket 2018-19 Season Review - Williams Cup

Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Element IMF Cadets March to Their 11th Williams Cup

Two battle-hardened warriors of Baywide championship cricket, played a big part in Element IMF Cadets winning their 11th Williams Cup, when they defeated Bayleys Central Indians at the Bay Oval on Saturday 30 March 2019.

The Rotorua combined team won the toss and after electing to bat, got away to a grand start, losing their second wicket with 90 runs on the board. Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls led from the front and was rewarded with his sides top score of 36. The dismissal of Lovely Sandhu for 31, saw the Cadets bowlers then apply the pressure with good effect.

Cadets veteran and skipper, Jono Boult, removed the opposition middle order at little cost and finished with four wickets at a cost of 18 runs, to play a big hand in dismissing the Rotorua side for 172. Cadets young gun Fergus Lellman, also did damage with ball taking two for 29.

Bay of Plenty representative captain Joe Carter, who is another long serving Cadets player, anchored Cadets six wicket victory as he took control of his teams reply. Coming to the crease when the first wicket fell with just 9 runs on the board, Carter was part of four title-winning partnerships with Fergus Lellman, Sean Davey, Jono Boult and Marcel Collett. Carter was there when the games end came in the 35th over, with 82 runs to his name. His big score, came from a tad over a run a ball, with ten 4's and one six during his time in the middle.

Cadets are entitled to be ranked as one of the heavyweights of the long-time Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy title race, which dates back to the 1930's. Cadets eleventh Williams Cup title, cements second place behind Te Puke's sixteen Williams Cup crowns. 

The Williams Cup Final, wrapped up the 2018/19 Bay of Plenty Cricket season, in which the Baywide premier championship honours were split between three Western Bay of Plenty clubs.

The Baywide Cup played in the first half of the season, was taken out by Greerton who defeated Cadets in an absolute thriller, with Greerton getting home with a solitary wicket to spare. Mount Maunganui went back to back in the Baywide Twenty 20 championship, chasing down Greerton’s total of 98 for the loss of just three wickets, with Cadets taking out the white-ball fifty overs per side Baywide finale.

The Western Bay of Plenty micro weather, played havoc with the Williams Cup semifinals on Saturday (23 March 2019), with the major semi-final at Blake Park at Mount Maunganui abandoned without a ball being bowled - while just a few short kilometres away at Pemberton Park in Greerton, the minor semi-final was completed albeit with just a short rain interrupted break.

Cadets and Central Indians could only sit and watch as the rain came down at Blake Park, frustrating any attempts for the top two qualifiers, to play the major semi-final. The umpires, who were acutely aware of the game at Pemberton Park was under way, finally pulled stumps when there was no chance of a match due to an extremely wet outfield.

The result of the abandoned major semi-final, sent administrators scurrying for the Williams Cup conditions of play, which has resulted in Cadets and Central Indians advancing to the title decider at the Bay Oval the next weekend.

The 2019 Williams Cup, set in the second half of the season that traditionally produces hard and fast batting blocks and lightning outfields, resulted in eleven centuries being blasted over the seven qualifying rounds leading to the playoffs.

Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie, smacked back to back tons against Cadets and Tauranga Boys College, with Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls bookending the preliminary rounds with scores of 100 and 126. Tauranga Boys College Taylor Bettleheim, who made his Bay of Plenty senior men’s debut during the season, posted the Williams Cup top score of 132 not out against Central Indians. Other Williams Cup batsmen to finish with the magical three figure score alongside their name, were Tai Bridgman-Raison, Lovely Sandhu, Trent Boult in a rare appearance for Cadets, Nick Hendrie and Henry Collier.

2019 Williams Cup Honours

Runs: 380 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians) 278 Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 273 Taylor Bettleheim (Tauranga Boys College)

Centuries: 132no Taylor Bettleheim (Tauranga Boys College) 128 Tai Bridgman (New World Te Puke) 126 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians) 123 Lovely Sandhu (Bayleys Central Indians) 121 Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 112 Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 108no Trent Boult (Element IMF Cadets) 103 Nick Hendrie (Eves Realty Greerton) 102no Henry Collier (Eves Realty Greerton) 100 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians)

Wickets: 12 Nick Smith (Carrus Mount Maunganui) 12 Prabh Gill (Bayleys Central Indians) 11 Jono Boult (Element IMF Cadets) 11 Jake Rowe (Bayleys Central Indians) 11 Niven Dovey (Tauranga Boys College)

BOPCA Williams Cup Final 30 March 2019 - Results

Bayleys Central Indians 172 (Stephen Nicholls 36, Lovely Sandhu 31, Sahil Rana 26; Jono Boult 4/18, Fergus Lellman 2/29) lost to Element IMF Cadets 175/4 (Joe Carter 82no, Fergus Lellman 34)

BOPCA Williams Cup Semi-Finals 23 March 2018

Major semi-final: Element IMF Cadets v Bayleys Central Indians - game abandoned without a ball being bowled

Minor semi-final: Eves Realty Greerton 204 (N Hendrie 43, H Collier 39, D Spencer 35, U Ranaraja 27; P Drysdale 4/46, N Smith 2/19, D Swan 2/34, T Goodin 2/36) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 205/6 B Guild 91no, B Musgrave 37, B Pomare 25; S Wineti 2/22, M Rowland 2/31, J Boyd 2/57)

Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 16 March 2019

Williams Cup – Round Seven

Mount Maunganui 267/8 (B Guild 97, B Musgrave 62, T Goodin 30, B Pomare 26; N Dovey 3/44, J Gatenby 3/60) defeated Tauranga Boys College 114 (T Bettleheim 34, D Preston 22; D Swan 4/3)

Central Indians 334/7 (S Nicholls 126, L Sandhu 123, S Rana 23; I Singh 3/37, C MacDonald 3/67) defeated Te Puke 250 (C MacDonald 81, G Wallace 44. B McKenzie 39)

Greerton 224 (L Watkins 64, P Davenport 44; R Urbahn 4/41) defeated Lake Taupo CC 82 (S Wineti 3/18, U Ranaraja 2/5, Pip Thickpenny 2/11)

Element IMF Cadets the bye

Points Table (Final) Cadets 38, Central Indians 28, Greerton 28, Mount Maunganui 25, Tauranga Boys College 16, Te Puke 10, Lake Taupo CC 10.

Williams Cup (Round Six) Results 9 March 2019

Bayleys Central Indians 221/9 (S Nicholls 52, L Sandhu 49, S Gibbs 30no, T Pringle 3/20, J Gatenby 2/26, T Clarke 2/33) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 222/6 (T Bettleheim 132no, T Pringle 38; L Sandhu 2/45, A Gibbs 2/53)

New World Te Puke 143/9 (D Price 92; J Boyd 2/30) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 144/7 (L Watkins 45, S Wineti 31, U Ranaraja 25; C MacDonald 4/24, D Price 2/14)

Carrus Mount Maunganui v Element MF Cadets abandoned without a ball being bowled.

GM Painters Lake Taupo CC the bye.

Williams Cup Round Five - 2 March 2019

Eves Realty Greerton 198 (P Thickpenny 57, T Renouf 39, J Bates 33; J Boult 4/19) lost to Element IMF Cadets 199/8 (J Birchall 32no, Gurwinder Singh 29; U Ranaraja 3/55, M Rowland 2/26, J Bates 2/38)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 148 (N Dovey 40, J Spice 37, T Clarke 22; M Rivers 3/25, J Dolan 2/24, H Malik 2/24) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 115 (E Williams 45, J Wiggins 28; N Dovey 5/13, T Clarke 3/22)

Bayleys Central Indians 211/8 (N Smith 4/45) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 192 (G Signal 48, B Guild 48, M Golding 38, J Davis 21; P Gill 5/35)

New World Te Puke the bye.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 23 February 2019

Williams Cup – Round Four

GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 171/7 (EW Williams 48, JW Wiggins 27, MM Mitchell 21; M Leef 2/40) defeated  New World Te Puke 164 (G Wallace 49, M Leef 34, GS Samra 21; R Urbahn 2/25, J Dolan 2/33, H Malik 2/34, WP Perry 2/39,)

Element IMF Cadets 150 (J Logan 37, M Collett 36; J Rowe 3/12) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 114 (J Boult 3/15)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 191 (T Pringle 75, T Bettleheim 43, T Clarke 21; D Spencer 4/45, U Ranaraja 3/36) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 193/3 (H Collier 102no, L Watkins 47no, T Renouf 22)

Carrus Mount Maunganui the bye.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 16 February 2019

Williams Cup – Round Three

Eves Realty Greerton 259/7 (N Hendrie 103, P Thickpenny 58, L Watkins 39; H Conway 2/41, N Smith 2/61) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 154 (N Walker 37, M Golding 23; M Rowlands 4/28, J Bates 4/28)

New World Te Puke 283/3 (T Bridgman-Raison 128, B McKenzie 112) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 232 (N Dovey 62, T Bettelheim 54, C Templer 48, B Vyver 25; M Leef 3/46, R Crossley 2/26, H Wilde 2/36)

GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 97 (S McLaughlin 3/19, J Boult 2/8, J Logan 2/17) lost to Element IMF Cadets 98/3 (J Logan 47)

Bayleys Central Indians the bye.

Williams Cup Results 9 February 2019

New Te Puke 231/9 (B McKenzie 121, M Leef 27, H Wilde 25, T Bridgman-Raison 21; K Bains 2/27, J Logan 2/28, M Collett 2/44) lost to  Element IMF Cadets 232/9 (T Boult 110no)

Bayleys Central Indians 234/9 (S Nicholls 71, A Bennett 30, C Ingram 24; D Spencer 3/27, J Bates 3/50) defeated Eves Realty Greerton103/9 (T Renouf 25; S Nicholls 3/16, S Kaul 3/29)

GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 162 lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui  164/0 (P Drysdale 84no, M Golding 54no)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College the bye.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 2 February 2019

Williams Cup – Round One

Carrus  Mount Maunganui 174/3 (N Smith 59no, N Walker 54no, M Golding 29)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 143 (N Dovey 66, T Clarke 25; F Lellman 3/35, J Boult 2/21, M Collet 2/2, J Logan 2/30) lost to Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 144/4 (F Lellman 68no, M Collett 37)

Bayleys Central Indians 216 (Stephen Nicholls 100) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 163

Greerton the bye

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Two Bay Players Earn Selection in New Zealand Under 19 Team to Play in Queensland

Posted: Monday, 1 July 2019

Tim Pringle & Ben Pomare in Action

Two Bay of Plenty Cricket players will represent their country in a short and sharp four game series against their Australian counterparts in Brisbane, Australia 6-11 July 2019.

Both Tim Pringle and Ben Pomare, were originally selected for a New Zealand Under 19 tour of Bangladesh in April, which was subsequently cancelled. The four game age-group series is to be played at the Redland Cricket Ground on the outskirts of Brisbane. The series is a further step in finding the necessary fire-power for the New Zealand representatives at the next ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, to be held in South Africa in early 2020.

Both Bay of Plenty young men, were graduates of the Bay of Plenty Cricket representative age-group pathway before breaking into the Bay of Plenty First Eleven. Tim Pringle (BOPCA player number 536) made his Fergus Hickey Rosebowl debut against Northland on the 11/12 November 2017. Tim holds the record of being the youngest Bay of Plenty player on debut, aged 15 years and 92 days, from current Black Cap skipper Kane Williamson who was 15 years 111 days in his first Bay match.

Ben Pomare earned player number 541,when selected to play Northland in November 2018. While the Northland match was rained off, because the toss was undertaken, the selected players on debut were awarded Bay caps. Ben had the best possible excuse, for missing the Bay of Plenty matches at the ND One-Day tournament in December 2018, as he was playing in the NZ Cricket Under 19 National tournament - finally taking to the field for the Bay Senior Men’s side against Hamilton in January 2019.

The Bay of Plenty young men, who have been selected for the Queensland four-match series, join an illustrious group of Bay of Plenty Players, selected for New Zealand Under 19 sides in the new millennium.

Black Cap and long serving ND batsmen Daniel Flynn (2004) was followed by current Black Caps Kane Williamson and Trent Boult in 2008. In 2012 Joe Carter and Sean Davey, joined their predecessors in playing for their country at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

New Zealand Under 19 v Australia Under 19 @ Redland Cricket Ground, Brisbane

6th July 2019               First ODI

7th July 2019               Second ODI

10th July 2019             Third ODI

11th July 2019             Fourth ODI

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Bay of Plenty Cricket 2018-19 Season Review - Baywide Twenty 20 Championship

Posted: Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Carrus Mount Maunganui Takes Back to Back Titles in Baywide Premier Comp

Carrus Mount Maunganui took out back to back Baywide Twenty 20 titles, when they beat Eves Realty Greerton in the title decider at Fergusson Park on Saturday 19 January 2019. Mount Maunganui joined Tauranga Boys College and Rotorua Central, as two-time winners of the all-action Baywide premier competition, which kicked of in the 2011/12 season.

Greerton won the toss and elected to bat, with tight Mount Maunganui bowling restricting their attempts to hit out. The key wicket of Brett Hampton for just 2 runs and two run-outs, turned the momentum firmly in Mount Maunganui’s favour, as Greerton were then removed for 98. Umesh Ranaraja top scored for Greerton with 39 runs. Mount off-spinner Peter Drysdale grabbed  three wickets at a cost of just 8 runs, with skipper Dale Swan also taking three bowling scalps.

“We were very happy with our fielding, with a clinical performance that dried up the Greerton batting attack pursuits of runs. Two run-outs played a big part in removing Greerton for just 98” said Dale Swan.

The defending titleholders went on the offensive and got home with seven wickets to spare. Dan Smith capped the day with a second solid batting performance, with an unbeaten 40, while Ben Musgrave reached the 35 run mark before dismissal.

“The key to victory was a disciplined approach to both batting and bowling on the day and sticking to our game plan throughout the encounter” said the Mount Maunganui captain.

Earlier in the afternoon, Greerton finished at the top of the qualifying standings, dispatching Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College by 112 runs. Brett Hampton blasted his side to victory, with 94 off just 33 balls, in a whirlwind innings that contained nine 4’s and seven 6’s.

Mount Maunganui cemented their place in the final when they beat GM Painters Lake Taupo CC. Led by 67 from Dale Smith, Mount Maunganui posted 156/4 and then restricted the Taupo side to 121 for the loss of five wickets.

Bayleys Central Indians can be pleased with their Baywide T20 campaign, in finishing in third place.  The Rotorua side restricted New World Te Puke to 137 for seven wickets, in the last qualifying stanza, before getting home for the loss of five wickets.

The Baywide Twenty 20 title race got off to a sensational start, with Northern Districts all-rounder Brett Hampton on fire, hammering the highest ever Baywide Twenty 20 score on the opening day of the new season.

In the opening stanza of the Baywide T20 competition, the Eves Realty Greerton master-blaster smashed 155 runs of around seventy balls against New World Te Puke. The Te Puke fielders could only stand and watch as Hampton blasted a remarkable 17 sixes, which gave him a tally of a century (102) smashed over the boundary ropes, at Boord Park in Rotorua.

Greerton went on to post 244 for the loss of five wickets, with Pip Thickpenny making a solid contribution of 47. Te Puke were removed for 111 by the Greerton bowling attack, to see Greerton lay down the early challenge to the other Baywide T20 championship contenders.

Bay of Plenty Cricket 19 January 2019

BOPCA Twenty 20 Championship Final

Eves Realty Greerton 98 (Umesh Ranaraja 39, Henry Collier 27; Peter Drysdale 3/8, Dale Swan 3/18) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 101/3 (Dan Smith 40no, Ben Musgrave 35)

Round Seven

Eves Realty Greerton 213/6 (B Hampton 94, U Ranaraja 55) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 101/8 (D Preston 22)

New World Te Puke 137/7 (B McKenzie 28, J Earle 25, T Bridgman-Raison 25; J Rowe 2/19) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 140/5 (A Gibbs 23no, B Sandford 21; L Elliffe 2/20, M Leef 2/23)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 156/4 (D Smith 67) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 121/5 (C Baldry 2/19)

Element IMF Cadets the bye

Points Table (Final) Greerton 33, Mount Maunganui 30, Central Indians 18, Cadets 18, Lake Taupo CC 12, Te Puke 9, Tauranga Boys College 6.

BOPCA Baywide Twenty 20 - 12 January 2019

Round Five

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

Round Six

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

BOPCA Twenty 20 - 13 October 2018

Round Three & Four - Abandoned

BOPCA Baywide Twenty 20 - 6 October 2018

Round One

Eves Realty Greerton 244/5 (B Hampton 155 (including 17 sixes), P Thickpenny 47) defeated New World Te Puke 111 (T Bridgman-Raison 23, D McCall 2/11)

Element IMF Cadets 146/5 (J Boult 37, J Logan 30 G Cato 30) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 100 (S McLaughlin 2/10)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 177/8 (P Drysdale 65, B Musgrave 36, B Guild 22; T Pringle 3/25) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 69 (T Friskney 28; C Atkinson 3/10, P Drysdale 2/4, D Crombie 2/21)

Round Two

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 136/7 (D Preston 47, T Friskney 20; R Urbahn 4/35, J Dolan 2/22) lost to GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 137/1 (AJ How 60; M Mitchell 48no)

Eves Realty Greerton 183/4 (B Hampton 80, U Ranaraja 27, P Thickpenny 25) defeated Element IMF Cadets 105 (S Davey 36; D Collier 3/20, P Davenport 2/2, S Wineti 2/17)

New World Te Puke 65 (D Swan 3/5) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 66/1 (P Drysdale 35no, B Pomare 30no)

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