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Graeme Aldridge Shines The Spotlight On The BOPCA Coaching Pathway

Posted: Thursday, 6 August 2020

Appointed As ND Coach For 2020-21 Season

The recent appointment of Graeme Aldridge as Northern Districts Cricket Men's Head Coach, has shined the spotlight on the BOPCA coaching pathway.

Known to all in the game simply as 'G', the former player turned coach has loyalty in spades, having worn just the ND and Bay of Plenty provincial uniforms during his long and illustrious playing career.

A Black Cap tour of Zimbabwe in 2011, is the highlight of a glittering playing career, which included over three hundred Northern  Districts matches in the three forms of the game.  A ND record 364 first class wickets, testified to the ability of his pace and direction with the ball in hand.

Graeme finished his long ND career, with a total of 591 NZC major association wickets and 3175 runs in the three forms of the game.

Graeme was appointed to the position of BOPCA senior representative coach, in the 2015/16 season, bringing spectacular success to the Bay first eleven.

Eight wins from nine encounters, gave the Bay of Plenty Cricket flagship side one of their best seasons in over eighty years of representative cricket. The Bay side won both symbols of ND minor association cricket superiority, with the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl and the Brian Dunning trophy - and also claimed the big prize of the NZC Hawke Cup.

The following season Aldridge ratcheted up his coaching credentials, when Bay of Plenty repelled four Hawke Cup Direct Challenges, which included equaling the Hawke Cup highest score of 701, against Counties Manukau.

Appointment as ND fast bowling coach followed his successful term in charge of the Bay of Plenty representative troops. Recent ND success testifies to the Aldridge pace bowling expertise, with Graeme also appointed as the NZC Under 19 team fast bowling coach.

Graeme's appointment as ND Men's program coaching leader, follows in the footsteps of another Bay of Plenty ND head coach. James Pamment, coached the Bay representatives to multiple ND silverware, before taking charge of the ND coaching program. 

International attention resulted in James earning appointment as the IPL Mumbai Indians fielding coach. The former ND and Bay coach, played a significant role in the Mumbai Indians 2019 IPL title, with James receiving plenty of accolades for his coaching skills.

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Blast From The Past

Posted: Monday, 3 August 2020

MCC Pay a Visit to the Tauranga Domain in 1961

Welcome to Blast from the Past, which is an occasional column during the winter break in play, looking back at some of the happenings in Bay of Plenty Cricket over the years.

Over the decades, a number of international cricket teams have stopped off in the Bay of Plenty, during tours of the country. The first international cricket visit was nearly a century ago, when the touring Australian team played a Rotorua selection at the Government Gardens.

Up until the 1970's, Rotorua was the seat of Bay of Plenty local government, with the Sulphur City hosting the majority of international sporting teams visits to the province.

It wasn't until December 1961, that Tauranga hosted an international cricket game, when the MCC played a combined Bay of Plenty/Thames Valley XI at the Tauranga Domain. At the time of the MCC visit, Tauranga was far from the booming metropolis of today, with a population of less than twenty thousand residents. 

The Bay of Plenty representatives in the combined side were Des Ferrow, Keith Dawkins, and Jim Croker along with WB Williams, N Butler and J Kinder. The best known of the Thames Valley contribution to the side was New Zealand batsmen Gren Alabaster.

While a number a number of the MCC stars were rested, there was experience in spades with the likes of Douglas Padgett, who would go on to play 500 first class fixtures before retirement finally beckoned. 

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on the inner ground at the Tauranga Domain. Opener Willie Watson led the way with a sparkling 114 runs, which included eleven 4's in the MMC total of 297/6 declared in the two-day encounter. Coincidently, Watson was extremely talented sportsman also representing England at football.  

Doug Padgett also made a more than useful contribution with 60 runs, while Bob Barber was given out for 34 by the uncommon decision of (batsmen) hit wicket. Thames Valley's Terry Shaw, was the best of the combined sides bowlers taking three wickets at a cost of 87 runs.

The combined eleven were bowled out for 147 with the fourth ball of their 59th over. Gren Alabaster was the best of the home sides batting attack with a hard fought 35 runs. David Allen would have long remembered his visit to the Tauranga Domain, grabbing a highly sought after six wicket haul as he returned 6/39.

The hosts were asked to follow on and were removed for 129 in their second turn at bat to hand the MCC an innings and 21 run victory. Bob Barber made up for his hit wicket dismissal, taking five wickets for 42 runs in the combined sides second turn at bat.

A few years after the MCC visit to the Western Bay of Plenty, a considerable number of the best cricket players in the world played at the Tauranga Domain, with a World Series Cricket (WSC) match.

The breakaway series put together by Kerry Packer, turned the traditional cricket world on its head until the two bodies came together. One significant change was the introduction of coloured uniforms, which are features of One-Day and Twenty 20 cricket matches of the modern day.

On 9 November 1978, the WSC Australian XI squared off with a WSC World XI. Never before had such a galaxy of world stars appeared in Tauranga. The WSC Australian team featured such household names as Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, David Hookes and Rod Marsh. Tony Greig led the WSC World X1 with stars such as Barry Richards, Lawrence Rowe, Michael Procter, John Snow and New Zealand’s own superstar Richard Hadlee. 

For the record the World X1 batted first and were dismissed for 178 in the 46th over, with the Australian X1 all out for 94. 

It wasn’t until 1998, that an international team re-appeared in the Western Bay of Plenty, when Pakistan A took on their New Zealand counterparts in two encounters at Blake Park, during their New Zealand tour.

This writer can remember being one of a handful of spectators on a windswept day, where a team of the countries aspiring professional players set out to impress the selectors in attendance. Looking back at the New Zealand A teams that played at Blake Park on the 9th and 10th December 1998, reads like a who’s who of New Zealand cricket during 1990’s and the new Millennium.

Matt Horne, Mark Bailey, Mathew Bell, Roger Twose, Chris Harris, Lou Vincent, our own home grown pair of brothers in Mathew and Robbie Hart along with Gavin Larsen, Simon Doull, Chris Drum and Shayne O’Connor - all had previously played or would go on to make their Black Cap debut in the future.

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Bay Of Plenty Cricket Appoint 2020/21 Season Representative Coaches

Posted: Saturday, 25 July 2020

Daniel Flynn and Russell Williams Appointed

Bay of Plenty Cricket, are leaving no stone unturned in their further chase for  representative cricket success in the 2020/21 season, with the mid-winter appointment of the BOPCA Men’s and Development Men’s coaches. 

Former Black Cap and Northern Districts Cricket captain Daniel Flynn, has been appointed the Bay of Plenty Men’s Coach, with Russell Williams re-appointed as the Bay of Plenty Development Men’s Coach.  

Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said “It is exciting to have Daniel on board for the coming season. Flynny brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his time as a professional cricketer, which I am sure the playing group will benefit from.”

“Russell Williams will continue to build on the excellent work he has achieved with the Development group, as the feeder into the Bay of Plenty men’s program”. “Bay of Plenty Cricket would also like to thank Charles Williams for his work with the men’s group over the last couple of years, for which we are extremely grateful”. 

The bare-bones of Daniel Flynn’s playing statistics don’t tell the full story of his Black Cap and Northern Districts career. Some 1038 runs in 24 Black Cap Tests, were complimented by 17 ODI and 5 International T20 appearances,

However it is Daniel Flynn’s massive contribution to the NZ Cricket Major Association game, that he will be long remembered, by New Zealand cricket stakeholders and the countries cricket fans alike. Daniel played over three-hundred games in the ND uniform, which included one hundred Northern Districts first class matches. His 7815 first class runs included twenty centuries with a highest score of 241. 

Flynn is a homegrown product of the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway and managed to fit in 23 matches for his province, when other cricket commitments allowed. 

Daniel Flynn said “I’m excited to be given this opportunity by Bay of Plenty Cricket and I am looking forward to working with the large pool of talented players in the region”. “I would like to recognize all the work that Charles did during his time as head coach. I was fortunate to play a few Bay games last season and saw the positive impact that he had on the group”.

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Morning Weather Bomb Fails To Stop Ryan+ Alexander Consultancy Bay Of Plenty Cricket Golf Day

Posted: Wednesday, 15 July 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

The dawn of 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 imminent 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 Mathew and Robbie Hart, 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. 

 

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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Rpo Drysdale Joins The 100 Bay Games List

Posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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 Park in Taupo against Waikato Valley on Monday 16th December 2019, at the annual ND T20 tournament.

To put his achievement in perspective, Peter numbers amongst 551 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 with 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 occasions 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 seasons 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

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Anna Petersen Flys The Banner For The Bay Of Plenty Cricket Women’s Pathway

Posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

Anna Petersen has flown the banner for the Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s pathway since her selection for the White Ferns in 2012.

September 2020, was a big month for Anna, 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 Mathew 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 School 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 2012.  She has gone to play 65 matches for the New Zealand Women's team, scoring 371 runs in ODI and International Twenty 20's and capturing 45 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.

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A Broad Spectrum Of Bay Of Plenty Players Win 2019/20 Player Of The Month Awards

Posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

A New Zealand Under 19 batsman and a wily veteran bowler, were 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 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 season - 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.

The December Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Award was 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. 

 

Three Bay of Plenty representative batsmen, earned the January and February Player of the Month awards.

Eighteen year old Taylor Bettelheim, wasn't fazed by the pressure of the high profile Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton in January 2020, when he became the fifth Bay of Plenty batsman to blast a century on Hawke Cup debut. Coming in at four, Taylor never looked like surrendering his wicket, as he blasted 108 not out, in the Bay of Plenty total of 271 all out. The Western Bay of Plenty young man showed maturity beyond his years, as faced 257 balls in his 322 minutes at the crease.

Playing in the Bay of Plenty team alongside such cricket luminaries as former Black Cap test star Daniel Flynn, ND batsman Bharat Popli and Bay one-hundred game veteran Peter Drysdale, the youngster looked extremely comfortable in the furnace of Hawke Cup cricket. His Hawke Cup century on debut, followed in the footsteps of an elite group of Bay batsman in Alex Lees. Brett Hampton, Joe Carter and Donovan Deeble. 

The Bay of Plenty Development road trip to square off with Counties Manukau on Sunday 2nd February 2020, produced a Bay of Plenty second eleven batting record score, in a game where an incredible 600 runs were posted.

Bay of Plenty won the toss and went in to bat, with openers Jacob Logan and Andrew Mascall putting on an opening stand of 104, before Andrew was dismissed. The action was just hotting up, when Daniel Price joined Jacob Logan in a third wicket partnership.

The Bay pair put on 144 runs in an action-packed alliance, before Jacob was the first to go with 115 runs to his name, which included fifteen 4's. Daniel continued his whirlwind attack on the opposition bowlers, to smash 116 off just 88 balls, with nine 4's and five mighty 6's.When Price was dismissed, the Bay of Plenty Development representatives had reached 322/7, with four balls remaining in their turn at bat.

Bay of Plenty opening batsman Taylor Bettelheim, picked up his second 2020 Player of the Month award after posting his second Bay of Plenty senior representative team century of the season.

In the last Bay of Plenty ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game of the cricket year, the eighteen year old batsman, led the Bay side to a big first innings points win over Counties Manukau. 

Mixing up solid defence with attacking shots, Bettelheim belted 130 runs from 159 balls, in an innings that included nineteen 4's - to join an illustrious group of Bay players that have posted two senior representative centuries in a season. Taylor became the eleventh Bay of Plenty batsman to post two three-figure scores in a cricket year. 

The award adjudicators also recognised another outstanding achievement, highly commending, the batting feats of Greerton Baywide batsman Nick Hendrie. During March, Hendrie brought up his fourth premier century of the cricket year, when smacked an unbeaten 131 against Lake Taupo CC in Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup competition.

The Greerton master blaster who travels from Poverty Bay to play Baywide cricket, became the first player to score a century, in each of the three Baywide premier competitions during the cricket year.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month

October    Fergus Lellman (New Zealand Under 19)

November    Dale Swan (Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

December     Sarah Jane Stone (Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls Team) Chris Atkinson Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

January     Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)

February    Jacob Logan/Daniel Price (Bay of Plenty Development Team)

March     Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)         

Highly Commended: Nick Hendrie (Greerton CC)

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Mount Maunganui Win 2020 ND Club Championships

Posted: Monday, 22 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

Carrus Mount Maunganui won the Eric Petrie Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the ND Club Championship for the fourth time, when they defeated Counties Manukau representatives Karaka by 75 runs on Sunday 25th March 2020.

Mount Maunganui qualified for the ND Club Championship after winning the Bay of Plenty Cup in the first half of the season.

Eric Petrie had strong links to Bay of Plenty Cricket, having played club cricket in the region and representing the province for five seasons in the mid 1960's. The 14 test New Zealand wicketkeeper, had the distinction of becoming just the third Bay of Plenty player to record a century, when he belted 119 runs against Thames Valley in the 1963/64 season.

Mount Maunganui reached the ND title decider, by way of the Hamilton representatives defaulting their semifinal appointment due to a congested cricket calendar.

The Bay of Plenty representatives batted first and posted a very solid target for their Counties opponents, reaching 277 for the loss of seven wickets. Ben Guild led the way with an extremely solid knock of 88 not out. Matt Golding continued his season golden run of form for the Mount premiers, reaching 80 before being dismissed.

Peter Drysdale and Nick Smith mesmerized the opposition with their twin mix of spin, taking three wickets as Karaka were bowled out for 202, to hand Mount Maunganui a big win.

The Eric Petrie match, will long be remembered by RPO Drysdale who brought up his 200th Mount Maunganui premier game. The big club milestone, follows hot on the heels of Pete bringing up one hundred games for Bay of Plenty in December 2019. 

 

Eric Petrie Cup (ND Club Championship) Final 15 March 2020

Carrus Mount Maunganui 277/8 (Ben Guild 88no, Matt Golding 80) defeated Karaka 202 (Peter Drysdale 3/27, Nick Smith 3/33) 

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Eves Realty Greerton Take Out Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup On Three Way Countback

Posted: Monday, 22 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

The dramatic shutdown of cricket in New Zealand resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, saw the 2020 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup decided off the field of play, after the two weekends of playoffs were abandoned.

When the final round of preliminary played was completed on Saturday 14 March 2029, Element IMF Cadets, Carrus Mount Maungaui and Eves Realty Greerton were locked together with 38 points apiece. Review of the conditions of play, saw Greerton trump Mount Maunganui on who beat who and surge past Cadets courtesy of a superior run rate.

Carrus Mount Maunganui, were awarded the Hart Family Trophy Baywide Champion of Champions award,  courtesy of winning the Bay of Plenty Cup and Baywide T20 and finishing second in the Williams Cup.

 

Williams Cup Milestones 2020

Runs: 414 Sam Kershaw (Geyser City CC) 394 Michael Mitchell (Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC) 330 Drew Brierley (Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC)

Wickets: 17 Kieran New (Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College) 15 Jono Boult (Element IMF Cadets CC) 15 Joshua Simpson (Geyser City CC)

Catches: 11 Ray How (Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC) 

 

Centuries:

143       Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

131no   Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February

128       Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

127       Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 14 March

124       Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February

113       Michael Mitchell (Lake Taupo v Mount Maunganui) 7 March

112       Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

112       Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Central Indians) 14 March 

104       Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March

101no   Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February 

Hat-Tricks: 4/21 Tim Pringle (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 18 January

MVP: Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo CC) 330 runs, 10 wickets, 4 catches.

 

The competitiveness of the 2020 Williams Cup was shown by the competition milestones spread of achievements. The most runs were posted by Baywide newcomer Geyser City master blaster Sam Kershaw with 414 runs. Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College bowler Kieran New took the most wickets with 17 bowling scalps while Lake Taupo keeper Ray How held 11 catches behind the stumps. Drew Brierley  topped the MVP list with 330 runs, 10 wickets and four catches.

A record ten centuries were blasted during the seven rounds of round robin play, with Tauranga Boys College mentor Tim Clarke belting the competitions highest score of 143. Greerton's Nick Hendrie and Drew Brierley, who led the Lake Taupo batting attack, both finished the season with two Williams Cup centuries to their name. Special mention should be accorded Nick Hendrie, who blasted a century in each of the three Baywide competitions.

Tauranga Boys spin bowler Tim Pringle, grabbed a rare as hens teeth hat-trick in his four wickets for 21 runs against Central Indians.   

The Williams Cup kicked off with an upset in the opening round, when Geyser City defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo in a run-fest. Lake Taupo reached 225 for the loss of eight wickets, with Joshua Simpson taking four wickets for the Rotorua side. Sam Kershaw wasted little time in making a big impression in the match, in belting an unbeaten 101, as his side got home with five wickets to spare.

Twenty wickets and less than 180 runs was the decisive factors in the Tauranga Boys College verses Greerton clash at Nicholson field on the 16 February. The hosts batted first and were bowled out for what looked to be a very modest 90 runs. Tim Clarke top scored with 30, with Umesh Ranaraja and skipper Shane Wineti taking three wickets apiece.

The Greerton top score of 20, told the tale of their common and going to the wicket in quick succession as they were removed for 88. Kieran New and Tim Pringle did the damage with the ball with four wickets apiece.

Cadets went into the last round of qualifying play with a six point lead at the top of the standings, but fell at the last hurdle, when they were defeated by Mount Maunganui. Cadets batted first and were dismissed for 144 with Gurwinder Singh and Taylor Douglas both posting 38 runs. An unbeaten half century from Ben Guild took his side to victory with five wickets to spare.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Results

Versatile Tauaranga Williams Cup 1 February 2020 

Carrus Mount Maunganui 204/9 (Tony Goodin 48, Matt Golding 41; Lee Watkins 5/34) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 205/3 (Bruce Kerr 61, Nick Hendrie 58, Ben Lind 52no; Daniel Smith 2/17)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 225/7 (Ben Vyver 112, Tim Clarke 31; Stephen Nicholls 4/35) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 216 (Stephen Nicholls 97, Vinay Pathania 25; Kieran New 3/43)

New World Te Puke 169/9 (Tasman Carsons 39, Dillon Preston 34; Jacob Logan 3/8, Joe McCluskey 3/28, Jono Boult 3/39) lost to Element IMF Cadets 170/6 (Taylor Douglas 45; Joe McCluskie 30no; Reinhardt Kruger 4/36)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 225/8 (Michael Mitchell 88, Ray How 76; Joshua Simpson 4/75) lost to Geyser City 226/5 (Sam Kershaw 101no, Cameron Ingram 41; Habib Malik 2/52)

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 8 February 2020

Carrus Mount Maunganui 184 (David March 41, Tim is Tomlinson 36, Dale Swan 25; Christian MacDonald 3/25, Reinhardt Kruger 2/18, Adam Stringer 2/37) defeated New World Te Puke 138 (Christian MacDonald 47, Dillon Preston 32, Daniel Price 30; Nick Smith 2/19, Dale Swan 2/32, Henry Conway 2/42)

Eves Realty Greerton 206/9 (Pip Thickpenny 61, Lee Watki8ns 54, Jared Tutty 34; Joshua Simpson 5/42, Joe O’Donoghue 3/57) defeated Geyser City 189 (Sam Kershaw 33, Joe O’Donoghue 33; James Boyd 3/34, Lee Watkins 2/35)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 279/5 (Drew Brierley 128, Michael Mitchell 65; Kieran New 3/61) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 143 (Niven Dovey 34, Kieran New 28; Drew Brierley 4/23, Habib Malik 3/34)

Element IMF Cadets 242 (Jono Boult 61, Mayura Galappaththi 56) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 172

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 16 February 2020

Geyser City 114 (Cody Fell 34no; Nick Smith 3/8, Mitchell Fergus 3/31, Henry Conway 2/15) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 116/0 (Peter Drysdale 62no, Matt Golding 50no)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 90 (Tim Clarke 30, B Pentecost 25; Shane Wineti 3/9, Umesh Ranaraja 3/9, Taylor Bettelheim 3/9) defeated Eve's Realty Greerton 88 (Taylor Bettelheim 22, Tom Renouf 21no; Kieran New 4/18, Tim Pringle 4/26)

Element IMF Cadets 175 (Jono Boult 35, Andrew Mascall 28, Scott Steward 27, Fergus Lellman 22; Caleb Bates 3/21, Roger Urbhan 2/24) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 66 (Trent Boult 4/19, Jono Boult 3/21)

Bayleys Central Indians 231/4 (Jeff Simmons 78no, Ben Sandford 50no, Nandeera Nawela 41, Vinay Pathania 32; Tasman Carsons 2/47) lost to New World Te Puke 232/3 (Blair McKenzie 79, Tai Bridgman- Raison 63, Dillon Preston 36no; Stephen Nicholls 2/49) 

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 22 February 2020 

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 282/4 (Tim Clarke 143no, Blake Pentecost 40, Isaac White 25no, Liam Collett 23; Dane Sorrenson 2/55) defeated Geyser City 232 (Sam Kershaw 84, Ben Astwood  56, Liam Kelly 23; Finn O'Brien-O'Loan 3/37, Tommaso Pini 2/22, Tim Clarke 2/31)

New World Te Puke 164 (Cam Riley 37; Habib Malik 4/20) v Generation Homes Lake Taupo 47/1 after 12 overs - game abandoned

Eve's Realty Greerton 67/2 v Element IMF Cadets - game abandoned

Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bayleys Central Indians - game abandoned

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 29 February 2020 

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 59 (Nick Smith 5/13, Mitchell Fergus 3/11) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 60/3 (Matt Golding 24no, Tim Tomlinson 23no)

Geyser City 166 (Sam Kershaw 49, Cameron Ingram 49; Jono Boult 4/19) lost to Element IMF Cadets 167/5 (Finn Dempsey 72no; Liam Kelly 3/28)

New World Te Puke 223 (Daniel Price 90, Stephen Crossan 41; Lee Watkins 3/36) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 224/2 (Nick Hendrie 131no, Pip Thickpenny 31)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 269/4 (Drew Brierley 124, Mark Mitchell 57no, Habib Malik 33; Stephen Nicholls 2/54) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 210 (Nadeera Nawela 65, Stephen Nicholls 45; Moko Rivers 4/41)

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 7 March 2020 

Carrus Mount Maunganui 214/6 (Matt Golding 62, Tim Tomlinson 48: John Dolan 3/49) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 200/6 (Michael Mitchell 113no, Jack Wiggins 46; Henry Conway 3/29)

Eves Realty Greerton 232/6 (Pip Thickpenny 104, Lee Watkins 82; Andrew Gibbs 2/29) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 151 (Ben Sandford 33, Nandeera Nawela 26; Shane Wineti 3/18)

New World Te Puke 230/9 (Cam Riley 61, Stephen Crossan 55, Tai Bridgman-Raison 45; Joshua Simpson 3/33) defeated Geyser City 213 (Shaquille Graham 59; Tasman Carsons 3/13, Christian MacDonald 3/42)

Element IMF Cadets 182 (Joe McCluskie 45, Jono Boult 44; Kieran New 3/13) defeated Bond& Co Tauranga Boys College 147 (Isaac White 27; Finn Dempsey 3/21, Cam O'Dea 3/49)

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 14 March 2020 

New World Te Puke 181/8 (Cameron Riley 39, Hamish Wilde 36no, Stephen Crossan 32; Tim Pringle 3/51, Niven Dovey 2/19) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 184/2 (Niven Dovey 77no, Tim Clarke 49no, Charles Williams 40)

Element IMF Cadets 144 (Gurwinder Singh 38, Taylor Douglas 38; Nathan Walker 4/35) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 146/5 (Ben Guild 51no, Ben Pomare 26, Logan Carr 26; Michael Barbeau 2/21)

Eves Realty Greerton 314/5 (Nick Hendrie 127, Tom MacRury 96, Bruce Kerr 55; John Dolan 2/66) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 147 (Mark Mitchell 54; Umesh Ranaraja 2/11, Lee Watkins 2/29, Jared Tutty 2/33)

Bayleys Central Indians 245/9 (Jeff Simmons 56, Nadeera Nawela 52, Stephen Nicholls 47, Joe O'Donoghue 3/25, Sam Kershaw 3/53) lost to Geyser City 246/5 Sam Kershaw 112, Shaquille Graham 43, Cody Fell 32; Virin Patel 2/37, Nadeera Nawela 2/37)

 

Points Table (Final) Greerton 38, Mount Maunganui 38, Cadets 38, Tauranga Boys College 28, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 19, Geyser City 12, Central Indians 4.

Hart Family Trophy Baywide Champion of Champions: Carrus Mount Maunganui

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Geyser City Cricket Club receive Club of the Year Award

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Geyser City Cricket Club - NZC Club of Year 2020

Rotorua’s Geyser City Cricket Club members finally got to admire the 2019/20 New Zealand Cricket ‘Club of the Year’ trophy, which they were awarded at the NZ Cricket virtual awards.

 

Last Sunday (14 June 2019) Bay of Plenty Cricket held a presentation of the prestigious NZC award at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui, to over thirty club members including many junior players, that had travelled over for the occasion from the Sulphur City.

 

On hand to help Geyser City celebrate the occasion, was Black Cap Captain Kane Williamson, who won the NZC ODI Player of the Year at the NZ Cricket 2020 virtual prize-giving. The Black Cap skipper was in sensational form at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup hammering 578 runs, at an incredible average of 82, which included two centuries. Williamson was selected as the 2019 World Cup Player of the tournament and was also chosen in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.

 

Geyser City Cricket Club, received endorsement for their forward thinking and planning in recent seasons, with the presentation of the NZC Club of the Year Award. The NZ Cricket awards release said “The creation of a new, all weather, anytime training facility and the concurrent partnership with Western Heights High School and John Paul College, has helped provide the Geyser City Cricket Club access to all ages in the wider Rotorua cricket community". 

 

“In the last season Geyser also created a new professional coaching program, not only for its members, but also for a number of local schools with hundreds of students participating in the program. In addition, they have acquired portable wickets to allow cricket to effectively be played anywhere, anytime and enjoyed by everyone". 

 

On the day, Bay of Plenty Cricket announced the award and highlighted the Geyser City Cricket achievements over the near three decades since the club was established in 1991. Kane Williamson, was then called upon to present the award to the President of the Geyser City Cricket Club, Kane Vanner.

 

Kane Vanner said “We are hugely appreciative of receiving this award, and given the very challenging time we have all been through in recent months, it’s really nice to be able to get to actually celebrate this, and having Kane here is just exceptional. I’m sure many of the people here today will remember this for a very long time”.

 

“Although the club has been around for many years, we are really on a new journey aiming to create a more modern pathway for all players to play at any level they are keen to reach. We certainly would not classify ourselves as the finished article and still see a considerable amount of work needing to be done in the Rotorua cricket space”. “This coming season we will continue to look to grow our junior numbers, but will be also focussing on growing our volunteer base and seeking to implement the processes and support needed to assist them”.

“In terms of our long term aspirations, one goal we would love to achieve would be to have played a hand in the generation of a Black Cap player. This would be a significant achievement for Rotorua and proof that our structures underneath were working”. “To our knowledge Rotorua has never produced a player that has originated, played, and grown through Rotorua’s pathway to make it to the Blackcaps. Trent Boult and Daniel Flynn were born in our city but both moved to Tauranga at an early age”.

 

The Geyser City President went on to say, that Rotorua Cricket is very much in a rebuilding phase, of which Geyser is only one of the contributing parties. The RCA has a good team on board now, who have set some great direction and long time clubs like Geyser and Central Cricket among others, were on board working hard to make Rotorua Cricket strong. To rebuild and maintain a strong cricket community in the modern era requires a lot of new thinking and this group of organisations is working hard together to achieve this.

 

Paul Wiley, the Chairman of the Rotorua Cricket Associated, added to that sentiment saying “We have a long way to go but are just starting to see some of the fruits of our efforts. Awards like this one for the Geyser club show we are definitely on the right track”.

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BOPCA Seeking Expressions of Interest for Coaching Roles

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Expressions of Interest for Coaching Roles

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Association is now seeking expressions of interest for the following coaching roles for the 2020/2021 season.
 

Bay of Plenty Men’s 1st XI

Bay of Plenty Men’s 2nd XI (Development Men)

 

The primary responsibilities for both coaching roles are:

• Facilitate team training sessions
• Provided coaching direction and leadership at matches and supporting the team in game situations
• Assisting with team selection 
• Provide assistance and work alongside other pathway coaches to identifying and support player development

The ideal candidate should have a proven record of coaching, ideally with a minimum of a NZC Level 2 Coach, or the equivalent experience. You will have the ability to influence the team and individual players and be an effective leader. It is important you work in a proactive manner with Bay of Plenty Cricket, and nurture a positive culture within the team.

These are part-time contract roles between October and March.  Applications close 3rd July 2020. Please note applications will only be accepted from those entitled to work and currently residing in New Zealand.


To apply, view a position description or discuss this opportunity further, please contact:

Tai Bridgman-Raison
Pathway Manager
Bay of Plenty Cricket Association
tai@bopcricket.co.nz
www.bopcricket.co.nz

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

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

Wicketkeeper Ben Pomare and all-rounder Fergus Lellman, joined a small illustrious group of Bay of Plenty age-group players, to represent their country at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.

The two Bay of Plenty young men represented New Zealand at the ICC Under Cricket World Cup, held in South Africa during January and February 2020.

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.

The 2018/19 cricket year, was a breakthrough season for both Ben and Fergus, with both making their Bay of Plenty senior representative debuts. While 2020 Under 19 CWC commitments, restricted their Bay of Plenty representative availability last season, both players showcased their immense talents in the vital Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter against Northland in November.

With the first 2020 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge on the line, both Fergus Lellman and Ben Pomare, played a big part in the Bay of Plenty dramatic one run win over the team from the far north of the country.

Batting first Bay of Plenty were dismissed for 282, with Lellman anchoring his sides turn at bat with 82 runs off 180 balls, while Pomare also played a big role in the dramatic win with three catches behind the stumps and a vital run-out.

With the experience of international cricket under their belts, both young men have an extremely bright cricket future ahead of them, with the likelihood of joining the previous Bay of Plenty Under 19 CWC selections in playing professional cricket.

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Genera Steps In To Help Deliver The 2019/20 Bay Of Plenty Cricket Junior Development Program

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

Genera Biosecurity, stepped in to ensure that the Bay of Plenty Cricket Junior Development Program went ahead during the 2019/20 cricket season.

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 was instrumental in helping to deliver 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, 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.

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 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 sportsmanship/spirit of the game 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 Spirit of Cricket prizes.

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 prize 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. 

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 two hundred youngsters taking part, many 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.

Ten Taupo region Year 4/6 and five Year 7/8 teams, were extremely disappoints when the Taupo festival day set down for 13th November 2019, was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Eastern Bay of Plenty Super 6’s which took place on the 20th November 2019, attracted a record number of twenty teams spread through Year 3/ 4 and Year 5/6 age groups.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward said “The Eastern Bay of Plenty Festival day was an outstanding success, which was greatly assisted from the support received from Sport Bay of Plenty and the newly established Eastern Bay of Plenty Cricket Club”. “The support received, saw two youngsters from each of the participating schools receive a spirit of the game and most improved player prize”. 

The sounds of laugher and good cheer could be heard a considerable distance from the Bay Oval on Wednesday 11 March 2020 - as 19 Western Bay of Plenty Primary Schools took part in the eighth annual Genera Rainbow Cup.

The Rainbow Cup, where many of the teams dress up in different colours reflecting the rainbow, is the culmination of the GoGirl Cricket program delivered by Bay of Plenty Cricket in Bay Schools, during term four and term one of the school year.

The GoGirl program is aimed at Year 4 - 6 girls, to draw the students to the game by way of a standalone girl’s introduction program.

Twenty eight teams made the annual tournament a very bright event, with the majority of the participants dressed up in their most colourful costumes. There was universal approval from players and the numerous supporters on hand, making sure the event was a great day out, in a cricket festival based upon participation.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said “The Rainbow Cup is a big event on our calendar and we appreciate all the support from schools in continuing to make it such a success”. “It was fantastic to see all the girls out there on the Bay Oval having such a great time”.

The Matua Bee’s and Pyes Pa School took out the coveted ‘Best Dressed’ prize with very colourful outfits. “It was great to see Brookfield School win the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award at their first Rainbow Cup, a reward for some great sportswomenship on the day” said Rebecca.

Three ‘Future Spirit’ prizes were given out to Stella Muir (Greenpark) Grace Miles (Matua) Hollie Ormsby (Te Puna), who showed the potential to make representative teams when they are older.

Other winners at the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Festival were Pongokawa School winning the most improved prize, Tauranga Primary earning selection as the best prepared school , while Pahoia School, Te Puna School and Golden Sands School Purple were adjudged to have the best vocal support on the day.

Unfortunately the Genera Junior Cricket Development Program came to a premature end, with the Rotorua, Eastern Bay of Plenty and Taupo BOPCA Festival days cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Development Program – Festival Days Prizegiving

Genera Rotorua Festival Day – 5 November 2019

Fairplay Awards – Aorangi School & St Michaels School

 

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Mini World Cup – 6 November 2019

Most Improved Team:            Gate Pa School (Afghanistan)

Best Dressed:                          Selwyn Ridge (New Zealand)

Sportsmanship Award:           Tahatai Coast (Namibia)

Spirit of Cricket Award:         Matua (Australia)

 

Genera Taupo Cricket Carnival - 14 November 2019 – cancelled due to wet weather        

Genera Eastern Bay of Plenty Festival Day - 20 November             

 

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Girls Super 6’s 21 November 2019

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)

 

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Rainbow Cup - 11 March 2020

Best Dressed                           Matua School & Pyes Pa School

Most Improved                       Pongokawa School

Best at Practice                       Tauranga Primary School

Best Support                           Pahoia School, Te Puna School, Golden Sands School Purple

Spirit of Cricket Award          Brookfield School

Future Spirit Prizes – Stella Muir (Greenpark) Grace Miles (Matua) Hollie Ormsby (Te Puna)

 

Genera Rotorua GoGirl Festival Day - 18 March (cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)

Genera EBOP Junior Cricket Festival – 24 March (cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)

Genera Taupo GoGirl Festival Day - 25 March (cancelled due to Coronavirus pandemic)

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Nine Bay Of Plenty Girls Earn Slection In Northern Districts Teams

Posted: Friday, 29 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

Posted: Friday, 29 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

The two teams of Bay of Plenty Primary School players, who started a cricket journey in the ND Primary Championship competition, could eventually 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.

 

BOPCA Primary Teams 2019

 

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             Manager: Shaun Riley

 

ND Invitational Team: Callum Cornelius, Asa Banbury.

 

BOPCA Primary Individual Awards

Lakeland MVP – Ben Clarke

Coastland MVP – Gus Tustin

 

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 Austin 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.

Inclement weather dictated that the opening round of the ND Primary competition, between the two Bay of Plenty teams, was played on the Sunday leading into the three-day tournament. Bay of Plenty Coastland batted first and reached 191/8. Dylan Henderson top scored with 60 runs with Austin Tustin reaching the forties. Ben Clarke took three wickets for the Lakeland representatives.

The Lakeland batsmen made a determined chase, but were restricted in their attempts to hit out by some accurate Coastland bowling to restrict them to 166 for the loss of seven wickets. Tom Yetsenga was in top form with the bat posting a gritty 56 before being dismissed.

The Primary Boys MVP awards were esented to Ben Clarke (Lakelands) and Gus Tustin (Coastlands). Gus and Ben displayed leadership, outstanding work ethic and attitude. They had the support of their teammates as well as making significant contributions with bat and ball.

 

ND Primary Tournament 2019

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 (Austin 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 (Austin 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 (Austin 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, Austin Tustin 41, Bryn Robertson 32; Ben Clarke 3/29) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 166/7 (Tom Yetsenga 56, Ben Clarke 28; Austin Tustin 2/10, Jake Stott 2/27)

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

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

Carrus Mount Maunganui posted a three-peat of Bayide T20 Championship titles, when they beat Eves Realty Greerton in a thriller that went down to the last ball of the match.

A pre-season captains meeting, advocated for a continuous T20 competition, instead of opening the season with two weeks of play and then completing the title race in the middle of the season. For the first time, a standalone mid-week round took place before the players backed up three days later to complete the business end of the competition

 

BOPCA 2019/20 Baywide T20 Milestones

Runs: 532 Peter Drysdale (Mount Maunganui) 369 Dan Price (Te Puke) 279 Ben Musgrave ( Mount Maungaui)

Wickets: 17 Craig Baldry (Mount Maunganui) 12 Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo CC) 10 Moko Rivers (Lake Taupo CC) 10 Finn Dempsey (Cadets) 10 Stephen Nicholls ( Central Indians) 10 Dale Swan (mount Maunganui)

Catches: 9 Blair McKenzie (Te Puke)

 

Centuries: 103 Dan Price (Te Puke) 102no Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College)

Six Wickets: 6/18 Stephen Nicholls (Central Indians)

Hat-Tricks: 4/9 Moko Rivers (Lake Taupo CC)

MVP: Peter Drysdale - 532 runs, 8 wickets, 5 catches

 

Carrus Mount Maunganui grabbed their third straight Baywide T20 title, after a hard fought battle under lights at the Bay Oval on Sunday 19th January 2020. 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 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.

The 2919/20 season Baywide twenty overs per side contests, lived up to its billing of producing all action encounters, with numerous milestones posted throughout the competition. Long serving Mount Maunganui all-rounder RPO Drysdale took out the T20 MVP title with an astonishing 532 runs and 8 wickets as well as taking five catches.

Dan Price finished second in the batting stakes with 369 runs with Ben Musgrave rounding out the top three with 279 runs. A feature of the competition was the big hitting antics of Te Puke's Dan Price, who smashed an amazing twenty-eight 6's some 14 ahead of the next best.

Craig Baldry finished on the top of the bowling stakes tally with 17 bowling scalps, with the icing on the cake being his championship final winning performance, of three wickets at a cost of 25 runs. Lake Taupo's Drew Brierley finished second with 12 wickets with a four-way tie for third place between Moko Rivers, Finn Dempsey, Stephen Nicholls and Dale Swan with 10 wickets.

Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie took the competitions most catches successfully holding nine deliveries. Dan Price (103) and Tauranga Boys College Ben Vyver (102no) posted centuries with Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls taking the only six wicket bag with 6/18 against Geyser City. Lake Taupo bowler Moko Rivers achieved the rare if hens teeth feat of taking a hat trick, in his 4 wickets for 9 runs against Central Indians.

Lake Taupo's Baywide progress, since their premier competition debut in October 2017, can be measured by their performance in reaching a Baywide semi-final for the first time. In round four, the Taupo side upset Baywide heavyweights Cadets, bowling them out for 74 then getting home for the loss of five wickets. The Lake Taupo victory over Cadets, turned out to play a huge part in them making the playoffs, when the two teams were locked on 24 points apiece after the round robin play - Lake Taupo progressed courtesy of who beat who in the regular season.

 

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 Bettelheim 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 Bettelheim 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.

 

Baywide T20 - Round Five Wednesday 15 January 2020

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)

 

Baywide 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 Bettelheim 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; Isaac White 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)

 

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 New World 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 2/18 tied 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 Bettelheim 52, Josh Bates 35, Campbell Thomas 29no; Drew Brierley 2/32) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 113 (Roger Urbahn 34; Taylor Bettelheim 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 Bettelheim 47, Josh Healy-Ormrod 45no)

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

 

BOPCA Twenty 20 Champions

2019/20 Mount Maunganui 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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Carrus Mount Maunganui Notch Up Their Seventh Bay Of Plenty Cup Title

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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.

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Milestones 2020

Runs: 387 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians) 352 Mark Mitchell (Generation Homes Lake Taupo) 348 Tai Bridgman-Raison (New World Te Puke)

Wickets: 23 Dale Swan (Carrus Mount Maunganui) 18 Jared Tutty (Eves Realty Greerton) 18 Kieran New (Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College)

Catches: 18 Ben Vyver (Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College)

 

Centuries: 127 Nick Hendrie (Eves Realty Greerton) 126no Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians) 119 Brett Hampton (Eves Realty Greerton) 116 Tai Bridgman-Raison (New World Te Puke) 110 Stephen Crossan (New World Te Puke) 109no Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 105 Niven Dovey (Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College)

Six Wickets: 8/19 Dale Swan (Carrus Mount Maunganui) 6/55 Jared Tutty (Eves Realty Greerton)

 

Mount Maunganui batted first in the Bay of Plenty Cup Final against Greerton 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 Greerton 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 Bettelheim, 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. 

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 in round five.

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, then proceeding 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.

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.

Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls blasted 387 runs to finish at the top of the Bay of Plenty Cup batting stakes with Dale Swan's eight wicket bag taking him to the top of the bowling tally with 23 wickets. Swan and Greerton's Jared Tutty both grabbed six wickets or better with Nick Hendrie, Stephen Nicholls, Tai Bridgman-Raison, Brett Hampton, Stephen Crossan, Blair McKenzie and Niven Dovey all finishing the competition with centuries to their name.

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Final 7 December 2019

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 Bettelheim 51, Umesh Ranaraja 31; Dale Swan 4/18, Chris Atkinson 4/34)

 

Bay of Plenty Plate 7 December 

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)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Semi-Finals 30 November 2019

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 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.

 

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)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 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 Alyashiv 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)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 19 October 2019

New World Te Puke 105 (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)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 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 Brierley 2/47) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 123 (H Malik 33, D Brierley 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.

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 5 October 2019

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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Katikati Cricket History Continues To Unfold

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

Grass Wicket For Season 2020/21

After seven years of untiring efforts and hard work, the Katikati Cricket Club is moving to a new grass wicket at Moore Park next season, with a well-designed Oval becoming part of the Katikati Sports Hub

Big thanks are extended, to the Western Bay District Council and a close working relationship with Katikati Football, which has allowed the new ground to be established. The new Oval slopes gently away on all sides with excellent drainage and has been designed to accommodate high levels of cricket and football. It has sloping banks for viewing on one side and views of the Kaimai ranges.  Plans in the next 3 – 5 years are to have an extensive Community Sport and Recreation Indoor Centre built on the boundary, which includes Clubrooms for seven sports and recreation codes and of course the essential high balcony overlooking the fields and cricket pitch. The plans also include an Indoor centre.

In 1970, Katikati cricket players and enthusiasts dug out a cricket block on the Katikati College ground with their tractors and back hoes. The pitch was installed with Ngatea (grey/white) clay from a drain in the Hauraki and carted for free by the ever community orientated Taylor Brothers Ltd. This wicket was renowned at the time as one of the best pitches in the Bay of Plenty and a good number of representative matches were played at the ground.

Club members/players of the time, Don Grayling, Fred Bowman, John Weedon, Graeme Earl, Tom and Bruce Harray, Ted Schiskca and College Groundsman Alan Vince, made up many of the volunteers who helped installed it. Tom Harray was the main curator in the 1970’s and the wicket was said to be his pet hobby. His son Wayne watered it while he was at school and Tom’s brother Bruce used his old ‘Trekka’ (small landrover) with a roller on the back.  Rumour has it the aggregate base was around one metre deep. 

Players from far and wide turned out for Katikati in this era.  The local team had an A grade and B grade side and in the 1970’s and 1980’s it was a colourful place to be playing cricket in the Bay. A number of well-known New Zealand representatives were playing club cricket in the Bay of Plenty and many visited Katikati. The likes of Geoff Howarth, Richard Collinge, Andy Roberts, Mike Wright, a plethora of Bracewells and the Cairns and Hart families, were all around and about through the 1970’s and 1980’s with many venturing north to play in Katikati.

The wicket at the College was renovated in 1986/87, with Ken Morton acquiring Patumahoe clay to renovate the block. Tony Serancke looked after the wicket for a considerable period during the 80’s and early 90’s. New nets were built at the back of the College at the same time, which lasted until the early 2000’s.

The wicket became obsolete around 1991, as the College buildings encroached onto the fields. This also made scoring of centuries a little too easy. Katikati was granted permission to play their premier games on a new artificial wicket at Moore Park for a season or so. This wicket was installed by Ex-Auckland First Class player John Carson, who put a huge amount of time and effort into Katikati Cricket. 

Stories of the time include, around 1977, a young Tauranga Boys College student Brendon Bracewell pushing off from the tennis courts to bowl as quickly as he could, which would resonate with locals including local umpire Alan Vince.  Bracewell was employed as the club professional in 1989/90, for two years, attracting some good players from Tauranga to the local team. Matthew and Robert Hart were the last Black Caps to play on the old wicket.

Move on thirty years to the current day and the old wicket block sits under an artificial hockey turf. The skeleton of the old nets remains at the far end of the grounds and are kept company by a 50 year old field roller. The new Cricket nets sit grandly in a well-protected corner thanks largely to the efforts of local Englishman Les McGann.

Katikati Cricket Club has been very fortunate to receive excellent help and advice in constructing the new wicket block. Firstly from Bay Oval Turf Manager Jared Carter and secondly Eden Park Head Curator Blair Christiansen. Having two of the country’s leading experts providing advice has been brilliant and a great reassurance. The establishment of an all couch outfield on the new oval is another bonus, which should provide a marvellous fielding platform for players to benefit from.

KKCC has the Grassroots Trust to thank for the bulk of the funding for the Patumohoe clay and contracting services being provided. The fundraising by club members and the endless amount of volunteer hours by committee members cannot be understated. This is a project that would normally be well out of reach by smaller country cricket clubs. The real driving force behind the project comes from long serving Club President Ben Warren, who has been working for more than five years on seeing this project eventuate. 

Well supported by Treasurer Craig Pooley and Committee member Ian McConnochie, the three older fellas, all of them parents of current cricket playing kids, will by the time the wicket is finished accumulated a myriad of volunteer time and labour.  As cricket ‘tragic’s’ and coaches, both Craig and Ben want to see the juniors benefit as much as possible from this new asset.  The club will look forward to hosting as many visiting teams from around the Bay and further afield as possible. No doubt there will be very few complaints if you have to drive to Katikati to play on grass!   In the end it’s a great win for local grassroots cricket.

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Mount Maunganui And R&A Sangha Share 2020 Mcnaughton Trophy

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

The NZ Cricket directed closedown of the 2019/20 cricket season posed a dilemma in deciding the 2020 McNaughton Trophy winner. After consultation with stakeholders, the decision was made to share the Baywide Reserve Grade knockout competition trophy, between the two unbeaten sides who were to meet in the McNaughton Trophy final.

Twelve Western Bay of Plenty teams, were joined by Rotorua's Geyser City and an Eastern Bay of Plenty XI in the 2020 McNaughton title race.

In round one, R&A Sangha sneaked home from Greerton by nine runs after being dismissed for 248. The Greerton chase saw Jacob Ormrod post the only century of the competition with a hard fought 109 runs. 

Another high scoring contest resulted in the Singh XI dispatching an Eastern Bay of Plenty side, after the Singh representatives posted 235/6 and then restricted the Eastern Bay team, to 204 for the loss of nine wickets. Other teams to post first round wins, were Sikh Sports, Greerton Kings, Te Puke and Mount Maunganui, while Papamoa and Cadets sat out the competition byes.

A battle royal took place in the quarterfinals, when R&A Sangha eliminated Papamoa, who were the defending titleholders. Papamoa batted first and were bowled out for 184, with Andrew Goldsmith top scoring with 61 runs. The Sangha XI were made to work hard for victory, getting home with just two wickets to spare, with Yogesh Kumar leading the way with 37 runs.

Greerton Kings easily accounted for Te Puke. The Greerton side batted first, in setting their opponents a getable total after being dismissed for 178, with Aman Mahal top scoring with 91 runs. Greerton Kings attack weapon Mike Rowlands, grabbed the competitions best bowling figures with four wickets for just 8 runs, as Te Puke were rolled for just 81.

Sikh Sports won the Indian team Derby against the Singh XI, with nine times McNaughton champions Mount Maunganui defeating arch rivals Cadets by nine runs.

R&A Sangha defeated Sikh Sports in their semi-final encounter. The Sangha representatives batted first and posted 185 at a cost of nine wickets. Manvir Singh, Vikas Tiwari, Vikas Mohan and GS Mahal all reached the thirties, with Amritpal Singh returning 3/26 for the Sikh team.

The Sikh equal top score of 27 runs, told the tale of their side getting starts without carrying on, with the Sikh reply extinguished when they were bowled out for 141 some 45 runs short of their target. 

Mount Maunganui, ended the Greerton Kings charge for the 2020 McNaughton title, when the Mount bowlers removed the Greerton side for a modest 109 runs. Daljit Singh was the best of the Kings batsmen with a gritty 27, with Mitchell Fergus and Nathan Walker taking three wickets apiece. Former Bay of Plenty representative Kyle Dovey, took his side to a five wicket win with a well crafted 39 runs off 41 balls.

 

2020 McNaughton Trophy Results

McNaughton Trophy Semi-Finals 23 February 2020

R&A Sangha 185/9 (Manvir Singh 38, Vikas Tiwari 33, Vikas Mohan 33, GS Mahal 31; Amritpal Singh 3/26) defeated Sikh Sports 141 (Hakaran Gujral 27, Jasjot Singh 27; Deepak Singh 3/25)

Greerton Kings 109 (Daljit Singh 32, Mitchell Fergus 3/11, Nathan Walker 3/32) lost to Mount Maunganui 113/5 (Kyle Dovey 39, Mitchell Dickson 20).

 

McNaughton Trophy Quarter-Finals 1 February 2020

Papamoa 184 (Andrew Goldsmith 61, Manvir Singh 3/29) lost to R&A Sangha 187/8 (Yogesh Kumar 37)

Sikh Sports 204 (Gagandeep Singh 59, Amrit Sandhu 3/35) defeated Singh XI 177 (Amrit Singh 42, JP Singh 3/24)

Greerton Kings 178 (Aman Mahal 91, Ryan Crossley 3/28) defeated Te Puke 81 (Mike Rowlands 4/8)

Mount Maunganui 146 (Logan Carr 29, Joshua Dempsey 3/32) defeated Cadets 137 (Ben Bridgman 57, Nathan Walker 4/33)

 

McNaughton Trophy Round One Results

R&A Sangha 248 (Vikas Tiwari 83, Dion McCall 4/40) defeated Greerton 239 (Jacob Ormrod 109)

Singh XI 235/6 (Nasseb Kumar 57) defeated Eastern Bay of Plenty CC 204/9 (Alex Yates 56)

Sikh Sports 215 (SS Sidhu 55, George Howard 3/38) defeated Papamoa B Grade 187/9 Finn Watson 49, Gurjant Singh 3/49)

Katikati 101(Mathew Ewans 25, Vishal Goundar 4/11) lost to Greerton Kings 102/3 (Aman Mahal 42)

Geyser City 60 (Cameron Murray 4/14) lost to Te Puke 64/3 (Nathan Wilson 27)

Tauranga Boys College 2nd XI 135(Braxton Fisher 50, Nathan Walker 4/23) lost to Mount Maunganui (Nathan Walker 45, Finn Piper 4/25)

 

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Winners

2020 Mount Maunganui/R&A Sangha 2019 (Papamoa) 2018 (Mount Maunganui) 2017 (R&A Sangha Raavi) 2016 (R&A Sangha Raavi) 2015 (Katikati) 2014 (Mount Maunganui) 2013 (Katikati) 2012 (Mount Maunganui) 2011 (Mount Maunganui) 2010 (Katikati) 2009 (Cadets) 2008 (Central – Rotorua) 2007 (Mount Maunganui) 2006 (Mount Maunganui) 2005 (Cadets) 2004 (Cadets) 2003 not recorded – 2002 (Mount Maunganui) 2001 (Mount Maunganui) 

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Bay Of Plenty Batsman Posts Unbeaten Hawke Cup Century On Debut

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

Eighteen year old Taylor Bettelheim, became the first Bay of Plenty Cricket player to post an unbeaten Hawke Cup century on debut, in his provinces 34th Hawke Cup Direct Challenge match played at Galloway Park in Hamilton 31st January – 2nd February 2020.

Bay of Plenty earned a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge in January 2020, when they won an absolute thriller against Northland in their first Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game of the season, during November 2019. The Bay side batted first and were bowled out for 282, with two Bay young guns in Fergus Lellman and Taylor Bettelheim posting half-centuries.

Northland batsman Thorn Parkes took his team to the cusp of victory, with Northland needing one run to tie and two for victory, with Parkes sitting on 129 not out. Bay of Plenty spin-bowler Peter Drysdale then weaved 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 NZC Zone One 2020 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge spot.

There is no more prestigious prize in NZ Cricket Minor Association competition than the Hawke Cup. The Hawke Cup, which is the symbol of Minor Association cricket superiority in New Zealand, was presented by Lord Hawke in 1910 and is amongst the oldest cricket trophies still contested in the country.

From a humble start in 1932, the Bay of Plenty Representative team has gone on to win the Hawke Cup on five occasions and then defend the NZ Cricket prize a further eleven times. The 2011 to 2020 decade, was a golden time in Bay of Plenty Cricket, with the Bay sides winning the Hawke Cup in 2013 and 2016 and repelling four challenges apiece before the Hawke Cup prize was lost in combat.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Hawke Cup Direct Challenge Matches 1932 - 2020

Played                               34

Won                                  16

Lost                                   17

Abandoned                        1

The score book will show that Bay of Plenty won the toss in the Hawke Cup challenge and batted first, reaching 234 for the loss of five wickets, at stumps on day one. Bharat Popli was in good touch with 67 runs before being dismissed, with Peter Drysdale (31) and Daniel Flynn (27) making good starts.

Coming in at four, in the high profile Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton,  Taylor Bettelheim never looked like surrendering his wicket, as he blasted 108 not out, in the Bay of Plenty total of 271 all out. The Western Bay of Plenty young man showed maturity beyond his years, as faced 257 balls in his 322 minutes at the crease.

Playing in the Bay of Plenty team alongside such cricket luminaries as former Black Cap test star Daniel Flynn, ND batsman Bharat Popli and Bay one-hundred game veteran Peter Drysdale, the youngster looked extremely comfortable in the furnace of Hawke Cup cricket.

Taylor became just the fifth Bay batsman to score a Hawke Cup Direct century on debut, since Bay of Plenty’s first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge in 1932, following in the footsteps of an elite group of Bay batsman in Alex Lees. Brett Hampton, Joe Carter and Donovan Deeble.

Bay of Plenty were removed for 271, in 122 overs, with Hamilton at 162 for six wickets at the conclusion of day two. Hamilton defied all attempts to bowl then out on the final days play, reaching 306/8, to retain the Hawke Cup by way of taking first innings points from the match.

Two further Bay of Plenty young men stepped up to the plate, with the ball, with Tim Pringle taking three wickets in a marathon 41 overs and Dominic Crombie returning 2/44. 

While the Bay of Plenty side were disappointed to have fallen at the last hurdle in regaining the symbol of NZ Cricket Minor Association superiority, the encounter produced a number of individual miles stones.

Peter Drysdale, increased his Bay of Plenty Hawkes Cup Direct Challenge appearances to a record 14 matches, two ahead of Bay of Plenty Cricket legend Derek Beard, with captain Ben Musgrave moving into eighth equal on the all-time list with nine games,

Former Black Cap Daniel Flynn registered his first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge appearance in his long and distinguished career, while Stephen Crossan, Taylor Bettelheim, Blair McKenzie, Dominic Crombie, and Josh Earle all earned Hawke Cup playing honours.

 

Hawke Cup Direct Challenge @ Galloway Park Hamilton 31 January/2 February 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 271 (Taylor Bettelheim 108no, Bharat Popli 67, Peter Drysdale 31, Daniel Flynn 27; MR Dodunski 4/37, JD Baker 3/86)

Hamilton 306/8 (BJ Hatwell 78no, FL Walker 64; Tim Pringle 3/77, Dominic Crombie 2/44, Peter Drysdale 2/67)

Result: Hamilton retained the Hawke Cup by way of first innings points.

 

Bay of Plenty Team v Hamilton -  (Hawke Cup Direct Challenge appearances in brackets)

Peter Drysdale (14) Ben Musgrave - captain (9) Bharat Popli (7) Chris Atkinson (6) Tim Pringle (2) Stephen Crossan (debut) Taylor Bettelheim (debut) Daniel Flynn (debut) Blair McKenzie (debut) Dominic Crombie (debut) Josh Earle (debut)

 

Hawke Cup Centuries on Debut

223      AZ Lees                      v Counties/Manukau (2017)

194      BR Hampton               v Hamilton (2013)

187      JF Carter                     v Hamilton (2013)

108no  TJ Bettelheim              v Hamilton (2020)     

108      DM Deeble                 v Counties Manukau (2017)

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

Posted: Friday, 8 May 2020

BOPCA Annual Review 2019-20

Girls representative cricket is alive and well in the Bay of Plenty with Bay Of Plenty Cricket participating in several girls age group tournaments during the season.

The hard work undertaken by BOPCA Womens Cricket officer Rebecca Yee in the last five years, is paying impressive dividends, with solid group of girls cricket players in the region.

The BOPCA women's pathway, starts with the GoGirl program, with many of the participants going on to Saturday morning junior cricket and the Bay of Plenty Junior NPL.

The first Bay of Plenty Cricket Under 15 Girls tournament, held at the Gordon Spratt Reserve over Labour weekend 26/27 October 2019 was an 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 T20 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 Rebecca Yee at the conclusion of the tournament. One Bay player to an indelible impression was Bay of Plenty wicket keeper Amelia Harvey was in top form with the gloves with six catches and one stumping. 

Bay of Plenty opened their home tournament assignments with a 16 run victory over Manawatu. The hosts posted 125/4 with Aimee Unwin (30) and Jorja Neil displaying real talent at the batting crease. Led by three wickets from Tash Wakelin, the Bay of Plenty bowlers restricted their opponents to 109 for the loss of seven wickets.

Second up, the home team again batted first and reached an impressive 135 for the loss of five wickets against the Cornwall representatives, with Tash Wakelin top scoring with 43 runs. The Auckland side were restricted to 96/8 with Tash Wakelin taking her second three wicket haul.

The Bay side were in outstanding form in the morning encounter on day two, against Taranaki, reaching 114 without the loss of a wicket. Amelia Harvey top scored with 27 not out with Sabine Attrill and Tash Wakelin both retiring in the twenties. The Bay of Plenty bowlers played their part in their sides big win restricting Taranaki to 82/5.

Bay of Plenty took their tournament record to four from four victories when the defeated the Cornwall side in the tournament finale. Cornwall reached 112/5 in their twenty overs, with Bay of Plenty taking out the tournament title for the loss of four wickets. Mya Clarke top scored with 33 runs with Tash Wakelin also getting into the twenties.

While weather at the Kaipara Flats Girls Under 15 Invitation tournament 10/11 November was described as 'just awful' the Bay team returned home with two wins from their two completed matches. Bay of Plenty started with 10 overs against Northland on Sunday morning before the heavens opened and the game was called off. 

On Monday morning, the Bay side completed the Northland game. Bay of Plenty had five overs left to bat after finishing the first day at 38/2 and went on to double their runs to finish at 82/5. Northland finished their 15 overs at  63/9, with Grace Kahle taking three wickets at a cost of just five runs. Captain Mya Clarke led the way with a wicket maiden in her first over.

Mya Clarke and Annie Nolan took two wickets apiece, in the Bay's second encounter against Waikato Valley, as the Valley side finished with 64 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Bay of Plenty got home for the victory reaching 79 for the loss of six wickets.

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 said “I am very happy with how the tournament went during the week, with some outstanding cricket played against quality opposition. It was great to see the improvement from last year, with both 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 in the future.”

First up, the Bay side defeated Counties Manukau in the first of four scheduled 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 tournament.

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Prizegiving saw the Female Cricket MVP award presented to Mya Clarke. This season Mya stepped up into a leadership role, showing responsibility on and off the field, always demonstrating a positive attitude. She also scored her maiden representative half century. The BOPCA Most Valuable Player awards are awarded to 19/20 age-group representative players who have made the greatest contribution to their team both on and off the field.

 

BOPCA Girls Representaive Results 2019/20

BOPCA Girls Under 15 Invitation Tournament 26/27 October 2019

Day One 26 October – Round One

Bay of Plenty 125/4 (Aimee Unwin 30, Jorja Neil 25) defeated Manawatu 109/7 (Tash Wakelin 3/17)

Round Two

Bay of Plenty 135/5 Tash Wakelin 43, Elle Archer 29) defeated Cornwall 96/8 (Tash Wakelin 3/14)

Day Two 27 October – Round Three 

Bay of Plenty 114/0 (Amelia Harvey 27no, Sabine Attrill 26 retired. Tash Wakelin 22 retired) defeated Taranaki 82/5

 

Final: Cornwall 112/5 lost to Bay of Plenty 113/4 (Mya Clarke 33, Tash Wakelin 24)

 

Kaipara Flats Girls Under 15 Invitation Tournament 10/11 November 2019

BOP 88/5 won against Northland 63/9 (Grace Kahle 3/5, Rachael Wahab 2/2, Annie Nolan 2/9)

Waikato Valley 76/8 (Mya Clarke 2/6, Annie Nolan 2/10) to BOP 79/6 (Macy Donaghy 15, Sabine Attrill 12no, Tazmin Rowland 12no). 

 

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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Bay Of Plenty Cricket Well Represented At NZ Cricket And ND Awards Presentations

Posted: Friday, 8 May 2020

2019-20 Awards

Bay of Plenty Cricket was well represented at the recent 2020 NZ Cricket and ND virtual awards presentations. Black Cap Captain Kane Williamson, received the NZ Cricket ODI player of the year at the NZC Awards with Rotorua's Geyser City Cricket Club receiving the NZC Club of the Year trophy.

The Black Cap skipper was in sensational form at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup hammering 578 runs, at an incredible average of 82, which included two centuries. Williamson was selected as the 2019 World Cup Player of the tournament and was also chosen in the ICC ODI Team of the Year.

“Kane was simply exceptional at the ICC Cricket World Cup last year,” said Black Caps Head Coach Gary Stead. “He can be extremely proud of what he achieved at the tournament in the UK. He scored his runs at crucial times, in crucial matches and he set a tempo throughout the tournament that allowed us to play some superb cricket.”

Geyser City Cricket Club, received endorsement of their forward thinking and planning in recent seasons, with the presentation of the NZC Club of the Year Award. The NZ Cricket awards release said “The creation of a new, all weather, anytime training facility and the concurrent partnership with Western Heights High School and John Paul College, has helped provide the Geyser City Cricket Club access to all ages in the wider Rotorua cricket community". 

"Along with this, the Geyser City Club has implemented a professional coaching service for all members, allowing everyone to not only get the best out of their coaches but to get the best out of their teams. In addition, they have acquired portable wickets to allow cricket to effectively be played anywhere, anytime and enjoyed by everyone". 

Long-time Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Administrator Paul Wills and Te Puke Cricket Club 'Wearer of Many Hats' Stephen Crossan, were recognised for their many unsung contributions to regional cricket at the virtual ND Prize Giving.

Paul Wills received the prestigious ND Service to Cricket Award, for nearly thirty years of involvement in the great game in the Western Bay of Plenty. Wills was a top and middle order batsman of some note, playing premier cricket for Otumoetai Cadets for a decade and a half and numbering 17 games for the Bay of Plenty senior representative team. 

Wills was a long-term President and Treasurer of the Otumoetai Cadets. In 1994, Paulwas elected as Tauranga Cricket Association Treasurer, a position which he held until the formation of the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association in 2010. 

The amalgamation of Western Bay of Plenty junior and senior cricket in 2010, led to the formation of the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association, with Wills elected as Treasurer and a position on the Board of Management, which he stills holds today.

Stephen Crossan's tremendous work tending the grounds at Te Puke Cricket Club, has seen him win the ND District Association Groundsman of the Year Trophy.

Crossan has been involved in the grounds-keeping duties at the Te Puke Cricket Club for the past five years. Between his day job at the family farm/orchard, he finds time to prepare the block at Te Puke, often having to down tools on the farm at short notice to go in and cover the wicket. 

Maintaining the Te Puke Cricket Clubs wicket is just part of his untiring devotion tothe Club that he loves with a passion. Stephen serves as the Te Puke CC President and further leads from the front as the Te Puke Premier captain. 

As a player, Stephen is a hard hitting opening batsman who has been an integral member of the Bay of Plenty senior representative team in recent seasons. Therecently completed representative season, saw Crossan bring up the double Bay of Plenty Cricket honour, of earning his Bay baggy cap for 25 games in the provincial uniform and reaching the 500 runs mark.

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

Posted: Friday, 1 May 2020

BOPCA Annual Review 2019-20

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

 

BOPCA Junior Secondary Teams 2019

Bay of Plenty Coastland 

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

Coach: Sam Owen           ​Manager: Rana Collett

Bay of Plenty Lakeland 

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.

 

BOPCA Junior Secondary Individual Awards

Lakeland MVP - Andrew Fiskney     

Coastland MVP – Finn O’Brien O’Loan

 

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

Posted: Friday, 1 May 2020

BOPCA Annual Review 2019-20

The Bay of Plenty Coastland Senior Secondary team posted a remarkable winning record at the ND age-group tournament staged in Gisborne, with 12 straight wins, since tasting defeat on the opening day of competition twelve months previously.

On the last day of competition on Friday 13 December 2019, the Coastland representatives addedthe ND Senior Secondary Championship title to the 2019 T20 crown. The ND 2019 Championship victory gave the Bay side back to back Alan Whimp Trophies.

The two 2019 ND Senior Secondary tournament titles, gave Bay of Plenty Coastland Coach Peter Swan a remarkable nine ND Senior Secondary pieces of silverware since 2002.

 

BOPCA Senior Secondary Teams 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.

Coach: Peter Swan                  Manager: Shaun Riley

 

BOPCA Senior Secondary Individual Awards

Lakeland MVP - Ben. Astwood               

Coastland MVP - Liam Collett

ND Representatives: Niven Dovey, Ben Vyver, Liam Collett

 

Bay of Plenty Coastland squared off with Waikato Valley in the ND Senior Secondary Championship title decider, with the Waikato region side batting first, being bowled out for 171. Liam Collett took three wickets for 28 runs with Taylor Bettelheim 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 Championship Final, on day four. The Bay of Plenty representatives squared off with Counties Manukau, in an afternoon playoff 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 Bettelheim 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 Bettelheim 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. 

The two Bay of Plenty MVP Awards, were presented to Lakeland's Ben Astwood who performed with both bat and ball throughout the tournament, with another quality all-rounder in Liam Collett earning the Coastland award.

At the conclusion of the tournament Niven Dovey, Ben Vyver and Liam Collett, were selected for the Northern Districts Under 17 team that played in the NZC Under 17 National tournament.

 

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 Bettelheim 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 Bettelheim 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)

T20 Championship: Hamilton 71 ((Harrison Leach 3/12) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 72/3 (Niven Dovey 30, Taylor Bettelheim 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 Bettelheim 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 Bettelheim 43no, Dillon Preston 16no)

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Bay Of Plenty Development Win Five From Six In Season Campaign

Posted: Thursday, 23 April 2020

Season Review 2019-20

Bay of Plenty signed off their 2019/20 ND Development campaign in spectacular fashion, when they set Waikato Valley an almost impossible target at the Tauranga Domain on Sunday 1 March 2020. Niven Dovey and Daniel Price took absolute control to blast a century apiece, in a record breaking season, where the Bay of Plenty second eleven posted five wins from six encounters.

The 143 run Waikato Valley victory capped a sterling season, where the Bay of Plenty Development team finished second in the ND Development Championship - and scored a big eight wicket win over their Hawkes Bay counterparts, in the annual inter-provincial fixture in Taupo. 

Five 2019/20 Development centuries set a new mark in batting excellence, surpassing the three Development tons posted by Ben Musgrave, Julian Danby and Alex Yates, in the 2012/13 cricket season. Taylor Bettelheim, set the ball rolling, with a unbeaten one hundred runs against Hawkes Bay, with the eighteen year old going on to add two senior representative three-figure scores to his season total.

Daniel Price and Jacob Logan, posted centuries two and three against Counties Manukau deep in the heart of enemy territory at the Karaka Oval, before Niven Dovey and Daniel Price went on a batting blitzkrieg in the match-up with Waikato Valley at the Tauranga Domain.

 

BOPCA Development Team (appearances in brackets) 2019/20

Taylor Bettelheim (4) Fergus Lellman (2) Jacob Logan (4) Marcel Collett (4) Niven Dovey (5) Daniel Price (6) Dominic Crombie (3) Josh Earle (5) Iman Singh (3) Cameron Ingram (5) Craig Baldry (3) Andrew Mascall (3) Dillon Preston (2) Cameron Riley (4) Habib Malik (4) Finn Dempsey (3) Henry Conway (2) Blair McKenzie (4) Ben Vyver (2)

Coach: Russell Williams                     Manager: Shaun Riley

            

BOPCA Development Team Season Milestones 2019/20

Most Runs                   Daniel Price 316 runs

Most Wickets              Josh Earle    12 wickets            

Centuries

145                  Niven Dovey               v Waikato Valley

137                  Daniel Price                 v Waikato Valley

116                  Daniel Price                 v Counties Manukau

115                  Jacob Logan                v Counties Manukau

100no              Taylor Bettelheim       v Hawkes Bay 

 

Bay of Plenty Development Team Coach’s Report

“It was another great season for our Bay of Plenty Second XI. We had one slip up along the way, with a poor batting performance from us, against a very good Hamilton side. During the rest of our season someone got a big score and we bowled well as a group, which was an improvement from last season”.

“I have said it before and I say it again, this young group is constantly getting better, the players going up into the men’s side are performing, which is all that we can ask. The Development statistics tell us that the current guys are working it out in the early stages of their cricket careers”.

“Between 2007 and 2017, there were five centuries in 10 seasons. In the last two seasons we have had six centuries, five of those this season. I very rarely look at stats like these, but when I was made aware of it, I thought this is a great reflection of what these young men achieved”.

“All in all, another very enjoyable season with some very good individual performances - we couldn't hang on to our trophy but we gave it everything. Bring on 2020/2021 season”.

Russell Williams BOPCA Development Coach

 

BOPCA DEVELOPMENT TEAM REVIEW 2019/20

Few could have imagined the devastation that Bay Development Captain Niven Dovey and Daniel Price, would cause with their willow weapons, when the pair came together with the home team at 40 for the loss of two wickets, against Waikato Valley in the last ND Development fixture of the season.

A remarkable 290 run partnership, batted their opponents out of the encounter, with both young men going on to big centuries. Niven Dovey produced a genuine captain’s knock, with 145 runs at a strike rate of 122 (per one hundred balls) which included 18 boundaries.

Dan Price was in equally dominant form blasting 137 at a little better than a run a ball, with seven 4's and seven big heaves over the boundary, in his turn at bat. Price's three figure score was his second for the Bay Development side this season, after belting 116 against Counties Manukau.

The Waikato Valley highest score of 49 runs, told the tale of the demise of the visitors batsmen as they attempted to chase down the monumental target, being removed for 230. 

Bay of Plenty opened the Basil McBurney Trophy title race, by defeating Northland at the neutral venue provided at Bledisloe Park in Pukekohe. The Bay batsmen posted 189 runs, with New Zealand Under 19 representative Fergus Lellman top scoring with 47 runs. Led by three wickets from Lellman, the Bay of Plenty bowlers removed their opponents for 155 to claim a 24 run victory.

Second up, the Bay of Plenty Development representative reversed the previous seasons sole defeat, when they cruised to a ten wicket win over Poverty Bay. The visitors were bowled out for 111, with Dominic Crombie leading the way with three wickets at a cost of 20 runs. Fergus Lellman (55no) and Taylor Bettelheim (49no) wasted little time in propelling their side to the win points on offer, with victory coming in the 18th over.

The inter-provincial game against Hawkes Bay, on the 12th January 2020 at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, provided the ideal lead-in to Bay of Plenty’s remaining three ND Development competition matches. Hawkes Bay set the Bay side a very solid target after they were removed for 236, with Josh Earle (4/41) and Jacob Logan (3/34) starring with the ball. While Taylor Bettelheim posted a neat century, he received outstanding support from Daniel Price and Jacob Logan who both scored half-centuries, in their teams eight wicket win.

The Bay of Plenty Development road trip to square off with Counties Manukau on Sunday 2 February 2020, produced a Bay of Plenty second eleven batting record score (until surpassed in the Waikato Valley encounter), in a game where an incredible 600 runs were posted.

Bay of Plenty won the toss and went in to bat, with openers Jacob Logan and Andrew Mascall putting on an opening stand of 104, before Andrew was dismissed for 42. The action was just hotting up, when Daniel Price joined Jacob Logan in a third wicket partnership.

The Bay pair put on 144 runs in an action-packed alliance, before Jacob was the first to go with 115 runs to his name, which included fifteen 4's. Daniel continued his whirlwind attack on the opposition bowlers, to smash 116 off just 88 balls, with nine 4's and five mighty 6's.

When Price was dismissed, the Bay of Plenty Development representatives had reached 322/7, with four balls remaining in their turn at bat.

However Counties Manukau weren’t deterred by the mammoth target of 328 and to their credit, turned the game into an absolute run-fest. However led by Lake Taupo CC bowler Habib Malik (3/56) and Jacob Logan (2/53), the Bay side bowled Counties out 24 runs short of victory with just one ball remaining in the encounter. 

The Bay second eleven's only stain of defeat came against Hamilton who went on the win the ND Development title. Josh Earle was the shining light in the Bay bowling ranks, with four wickets for 49 runs, as the Waikato region side posted 267/8. Bay of Plenty fell well short of their target when they were dismissed for 159, with Jacob Logan top scoring with a gritty 44 runs, in the face of some very attacking bowling.

 

Bay of Plenty Development Team Results 2019/20

ND Development Competition @ Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe 17 November 2019

Bay of Plenty 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)

 

ND Development Competition @ 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 115/0 (Fergus Lellman 55no, Taylor Bettlelheim 49no)

 

ND Development Competition @ Karaka Oval 2 February 2020

Bay of Plenty 327/8 (Daniel Price 116, Jacob Logan 115; Andrew Mascall 42) defeated Counties Manukau 304 (Habib Malik 3/56, Jacob Logan 2/53)

 

ND Development Competition @ Bay Oval 16 February 2020

Hamilton 267/8 (Josh Earle 4/49, Niven Dovey 2/51) defeated Bay of Plenty 159 (Jacob Logan 44, Taylor Bettelheim 34) 

 

ND Development Competition @ Tauranga Domain 1 March 2020

Bay of Plenty 373/8 (Niven Dovey 145, Daniel Price 137, Andrew Mascall 32; K Thomas 5/52) defeated Waikato Valley 230 (Habib Malik 3/57, Josh Earle 2/35)

 

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

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

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Bay Of Plenty Cricket 2019-20 Season Review

Posted: Monday, 20 April 2020

Senior Men

Introduction

Welcome to a look back at the Bay of Plenty Cricket 2019/20 season. In 2004, the BOPCA commenced a printed yearbook which morphed into an annual report, detailing the season’s cricket activities. In recent years a limited number of annual report copies were printed, which after a cursory glance, were put away to gather dust.

In the current age of digital media and communication, it has been felt more approximate to put our annual season review on-line, which is available to all of our extended Bay of Plenty Cricket family.

 

Bay Of Plenty Senior Representatives Finish Second In The Two ND Competitions 

The Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty senior representative team, had a number of highlights and a couple of stutters during their ND 2019/20 representative campaign, finishing a creditable second in both the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl (Two-Day) and Fergus Hickey Trophy (T20) competitions. 

There were a number of Bay of Plenty all-time milestones posted, with the most significant being Peter Drysdale becoming just the third Bay of Plenty player, following in the footsteps of Mike Wright and Derek Beard, in playing one hundred matches for their province.

Ben Musgrave (50) and Stephen Crossan (25) brought up further appearance milestones, with Crossan adding 500 plus runs to his appearance tally. 

Eighteen year old Taylor Bettelheim, became just the eleventh Bay of Plenty batsman to post two centuries in a season, with a three figure scores, against Hamilton in the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge and Counties Manukau in his sides last Fergus Hickey encounter of the season. 

 

BOPCA Senior Men’s Team (appearances in brackets) 2019/20

CM Atkinson (6) CE Baldry (5) T Bettelheim (5) D Crombie (8) SP Crossan (7) NJ Dovey (2*) RPO Drysdale (9) JM Earle (9*) DR Flynn (3) BR Hampton (1) F Lellman (1) JK Logan (4*) TJ MacRury (1)  B McKenzie (9) BS Musgrave (9) B Pomare (3) B Popli (6) DS Price (2*) TJ Pringle (9) C Riley (3) I Singh (5) 

*Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s 2019/20 Season debut

Coach: Charles Williams​​​Manager: Wayne Brill​

Scorer: Bill Anderson

 

BOPCA Senior Men’s Team Season Milestones 2019/20

Most Runs​​Taylor Bettelheim 390 runs

Most Wickets​​Tim Pringle 15 wickets

Centuries

130​​Taylor Bettelheim v Counties Manukau (Fergus Hickey Rosebowl)

108no​​Taylor Bettelheim v Hamilton (Hawke Cup Direct Challenge)

Taylor Bettellheim posted 390 runs during the BOPCA Representative Season 

 

BOPCA All-Time Milestones Achieved 2018/19 Season

Milestones 

100 Games​RPO Drysdale​- ND T20 v Waikato Valley

50 Games​Ben Musgrave - ND T20 v Northland

25 Games​Stephen Crossan – Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Northland

25 Games​Chris Atkinson - ND T20 v Northland

25 Games​Stephen Crossan – Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Waikato Valley

500+ Runs​Stephen Crossan - ND T20 v Waikato Valley

 

Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team Coach’s Report

Looking back we would be disappointed with the results. Every single game we played this season, the team had the opportunity to win and hopefully that resonates with the side as we go into the off season and gives us even more motivation to work hard. 

We probably let ourselves down in three sessions or periods this season, but that was enough to turn an outstanding season into an OK one. I know the lads would have learned a massive amount this season and we will see the benefits of this when we take the field again.

Although we had a very young side, we have also been very lucky to have an extended period of availability of Daniel Flynn. Having someone of his caliber around the team has been invaluable and you know that Flynny is always very happy to pass on his knowledge to both players and myself. Add Pete Drysdale, Bharat Popli, Joe Carter, Brett Hampton and even Trent Boult (for a couple of training sessions) to the mix and we had no excuse for players not being able to seek advice.

When I look back on the season I see a team that enjoys what they do, works very hard and has played for each other in every game. If we continue on this path we will achieve all the goals we set for ourselves. 

A lasting impression for me, was seeing the disappointment on the faces of the entire side, when we walked off the field against Counties in the last game of the season. We had just won easily on first innings, which is a huge accomplishment in Fergus Hickey cricket. The boys were dead set on getting an outright (win) which shows the drive and focus these lads have. They will do some great things in the coming seasons.

Charles (Potsy) Williams BOPCA Senior Representative Coach

 

BOPCA Senior Representative Team Review 2019/20

Brian Dunning Trophy (ND T20 Championship)

The 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. 

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 theirside 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.

 

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.

 

Fergus Hickey Rosebowl (ND Two-Day Championship)

Bay of Plenty earned a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge in January 2020, when they won anabsolute thriller against Northland in their first Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game of the season, in the far north during November 2019.

The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 282, with two Bay young guns in Fergus Lellman and Taylor Bettelheim posting half-centuries.

Northland batsman Thorn Parkes took his team to the cusp of victory, with Northland needing one run to tie and two for victory, with Parkes sitting on 129 not out. Bay of Plenty spin-bowler Peter Drysdale then weaved 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 Zone One 2020 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge spot.

Hamilton proved to be the Bay team achilles heel, in the second half of the season, with back to back losses to their Waikato opponents. After defeating the Bay of Plenty representatives in the NZC Zone One Hawke Cup Direct Challenge (See Hawke Cup review), the Waikato side continued the Bay misery in their Fergus Hickey match-up, at the Tauranga Domain 8/9 February 2020.

Hamilton posted a big total, when they were dismissed for a very solid 336, with Tim Pringle the best of the home sides bowling attack with three wickets. Three half-centuries posted by Taylor Bettelheim, Daniel Flynn and Dominic Crombie weren’t enough to stop Hamilton taking first innings points from the encounter. 

Inclement weather won the battle with the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter, between Bay of Plenty and Waikato Valley, to achieve a result at the Bay Oval 22/23 February 2020. Just eleven overs were possible on day one with Bay of Plenty being bowled out for 255 on day two. 

Blair McKenzie finished with his sides top score of 52 with Peter Drysdale posting a neat half-century, while Bay of Plenty First XI debutant Niven Dovey batting at nine, fought a rearguard action to post an unbeaten 30 runs. 

The Bay of Plenty bowlers made a good start taking three Waikato Valley wickets with 68 runs on the board, before the rain intervened for the final time, to see the match finish in a draw.

Bay of Plenty closed out their busy season, with a big first innings point’s advantage over Counties Manukau, in enemy territory at Mountford Park in Manurewa. The hosts were bowled out for 150, with Chris Atkinson and Peter Drysdale taking four wicket bags.

Taylor Bettelheim posted his second Bay of Plenty first team century of the season, belting 130 runs, as the Bay declared at 335/9 in order to chase an outright win. Bettelheim received good support from Pete Drysdale (48) Blair McKenzie (35) and Niven Dovey (33).

The game petered out in a draw, with Counties reaching 186 for the loss on one wicket in their second turn at bat, with the visitors returning home with first innings points in their scorebook

 

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

Bay of Plenty 282 (Fergus Lellman 82, Taylor Bettelheim 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 

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Tauranga Domain 8-9 February 2020

Hamilton 336 (FL Walker 83, KRS Price 75, PF Carsons 68; Time Pringle 3/98, Chris Atkinson 2/49, Craig Baldry 2/51, Dominic Crombie 2/66)

Bay of Plenty 289 (Taylor Bettelheim 72, Daniel Flynn 64, Dominic Crombie 50, Ben Musgrave 30, Chris Atkinson 20no; JD Baker 3/52, FL Walker 3/65)

Result: Hamilton defeated Bay of Plenty by way of first innings points.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Waikato Valley @ Blake Park 22/23 February 2020

Bay of Plenty 255 (Blair McKenzie 52, Peter Drysdale 50, Niven Dovey 30no, Ben Musgrave 30; KDC Clarke 4/47) 

Waikato Valley 68/3

Result: Draw

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Mountford Park, Manurewa - 7/8 March 2020

Counties Manukau 150 (SS Varcoe 72, LC Williamson 58; Chris Atkinson 4/55, Peter Drysdale 4/28, Tim Pringle 2/32) & 186/1 (SS Varcoe 130)

Bay of Plenty 335/9 (Taylor Bettelheim 130, Peter Drysdale 48, Blair McKenzie 35, Niven Dovey 33, Ben Musgrave 32; MW Marconi 3/53, HB Dickson 3/72)

Result: Bay of Plenty won by first innings points

 

Hawke Cup Direct Challenge v Hamilton 31 Jan-2Feb 2020 (See Hawke Cup Review)

 

Bay of Plenty v Hawkes Bay Pre-Season @ Tauranga Domain 26/27 October 2019

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. 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. 

 

Howell Family Trophy Cricket Series 26/27 October @ Tauranga Domain

Day Two - Fifty Over

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 Bay of Plenty XI 118 (Stephen Crossan 45, Bharat Popli 29, Joe Carter 25; William Clarke 3/14)

Game Two

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)

(Games don’t count in BOPCA Senior Men’s season player statistics)

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Taylor Bettelheim Wins Bay Of Plenty Cricket Player Of The Year

Posted: Wednesday, 15 April 2020

BOPCA Senior Awards 2019/20

The 2019/20 Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year, has been awarded to a young man who relished the opportunities presented in opening the Bay of Plenty senior representative side innings during the season. 

Eighteen year old Taylor Bettelheim showed maturity beyond his years, as he blasted nearly four hundred runs in just five games in the Bay of Plenty First XI uniform, including two centuries. In the furnace of Hawke Cup Direct Challenge cricket, Taylor defied all the fired up Hamilton minor association bowlers could throw at him, to smack an unbeaten 108 runs in his sides total of 271 all out.

In the last ND Fergus Hickey game of the season against Counties Manukau, he worked his way between attack and defence, to post 130 runs from 159 balls in an innings which include nineteen 4's. Taylor became just the eleventh Bay of Plenty batsman to post two centuries in a season. The run hungry batsman also posted a Bay Of Plenty Development team century for good measure.

Kane Williamson was adjudged the BOPCA First Class Player of the Year. In another superlative season, the icing on the cake for the Black Cap captain was winning the ICC World Cup Player of the Tournament prize.

The Brendan Bracewell Most Promising Player award was given to Daniel Price, who made his senior men's representative debut against Waikato Valley in February, on the back of outstanding batting form in the Bay Development team ranks. Two Bay of Plenty Development side centuries testified to his attacking approach with his willow weapon.

The Mike Wright senior representative batting trophy was earned by Taylor Bettelheim, who smacked 394 runs, with another young man in Tim Pringle taking out the Derek Beard bowling trophy with 15 wickets. Daniel Price won the Bay of Plenty Development batting trophy with 316 runs, with Josh Earle twelve wickets earning him the Development bowling trophy.

The Hart Family Trophy Baywide Champion of Champions was taken out by Mount Maunganui premier team, who won the Bay of Plenty Cup and Baywide T20 competition - with the Williams Cup won by the Greerton Cricket Club first eleven, on the basis of winning the round robin competition.

Seven significant representative milestone trophies, were earned during the representative season, courtesy of seven centuries from four individual batsmen. Development batsman Niven Dovey led the way with 145 runs against their Waikato Valley counterparts, with Daniel Price scoring 137 run in the same game. Taylor Bettelheim scored three tons, with Price adding his second against Counties Manukau. Jacob Logan also reached the magical milestone for the Bay Development team. 

 

2019/20 Bay of Plenty Cricket Awards                              

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year       Taylor Bettelheim      

Bay of Plenty First Class Player of the Year  Kane Williamson (World Cup Player of the Tournament)                                                                            

                                                                                   

BOPCA Senior Men’s Representative Team                        

Mike Wright Batting Trophy                          Taylor Bettelheim (394 runs)             

Derek Beard Bowling Trophy                         Tim Pringle (15 wickets)                                                       

BOPCA Development Team 

Development Team Batting Trophy               Daniel Price (316 runs)                      

Development Team Bowling Trophy            Josh Earle (12 wickets)                                                          

Brendan Bracewell Most Promising Player    Daniel Price

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards 2019/20

October:          Fergus Lellman (New Zealand Under 19)

November:      Dale Swan (Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

December:       Sarah Jane Stone (Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls Team) & Chris Atkinson (Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

January:           Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)

February:         Jacob Logan/Daniel Price (Bay of Plenty Development Team)

March:             Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)

 

Significant Representative Milestones (Centuries & Five Wickets or better)

Batting

145                  Niven Dovey v Waikato Valley (ND Development)

137                  Daniel Price v Waikato Valley (ND Development)

130                  Taylor Bettelheim v Counties Manukau (Fergus Hickey Rosebowl)

116                  Daniel Price v Counties Manukau (ND Development)

115                  Jacob Logan v Counties Manukau (ND Development)

108no              Taylor Bettelheim v Hamilton (Hawke Cup)

100no              Taylor Bettelheim v Hawkes Bay Development

Peter Wright Cup (Services to Umpiring) – Not awarded this season

David Johnston Cup (Services to Coaching) - Not awarded this season

Hart Family Trophy (Baywide Champion of Champions) – Mount Maunganui CC

Williams Cup (Baywide Premier One-Day Championship) – Greerton CC

Bay of Plenty Cup (Baywide First Round) – Mount Maunganui CC

Bay of Plenty Cup Plate – Tauranga Boys College

Baywide Twenty 20 – Mount Maunganui CC

McNaughton Trophy (Baywide Reserve Grade Championship) – Mount Maunganui CC /R&A Sangha CC

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Bay Of Plenty Opening Batsman Wins Bopca March Player Of The Month Award

Posted: Monday, 30 March 2020

BOP Player of the Month - March 2020

Bay of Plenty opening batsman Taylor Bettelheim, has been awarded the BOPCA March Player of the Month award, after posting his second Bay of Plenty senior representative team century of the season.

In the last Bay of Plenty ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game of the season, the eighteen year old batsman, led the Bay side to a big first innings points win over Counties Manukau. 

Mixing up solid defence with attacking shots, Bettelheim belted 130 runs from 159 balls, in an innings that included nineteen 4's - to join an illustrious group of Bay players that have posted two senior representative centuries in a season.

Taylor became the eleventh Bay of Plenty batsman to score two three-figure scores in a cricket year. His first century came in the unsuccessful Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton, with a defiant knock of 108 not out.

The marker of success for the previous ten Bay batsmen, with two season centuries to their name, is that they have all played major association cricket in their careers.

Leading the list of achievements is current Knights player Bharat Popli, who achieved the elusive double in the 2008/09, 2012/13 and 2015/16 seasons. Tom MacRury posted two three-figure scores in 2013/14 and 2016/17, while Sean Davey scored three centuries including two prestigious Hawke Cup hundreds in the 2016/17 cricket season.

The other Bay of Plenty representative batsmen, with two centuries in a season to their name, are Mike Wright, Andy Roberts, Derek Beard, Kyle Wealleans, Llorne Howell, Joe Carter and Alex Lees.

The award adjudicators also recognised another outstanding achievement, highly commending, the batting feats of Greerton Baywide batsman Nick Hendrie. During March, Hendrie brought up his fourth premier century of the cricket year, when smacked an unbeaten 131 against Lake Taupo CC in Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup competition.

The Greerton master blaster who travels from Poverty Bay to play Baywide cricket, became the first player to score a century, in each of the three Baywide premier competitions during the cricket year.

 

BOPCA March Player of the Month Award

Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)

Highly Commended: Nick Hendrie (Greerton CC)

 

BOPCA Senior Representatives Teams (1932 – 2020) - Two Centuries in a Season

MJE Wright 80/81, ADG Roberts 81/82, DA Beard 85/86, KA Wealleans 94/95, LG Howell 05/06, B Popli 08/09, B Popli 12/13, JF Carter 12/13, TJ MacRury 13/14, B Popli 15/16, TJ MacRury 16/17, AZ Lees 16/17, SB Davey 16/17 (3), TJ Bettelheim 2019/20.

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Tauranga Boys College Grab Last Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoff Spot

Posted: Monday, 16 March 2020

Round Seven - 14th March 2020

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, grabbed the last Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup post section spot up for grabs, when they defeated New World Te Puke on Saturday (14 March 2020).

Entering the last round of the Williams Cup regular season, Tauranga Boys, Generation Homes Lake Taupo and Te Puke were locked together in the race for the fourth semi-final position. With Eves Realty Greerton batting Lake Taupo out of contention, the encounter at the Te Puke Domain turned into a winner take all contest.

The home team batted first and posted a defendable target of 181 for the loss of eight wickets. Cameron Riley top scored with 39 runs, while Hamish Wilde and Stephen Crossan made useful contributions. Tauranga Boys spinner Tim Pringle led his sides wicket tally with 3/51, while Niven Dovey took two wickets for 19 runs.

Led by a lightning 77 off just 51 balls, from Niven Dovey, the Tauranga students cruised home to victory for the loss of just two wickets. Tauranga Boys First XI mentors Tim Clarke and Charles Williams both made solid contributions in reaching the forties.

Tauranga Boys College will now join Carrus Mount Maunganui, Element IMF Cadets and Greerton, in fighting out the 2020 Williams Cup, in the last two weekends of the current cricket season.

Cadets lost their first Williams Cup match of the season, when they were beaten by Mount Maunganui at Mount headquarters, at Blake Park. The visitors won the toss and went into bat, with Gurinder Singh and Taylor Douglas posting identical scores of 38, as the visitors were bowled out for 144. Mount stalwart Nathan Walker was rewarded for line and length bowing with four wickets.

Ben Guild anchored Mount Maunganui to the victory with an unbeaten 51, as the got home with five wickets to spare. Ben Pomare and Logan Carr also played a big part in the Mount win with 26 runs apiece.

Greerton blasted Lake Taupo's hopes of a playoff spot away, when the Western Bay hosts posted a massive 314 for the loss of five wickets. They reached the 200 run mark with nine wickets in hand, with Nick Hendrie and Tom MacRury in superlative touch with their willow weapons. Hendrie belted his fourth century of the season, reaching 127 before being dismissed, while MacRury battered the visitors bowling attack with nine 6's in his total of 96 runs.

Lake Taupo were bowled out for 147, with Mark Mitchell top scoring with 54 runs, while Umesh Ranaraja, Lee Watkins and Jared Tutty took two wickets apiece for the winners.

Geyser City overseas batsman Sam Kershaw, posted his second Williams Cup ton as he took his side to victory against Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua combined team set their opponents a very solid target reaching 245/9, with Jeff Simmons and Nadeera Naweela posting half centuries.

Kershaw belted 112 runs, at a run a ball, in an innings that contained 15 boundaries as Geyser City took out their second Williams Cup win, which consigned Central Indians to the competition wooden spoon. 

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 14 March 2020 - Results

New World Te Puke 181/8 (Cameron Riley 39, Hamish Wilde 36no, Stephen Crossan 32; Tim Pringle 3/51, Niven Dovey 2/19) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 184/2 (Niven Dovey 77no, Tim Clarke 49no, Charles Williams 40)

Element IMF Cadets 144 (Gurinder Singh 38, Taylor Douglas 38; Nathan Walker 4/35) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 146/5 (Ben Guild 51no, Ben Pomare 26, Logan Carr 26; Michael Barbeau 2/21)

Eves Realty Greerton 314/5 (Nick Hendrie 127, Tom MacRury 96, Bruce Kerr 55; John Dolan 2/66) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 147 (Mark Mitchell 54; Umesh Ranaraja 2/11, Lee Watkins 2/29, Jared Tutty 2/33)

Bayleys Central Indians 245/9 (Jeff Simmons 56, Nadeera Nawela 52, Stephen Nicholls 47, Joe O'Donoghue 3/25, Sam Kershaw 3/53) lost to Geyser City 246/5 Sam Kershaw 112, Shaquille Graham 43, Cody Fell 32; Virin Patel 2/37, Nadeera Nawela 2/37)

 

Points Table: Cadets 38, Mount Maunganui 38, Greerton 38, Tauranga Boys College 28, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 19, Geyser City 12, Central Indians 4.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143      Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

131no  Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February

128      Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

127      Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 14 March

124      Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February

113      Michael Mitchell (lake Taupo v Mount Maunganui) 7 March

112      Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

112      Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Central Indians) 14 March

104      Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March

101no  Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Laughter And Good Cheer Lead The Genera Rainbow Cup At The Bay Oval

Posted: Monday, 16 March 2020

11th March 2020

The sounds of laugher and good cheer could be heard a considerable distance from the Bay Oval on Wednesday (11 March 2020) - as 19 Western Bay of Plenty Primary Schools took part in the eighth annual Genera Rainbow Cup.

The Rainbow Cup, where many of the teams dress up in different colours reflecting the rainbow, is the culmination of the GoGirl Cricket program delivered by Bay of Plenty Cricket in Bay Schools, during term four and term one of the school year.

The GoGirl program is aimed at Year 4 - 6 girls, to draw the youngsters to the game by way of a standalone girl’s introduction program.

Twenty eight teams made the annual tournament a very bright event, with the majority of the participants dressed up in their most colourful costumes. There was universal approval from players and the numerous supporters on hand, making sure the event was a great day out, in a cricket festival based upon participation.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said “The Rainbow Cup is a big event on our calendar and we appreciate all the support from schools in continuing to make it such a success”. “It was fantastic to see all the girls out there on the Bay Oval having such a great time”.

The Matua Bee’s and Pyes Pa School took out the coveted ‘Best Dressed’ prize with very colourful outfits. “It was great to see Brookfield School win the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award at their first Rainbow Cup, a reward for some great sportswomenship on the day” said Rebecca.

Three ‘Future Spirit’ prizes were given out to Stella Muir (Greenpark) Grace Miles (Matua) Hollie Ormsby (Te Puna), who were showed the potential to make representative teams when they are older.

Other winners at the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Festival, were Pongokawa School who won the most improved prize, Tauranga Primary were selected as the best at practice school, while Pahoia School, TePuna School, Golden Sands School Purple were adjudged to have the best vocal support on the day.

 

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Rainbow Cup @ Bay Oval, 11 March 2020

Best Dressed                           Matua School & Pyes Pa School

Most Improved                       Pongokawa School

Best at Practice                       Tauranga Primary School

Best Support                           Pahoia School, Te Puna School, Golden Sands School Purple

Spirit of Cricket Award          BrookfieldSchool

Future Spirit Prizes – Stella Muir (Greenpark) Grace Miles (Matua) Hollie Ormsby (Te Puna)

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Three Bay Of Plenty Batsmen Earn January And February Player Of The Month Awards

Posted: Monday, 16 March 2020

BOP Player of the Month - Jan & Feb 2020

Three Bay of Plenty representative batsmen, will be presented with the January and February BOPCA Player of the Month awards at the annual prize giving to be held in early April 2020.

Eighteen year old Taylor Bettelheim, wasn't fazed by the pressure of the high profile Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton, when he became the fifth Bay of Plenty batsman to blast a century on Hawke Cup debut. Coming in at four, Taylor never looked like surrendering his wicket, as he blasted 108 not out, in the Bay of Plenty total of 271 all out. The Western Bay of Plenty young man showed maturity beyond his years, as faced 257 balls in his 322 minutes at the crease.

Playing in the Bay of Plenty team alongside such cricket luminaries as former Black Cap test star Daniel Flynn, ND batsman Bharat Popli and Bay one-hundred game veteran Peter Drysdale, the youngster looked extremely comfortable in the furnace of Hawke Cup cricket. His century on debut followed in the footsteps of an elite group of Bay batsman in Alex Lees. Brett Hampton, Joe Carter and Donovan Deeble. 

The Bay of Plenty top order batsman gave a preview of the Bay first eleven three figure score to come, when he posted a neat century for the Bay of Plenty Development team, in an inter-provincial fixture with Hawkes Bay on the 11th January 2020.

Chasing a very competitive target of 237, Taylor Bettelheim and Jacob Logan put on an opening partnership of 116, to put Bay of Plenty in the box seat. When Jacob was removed, Taylor continued on to post an unbeaten 100 from 135 balls, in an innings that contained eleven 4's.

The Bay of Plenty Development road trip to square off with Counties Manukau on Sunday 2nd February 2020, produced a Bay of Plenty second eleven batting record score, in a game where an incredible 600 runs were posted.

Bay of Plenty won the toss and went in to bat, with openers Jacob Logan and Andrew Mascall putting on an opening stand of 104, before Andrew was dismissed. The action was just hotting up, when Daniel Price joined Jacob Logan in a third wicket partnership.

The Bay pair put on 144 runs in an action-packed alliance, before Jacob was the first to go with 115 runs to his name, which included fifteen 4's. Daniel continued his whirlwind attack on the opposition bowlers, to smash 116 off just 88 balls, with nine 4's and five mighty 6's.When Price was dismissed, the Bay of Plenty Development representatives had reached 322/7, with four balls remaining in their turn at bat.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month

January 2020               Taylor Bettelheim (Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)

February 2020             Jacob Logan/Daniel Price (Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development Team)

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Three Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Teams Reach The Last Chance Saloon

Posted: Thursday, 12 March 2020

Round 7 14th March 2020

The three Baywide teams chasing the last post-section berth in the 2020 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, have reached the last chance saloon, in the final qualifying round to be played on Saturday (14 March 2020).

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets, along with Carrus Mount Maunganui and Eves Realty Greerton, have all earned enough points to play finals cricket in the last two weekends of March 2020.

There are just three points separating Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College Generation Homes Lake Taupo and New World Te Puke. A Tauranga Boys College win over Te Puke will advance them to the playoffs. However if Lake Taupo taste defeat and Te Puke dispatch Tauranga Boys, Te Puke will leapfrog the two other sides, to claim the fourth semi-final spot. 

Lake Taupo are currently in fifth place on the standings, but face a huge challenge of a road trip to play Greerton at Pemberton Park in the Western Bay of Plenty.

The Lake Taupo ace cards are their master blasters in Drew Brierley and Michael Mitchell. Brierley, who is the Taupo clubs overseas player, has been in outstanding form in the Williams Cup with two centuries to his name. Last Saturday, Michael Mitchell joined his teammate’s three figure scores when he hammered 113 runs against Mount Maunganui.

Tauranga Boys College, has become a production line of Bay of Plenty senior representative players and beyond, dating back to the Tauranga District High School sides of the 1920's. Tauranga Boys top order batsman Ben Vyver joined the list of Williams Cup century makers, when he smashed 112, against Central Indians in the opening round.

No Bay of Plenty cricket club knows more about the exhilaration of lifting the Williams Cup aloft in triumph, than Te Puke. The long established Western Bay club,first won the time-honoured trophy in1939 and has gone to win the Williams Cup on fifteen further occasions.

There will also be plenty of interest in the top of the table encounter, at Blake Park,between competition front-runners Cadets and Mount Maunganui. At stake is a major home  semi-final berth, where the winner will advance directly to the title decider at the Bay Oval.

Rotorua's Smallbone Park, will see the battle for the wooden spoon between Geyser City and Bayleys Central Indians. Central Indians, have had an up and down season,after finishing in fifth place in the Bay of Plenty Cup. Baywide season debutant Geyser City, have been competitive in their promotion to Baywide premier cricket,with the icing on the cake being their Williams Cup victory over Lake Taupo.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 14 March 2020 - Draw

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

 

Points Table: Cadets 38, Mount Maunganui 32, Greerton 32, Tauranga Boys College 22, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 19, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143​Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

131no​Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February

128​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

124​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February

113​Michael Mitchell (lake Taupo v Mount Maunganui) 7 March

112​Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

104​Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March

101no​Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Bay Of Plenty Claim First Innings Points Against Counties Manukau

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Fergus Hickey Rose-bowl Review 7th - 8th March 2020

Craig’s Investment Partners Bay of Plenty opening batsman Taylor Bettelheim, led his side to a big first innings points advantage against Counties Manukau, when he blasted a century in a Fergus Hickey Rosebowl match played 7/8 March 2020.

Bay Captain Ben Musgrave won the toss and asked the hosts to bat at Mountford Park, deep in enemy territory in Manurewa. The decision looked to have backfired with Counties posting 129 for the loss of a solitary wicket.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers then went to work to wreck the Counties innings, taking nine wickets at a cost of 21 runs. Bay attack bowler Chris Atkinson grabbed a four wicket haul, including reaching a milestone 50 Bay of Plenty wickets. Coming on as the Bay's fifth change, Peter Drysdale also took four wickets with Tim Pringle returning 2/32, as Counties were dismissed for 150.

The Bay of Plenty opening partnership of Peter Drysdale and Taylor Bettelheim put on an opening stand of 102, before Drysdale was removed for 48. Bettelheim continued on to work the ball around Mountford Park to blast 130 runs, which included nineteen 4's, finishing his Fergus Hickey Rosebowl season with 390 runs to his name.

Blair McKenzie (35) and Niven Dovey (33) both made useful contributions, with Dovey having a quick fire knock off 21 balls. Bay of Plenty skipper Ben Musgrave brought up the second all-time milestone in the match - with his 32 runs, bringing up 1000 runs since his debut against Hamilton in 2014.

Bay of Plenty declared their innings closed, with 335 runs on the board for the loss of nine wickets, in order to chase an outright victory. Bay of Plenty Coach Charles Williams said “It was a selfless Bay of Plenty batting attack where every one of them went out to bat with their team interest ahead of their own”. “In three sessions we managed to take nine wickets and then score 355 runs to chase the goal of an outright win. We couldn’t have got into that position without a team first attitude”. 

Counties Manukau batsman Sam Varcoe posted the second century of the Fergus Hickey encounter, hitting 130 runs, as the match finished with Bay of Plenty claiming first innings points with the home side reaching 181/1. “Counties batted very well in their second innings but we also had our chances to make inroads but we just couldn’t take them” said Coach Williams. 

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Mountford Park, Manurewa - 7/8 March 2020

Counties Manukau 150 (SS Varcoe 72, LC Williamson 58; Chris Atkinson 4/55, Peter Drysdale 4/28, Tim Pringle 2/32) & 186/1 (SS Varcoe 130)

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 335/9 (Taylor Bettelheim 130, Peter Drysdale 48, Blair McKenzie 35, Niven Dovey 33, Ben Musgrave 32; MW Marconi 3/53, HB Dickson 3/72)

Result: Bay of Plenty won by first innings points

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket All-Time Milestones 

Chris Atkinson - 50 wickets

Ben Musgrave - 1000 runs

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Te Puke Still In With A Slim Chance To Make The Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoffs

Posted: Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Round 6 Review 7th March 2020

New World Te Puke, have kept their slim chances of qualifying for the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup playoffs alive, after the penultimate round of the qualifying competition on Saturday (7 March 2020).

Te Puke batted first against Geyser City at home at the Te Puke Domain and reached 230/9, in their allotted overs. Openers Tai Bridgman-Raison (45) and Stephen Crossan (55) got their side away to a solid start, with a 95 run opening stand. Batting at three,Cam Riley kept the solid tempo going to top score with 61 runs. The visitors bowlers then fought back, with Joshua Simpson taking three wickets for 33 runs.

Geyser City made a valiant attempt to haul in the solid target, but were bowled out for 213. Shaquille Graham led the way with 59 runs, with Tasman Carsons and ChristianMacDonald taking three wicket bags for Te Puke.

An Eves Realty Greerton century, led the way to the Western Bay side booking a semi-final berth, after they comfortably defeated Bayleys Central Indians at Smallbone Park. The Western Bay visitors posted 232 for the loss of six wickets with Pip Thickpenny smacking 104 runs. Thickpenny and Lee Watkins (82) set up the solid target, with a 162 run partnership.

Central Indians had trouble keeping up with required run rate from the start and were bowled out for 151, to hand Greerton an 81 run victory, Ben Sandford reached the thirties for the home side, with Greerton captain Shane Wineti returning bowling figures of three wickets for 18 runs.

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets, continued to lead the qualifying rounds of play, after disposing of the challenge of Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. Cadets were bowled out for 172, before turning around to remove Tauranga Boys 36 runs short of their target.

Individual game honours were picked up by Cadets batsman Joe McCluskie with 45 runs, with Tauranga Boys bowler Kieran New and the Cadets pair of Finn Dempsey and Cam O'Dea, all finishing with three wicket hauls.

A century from Generation Homes Lake Taupo batsman Michael Mitchell, wasn’tenough to stave off defeat in his teams match-up with Carrus Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui reached 214/6, with Matt Golding continuing his golden run of form with the bat with 62 runs. John Dolan was the best of the home sides bowlers,finishing his spell, with three wickets at a cost of 49 runs.

Michael Mitchell's 113 not out, in an innings that contained fourteen 4's and a six, wasn't enough to take his home to victory. Jack Wiggins was also in good form with 46 runs but the Mount slow bowlers slowed the home sides momentum to restrict them to 200 for the loss of six wickets. 

The situation entering next Saturday's final round robin stanza, is that Cadets, Mount Maunganui and Greerton, have already booked semi-final berths. There are just threepoints separating Lake Taupo, Tauranga Boys College and Te Puke - with Greerton heavily favoured to beat Lake Taupo, the fourth semi-final spot could go to the winner of the Te Puke verses Tauranga Boys College encounter at the Te Puke Domain.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 7 March 2020 - Results

Carrus Mount Maunganui 214/6 (Matt Golding 62, Tim Tomlinson 48: John Dolan 3/49) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 200/6 (Michael Mitchell 113no, Jack Wiggins 46; Henry Conway 3/29)

Eves Realty Greerton 232/6 (Pip Thickpenny 104, Lee Watkins 82; Andrew Gibbs 2/29) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 151 (Ben Sandford 33, Nandeera Nawela 26; ShaneWineti 3/18)

New World Te Puke 230/9 (Cam Riley 61, Stephen Crossan 55, Tai Bridgman-Raison 45; Joshua Simpson 3/33) defeated Geyser City 213 (Shaquille Graham 59; Tasman Carsons 3/13, Christian MacDonald 3/42)

Element IMF Cadets 182 (Joe McCluskie 45, Jono Boult 44; Kieran New 3/13) defeated Bond& Co Tauranga Boys College 147 (Isaac White 27; Finn Dempsey 3/21, Cam O'Dea 3/49)

 

Points Table: Cadets 38, Mount Maunganui 32, Greerton 32, Tauranga Boys College 22, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 19, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143​Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

131no​Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February

128​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

124​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February

113​Michael Mitchell (lake Taupo v Mount Maunganui) 7 March

112​Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

104​Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March

101no​Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Bay Of Plenty First Xi Hit The Road To Play Counties Manukau

Posted: Thursday, 5 March 2020

Fergus Hickey Rosebowl 7th - 8th March 2020

The Bay of Plenty senior representative team, can only rue the recent rained out Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter with Waikato Valley, which left then stranded in third place on the ND standings.

This weekend (7/8 March 2020) the Bay side wraps up its annual Northern Districts Cricket representative campaign, with a road trip, to play Counties Manukau at Mountford Park in Manurewa.

The Bay team has had plenty of positive outcomes in spite of losing to Hamilton in a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge and their Fergus Hickey match-up seven days later.

Bay of Plenty kick-started their ND representative season, with victory over Northland in their first Fergus Hickey match of the season, to earn the Hawke Cup Zone One berth against Hamilton in January 2020.

Northland got their revenge on the first day of the ND T20 tournament in Taupo during December, with the final equation seeing the Bay side finish second in the title race, to the team from the far north.

The introduction of four young men, to the rigours of the ND senior representative cricket ranks, continued their journey on the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway. Hard hitting batsman Daniel Price and all-rounders Jacob Logan, Josh Earle and Niven Dovey, all had success in their introduction into a higher level of the game.

Another Bay of Plenty youngster to shine has been top order batsman Taylor Bettelheim. A Hawke Cup century on debut saw Taylor join Alex Lees (223) Brett Hampton (197) Joe Carter (187) and Donovan Deeble (108), on a unique list of Hawke Cup centuries on debut. 

Coming in at four, in the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton, played 31 January – 2 February 2020, in Waikato territory - Bettelheim never looked like surrendering his wicket, as he blasted 108 not out, in the Bay of Plenty total of 271 all out. The Western Bay of Plenty young man showed maturity beyond his years, as faced 257 balls in his 322 minutes at the crease.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Counties Manukau @ Mountford Park, Manurewa 7/8 March 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Team

Ben Musgrave (Captain) Peter Drysdale, Taylor Bettelheim, Blair McKenzie, Tom MacRury, Daniel Price, Ben Pomare, Niven Dovey, Dominic Crombie, Tim Pringle, Joshua Earle, Chris Atkinson.

Coach: Charles Williams

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl points

Hamilton 29, Northland 26, Bay of Plenty 19, Counties Manukau 9, Waikato Valley 8.

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Tauranga Boys College And Lake Taupo In-Must Win Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Games

Posted: Thursday, 5 March 2020

Round Five - 7th March 2020

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College and Generation Homes Lake Taupo, who sit on the cusp of qualifying for the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup playoffs, both face stern challenges on Saturday (7 March 2020).

With just two rounds of qualifying play before the semi-finals, both Tauranga Boys and the team from the Great Lake region have the opportunity to stand up as genuine Williams Cup contenders, if they can defeat more fancied rivals in round six.

Lake Taupo has home track advantage, when Carrus Mount Maunganui pays a visit to Owen Delany Park on the weekend. The home sides ace card, is their overseas player in Drew Brierley, who has been in outstanding form with his willow weapon. Brierley leads the Williams Cup batting stakes, with 315 runs at average of 78.75, including two centuries.

When the going gets tough for Mount Maunganui they turn to experience in their ranks. Skipper Dale Swan along with Nick Smith, Peter Drysdale and Matt Golding, have weathered multiple successful Baywide cricket campaigns.  All four Mount Maunganui stalwarts, have played a big part in the Mount winning the Hart Family Trophy (Baywide Champions of Champions) on eight occasions in the last twelve seasons.

Tauranga Boys College have an equally stern challenge to front up to on Saturday, when they travel the short distance down Cameron Road, to meet Element IMF Cadets at the Tauranga Domain. However they have two batsmen who are game winners when on song - in player/coach Tim Clarke who has a 2020 Williams Cup ton to his name and Bay Development century-maker Niven Dovey.

Cadets current season, has seen the emergence of several young men who look to have a big future in Baywide premier cricket and beyond. Andrew Mascall, Finn Dempsey and Spencer Wills have all made their Cadets first team debuts in the current season.

In other Williams Cup weekend action, Eves Realty Greerton will be heavily favoured to dispatch Bayleys Central Indians who sit at the bottom of the standings. New World Te Puke, have a slim theoretical chance to make the playoffs, but must beat Geyser City and Tauranga Boys in the last two weekends of the regular season and hope that other results go their way.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 7 March 2020 - Draw

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

 

Points Table: Cadets 32, Mount Maunganui 26, Greerton 26, Tauranga Boys College 22, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 13, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143      Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

131no  Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February

128      Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

124      Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February

112      Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

101no  Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Bay Of Plenty Post A Massive Total At The Tauranga Domain

Posted: Monday, 2 March 2020

Basil McBurney Trophy - 1st March 2020

Bay of Plenty signed off their 2019/20 ND Development campaign in spectacular fashion, when they set Waikato Valley a almost impossible target at the Tauranga Domain on Sunday (1March 2020).

Few could have imagined the devastation that Bay captain Niven Dovey and Daniel Price, would cause with their willow weapons, when the pair came together with the home team at 40 for the loss of two wickets.

A remarkable 290 run partnership, batted their opponents out of the encounter, with both young men going on to big centuries. Niven Dovey produced a genuine captain’s knock, with 145 runs at a strike rate of 122 (per one hundred balls) which included 18 boundaries.

Dan Price was in equally dominant form blasting 137 at a little better than a run a ball, with seven 4's and seven big heaves over the boundary, in his turn at bat. Price's three figure score was his second for the Bay Development side this season, after he belted 116 against Counties Manukau.

Andrew Mascall produced a handy 32, with the Bay of Plenty second eleven posting a massive 373 for the loss of eight wickets.

The Waikato Valley highest score of 49 runs, told the tale of the demise of the visitors batsmen as they attempted to chase down the monumental target, being removed for 230. The Waikato region team biggest rally came with the last two batsmen at the crease with the pair putting on an 84 run tenth wicket partnership.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers bowled good line and length from the start of the visitors innings, to remove the Valley with the first ball of the 37th over, to claim a very big 153 run win. Habib Malik was the best of the Bay bowlers taking three wickets for 57 runs with Josh Earle finishing with 2/35.

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said “Niven and Daniel, simply took the game away from Waikato Valley with an outstanding partnership, which set a new Bay of Plenty partnership record”. 

“While we had one slip-up on the way, it was a very positive way to end our season”. “I am really happy with where we are at with the team growing in strength throughout the season, with all the new players who debuted for the team continuing to improve, which is all that we can ask for”. 

The Bay of Plenty big win has seen them finish in second place on the season standings, behind Hamilton, who were the only team to defeat them in the race for Basil McBurney Trophy.

 

ND Development Competition @ Tauranga Domain 1 March 2020

Bay of Plenty 373/8 (Niven Dovey 145, Daniel Price 137, Andrew Mascall 32; K Thomas 5/52) defeated Waikato Valley 230 (Habib Malik 3/57, Josh Earle 2/35)

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Drew Brierley Writes His Own piece Of Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup History

Posted: Monday, 2 March 2020

Round Four Results- 29th February 2020

Generation Homes Lake Taupo overseas player Drew Brierley wrote his own piece of Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup history, when he blasted his second century of the competition. against Bayleys Central Indians on Saturday (29 February 2020).

Batting first, Brierley and skipper Habib Malik put on a 111 run opening stand before Malik was removed for 33. Brierley continued on with Mark Mitchell, smacking thirteen 4's and a big shot over the boundary on the full, before he was eventually dismissed with 124 runs to his name. Mitchell carried onto post an unbeaten 57 runs,as the home team reached 269 for the loss of four wickets,

Led by a sterling 65 runs from Nadeera Nawela, the Rotorua combined side made a determined effort for victory before being bowled out for 210, to hand Lake Taupo a 49 run win. Moko Rivers was in top form with the ball taking four wickets at a cost of 41 runs.

The Williams Cup batting blitzkrieg continued at the Te Puke Domain, where Eves Realty Greerton chased down the New World Te Puke total of 223, courtesy of a Nick Hendrie unbeaten century. Te Puke's Dan Price worked hard to post his sides top score of 90, with skipper Stephen Crossan posting 41 runs. 

Hendrie went on the attack from the opening ball, to hammer an undefeated 131, in a whirlwind innings that contained eighteen 4's and four 6's. Pip Thickpenny (31) and Tom MacRury (24) made useful contributions, with ND all-rounder Brett Hampton hammering a quick fire 21 off just 10 balls.

Carrus Mount Maunganui veteran Nick Smith five wicket bag against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, played a big part in Tauranga Boys College being rolled for 59. Smith took five wickets for 13 runs, with Mitchell Fergus finishing with three wickets at a cost of just 11 runs. 

The home side got home for the win points on offer with the loss of three wickets,with Matt Golding (24no) and Tim Tomlinson (23no) getting their team over the line.

Defending Williams Cup champions Element IMF Cadets, were made to work for their five wicket win over Geyser City at Smallbone Park in Rotorua. The hosts batted first and were removed for 166, with Sam Kershaw and Cameron Ingram both reaching the forties before dismissal. Evergreen Cadets bowler Jono Boult took a four wicket bag. 

Cadets batsman Finn Dempsey anchored his sides reply with a unbeaten 72, hitting eleven 4's in his time at the crease. Liam Kelly was the best of the Rotorua sides bowling attack with three wickets for 25 runs.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 29 February 2020 - Results

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 59 (Nick Smith 5/13, Mitchell Fergus 3/11) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 60/3 (Matt Golding 24no, Tim Tomlinson 23no)

Geyser City 166 (Sam Kershaw 49, Cameron Ingram 49; Jono Boult 4/19) lost to Element IMF Cadets 167/5 (Finn Dempsey 72no; Liam Kelly 3/28)

New World Te Puke 223 (Daniel Price 90, Stephen Crossan 41; Lee Watkins 3/36) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 224/2 (Nick Hendrie 131no, Pip Thickpenny 31)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 269/4 (Drew Brierley 124, Mark Mitchell 57no, Habib Malik 33; Stephen Nicholls 2/54) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 210 (Nadeera Nawela 65, Stephen Nicholls 45; Moko Rivers 4/41)

 

Points Table: Cadets 31, Mount Maunganui 25, Greerton 25, Tauranga Boys College 21, Lake Taupo 19, Te Puke 12, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143​Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

131no​Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February

128​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

124​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February

112​Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

101no​Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Tauranga Boys College And Mount Maunganui Key Match-up In Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup

Posted: Thursday, 27 February 2020

Round 5 - 29th February 2020

The key match-up in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on Saturday (29 February 2020), is the clash between second placed Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College and Carrus Mount Maunganui, who lurk just two points behind Tauranga Boys.

Tauranga Boys College are having a sterling season, winning the Bay of Plenty Plate in the first half of the season and then annexing the Western Bay Challenge prize of the Baker Cup two weeks ago.

Much of Tauranga Boys success over the years, has been built on the schools cricket pathway, with a large number of players going on to Bay of Plenty senior representative selection and beyond. Currently Tim Pringle and Niven Dovey, have earned Bay of Plenty senior honours, with current keeper Ben Vyver playing for the Bay Development side on Sunday.

Mount Maunganui, are looking to write their own piece of Baywide premier history,by becoming the first team to win all three Baywide competitions in one season. So far, they have taken out the Bay of Plenty Cup and the Baywide T20 titles and are aiming to claim the season trifecta, with the Williams Cup silverware.

Eves Realty Greerton, will carry memories of failing to chase down Tauranga Boys College modest total of 90 two weeks ago, when they hit the road to the Te Puke Domain to play New World Te Puke. Te Puke are in the last chance saloon and must beat Greerton, to stay in contention to make the semi-finals in three weeks time.

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets will be expected to defeat Geyser City in the Sulphur City. However the Rotorua side have a genuine game winner in their ranks in Sam Kershaw. The Geyser overseas recruit has been in outstanding form with the bat, blasting 689 runs in the three Baywide competitions,with a highest score of 101 not out.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, are also in a must win situation when they host cellar dwellers Bayleys Central Indians at Owen Delany Park. Along with Te Puke they have a theoretical chance of making the playoffs, but a Central Indians defeat, would likely consign them to the also-rans

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 22 February 2020 - Draw

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

 

Points Table: Cadets 25, Tauranga Boys College 21, Mount Maunganui 19, Greerton 19, Lake Taupo 13, Te Puke 12, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143​Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

128​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

112​Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

101no​Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Bay Of Plenty Development Team To Wind Up Their Season At The Tauranga Domain

Posted: Thursday, 27 February 2020

Basil McBurney Trophy - 1st March 2020

The Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, enters their last ND Development competition game against Waikato Valley at the Tauranga Domain on Sunday (1 March 2020) with just one stain of defeat on their season competition record.

Currently sitting in second place on the standings, the Bay side has a theoretical chance of winning the Basil McBurney Trophy if they defeat Waikato Valley and other results go their way. 

The Bay of Plenty Second XI, need to go back no further than just one month, for inspiration for victory, over the Waikato region side at the Tauranga Domain. Squaring off with Counties Manukau in enemy territory, the Bay side posted 327 for the loss of eight wickets and then bowled their opponents out for 304, to claim the win points on offer.

Harding hitting batsmen Daniel Price led the way against Counties Manukau, smashing 116 off just 88 balls, with nine 4's and five mighty 6's. Lake Taupo CC premier bowler Habib Malik, was in top form with the ball finishing his allocated overs with three wickets at a cost of 56 runs. 

There have been a couple of changes to the team that lost to Hamilton two weeks ago,necessitated by students returning to university studies. Dillon Preston and Blair McKenzie come back into the side with Ben Vyver putting on the wicket keepers gloves for the first time. 

 

Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development v Waikato Valley @ Tauranga Domain 1 March 2020

Andrew Mascall, Daniel Price, Niven Dovey (captain) Ben Vyver, Josh Earle, Cameron Riley, Finn Dempsey, Henry Conway, Habib Malik, Blair McKenzie, Dillon Preston, Tai Bridgman-Raison.

Coach: Russ Williams               Manager: Shaun Riley 

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R&A Sangha And Mount Maunganui To Decide 2020 McNaughton Trophy Title

Posted: Monday, 24 February 2020

McNaughton Trophy Semi-Finals review - 23 February 2020

R&A Sangha will meet Mount Maunganui in the 2020 McNaughton Trophy Final at the Bay Oval, after both sides won through to the title decider in semi-final action on Sunday (23 February 2020).

The Sangha XI batted first against Sikh Sports and were in real trouble after losing six wickets, with just 60 runs on the board. Batting at seven, eight and nine respectively Vikas Tiwari (33) Manvir Singh (38) and Vikas Mohan (33) took their team through to 185/9.

While the Sikh side made a determined start, Hakaran Gujral and Deepak Singh were the only batsmen to get into the twenties, with Sikh Sports dismissed for 141, to give the Sangha XI a berth in the Baywide Reserve Grade Championship Final.

Greerton Kings simply didn't post a defendable target in their encounter with Mount Maunganui. The Greerton representatives batted first and were bowled out for 109, with Daljit Singh top scoring with 32 runs. Mitchell Fergus and Mount Reserve stalwart Nathan Walker, did the damage with the ball with three wickets apiece.

Opening the Mount Maunganui reply, Kyle Dovey got his side away to a flyer to be 63/1, with 39 runs at a tick over a run a ball. Mitchell Dickson chimed in with a handy 20 as Mount Maunganui got home with five wickets to spare.

Nine time McNaughton Trophy champions Mount Maunganui, will square off with the 2016 and 2017 McNaughton titleholders in the Sangha XI, under lights at the Bay Oval on the 19th March to decide the 2020 McNaughton Championship.

 

McNaughton Trophy Semi-Finals 23 February 2020

R&A Sangha 185/9 (Manvir Singh 38, Vikas Tiwari 33, Vikas Mohan 33, GS Mahal 31; Amritpal Singh 3/26) defeated Sikh Sports 141 (Hakaran Gujral 27, Jasjot Singh 27; Deepak Singh 3/25)

Greerton Kings 109 (Daljit Singh 32, Mitchell Fergus 3/11, Nathan Walker 3/32) lost to Mount Maunganui 113/5 (Kyle Dovey 39, Mitchell Dickson 20).

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Inclement Weather Wins The Battle With The Fergus Hickey Rosebowl Game At The Bay Oval

Posted: Monday, 24 February 2020

Fergus Hickey vs Waikato Valley - 21st & 22nd Februaru 2020

Inclement weather won the battle with the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter, between Craigs Invest Partners Bay of Plenty and Waikato Valley, to achieve a result at the Bay Oval over the weekend (22/23 February 2020).

Bay of Plenty batted first after losing the toss on Saturday, with just eleven overs possible on day one due to the wet weather, with the home side reaching 24 for the loss of one wicket.

Day two saw Blair McKenzie and Peter Drysdale continue on, with McKenzie finishing with his sides top score of 52 and Drysdale posting a neat half-century. Bay of Plenty First XI debutant Niven Dovey, batting at nine fought a rearguard action to post an unbeaten 30 runs, as his side were bowled out for 255 in the 68th over.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers made a good start taking three Waikato Valley wickets with 68 runs on the board, before the rain intervened for the final time to see the match finish in a draw.

The third Bay of Plenty dismissal, was a very rare decision of obstructing the field, which Law 37 provides that a batsman is dismissed if they obstruct or distract the fielding team.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Waikato Valley @ Blake Park 22/23 February 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 255 (Blair McKenzie 52, Peter Drysdale 50, Niven Dovey 30no, Ben Musgrave 30; KDC Clarke 4/47) drew with Waikato Valley 68/3

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Sole Completed Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Game Produces A Big Century

Posted: Monday, 24 February 2020

Round 4 - 22nd February 2020

The highest Baywide cricket score of the season, stood out like a lighthouse beacon,in the only completed match in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup played on Saturday (22 February 2020). 

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College player/coach Tim Clarke, went on attack against Geyser City at Smallbone Park in Rotorua in a game reduced to 44 overs per side. The former Bay of Plenty wicket keeper, belted the ball round the Rotorua Park to post anunbeaten 143, as his team reached 282 for the loss of four wickets. Clarke's big bash came off 109 balls, with eighteen 4's, in the highest score of the current Baywide season.

The Tauranga Boys mentor received plenty of support from Blake Pentecost, who posted 40 runs before being dismissed, with Isaac While and Liam Collett both reaching the twenties. Former Tauranga Boys College First XI player Dane Sorrenson took two wickets for 55 runs in the Geyser bowling attack.

The home side took aim on the very challenging target with real enthusiasm and at 174 for the loss of four wickets, were in contention. However the Tauranga Boys bowlers slowed the momentum, with Geyser City bowled out for 232 in the 42nd over. 

Sam Kershaw continued his Williams Cup impressive run of form with the bat to top score with 84, with Ben Astwood posting a half-century. Finn O'Brien-O'Loan took three wickets at a cost of 37 runs.

The Williams Cup contest in the Great Lake region between Generation Homes Lake Taupo and New World Te Puke, saw Te Puke bowled out for 164. Lake Taupo were in real contention at 47/1, before rain then halted play after 12 overs, with the match eventually abandoned.

The Tauranga Domain game between Element IMF Cadets and Eves Realty Greerton, had Greerton reaching 67/2, before the rain returned to end the encounter. Carrus Mount Maunganui verses Bayleys Central Indians was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Tauranga Boys College six points from their win over Geyser City, has seen them leapfrog Mount Maunganui and Greerton into second place on the standings, behind current titleholders Cadets.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 22 February 2020 - Results

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 282/4 (Tim Clarke 143no, Blake Pentecost 40, Isaac White 25no, Liam Collett 23; Dane Sorrenson 2/55) defeated Geyser City 232 (Sam Kershaw 84, Ben Astwood  56, Liam Kelly 23; Finn O'Brien-O'Loan 3/37, Tommaso Pini 2/22, Tim Clarke 2/31)

New World Te Puke 164 (Cam Riley 37; Habib Malik 4/20) v Generation Homes Lake Taupo 47/1 after 12 overs - game abandoned

Eve's Realty Greerton 67/2 v Element IMF Cadets - game abandoned

Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bayleys Central Indians - game abandoned

 

Points Table (Provisional) Cadets 21, Tauranga Boys College 18, Greerton 15,Mount Maunganui 15, Te Puke 9, Lake Taupo 9, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 3.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

143​ Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February

128​ Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

112​ Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

101no​ Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Grassroots Champions

Posted: Friday, 21 February 2020

Crispian Stewart

This time in Grassroots Champions we talk with Crispian Stewart, who is one of a sterling band of volunteers who have rejuvenated cricket in the Sulphur City in the last few seasons.

Brought up in the Hawkes Bay, Crispian graduated from junior cricket to selection for Central Districts Under 17's and 18's in the late 1980's. "Premier cricket in Hawkes Bay was very strong when I started playing for Taradale with and against players such as Martin Crowe, Mark Greatbach, Craig Spearman and Ian Smith". " I then went to Massey University in Palmerston North and enjoyed six wonderful seasons playing for the Freyberg CC and I also played for the Manawatu Development team". "A highlight of my cricket career was being selected for the New Zealand University team in 1992".

In 1997 and 1998 Crispian spent two seasons playing for Parley CC in Bournemouth in the UK. The experience paved the way for Crispian to take his son Cohen back to Parley CC in 2018, as their first junior international player (Google - Cohen Stewart UK Experience). " While we were there the Stewart family donated the 'Cohen Stewart' Cup, as a legacy for the clubs junior players which Cohen hopes to go back to present one day". "It was really special to play several games, alongside Cohen in some senior team games".

Over the years Crispian has moved into coaching and management roles. "In Hawkes Bay I coached Hawkes Bay Under 17 girls representative team to win the Central Districts tournament three years in a row". "I have also coached the Bay of Plenty Cricket Lakeland Year 7 to 10 sides". 

"At a school and club level, I have coached both my son and daughter teams for the last seven seasons. Rotorua Junior Cricket has been a challenge, but by entering Western Bay of Plenty junior competitions, we have been able to provide our players with a much more enjoyable experience which I hope will keep them enthused in the game".

Crispian was appointed a Bay of Plenty senior representative selector and worked with outstanding Bay coaches James Pamment and Ben Williams, during unprecedented Northern Districts and Hawke Cup success’s.

Arrival in Rotorua in 2004, saw the aspiring premier club cricket player given the number of long-time Bay of Plenty Cricket President and Life Member Alan Long, who sent him along to a Rotorua Central training.  Rotorua had two other teams in Eastern Pirates and Rotorua Boys High School playing alongside Central in the Baywide cricket competitions. "I have to be honest, the Central team were pretty raw in my first year with them and I remember we were handed some heavy defeats at the hands of Cadets, Greerton and Mount Maunganui". "However I did see the potential and with some support both on and off the field, we decided to give the Baywide competition a real crack".

“I targeted our 2005/06 season as my retirement year and also wanted to win the Williams Cup for good measure". Cadets posted a very gettable target in the Final of around 130 - with Central nervous pressure seeing them fall twenty odd runs short of their target.

With unfinished business, Crispian returned the following season to again play and captain Central. “We managed to secure the support network around us in the 2006/07 season and had a very settled lineup. The team included Mark Chapman, Matt McLaughlin, Kane Spiers, Kane Vanner, Sheldon Kearns, Brad Gallon, Ben Watkinson, Danny Tauroa, Rob Dykes,  Adam Aldworth, Kade Thompson and our overseas player Jayden Levitt". " We had no representative players or any stars which was reflected in our stats. None of us averaged over thirty with the bat, but our bowling attack was extremely disciplined and controlled" 

"It was a true team culture and season long performances which saw us undefeated in the Williams Cup round robin fixtures. "We met Cadets in the semi-final and posted 209 on Smallbone (Park) which was plenty for our bowling attack to defend". "We managed to roll Mount Maunganui for 140 in the final, getting home with little drama, for the loss of just four wickets. An extremely proud Alan Long presented me with the Williams Cup which was a nice way to bookend my playing days in Rotorua". 

In recent times Crispian's.  energy has gone into the Rotorua junior game. "I am very appreciative of the various cricket bodies assistance in trying to keep the game going forward in Rotorua. There is also a neat network of a few but passionate parents alongside a rejuvenated Rotorua CA, which has been amazing in keeping the game going for our kids".

"Being part of the Geyer City promotion to Baywide cricket, has been a real highlight in providing meaningful and competitive pathways for our next generation of players". "I am back playing for the Geyser Mavericks in the Rotorua CA senior competition, alongside a couple of other fathers who play with our 14-17 year olds, to assist them with their transition to senior cricket”.

"I do have a couple of other goals that I am keen to progress, which includes the growth and development of the girls game in Rotorua to support the Bay of Plenty Cricket girls cricket initiative” . "I would also like to assist in creating a meaningful Maori cricket program at both secondary school and senior level". 

"Above all, I just love watching kids get enjoyment, personal growth and opportunities to experience within a team and social environment". " I do like observing how people react given different situations and cricket can provide that from ball to ball. I also tell those that may listen that cricket is not a game for the fragile, there will be fewer higher moments than lower ones, so celebrate the highs" 

"The game has given me so much in travel, friends and memories and I feel that I owe the game a huge debt". 

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Two Young Bay Players To Make Their Senior Representative Debut Against Waikato Valley

Posted: Friday, 21 February 2020

Fergus Hickey Cup 22nd - 23rd February 2020 at Bay Oval

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty meets bottom of the table Waikato Valley, in a ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game at Blake Park over the weekend (22/23 February 2020), in a game which presents the opportunity for the home side to make a significant move up the competition standings.

The ND representative match, continues the Bay of Plenty Cricket philosophy of promoting in-form Bay Development team players into the senior representative team. The Waikato Valley match will see the debut of two young men, in Niven Dovey and Daniel Price, who have played a big role in the Bay second eleven posting a four win - one loss record in the current season.

Niven Dovey, becomes a member of a select group of players to earn Bay of Plenty senior representative team selection, while attending secondary school. His all-round ability with both bat and ball give the Bay side another choice of options on the field of play. Niven joins a exclusive group, of brothers who have played in the Bay of Plenty uniform, with older brother Kyle having debuted for the Bay in 2015.

Daniel Price, is a big hitting batsman who likes nothing more than to put bat to ball, often in spectacular fashion. Five 2019/20 Bay of Plenty Development appearances, have produced 179 runs, with a top score of 116 off just 88 balls against Counties Manukau that included nine 4's and five big heaves over the boundary.

Ben Pomare and Taylor Bettlelheim are two further young guns in the Bay of Plenty team, with impressive statistics. Ben Pomare was selected for the New Zealand team that recently competed in the Under 19 World Cup in South Africa, while Taylor Bettelheim has smacked 250 runs in just four Bay of Plenty senior representative appearances.

Chris Atkinson will bring up his 25th Bay of Plenty appearance and needs just two wickets against Waikato Valley to bring up the coveted fifty wickets. Another likely BOPCA all-time milestone is likely to be reached at Blake Park, with skipper Ben Musgrave needing just 33 runs to post one thousand runs in the Bay of Plenty uniform.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl v Waikato Valley @ Blake Park one 22/23 February 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty (Bay of Plenty Games in brackets)

Ben Musgrave – Captain (55) Peter Drysdale (103)  Taylor Bettelheim (4) Blair McKenzie (13) Brett Hampton (67) Daniel Flynn (22) Daniel Price (debut) Ben Pomare (5) Tim Pringle (19)  Niven Dovey (debut) Josh Earle (7) Chris Atkinson (24)

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl points

Hamilton 29, Northland 18, Bay of Plenty 14, Counties Manukau 6, Waikato Valley 3.

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Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Big Match-Up At The Tauranga Domain

Posted: Thursday, 20 February 2020

Round 4 22nd February 2020

The big match-up in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on Saturday (22 February 2020) will take place at the Tauranga Domain, where the current titleholders Element IMF Cadets will square off with Eves Realty Greerton.

The two Western Bay of Plenty cricket heavyweights have won the oldest prize in Baywide cricket on five occasions in the last decade. Cadets skipper Jono Boult and Greerton captain Shane Wineti, both know the feeling of exhilaration, in holding the Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy aloft in triumph.

Both the Cadets and Greerton team leaders are crucial in their sides quest to win the trophy, which was first presented in the 1932/33 season. Jono Boult, is a run accumulator who can also mesmerise the opposition batsmen with his spin bowling,while the Greerton skipper is equally adept with both bat and ball.

Carrus Mount Maunganui will have home ground advantage when Bayleys Central Indians pay a visit to Blake Park on the weekend. In the last couple of decades, Mount Maunganui has become the team to beat in Baywide competition, having won the Hart Family Trophy awarded to the Baywide champion of champions on eightoccasions.

The combined Central Indians team are an enigma who live on a rollercoaster ride of triumph and defeat. Last season they made it to the Williams Cup Final before finishing second to Cadets, while twelve months later, they sit winless at the bottom of standings. However there is plenty of fighting spirit in the side with the visitors sure to push the home team hard for the win points on offer.

New World Te Puke hit the highway to the Great Lake region to meet Generation Homes Lake Taupo at Owen Delany Park. Both sides, who sit with a solitary win (from three encounters) on the standings, will be desperate for victory to move into playoffs contention.

The surprise package this season have been Bond &Co Tauranga Boys College, who won the Bay of Plenty Plate and relieved Greerton of the WBOPCA challenge prize of the Baker Cup last Saturday, to sit in second equal place on the points ladder. Standing in the way of Tauranga Boys third win of  the title race is Geyser City who host the Western Bay side at Smallbone Park.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 - 22 February Draw

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

 

Points Table: Cadets 18, Greerton 12, Tauranga Boys College 12, Mount Maunganui 12, Geyser City 6, Lake Taupo 6, Te Puke 6, Central Indians 0.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board

Centuries

128​Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February

112​Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February

101no​Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February

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Bay Of Plenty Development Lose To Arch-rivals Hamilton At The Bay Oval

Posted: Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Basil McBurney Trophy 16th February 2020

The Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team came up against a Hamilton senior representative program, having a vintage season, when the Bay second eleven met their Waikato Capital City counterparts at the Bay Oval on Sunday (16 February 2020). 

Hamilton won the toss and elected to bat at the Mount Maunganui international ground and went on to post a solid 267 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted fifty overs. The best of the Bay of Plenty bowling attack was Josh Earle, who returned figures of four wickets for 49 runs, to take his ND Development season wicket tally to ten. Bay debutant captain Niven Dovey also bowled with real enthusiasm to be rewarded with two wickets.

Bay of Plenty made a sterling start to chasing down the big target and when Jacob Logan was removed for 44, the home side had 81 runs on the board. Taylor Bettelheim continued on to be dismissed for 34, before the Hamilton bowlers tightened the screws.

At 116 for the loss of five wickets, the Bay side were finding runs hard to get, going on to be bowled out for 159 in the 44th over.

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russ Williams said, “Hamilton came over with a good looking line up and they put our guys under pressure from the first over.  We fought back and restricted them to a total that we should have been able to get but we simply didn’t do the job with the bat”.

While the team were naturally disappointed with the home-town loss, they came look back with pride on a nine game winning sequence that stretches back to December 2018. “Hamilton were too good on Sunday - simple as that. A lot of learning will be taken from the game and the guys will look to right some wrongs against Waikato Valley in two weeks time”. 

The Basil McBurney Trophy defending champions aren’t out of the championship equation, with one game remaining against Waikato Valley. A victory against the Waikato region team and a Hamilton defeat in their match-up with Counties Manuaku, could take the 2019/20 ND Development title race down to the wire. 

 

ND Development (Basil McBurney Trophy) @ Bay Oval 16 February 2020

Hamilton 267/8 (C Hill 62; Josh Earle 4/49, Niven Dovey 2/51) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 159 (Jacob Logan 44, Taylor Bettelheim 34)

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Calling for Age-Group Representative Selectors for 2020

Posted: Monday, 17 February 2020

Age Group Representative Selection Positions

Bay of Plenty Cricket are calling for expressions of interest from anyone interested in acting as a selector for the following age-group representative sides:

Coastland and Lakeland

Primary Boys (year 7 & 8)

Junior Secondary Boys (year 9 & 10)

Senior Secondary Boys (year 11-13)

Selectors will need to have a reasonable understanding of cricket and also have a good knowledge of the players in the age-group they wish to select.

Please send expressions of interest to tai@bopricket.co.nz by Friday 21 February 2020

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Boult Brothers Seven Wicket Haul Sinks Lake Taupo In Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Action

Posted: Monday, 17 February 2020

Round Three 15th February 2020

Trent Boult, making a rare appearance for Element IMF Cadets in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, was joined by older brother Jono to wreak havoc, as Generation Homes Lake Taupo were bowled out for 66 at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday (15 February 2020).

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first on their home turf on Saturday (15 February 2020) and had some success with the ball, removing Cadets for 175 in the 46th over. Batting at five, Jono Boult top scored with 35 runs, with Andrew Mascall, Fergus Lellman and Scott Steward reaching the twenties. Caleb Bates was the pick of the Taupo sides bowlers with three wickets for 21 runs.

The Cadets Black Cap, who loves to turn out for his club when the opportunity arises, opened his sides bowling attack taking the first three wickets with just 29 runs on the board. A minor rally saw Lake Taupo reach 49 for five wickets, before Jono Boult chimed in with the ball taking three wickets.

The Taupo team were bowled out with the second ball of the 24th over, for 66, with the score book showing that Trent Boult had taken four wickets for 19 runs with Jono Boult returning figures of 3/21. 

Ball dominated bat just down the road from the Tauranga Domain, where Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College defended a modest target, against Eve's Realty Greerton at Nicholson Field. Tauranga Boys batted first, with player coach Tim Clarke top scoring with a hard fought 30 and Blake Pentecost chipping in with 25 runs.

Greerton Captain Shane Wineti, Umesh Ranaraja and Taylor Bettelheim returned identical figures, of three wickets at a cost of nine runs, as Tauranga Boys were bowled out for just 90 runs.

Led by Kieran New and Tim Pringle, who both grabbed four wicket bags, the Tauranga Boys bowlers applied real pressure from the opening ball. At 31/5, the visitors were in deep trouble. It was left to a 10th wicket partnership of 22 runs,between keeper Tom Renouf and Patrick Davenport, to nearly get them over the line. When the Greerton number eleven was run out, the scorecard showed that the visitors had fallen three runs short of their target.

A run fest took place at the Te Puke Domain between New World Te Puke and Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua visitors posted a very solid 231/4, with Jeff Simmons top scoring with an unbeaten 78. Led by Blair McKenzie (79) and Tai Bridgman Raison (63) the home side got home with seven wickets to spare,

Carrus Mount Maunganui cruised to a ten wicket victory over Geyser City, at Smallbone Park in Rotorua. Geyser City were bowled out for 114, with Cody Fell shining out like a beacon top scoring with an unbeaten 34 runs. Peter Drysdale (62no) and Matt Golding (50no) left little time in belting the winning runs, with victory coming with the second ball of the 16th over.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 - 16 February Results

Geyser City 114 (Cody Fell 34no; Nick Smith 3/8, Mitchell Fergus 3/31, Henry Conway 2/15) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 116/0 (Peter Drysdale 62no, Matt Golding 50no)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 90 (Tim Clarke 30, B Pentecost 25; Shane Wineti 3/9, Umesh Ranaraja 3/9, Taylor Bettelheim 3/9) defeated Eve's Realty Greerton 88 (Taylor Bettelheim 22, Tom Renouf 21no; Kieran New 4/18, Tim Pringle 4/26)

Element IMF Cadets 175 (Jono Boult 35, Andrew Mascall 28, Scott Steward 27, Fergus Lellman 22; Caleb Bates 3/21, Roger Urbhan 2/24) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 66 (Trent Boult 4/19, Jono Boult 3/21)

Bayleys Central Indians 231/4 (Jeff Simmons 78no, Ben Sandford 50no, Nandeera Nawela 41, Vinay Pathania 32; Tasman Carsons 2/47) lost to New World Te Puke 232/3 (Blair McKenzie 79, Tai Bridgman- Raison 63, Dillon Preston 36no; Stephen Nicholls 2/49) 

 

Points Table (Provisional) Cadets 18, Greerton 12, Tauranga Boys College 12, Mount Maunganui 12. Geyser City 6, Lake Taupo 6, Te Puke 6, Central Indians 0.

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Women’s Charity Blast Review

Posted: Friday, 14 February 2020

Bay Oval - 13th February 2020

A beautiful Western Bay of Plenty summer evening, was the backdrop for the inaugural Bay of Plenty Cricket Women's Charity Blast, played out at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Thursday (13 February 2020) night. 

The women's cricket event organized by BOPCA Women’s Development Officer Rebecca Yee, had a twofold purpose, of a fun night of women's cricket and a community purpose of raising funds for the Tauranga Women's Refuge. "We got the idea from a similar charity event facilitated by Hamilton Cricket last year. We saw what the Hamilton event achieved and felt that we could replicate that success in the Bay of Plenty". 

"We are looking to increase the number of women playing in the Bay of Plenty and I thought this was a great way to start the conversation". 

Twelve teams of eight participants, played on a ground that had hosted the Black Caps against India just two days previously, with a large number of family cheering on the teams from the sideline. 

A wide spectrum of the local women's community took to field, ranging from former NZ Cricket domestic representative players to Bay of Plenty Cricket Board members alongside many playing the game for the first time. 

A number of corporate teams from Ryan + Alexander, Bayleys, Cooney Lees Morgan, ACC, Sport Bay of Plenty, Eastpack and Oranga Tamariki took part in the Charity Blast. "The laughter and smiles were abundant. It let us know we were onto something great, the amount of enjoyment the women were having." said Rebecca. 

Teams played backyard cricket rules in a festival environment. " I saw a lot of one handed one-bounce catches taken, with the beginners especially having fun". "Such was the success of the night that there was a commitment to do it again next season with even talk of creating a women's business house competition".  

Andrea Bedford from Tauranga Women's Refuge, opened the night, telling the participants of her organizations work in the local community and the need for fundraising opportunities such as the Charity Blast. Team registrations, raffles and refreshments on the night, resulted in over fifteen hundred dollars being raised for Tauranga Women’s Refuge 

"We are looking  forward to continuing this initiative in the future and growing  adult women's participation in our great game", said Rebecca. 

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Bay Of Plenty Development To Face Stern Test Against Hamilton At The Bay Oval

Posted: Thursday, 13 February 2020

Basil McBurney Trophy - 16th February

Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team faces their biggest challenge of the season, when their Hamilton counterparts pay a visit to the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Sunday (16 February 2020).

Basil McBurney Trophy encounters between the two ND arch rivals are always fiercely fought matches, with few concessions asked for or given.

The Bay of Plenty team is the defending ND Development champions and will enter the Bay Oval, with a nine-game winning streak that stretches back to December 2018.

The winning sequence, has been built upon the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway philosophy, of giving promising youngsters the opportunity to play senior representative cricket. Bay Of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said “The development group is going very well this season, with new players being added in each game, which is creating some good depth in the side. I am really happy where the team is at as we continue to learn and as a group".

“Our young players are scoring runs and taking wickets, so you can't ask for much better than that. There are always things to work on and the guys are always striving to be better". When asked about the match prospects for Sunday, the head coach replied “We have created some really good momentum all season and will be looking to build on that again on Sunday, against a very strong Hamilton side".

There is no better example of a promising youngster making their mark in Baywide cricket, to be rewarded with Bay of Plenty Development team selection, than Ben Vyver. The Tauranga Boys College player opened his Versatile Tauranga 2020 Williams Cup campaign with a century against Central Indians.

Two other young men in Finn Dempsey and Henry Conway, will be playing their second matches in the Bay of Plenty Development strip, after successful debuts against Counties Manukau two weeks ago. The Counties match at the Karaka Oval produced a unique milestone, in Daniel Price (116) and Jacob Logan (115) blasting three figure scores, as the Bay side posted a remarkable 327 for the loss of eight wickets.

 

Craig's Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development v Hamilton @ Bay Oval 16 February 2020

Jacob Logan, Taylor Bettelheim, Andrew Mascall, Daniel Price, Niven Dovey (captain) Ben Vyver, Josh Earle, Cameron Riley, Finn Dempsey, Henry Conway (All Western Bay of Plenty)  Habib Malik(Taupo) Cameron Ingram (Rotorua)

Coach: Russ Williams               Manager: Shaun Riley 

 

Bay of Plenty Development Team - Basil McBurney Trophy 2019/20 Results

Bay of Plenty Development 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)

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)

Bay of Plenty Development 327/8 (Daniel Price 116, Jacob Logan 115; Andrew Mascall 42) defeated Counties Manukau 304 (Habib Malik 3/56, Jacob Logan 2/53)

 

Inter-Provincial Development Match

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

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Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Avalanche Of Runs Likely To Continue On Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 13 February 2020

Round Three 15th February

Rock-hard wickets and lightning fast outfields have seen an avalanche of runs in the opening two rounds of the 2020 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, with three centuries blasted over the last two weekends of play.

Last Saturday, Generation Homes Lake Taupo opening batsman Drew Brierley smashed the 2019/20 Baywide seasons highest score, with 128 runs, against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College at Owen Delany Park in Taupo.

The Williams Cup title race opened with a bang, with Tauranga Boys College Ben Vyver smacking 112 runs and Geyser City's Sam Kershaw posting a unbeaten 101, while Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls fell three short of the magical three-figure mark.

With little rain during the past seven days, the (batting) fireworks should continue in round three action on Saturday (15 February 2020).

Defending champions Element IMF Cadets, have home ground advantage when Lake Taupo pays a visit to the Tauranga Domain. While Cadets have won the Williams Cup on eleven occasions, the Cadets players will certainly draw on the defeat inflicted by the Taupo side in the Baywide T20 Championship, just a few weeks ago.

There is an extra incentive on the line in the clash between Tauranga Boys College and Eve's Realty Greerton, at Tauranga Boys headquarters at Nicholson field. The Western Bay of Plenty challenge prize of the Baker Cup, currently held by Greerton, is up for grabs after Greerton took the Baker Cup from Mount Maunganui in the opening round of Williams Cup.

Geyser City continued their steady season progress, notching up their first Baywide win against Lake Taupo two weeks ago. However they face a big hill to climb in round three with Carrus Mount Maunganui meeting the Rotorua team at Smallbone Park.

The winners of the contest between New World Te Puke and Central Indians, will bank their first points of the Williams Cup competition. Both clubs have experienced the joy of winning the Bay of Plenty Cricket big prize, in the last decade and a half, which will provide plenty of motivation for success at the Te Puke Domain.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 – 15 February Draw

Geyser City v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Smallbone Park; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Eves Realty Greerton, Nicholson Field; Element IMF Cadets v Generation

Homes Lake Taupo, Tauranga Domain; New World Te Puke v Bayleys Central Indians, Te Puke Domain.

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

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Bay Of Plenty Lose Fergus Hickey Rosebowl First Innings Points To Hamilton

Posted: Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty were on the back foot, after losing the toss in their ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl match with Hamilton played at the Tauranga Domain over the weekend (8/9 February 2020).

Squaring off with the Waikato side for the second time in six days, after their Hawke Cup Direct Challenge the previous week, the Bay bowlers faced a flat pitch with a lightning outfield. The Bay of Plenty bowling attack toiled away with a couple of missed opportunities not helping the cause.

The Bay bowlers took all ten Hamilton wickets on day one, as Hamilton set a target of 337 to take out the Fergus Hickey points on offer. Coach Charles Williams said "Chris Atkinson and Dominic Crombie were standouts with the new ball, with Crombie hitting the deck to get movement off the seam, complementing Atkinson's left arm swing". " Josh Earle who is a new squad member of our pace attack, adds variety with swing, seam and change of pace. All three pace bowlers are different which works very well for us".

"Tim Pringle continues to develop into a very good left-arm spinner and was rewarded in his second spell with three wickets, including the big scalp of Freddy Walker". "It is a luxury for us that we can call on the off-spin of Craig Baldry and Peter Drysdale. Baldry is one of the most under rated bowlers in the ND competitions, with Craig and Pete having different styles, which gives us a far greater variety in our attack"

The match scorecard will show that Bay of Plenty were removed for 289, some 48 runs short of taking first innings points from the game. Taylor Bettlelheim top scored with 72 off 128 balls, with Daniel Flynn reaching a solid 64 before being dismissed.

Flynn and Bettelheim resumed the Bay of Plenty turn at bat on day two, at 67 for the loss of three wickets. "We made a solid start on day two, with Daniel and Taylor putting pressure back on the bowlers adding 70 runs in the first hour. A further three Hamilton wickets hampered our run chase and at lunch we were six down with plenty to get".

"The message stayed the same and we backed our lower order to get us over the line. Some great bowling from Freddy Walker backed by some exceptional catching, had us under pressure for the final couple hours of the game"." “A fighting half-century from number eight Dominic Crombie and a typical dogged knock of 20 not out from Chris Atkinson, batting at eleven, pushed Hamilton to the line".

"Our boys once again drained the tank of petrol, but missed opportunities and some poor decisions cost us victory over our arch-rivals". The Bay of Plenty senior representatives will now  back up against Waikato Valley, in two weeks time in front of home crowd at the Bay Oval, in another Fergus Hickey Rosebowl fixture.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Tauranga Domain 8-9 February 2020

Hamilton 336 (FL Walker 83, KRS Price 75, PF Carsons 68; Time Pringle 3/98, Chris Atkinson 2/49, Craig Baldry 2/51, Dominic Crombie 2/66)

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 289 (Taylor Bettelheim 72, Daniel Flynn 64, Dominic Crombie 50, Ben Musgrave 30, Chris Atkinson 20no; JD Baker 3/52, FL Walker 3/65)

Result: Hamilton defeated Bay of Plenty by way of first innings points.

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Grassroots Champions

Posted: Monday, 10 February 2020

Jake Ryan

This time in Grassroots Champions we catch up with Jake Ryan, who is playing a significant role in the development and growth of girl’s cricket in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Jake came to live in Tauranga seven years ago, after securing a teaching position at Tauranga Intermediate and is currently checking out a new environment as a teacher and sports coordinator at Brookfield School.

While Jake played a little cricket at secondary school his passion for the game was well and trulylit in his first year out of teacher training. “In my first year of teaching, I had three girls who wanted to play cricket but didn't want to play in a boys team. In 2014, we put together our first ever Tauranga Intermediate girls team to play Saturday morning cricket".

"The TIS girls numbers have gone from eight playing Saturday morning cricket in the initial year to 45 girls players in the 2018/19 season. In my time I coached the Tauranga Intermediate girls sides, we made the top six in the country and played in the Nationals in Christchurch, finishing third in both 2015 and 2016". "Both boys and girls cricket have become major sports at Tauranga Intermediate and long may it continue".

The 2019/20 season has seen Jake expand his coaching activities, mentoring two secondary school girls teams under the auspices of the Papamoa Cricket Club. "I coach the Papamoa Bambi's Year 9 side in the Western Bay of Plenty Saturday morning T20 cricket and the Papamoa Hinds Year 10/11 team in the Saturday afternoon 35 over (per side) competition". “I am also involved with the Bay of Plenty Girls Under 14 and 15 squads that played in Northern Districts Invitational tournaments earlier in the season".  

"I have had to drop playing regular cricket as it clashes with coaching my girl’s teams on a Saturday. I have played the odd game this season for Papamoa, but get plenty of satisfaction from watching the two girls teams play some classy shots and take wickets against the boy’s teams".

Jake believes that coaching girls cricket is different regardless of their ability and skill level.  “Girls forever encourage and help each other every step of the way, with girls being faster learners and more engaged, with a higher level of patience”.

When asked about his philosophy on coaching girls cricket Jake said "I believe that every opportunity taken provides moments that create memories forever. It is not just about cricket, but about creating friendships between the girls and their families that last well into the future". "As part of that philosophy, I have taken girls teams to play in Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Poverty Bay, Auckland, Christchurch, Taranaki and Manawatu, to develop their game and subsequently create more enduring memories".

"One of my biggest buzzes is providing pathways for many girls who see cricket as their chosen sport. The exciting thing is that they harbour ambitions to go all the way and play for the White Ferns".

When quizzed about the most talented player he has coached, the name of Nensi Patel appeared top of the list. "Nensi is an extremely talented cricketer and has already played for the Northern Spirit”. “The growth of the girls game in the Bay of Plenty has seen Holly Topp, Sarah-Jane Stone,  Tash Wakelin, Elle Archer, Amelia Harvey, Mya Clarke, Sabine Attrill and Joja Neill play in the Northern Provincial League and earn ND age group selection in the last twelve months”.

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Lake Taupo Opener Blasts A Century In Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Action

Posted: Monday, 10 February 2020

Generation Homes Lake Taupo all-rounder Drew Brierley continued his golden summer with the bat, when he blasted a century in his teams victory over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, in Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup action on Saturday (8 February 2020).

The Taupo team batted first at their home base at Owen Delany Park, with Michael Mitchell joining Brierley, in posting a 148 run second wicket partnership. After Mitchell went for 65, the Lake Taupo opener continued on to belt 128 runs, with eleven 4's and one six in his time at the crease.

Lake Taupo set Tauranga Boys a very big target, when they finished at 279 for the loss of five wickets. Kieran New was the best of the visitors bowlers taking three wickets.

Brierley demonstrated his all round talent, grabbing four wickets, as Tauranga Boys College were bowled out for 143 to give the home side a 136 run victory. Drew Brierley's first season in Taupo has produced over 600 runs and 30 wickets, with seven weeks still remaining in the season.

Carrus Mount Maunganui got their chase for all three Baywide titles, back on track, when they beat New World Te Puke in an encounter where bat dominated ball. David March top scored with a gritty 41 runs, as Mount Maunganui were bowled out for 184.

Two wickets apiece from Nick Smith, Dale Swan and Henry Conway, played a big part in Te Puke being removed for 138, to hand the home side the win points on offer. Christian MacDonald top scored for Te Puke with 47 runs.

Geyser City made Eve's Realty Greerton work hard to retain their unbeaten Williams Cup start. Greerton batted first and posted 206/9, led by a hard fought 61 from Pip Thickpenny. Geyser bowler Joshua Simpson, will long remember his teams trip to the Western Bay of Plenty with five wickets, with Joe O'Donoghue taking three Greerton bowling scalps.

The Rotorua side were right in the match, before the home team bowlers tightened the screws to bowl their opponents out for 189. Sam Kershaw and Joe O'Donoghue both reached the thirties before being dismissed, with James Boyd taking three wickets for the winners.

Defending Williams Cup titleholder Element IMF Cadets repelled the challenge mustered by Bayleys Central Indians in the Sulphur City. Cadets set the combined side a target of 243 before bowling them out for 172. Cadets captain Jono Boult led the way with 62 runs with Mayura Galappaththi posting a half century.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 – 8 February Results

Carrus Mount Maunganui 184 (David March 41, Tim Tomlinson 36, Dale Swan 25; Christian MacDonald 3/25, Reinhardt Kruger 2/18, Adam Stringer 2/37) defeated New World Te Puke 138 (Christian MacDonald 47, Dillon Preston 32, Daniel Price 30; Nick Smith 2/19, Dale Swan 2/32, Henry Conway 2/42)

Eves Realty Greerton 206/9 (Pip Thickpenny 61, Lee Watki8ns 54, Jared Tutty 34;Joshua Simpson 5/42, Joe O’Donoghue 3/57) defeated Geyser City 189 (Sam Kershaw 33, Joe O’Donoghue 33; James Boyd 3/34, Lee Watkins 2/35)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 279/5 (Drew Brierley 128, Michael Mitchell 65; Kieran New 3/61) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 143 (Niven Dovey 34, Kieran New 28; Drew Brierley 4/23, Habib Malik 3/34)

Element IMF Cadets 242 (Jono Boult 61, Mayura Galappaththi 56) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 172

 

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

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Hot And Dry Conditions To Favour Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Batsmen

Posted: Friday, 7 February 2020

The hot and dry summer conditions, should play into the hands of the batsmen in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup in the coming weeks. The opening round of the Baywide one-day competition started with a bang, as two batsmen smashed their way to three figure scores.

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College opening batsman Ben Vyver took a patient approach against Bayleys Central Indians, before opening his shoulders to smack 112 off 120 balls. There were plenty of high fives, after Sam Kershaw took Geyser City to their first Baywide cricket victory, with a hard fought 101 runs in a innings that contained nine 4's and a six.

This Saturday (8 February 2020), the Williams Cup spotlight will shine on Blake Park, where Carrus Mount Maunganui will host New World Te Puke. Both sides have a mix of experienced old hands, complemented by a crop of youngsters who want to make their mark in Baywide cricket.

Peter Drysdale and Matt Golding have been in terrific form with bat in recent weeks,while skipper Dale Swan and Nick Smith, both wear their Mount Maunganui 200 game caps with absolute pride. Henry Conway and Mitchell Fergus, are amongst a Mount group of young men that look to have promising future in Bay of Plenty premier cricket.

Te Puke captain Stephen Crossan and Tai Bridgman-Raison, who holds the record for the most Te Puke centuries, are the two rocks that their young team is built around. Daniel Price has a wise head on young shoulders and showcased his batting talent for the Bay of Plenty Development team last weekend, smashing 116 off just 88 balls.

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets, are on the road to Smallbone Park in Rotorua to square off with Central Indians. The Tauranga Domain based side knows plenty about Williams Cup success, with 11 championship titles in the last three decades.

The combined Central Indians side also has plenty of cricket history to draw on. Rotorua Central was established at the conclusion of WW2, with the Bay of Plenty Indian Sports Club, fielding cricket teams over many decades.

Tauranga Boys College will be full of confidence, after banking the win points on offer last weekend and will want to go back to back against Generation Home Lake Taupo. The Taupo side won't lack their own self-belief with a Baywide T20 top four finish just two weekends ago.

Eve's Realty Greerton, will be heavily favoured to beat Geyser City when they pay a visit to Pemberton Park on Saturday. Geyser City, has made steady progress in their first season in the Baywide ranks, which was capped off last weekend, when they defeated Lake Taupo.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 – 1 February Draw

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

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

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Three Bay Of Plenty Young Guns Blast Representative Centuries

Posted: Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Bay of Plenty representative cricket is in good hands, with three young batsmen blasting centuries over the weekend, in the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge and a ND Development Championship match.

Coming in at four, in the high profile Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton,played 31 January – 2 February 2020, in Waikato territory. - Taylor Bettelheim never looked like surrendering his wicket, as he blasted 108 not out, in the Bay of Plenty total of 271 all out. The Western Bay of Plenty young man showed maturity beyond his years, as faced 257 balls in his 322 minutes at the crease.

Playing in the Bay of Plenty team alongside such cricket luminaries as former Black Cap test star Daniel Flynn, ND batsman Bharat Popli and Bay one-hundred game veteran Peter Drysdale, the youngster looked extremely comfortable in the furnace of Hawke Cup cricket.

Taylor became just the fifth Bay batsman to score a Hawke Cup Direct century on debut, since Bay of Plenty’s first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge in 1932, following in the footsteps of an elite group of Bay batsman in Alex Lees. Brett Hampton, Joe Carter and Donovan Deeble. 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said “It’s great to see the progress from successful schoolboy cricketers to players capable of scoring hundreds at district representative level”. “Taylor, Jacob and Daniel are part of a crop of players, we have coming through at the moment, who we expect to be the core of our senior men’s side for a number of years”.

The score book will show that Bay of Plenty won the toss in the Hawke Cup challenge and batted, reaching 234 for the loss of five wickets at stumps on day one.Bharat Popli was in good touch with 67 runs before being dismissed, with Peter Drysdale (31) and Daniel Flynn (27) making good starts.

Bay of Plenty were removed for 271, in 122 overs, with Hamilton at 162 for six wickets at the conclusion of day two. Hamilton defied all attempts to bowl then out on the final days play, reaching 306/8, to retain the Hawke Cup by way of taking first innings points from the match.

Two further Bay of Plenty young men stepped up to the plate, with the ball, with Tim Pringle taking three wickets in a marathon 41 overs and Dominic Crombie returning 2/44. 

 

The Bay of Plenty Development road trip to square off with Counties Manukau on Sunday (2 February 2020), produced a Bay of Plenty second eleven batting record score, in a game where an incredible 600 runs were posted.

Bay of Plenty won the toss and went in to bat, with openers Jacob Logan and Andrew Mascall putting on an opening stand of 104, before Andrew was dismissed for 42. The action was just hotting up, when Daniel Price joined Jacob Logan in a third wicket partnership.

The Bay pair put on 144 runs in an action-packed alliance, before Jacob was the first to go with 115 runs to his name, which included fifteen 4's. Daniel continued his whirlwind attack on the opposition bowlers, to smash 116 off just 88 balls, with nine 4's and five mighty 6's.

When Price was dismissed, the Bay of Plenty Development representatives had reached 322/7, with four balls remaining in their turn at bat.

However Counties Manukau weren’t deterred by the mammoth target of 328 and to their credit, turned the game into an absolute run-fest. However led by Lake Taupo CC bowler Habib Malik (3/56) and Jacob Logan (2/53), the Bay side bowled Counties out 24 runs short of victory with just one ball remaining in the encounter. 

 

Hawke Cup Direct Challenge @ Galloway Park Hamilton 31 January/2 February 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 271 (Taylor Bettelheim 108no, Bharat Popli 67, Peter Drysdale 31, Daniel Flynn 27; MR Dodunski 4/37, JD Baker 3/86)

Hamilton 306/8 (BJ Hatwell 78no, FL Walker 64; Tim Pringle 3/77, Dominic Crombie 2/44, Peter Drysdale 2/67)

Result: Hamilton retained the Hawke Cup by way of first innings points.

 

ND Development Competition @ Karaka Oval 2 February 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development 327/8 (Daniel Price 116, Jacob Logan 115; Andrew Mascall 42) defeated Counties Manukau 304 M Marconi 88; Habib Malik 3/56, Jacob Logan 2/53)

 

Hawke Cup Centuries on Debut

223      AZ Lees                    ​v Counties/Manukau (2017) 

194      BR Hampton            ​v Hamilton (2013)

187      JF Carter                   ​v Hamilton (2013)

108no​  TJ Bettelheim​​            v Hamilton (2020)​

108      DM Deeble                ​v Counties Manukau (2017)

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Fireworks Light Up The Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup

Posted: Tuesday, 4 February 2020

It didn't take long for fireworks to light up the 2020 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, on the opening day of the competition, with two centuries and another Baywide batsman falling just three runs short of the magical number.

Williams Cup debutants Geyer City, grabbed their first win of the current Baywide season when they upset Generation Homes Lake Taupo, courtesy of an unbeaten century belted by Sam Kershaw. The Taupo side batted first and set Geyser City a solid target reaching 225 for the loss of eight wickets. Michael Mitchell (88) and Ray How (76) made significant contributions with the bat, with Josh Simpson taking four wickets for the Rotorua side.

Coming in at three, Kershaw anchored his team’s victory at a tad under a run a ball to post 101 not out, in a innings that contained nine 4's and a big heave over the boundary. Cameron Ingram also played a big part in the Geyser five wicket win with a gritty 41 runs.

Ben Vyver led from the front to anchor Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College hard-fought nine run win, over Bayleys Central Indians. Batting first, Tauranga Boys posted 225/7, with Vyver in grand touch smacking 112 runs with 72 runs coming from boundaries. Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls was the best of his sides bowlers, taking four wickets for 35 runs.

Nicholls, stood out like lighthouse beacon in his teams turn at bat, before being caught and bowled by Tim Clarke for 97. Kieran New was the pick of the Tauranga Boys bowlers with three wickets, as the home side got home in the 46th over.

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets had a solid battle with New World Te Puke, before returning home with the win points on offer. Bowling first, Cadets had Te Puke in early grief at 38/5, before Tasman Carsons (39) and Dillon Preston (34) assisted their team through to 169/9. Jacob Logan Joe McCluskie and Jono Boult, all took three wickets apiece.

A hard fought 45 runs from keeper Taylor Douglas and Cadets captain Jono Boult chipping in with a vital 22 runs, played big part in the Cadets four wicket victory. Reinhardt Kruger was rewarded with some good bowling with four wickets for the home side.

Eves Realty Greerton defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui, for the first time, in their five encounters this season. Mount Maunganui batted first and put 204 runs for the loss of nine wickets, in the scorebook. Individual honours belonged to Tony Goodin who top scored with 48 runs and a five wicket bag taken by Lee Watkins.

Greerton made a flyer, with opener Nick Hendrie smashing 58 off 40 balls. Bruce Kerr top scored with 61 with Ben Lind posting a dogged 52 not out, in the hosts seven wicket win.

 

Versatile Tauaranga Williams Cup 1 February 2020 - Round One Results

Carrus Mount Maunganui 204/9 (Tony Goodin 48, Matt Golding 41; Lee Watkins 5/34) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 205/3 (Bruce Kerr 61, Nick Hendrie 58, Ben Lind 52no; Daniel Smith 2/17)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 225/7 (Ben Vyver 112, Tim Clarke 31; Stephen Nicholls 4/35) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 216 (Stephen Nicholls 97, Vinay Pathania 25; Kieran New 3/43)

New World Te Puke 169/9 (Tasman Carsons 39, Dillon Preston 34; Jacob Logan 3/8, Joe McCluskey 3/28, Jono Boult 3/39) lost to Element IMF Cadets 170/6 (Taylor Douglas 45; Joe McCluskie 30no; Reinhardt Kruger 4/36)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 225/8 (Michael Mitchell 88, Ray How 76; Joshua Simpson 4/75) lost to Geyser City 226/5 (Sam Kershaw 101no, Cameron Ingram 41; Habib Malik 2/52)

 

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

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Bay Of Plenty Development To Meet Counties Manukau In Enemy Territory

Posted: Friday, 31 January 2020

Basil McBurney Trophy 2nd February 2020

Two Bay of Plenty Cricket senior representative matches this weekend, have opened the door of opportunity for three players to make their debut in the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, against Counties Manukau at the on Sunday (2 February 2020).

The current Basil McBurney Trophy holders, are on an eight game winning streak and will provide the home side with plenty of defiance, in enemy territory at Karaka Sports Park,  in their ND Development competition encounter.

Andrew Mascall, Finn Dempsey and Kieran New, have earned their Bay Development team call-up with hard work and good results in the Bay of Plenty Cup and Baywide T20 competitions. 

Andrew Mascall made his mark in the Bay of Plenty Cup with 200 plus runs, with Kieran New producing consistent results with both bat and ball, in the fifty over per side competition. Finn Dempsey finished  a highly creditable fourth in the Baywide T20 bowling stakes, with 12 wickets in the seven qualifying rounds

The promotion of regular season Bay Development skipper Dominic Crombie, to the Bay of Plenty First XI that are challenging Hamilton for the Hawke Cup, has given Niven Dovey the opportunity to  captain the Bay of Plenty Second XI for the first time. The Tauranga Boys College co-captain leads from the front and is a hard hitting top and middle order batsman who is also very adept with the ball in hand.

 

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development v Counties Manukau @ Karaka Sports Park 2 February 2020

Niven Dovey (captain) Andrew Mascall, Jacob Logan, Daniel Price, Marcel Collett, Dillon Preston, Habib Malik, Cameron Riley, Cameron Ingram, Finn Dempsey, Henry Conway, Kieran New. 

Coach: Russ Williams ​​Manager: Shaun Riley 

 

2020 ND Development Schedule

16 February​v Hamilton @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

1 March​v Waikato Valley @ Tauranga Domain

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Bay Of Plenty To Play Their 34th Hawke Cup Direct Challenge Against Hamilton

Posted: Thursday, 30 January 2020

Hawke Cup 31st Jan to 2nd Feb, Galloway Park, Hamilton

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty will enter their 34th Hawke Cup Direct Challenge match, against Hamilton at Galloway Park 31 January - 2 February 2020, with an outstanding Hawke Cup Direct Challenge record in the past decade.

Bay of Plenty relieved Hamilton of the NZ Cricket Minor Association prize in January 2013 and repelled four challenges, before Manawatu defeated the Bay in February 2014.

The last Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of 2016, resulted in Bay of Plenty returning from Hawkes Bay with the time-honoured trophy. Four successful defences in 2017, saw the Hawke Cup spend another winter in Bay of Plenty Cricket headquarters, before Counties Manukau prevailed in the first challenge of 2018.

However past success count for nothing and the Bay of Plenty team know that Hamilton won't hand over the big prize without a real battle.

Bay of Plenty Coach Charles Williams said “Since learning of Hamilton taking the Hawke Cup from Hawkes Bay last season, we set ourselves a goal of trying to take back the trophy”. “We are fully aware of the calibre of the Hamilton side. They have most of the key skills ticked off to play three-day cricket and our focus will be less on the opposition players, but more on fact that we will be seriously challenged throughout the three day contest”.  

“Our lads have been working very hard to make sure they are prepared for the match and I know every one of them is excited to get out there and represent the Bay of Plenty”.

“Since out last match we have lost a couple of key players in  Ben Pomare and Fergus Lellman to New Zealand Under 19 duties – but I think our two replacements in Bharat Popli and Daniel Flynn, bring not only a massive amount of talent but also experience which can only be earned through tough days out in the field”.

“The excitement and desire to do well in the squad is easy to see and I think that is what is important about the Hawke Cup’. “ For some of our lads this will be the pinnacle of their careers and we will be doing everything we can to make sure we are playing as many (Hawke Cup) games this season as we can”.
 

There are few players in current New Zealand cricket, with more Hawke Cup Direct Challenge experience than RPO Drysdale. Peter made his Hawke Cup debut against Manawatu in 2010 and has made a further 12 appearances, including skippering the Bay troops to victory on nine occasions. He has blasted 524 runs along with taking two wickets.

Current Bay of Plenty captain Ben Musgrave, also knows plenty about entering the furnace of Hawke Cup Direct Challenges, with 8 matches in the book. In 2017, Musgrave blasted his team to victory against Hawkes Bay with a hard fought 102 runs.

Current Northern Districts contracted players Daniel Flynn and Bharat Popli, are available to play and will add invaluable top level experience to the Bay lineup. Popli has six games and a neat century to his name. Many Bay of Plenty cricket followers, will be surprised to learn that Daniel Flynn, who has played a myriad of first-class games, has never appeared in a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge game.

Bay of Plenty representative bowler Chris Atkinson has added 52 runs to his tally of 14 wickets, while Tim Pringle grabbed five wickets in his sole Hawke Cup appearance.

Stephen Crossan is likely to have to blunt the Hamilton new ball attack, with Taylor Bettelheim and keeper Blair McKenzie joining the teams middle order. Relative youngsters in Dominic Crombie, Josh Earle, Tim Pringle and Craig Baldry will be charged with taking wickets to eliminate the expected strong Hamilton batting attack.

 

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Team v Hamilton - Hawke Cup Direct Challenge @ Galloway Park 31 January - 2 February 2020 (Hawke Cup Direct Challenge appearances in brackets)

Peter Drysdale (13) Ben Musgrave - captain (8) Bharat Popli (6) Chris Atkinson (5) Tim Pringle (1) Stephen Crossan, Taylor Bettelheim, Daniel Flynn, Blair McKenzie, Dominic Crombie, Josh Earle, Craig Baldry.

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Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Kicks Off This Saturday

Posted: Thursday, 30 January 2020

Round One 1st February 2020

The oldest Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy, will carry a sponsors name for the first time since the silverware was first contested in the 1932/33 cricket season.

Seven qualifying rounds and two weekends of playoffs, will culminate in the winner of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup lifting the Baywide prize aloft in triumph, at the Bay Oval on Saturday 28 March 2020.

Versatile Tauranga franchisee Luanne Bettelheim said "Versatile Tauranga is a locally owned and operated franchise that is proud to support local cricket". "The partnership with Bay of Plenty Cricket is an opportunity for Versatile to give back to the wider community and assist in the future development of local players, supporting them moving through their cricketing careers".

"Versatile Tauranga operates from our new display centre in 15th Avenue, offering our customers a full range of buildings from garages, farm buildings, sleep outs, minor dwellings and homes. We also offer a show home at The Lakes in Pyes Pa".

For many years the Williams Cup was a challenge prize, which brought teams together from the various club competitions in the Bay of Plenty. Names on the trophy such as Opotiki, Ngongotaha, Arawa, Taupo and (Tauranga) Albion reflect the strengths of Bay of Plenty cricket in times gone by.

One Western Bay of Plenty club that has successfully run the gauntlet of time is Te Puke, who leads the Williams Cup all-time victories. The first of their seventeen wins came in the 1938/39 season, with the most recent in 2016.

The most successive victories was posted by the Arawa Cricket Club from Rotorua, who had their name engraved on the time-honoured prize, on eight occasions during the 1950's and 1960's. In the last three decades, Otumoetai Cadets have been the team to beat, with their name being engraved on the Williams Cup eleven times since the 1994/95 season.

The first stanza in the 2020 Williams Cup title race kicks of on Saturday (1 February 2020) - with defending champions Element IMF Cadets engaging in battle with New World Te Puke. The honours board of both clubs is littered with Williams Cup championship titles, with both teams sure to want to take bragging rights from the encounter.

Last season’s runner-up Bayleys Central Indians, who were beaten by Cadets by six wickets in the final, start their current Williams Cup campaign with a road trip to the

Western Bay of Plenty to square of with Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College at Nicholson field.

Revenge will be on the mind of Eves Realty Greerton when Carrus Mount Maunganui pays a visit to Pemberton Park. Just two weekends ago, the two premier teams battled out the 2019/20 Baywide T20 Final with Mount Maunganui squeezing home by just four runs.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo can be well pleased with their first eleven’s performance in the Baywide T20, reaching the top four playoffs for the first time, since joining the Baywide ranks three seasons ago. Round one sees Lake Taupo at home to Baywide newcomers Geyer City, who will experiencing the furnace of Williams Cup cricket for the first time.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 – 1 February Draw

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

 

Williams Cup Champions (2000 – 2019)

2019 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2018 (Greerton) 2017 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2016 (Te Puke) 2015 (Mount Maunganui) 2014 (Te Puke) 2013 (Mount Maunganui) 2012 (Greerton) 2011 (Mount Maunganui) 2010 (Cadets) 2009 (Tauranga Boys College) 2008 (Mount Maunganui) 2007 (Rotorua Central) 2006 (Cadets) 2005 (Cadets) 2004 (Te Puke) 2003 (Cadets) 2002 (Albion) 2001 (Te Puke) 2000 (AC United)

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From Humble Beginnings To Hawke Cup Glory

Posted: Tuesday, 28 January 2020

BOPCA Hawke Cup History

With the Bay of Plenty senior representatives, playing their 34th Hawke Cup Direct Challenge, against Hamilton 31st January – 2 February 2020 – the occasion provides an ideal opportunity look back at previous Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup Direct Challenge matches.

Bay of Plenty could not have had a harder start to their  New Zealand Cricket Association representative debut, when they played South Auckland in a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge, at Seddon Park in Hamilton on the 26th and 28th March 1932. South Auckland had defeated Rangitikei in December 1930 and were making their ninth defence against Bay of Plenty.

The Bay of Plenty representative debutants were completely humbled, with South Auckland being bowled out for 333 and then bowling Bay of Plenty out for 59 and 171, to post an innings and 103 run victory.

Bay of Plenty posted what has become their worst ever performance, when they played Waikato in their second Hawke Cup appearance on the 3rd and 5th December 1938. The Hawke Cup Direct Challenge, was just Bay of Plenty’s fourth representative match, after meeting the MCC in Rotorua in February 1936 and defeating Waiapu in a Hawke Cup elimination match two years later.

Waikato batted first at Seddon Park in Hamilton and were bowled out for 263. Former Auckland representative all-rounder Lester Spring took four wickets with R Smith grabbing three wickets for 87 runs. However The Bay of Plenty representatives two turns at bat turned into a rout, as they were bowled out for 30 in their first dig before being rolled for just 22, after being asked to follow-on

Bay of Plenty Lifts the Hawke Cup for the First Time

Six further unsuccessful Hawke Cup Direct Challenges followed, before Bay of Plenty lifted the NZ Cricket Minor Association big prize, when they defeated Hawkes Bay 16/18 March 1986. A Andy Roberts century (117), led Bay of Plenty to a first innings lead, which was enough to win the Hawke Cup for the first time.

Bay of Plenty then experienced a roller-coaster ride, where they defeated Central Otago in the last challenge of 1986 and got past Horowhenua in the first challenge of the 1987. Back to back Hawke Cup matches against Hawkes Bay, saw the Hawke Cup lost and then regained, with 135 runs complied by Derek Beard playing a big part in the Hawke Cup return to Bay of Plenty.

The final Direct Challenge of 1987, in a rain abbreviated match at Blake Park in Mount Maunganui, resulted in Southland winning the Hawke Cup after they posted 169 and then bowled the Bay out for 77 to take the prized trophy home.

 

The NZ Cricket Minor Association Prize Returns to the Bay of Plenty

It was ten years and two unsuccessful challenges, before Bay of Plenty took possession on the prized trophy again when they defeated Auckland/Manukau on the 1/3 March 1997. Derek Beard ripped through the Auckland region batsmen, taking  6/48 as the holders were removed for 173. Bay of Plenty reached 175/4 to take the Hawke Cup home in aother rain interrupted match.

Two weeks later one of the best Bay of Plenty batting performances took place at Blake Park Mount Maunganui, when Central Otago made the long journey north.

The match, in which Graeme Aldridge made his Bay of Plenty debut, produced a number of highlights. Bay of Plenty simply batted the visitors out of the match on the opening day. The fall of wickets (33, 33, 50, 123, 304, 369, 398, 486, 513) tells the story of a circumspect start, followed by total domination. With the score at 50/3, Simon Winter strode to the wicket to blaze his way into Bay of Plenty Cricket history. His 181 runs was the (then) highest total ever recorded by a Bay of Plenty batsman since the first Bay game in 1932.

However, there were a number of other outstanding batting heroics. Brodie Wakefield, batting at seven, compiled 86 runs, while Derek Beard’s 66 and Aldridge’s 52, achieved on debut batting at nine, were more than useful contributions. The Bay of Plenty declaration of 553/9 was testament to an outstanding batting attack.

The Hawke Cup was easily retained, with Central Otago scoring 119 and 176/5. Such was the domination that in the visitor’s second innings, all 11 Bay of Plenty players had a bowl.

In the best traditions of the Hawke Cup, Wellington City batted the Bay side out of their Direct Challenge at Blake Park, blasting over six hundred runs in their turn at bat. The Bay of Plenty loss of the Hawke Cup in the first Direct Challenge of the 1997/98 season, saw the trophy change hands in each game during the four subsequent challenges.

 

A Hawke Cup Lesson before the Return of the Hawke Cup

The lessons learnt from the February 2010 Hawke Cup walloping administered by Manawatu (Bay of Plenty 100 & 275 – Manawatu 659) were well remembered, when Bay of Plenty challenged Hamilton for the NZ Cricket big prize in January 2013.

Bay of Plenty simply batted Hamilton out of the match, to bring the Hawke Cup back to the Bay of Plenty when they faced the defending titleholders on the 27/29 January 2013. The victory would start a chain of cricket action, that would see the Bay become the dominant force in Hawke Cup cricket for the next six seasons. The Hamilton victory would see RPO Drysdale go on to become the most successful Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup captain, with nine victories, five ahead of ADG Roberts with four wins.

Hamilton batted first and posted what looked to be a useful 255, but then could only watch, as the Bay boys set a Hawke Cup record of 701 all out. Brett Hampton reached 194 before being dismissed, with Joe Carter equally as dominant with 187 runs to his name.

In their first defence, Bay of Plenty had to overcome a first innings points deficit against Manawatu to nail a hard fought outright victory. Bay of Plenty posted 559 against Canterbury Country, with Bharat Popli leading the way with a neat century, before bowling the South Island visitors out for 263 in the first innings run-fest.

The writing was on the wall early in the last challenge of the season, against South Canterbury, with the visitors being bowled out for 135 in their first innings. Leading Bay of Plenty Hawke Cup wicket-taker Tony Goodin took twelve wickets in the match, which included 7/42 in the visitors first turn at bat.

Twelve months after taking the Hawke Cup from Hamilton, the two sides squared off again in Hawke Cup Direct Challenge action. While the hosts weren’t as dominant as the previous season, the result was the same, with Bay of Plenty retaining the trophy by way of a first innings points advantage.

The Bay of Plenty five game Hawke Cup winning streak came to a abrupt end in February 2014, when Manawatu came to Smallbone Park in Rotorua and won the NZ Cricket trophy.

 

Bay of Plenty Win the Hawke Cup for the Fifth Time

The last Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of 2016, resulted in the trophy returning to the Bay of Plenty, after defeating Hawkes Bay at Nelson Park in Napier 11/13 March 2017.

Hawkes Bay were bowled out for a modest 162, in their first innings, with Bay of Plenty reaching 318 all out courtesy of 94 runs from Jono Boult. A determined home side second turn at bat saw the hosts declare at 361/5, setting the visitors 205 runs for victory. A gritty Ben Musgrave century powered Bay of Plenty to victory for the loss of four wickets.

The Graeme Aldridge coached Bay team, faced what became an almost impossible seven weekends in a row playing schedule, when they hosted Counties Manukau in the first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of the season on the 28/30 January 2017 at the Bay Oval.

Bay of Plenty, simply batted Counties Manukau out of the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge, played at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui over the Auckland Anniversary weekend.

More than a few eyebrows were raised, when Counties won the toss and asked the defending Hawke Cup titleholders to bat first, on a wicket that had produced an avalanche of runs during the season. The home team batted for just over two full days, in a clinical batting attack that equaled the Bay of Plenty all-time highest total in 85 years.

Bay of Plenty were 75 for one, when Yorkshire County professional Alex Lees strode the crease. When the Bay number three was caught by AR (Ash) Vodnala, after 301 minutes at the crease, he had rewritten the Bay of Plenty representative batting history. The Yorkshire professional blasted 223 runs that included 22 boundaries and one over the Bay Oval boundary picket fence.

Lees finished his turn at bat with the provinces all-time highest score, going past Joe Carter’s 215 against Poverty Bay in 2014. He also took ownership of the Bay of Plenty highest Hawke Cup score, along with the most runs of a Bay player on debut. Another statistic unlikely to be repeated for a long time, was a century apiece to Lees and Donovan Deeble (108) who were both making their Hawke Cup debuts.

When Bay of Plenty were finally removed for 701, early on day three, they had equaled their all-time highest total when they relieved Hamilton on the Hawke Cup in 2013. Bay of Plenty Captain Peter Drysdale produced a gritty performance that finished with 84 runs to his name, with Lees and the Bay skipper putting on a partnership of 197 for the second wicket.

Ben Musgrave (61) Sean Davey (53) Tony Gooding (46) batting at nine and keeper Tim Clarke (45) also spent long periods at the batting crease. Another big partnership came from Deeble and Davey who produced 157 runs for the sixth wicket.

Counties Manukau were quickly in trouble, losing their first wicket with just three runs on the board. The Counties innings was a short sharp affair, which came to an end when they were removed for 220, to hand Bay of Plenty a massive 481 run first innings advantage.

Chris Atkinson, who was making his first Bay of Plenty first eleven outing of the season, did plenty of damage taking four wickets for 22 runs. Donovan Deeble backed up his batting exploits with two wickets, while young leggie Iman Singh also grabbed two bowling scalps.

Bay of Plenty totally dominated the second innings, in the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, against Hawkes Bay, after a dramatic first day where 16 wickets fell.

Hawkes Bay won the toss and in the best traditions of the Hawke Cup asked Bay of Plenty to bat first, with Bay of Plenty being troubled by the Hawkes Bay bowling attack, being removed for 170. However the Bay of Plenty bowlers stuck back with a vengeance, as Hawkes Bay went to the batting crease full of confidence. With Hawkes Bay also in deep trouble at 70 for the loss of six wickets, first day honours well and truly belonged to the bowlers from both sides. Hawkes Bay resumed trailing by 100 runs, with the Bay bowlers wrapping up the tail in the morning session of day two, with the visitors being dismissed for 103.

Hawkes Bay had early success taking the first two wickets for 24 runs. Yorkshire professional Alex Lees and Northern Knights batsmen Joe Carter came together to put on a 161 run stand, before Carter was dismissed for 61. Lees carried on to smash 141 runs, before being removed which gave the Northern Hemisphere visitor, his second Hawke Cup century in just three games in the Bay of Plenty uniform.

On Day three, Bay of Plenty picked up from their overnight total 324/6, with Sean Davey in magnificent form before being removed for 141. The Davey big ton included 10 fours and seven shots over the boundary ropes. Bay of Plenty were dismissed for 470 shortly before lunch on day three, setting Hawkes Bay an impossible target of 537 for outright victory.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers had taken seven wickets for 120 runs, when time was called early at tea, on the final days play.

Following on from the Hawke Cup encounter with Counties Manukau, two new Bay of Plenty all-time records were established against Hawkes Bay. Sean Davey scored rare back to back centuries, with Alex Lees the first to post successive Hawke Cup centuries and also equaling Brett Hampton’s two Hawke Cup centuries

Bay of Plenty posted a big score in their first turn at bat in their third Hawke Cup defence of the 2017 season, when they took a decisive first innings points advantage from Nelson.

Batting at seven, Sean Davey took up the attack and worked his way to his sides top score of 111 off 189 balls, which included fourteen 4’s and three 6’s. Davey achieved the rare feat, of scoring three Bay of Plenty’s minor association representative centuries, in successive matches.

Bay of Plenty declared at 469/9 shortly after the tea adjournment on day two. At stumps on day two, Nelson were 74 for the loss of three wickets.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers continued their on-going attack on day three and at lunch had Nelson trailing by 266, with just two first innings wickets in hand. Mason Thelin continued on before he was caught by Bay keeper Tim Clarke, of the bowling off Sean Davey, for his sides top score of 69.

The Hawke Cup Direct Challenge finished, when Nelson were dismissed with Bay of Plenty retaining the Hawke Cup by way of a 194 first innings point advantage.

Bay of Plenty took the Hawke Cup into the next seasons New Zealand Cricket competition, after retaining the prestigious Minor Association prize, with the fourth Direct Challenge of the season ending in a rain affected draw against Southland.

Hawke Cup revenge was extracted by Counties Manukau, when they relieved Bay of Plenty of the big prize in the first Direct Challenge of 2018. Counties took a 69 run first innings advantage into their second turn at bat before claiming an outright victory on day three.

 

BAY OF PLENTY HAWKE CUP DIRECT CHALLENGE STATISTICS

Matches (1932-2017) - 33

 

Wins - 16

1986                defeated Hawkes Bay

1986                defeated Central Otago (defence)

1987                defeated Horowhenua (defence)

1987                defeated Hawkes Bay

1997                defeated Auckland/Manukau

1997                defeated Central Otago (defence)

2013                defeated Hamilton

2013                defeated Manawatu (defence)

2013                defeated Canterbury Country (defence)

2013                defeated South Canterbury (defence)

2014                defeated Hamilton (defence)

2016                defeated Hawkes Bay

2017                defeated Counties Manukau (defence)

2017                defeated Hawkes Bay (defence)

2017                defeated Nelson (defence)

2017                Drew with Southland (defence) – retained Hawke Cup

 

Losses - 16

No Result – 1 v  Taranaki 1972

 

Bay of Plenty Teams to Win the Hawke Cup

v Hawkes Bay 16/18 March 1986

MJE Wright, DA Beard, DJ White, BR Blair, ADG Roberts, CA Webb, RR Bradley, SJ Scott, BL Cairns, BS Ward, MR McKinnon.

 

v Hawkes Bay 14/16 March 1987

DA Beard, MJE Wright, DJ White, GW McKenzie, MP Maynard, ADG Roberts, RR Bradley, BP Ward, F Lellman, MR McKinnon, BN McIntosh.

 

v Auckland Manukau 1/3 March 1997

BG Wakefield, GJ Taylor, GM Donne, MJ Tesar, JR Gibson, NP Howard, NJR Aldridge, MN Hart, GD Manners, RG Hart, DA Beard, PMI Wills.

 

v Hamilton 25/27 January 2013

RPO Drysdale, JF Carter, B Popli, MD McCann, BRW Williams, S Steward, BR Hampton, AJ Oakley, SB Davey, DL Swan, TC Goodin – 12th Man: B Gilroy

 

v Hawkes Bay 2016

RPO Drysdale, TJ MacRury, JF Carter, BS Musgrave, BR Hampton, JJ Boult, TJ Clarke, SB Davey, CA Thomas, TN Clout, DL Swan

 

Most Appearances

13        RPO Drysdale (2010-13-14-16-17-18)

12        DA Beard (1982-86-87-91-94-97-98

11        TJ Clarke (2013-14-16-17-18)

11        TJ MacRury (2013-14-16-17-18)

 

Most Runs

710      JF Carter                     HS 187

619      BR Hampton               HS 194

555      DA Beard                    HS 135

381      ADG Roberts              HS 117

 

Most Wickets

44        TC Goodin                  BB 7/42

24        JJ Boult                       BB 4/14

21        DA Beard                    BB 6/48

21        BR Hampton               BB 3/33

21        MR McKinnon            BB 4/28

 

Centuries

223      AZ Lees                      v Counties/Manukau               2017 (century on debut)

194      BR Hampton               v Hamilton                              2013 (century on debut)

187      JF Carter                     v Hamilton                              2013 (century on debut)

181      SL Winter                   v Central Otago                       1997

141      SB Davey                    v Hawkes Bay                         2017

141      AZ Lees                      v Hawkes Bay                         2017

135      DA Beard                    v Hawkes Bay                         1987

117      ADG Roberts              v Hawkes Bay                         1986

115      GW McKenzie            v Manawatu                            1994

111      SB Davey                    v Nelson                                  2017                           

108      DM Deeble                 v Counties Manukau               2017 (century on debut)

105      JF Carter                     v Nelson                                  2017   

103      BR Hampton               v Hamilton                              2014

102      BR Musgrave              v Hawkes Bay                         2016

100      B Popli                        v Canterbury Country             2013

 

Highest Partnerships

208      JF Carter/ Popli (2nd wicket)   v Hamilton      2012/13

 

Ten Wickets in a Match (or better)

7/42 & 5/91     TC Goodin      v South Canterbury                 2013

 

Six Wickets (or better)

7/42     TC Goodin                  v South Canterbury                 2013

6/48     LR Spring                    v Manawatu                            1940

6/48     DA Beard                    v Auckland/Manukau             1997

6/65     DJ White                     v Hawkes Bay                         1987

6/92     RS Cunis                     v Southland                             1976

 

Captaincy Most Wins

RPO Drysdale (9) ADG Roberts (4) DA Beard (1) JJ Boult (1) RG Hart (1)

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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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