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Posted: Monday, 24 January 2022

VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP ROUND 3

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets got off to a positive start with opener Marcel Collett hitting 2 boundaries in the first over. Things slowed when fellow opener Chris Mascall departed in the 6th over. Wickets fell steadily after that point and the Cadets found themselves 115 with 8 down in the 28th over. A 51 run, 9th wicket partnership between Isaac White (33) and Josh Dempsey (17*) got their side to a slightly more defenable 166.

It was a matter of slow and steady winning the race for Bond & Co Mount Maunganui as Pete Drysdale and Kade Smit put on an opening stand of 66 from 143 balls. Jono Boult gave the Cadets a glimmer of hope as he took 3 wickets in 12 overs but Niven Dovey and Dominic Crombie got their team across the line with 5 overs to spare

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 166/10, 43.4 overs (Marcel Collett 37, Isaac White 33, Jono Boult 28; Pete Drysdale 4/31)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 167/3, 45 overs (Kade Smit 64, Niven Dovey 49, Pete Drysdale 23; Jono Boult 3/29)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 7 wickets
 

Coming off a comprehensive win in the last round, The Flying Mullet Te Puke made the trip to Rotorua to face the Bayleys Central Indians who were unbeaten in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup thus far. 

It was a dream start for Te Puke as they dismissed Central's opening pair for 13 runs off 33 balls and were putting the home team under pressure when they dismissed Stephen Nicholls in the 14 over with 48 runs on the board.

Nadeera Nawela (47) and Cody Fell (97*) anchored the innings and captain Julian Danby came in at 7 and contributed an impressive 51, setting Te Puke 247 to win at almost 5 an over.

Not satisfied with his 104 last weekend, Tai Bridgman-Raison smashed 12 4s and 2 6s in his 121 run innings (51% of his teams total runs). Wickets fell steadily on the other end and when he got out in the last over with 12 to get and 9 wickets down it was too much of a tough ask with the Central-Indians winning by 10 runs.

Bayleys Central-Indians 246/6, 50 overs (Cody Fell 97*, Julian Danby 51, Nadeera Nawela 47; Mikaere Leef 2/37)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke 236/10, 49.4 overs (Tai Bridgman-Raison 121, Blair McKenzie 35, Cameron Riley 33; Cody Fell 3/42)
Bayleys Central-Indians won by 10 runs
 

A 69 run 1st wicket partnership between Tom MacRury and Ben Lind set the tone for Eves Realty Greerton as they cruised to 270 against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City. Contributions right down the batting order including some big hitting from Daniel Price (53) set Geyser a big total and a run rate of 5.40 to better for a victory.

It was a positive start from Geyser City as they put on 42 in 8 overs before they lost Vinay Pathania (33) caught and bowled. Goldendeep Brar's 55 off 45 balls was a highlight but when he was bowled by Tom MacRury in the 27th over with 135 still to get, the task was too big and they were bowled out in the 40th over - 102 short.

Eves Realty Greerton 270/7 (Tom MacRury 75, Daniel Price 53, Pip Thickpenny 36; Goldendeep Brar 2/49)
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 168/10, 39.3 overs (Goldendeep Brar 55, Vinay Pathania 33, Jasvinder Singh 28; Pip Thickpenny 3/8)
Eves Realty Greerton won by 102 runs
 

With both teams searching for their first win of 2022, Generation Homes Lake Taupo took a trip to Papamoa and decided to get some runs on the board after winning the toss.

Lake Taupo got off to a flying start with 11 off the first over, including a 4 and a 6 from Luke Woods but the fireworks didn't last long and when Woods was dismissed in the 9th over for 23, Taupo struggled to string together a solid partnership and were bowled out in 44 overs for 153 (with the help of 21 runs that came from extras).

A 44 run opening stand from Aaron Barbour and Nikhil Viswanath laid a solid foundation for the home team and allowed Vishwanath to let loose with an impressive 89 not out off 85 balls. Papamoa hitting the winning runs in the 30th over, with 5 wickets down.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 153/10, 44 overs (Luke Woods 23, Jerome Dyer 21, Jesse Down 19; Reece Shelton 3/26)
Papamoa 154/5, 30 overs (Nikhil Vishwanath 89*, Ryan Balsom 14*, Ashish Dhameliya 14; Michael Mitchell 2/19)
Papamoa won by 5 wickets 

 

 

BAYWIDE CUP T20 QUATER FINALS


Sunday = Finals day with the two Baywide Cup quarter finals deciding who was going to move onto the semis with Mount Maunganui and the Cadets.

Over in Rotorua, the Bayleys Central-Indians who came 2nd in Pool 1 played Eves Realty Greerton who came 3rd in Pool 2.

Central started slow with the bat and were 8-1 in the 3rd over when Mitchell Kane came in and blasted 20 off 11 balls before being bowled by Israel Turner in the 7th over. Aside from Daniel Ford, Mitchell Kane and Ben Sandford no one reached double figures and Central were all out for 95.

Greerton weren't mucking around, showing their intent by posting 12 runs in the first over. Known to hit a huge ball, Northern Districts representative Brett Hampton came in at 3 and posted 51 not out off 28 balls to well and truly take the game away from Central.  A 20 run over with 3 sixes hit sealed the semi final spot for Greerton in the 12th over.

Bayleys Central-Indians 95/10, 18.1 overs (Daniel Ford 25, Mitchell Kane 20; Harrison Perry 3/16)
Eves Realty Greerton 96/2, 12 overs (Brett Hampton 51, Tom MacRury 26; Andrew Gibbs 2/33)
Eves Realty Greerton won by 8 wickets

 

Over in Te Puke, Papamoa were vying for their first finals appearance when they came up against The Flying Mullet Te Puke. It was a shaky start for the home side with the bat as they found themselves 1-1 in the first over and then 2-2 in the second. If ever there was a perfect time for a captain's knock, it was now...and Blair McKenzie delivered with a 53 ball 65 before he was dismissed in the 16th over. Iman Singh kept the positive stroke play going with 36 off 28 balls and contributions from Tai Bridgeman-Raison (15*) and Cameron Riley (14*) put Te Puke in the box seat with 146 on the board.

Papamoa was like a bull out of the gate with 53 runs coming from 4.3 overs. Things slowed with opener Nikhil Vishwanath was run out on 23 off 14 but Papamoa were looking good at 111/3 when another run out claimed Ashish Dhameliya in the 15th over and only managed an extra 27 runs from that point on, losing by 8 runs.

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 146/5, 20 overs (Blair McKenzie 65, Iman Singh 36; Paul Inglis 2/21)
Papamoa 138/9, 20 overs (Xavier Lea 29, Aman Mahal 29; Ben Roborgh 2/12)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke won by 8 runs

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP AND BAYWIDE CUP PREVIEWS

Posted: Friday, 21 January 2022

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup - Round 3

As January (and the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup) speeds by you'd be forgiven for only now just realising we are quarter of the way through the competition. 

Round 3 brings together old foes with the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets playing host to fellow 2021 finalist Bond & Co Mount Maunganui at Tauranga Domain.

The Cadets will be full of confidence heading into the game with the mammoth 123 run win against Geyser City last weekend They will be without top run scorer Fergus Lellman and in-form Tim Pringle but still have plenty of firepower in their ranks. 
 
Mount Maunganui are fielding an unchanged side with the exception of Kyle Dovey coming in and ND Representative Brett Randell departing. Ben Musgrave will be wanting to continue leading from the front after his 64 last round while Henry Conway is looking good with ball in hand, snagging 4 wickets at an average of 6.5 against Tauranga Boys last weekend.

Bayleys Central-Indians are on home soil as The Flying Mullet Te Puke head to Rotorua with high hopes of replicating round two's 89 run win. Both teams are coming out on top in the bowling stakes thus far in the competition with Central's Lovely Sandhu and Te Puke's Tasman Carsons and Mikaere Leef all sitting on top of the leaderboard with 5 wickets a piece - this may well be the game where one pulls away to claim the top spot.

The Central Indians will be without player/coach Anish Desai as he is away on representative cricket duties playing for Hamilton in their first Fergus Hickey game of the season vs Northland. 

Eves Realty Greerton welcome back Brett Hampton as they endeavour to bounce back after their defeat in round 2. They are hosting Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City who, despite coming close, have yet to win a game against Greerton - will tomorrow be their day?  Father, son duo Cohen and Crispian Stewart are both back in action for Geyser so a win would be extra special for them.

Both the Generation Homes Lake Taupo Prems and Papamoa Cricket will turn up at Alice Johnson Oval in search of their first win of the year. Taupo could almost taste a win last weekend when they came up against the Central-Indians.....a 19 run, 10th wicket partnership from Central got them across the line with 1 wicket in hand.

Papamoa is coming off a bye so will be fresh and eager to get a W up on the board. 

 

Baywide Cup - Quarter Finals 

The big weekend of cricket action continues on into Sunday where it is finals time in the Baywide T20 Cup.

The quarter finals sees 2nd and 3rd placed teams in each pool battle it out to face either  Bond & Co Mount Maunganui or Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets in the semis.

The Bayleys Central-Indians skip a weekend of travel altogether as they host Eves Realty Greerton and Papamoa will head to Te Puke Domain in search of that prized semi final spot. Both games will be live scored on CricHQ at the later time of 12pm.

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VERSATILE WILLIAMS CUP ROUND 2 REVIEW

Posted: Monday, 17 January 2022

The Flying Mullet Te Puke Premiers bounced back after their big midweek defeat with gusto with a 89 run over Eves Realty Greerton. 
The day started well for the home team as they won the toss and opted to bat first.  An opening stand of 84 between Tai Bridgman-Raison and Iman Singh set the tone and Te Puke were in a good position when Sing was bowled just 3 runs shy of his half century. 

Bridgemen-Raison went on to better his 61 from the previous round and was dismissed in the 42nd over for 104. 

Gareth Wallace kept the runs flowing with a better than run a ball 62 and a quickfire 20 off 12 balls by Cameron Riley at the end of the innings saw the total grow to an intimidating 274.

Greerton showed they were up to the task, looking comfortable at 54/0 in the 9th over, with openers,Tom MacRury and Ben Lind, putting on an impressive 1st wicket partnership. 

The fall of Lind in the 16th over started a chain reaction with 6 wickets falling in 9 overs. With dot balls making up 68% of the balls bowled, Greerton struggled to keep up and contributions from the lower order wasn't enough to come close to Te Puke's winning total.

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 274/7, 50 overs ( Tai Bridgman-Raison 104, Gareth Wallace 62, Iman Singh 47; Nick O'Sullivan 2/43)
Eves Realty Greerton 185/10, 46.5 overs (Tom MacRury 70, Brandan Laurenzi 29, Harrison Perry 26*; Tasman Carsons 4/33)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke won by 89 runs


There were runs aplenty at Smallbone Park where the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets were putting on a show!

An opening partnership of 271 runs in 48 overs from Fergus Lellman and Marcel Collett put the Cadets firmly in the box seat. 

With the daunting task of chasing down 287, Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City opener Vinay Pathania rose to the challenge with an impressive 57 off 39 balls but couldn't find the backup needed to bring the team home. A 9th wicket partnership of 42 between Matty McLaughlin and Williams Cup veteran Crispian Stewart was an innings highlight in what was a 123 run defeat.

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 287/3, 50 overs (Fergus Lellman 154, Marcel Collett 116; Matty McLaughlin 2/51)
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 164/10, 32.1 overs (Vinay Pathania 57, Matty McLaughlin 20; Mayura Galappaththi 4/54)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 123 runs

To say that the Bond & Co Mount Maunganui Premiers are on a roll is the biggest understatement so far in 2022 having won 21 games in a row! The latest victim being the Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College First XI who have been having an outstanding 2nd half of the season. 

Winning the toss for the first time in 13 matches gave Tauranga Boys the opportunity to bat first. Playing the slow and steady game with the first run coming in the 4 over, the first XI found themselves 1 down with 73 runs on the board in the 26th over.

Once the 52 run partnership was broken between Seb Heath and Tim Clarke runs were hard to come by. 15 year old Heath achieved his first half century before succumbing to the bowling of Northern Districts Representative, Brett Randell.

Defending their 167 total and breaking the Marlins winning streak was looking promising as quick early wickets saw Mount Maunganui 4 down with 34 runs on the board.  

Ben Musgrave (64) partnered up with Brett Randell (70*) to lead a fight back. Some positive yet sensible batting and inconsistent bowling took the Mount within 30 runs of victory. Harsh Patel (4/69) came back on to strike twice and Tauranga Boys could smell blood! 140/4 became 145/7 after a mix up run out but it was Randell that kept his head to guide the Mount home by 3 wickets.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 167/10, 48.4 overs (Seb Heath, Darcy Collett; Henry Conway 4/26, Brett Randell 3/28)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 173/7, 36.1 overs (Brett Randell 70*, Ben Musgrave 64; Harsh Patel 4/69, Troy Barnett 2/19)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 3 wickets


Over in Taupo, the Generation Homes Lake Taupo Cricket Club struggled to get going against a strong Bayleys Central Indians side with almost 75% of their runs coming from ones and twos. Central Indians all rounder Lovely Sandhu leading from the front with his 3 wickets at an economy rate of 2.10 from 10 overs.

Things picked up for Taupo when Michael Mitchell (64) and Ash Wijeillake (61*) combined for 66 and a run a ball 13 from Will Perry helped his team to 182 in their 50 overs. Sandhu then added 22 with the bat before falling in the 14th over with Central 2 down and 65 on the board. 

With no one contributing over 35 in the batting line up, the Rotorua lads were in trouble at 164/9 in the 38th over but a 10th wicket stand between Ben Sandford (35*) and Sam Lund (6*) got them across the line, winning by 1 wicket.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 182/5, 50 overs (Michael Mitchell 64, Ash Wijetillake 61*; Lavely Sandhu 3/21)
Bayleys Central Indians 183/9, 47.3 overs (Ben Sandford 35*, Anish Desai 31; Habib Malik 3/29)
Bayleys Central Indians won by 1 wicket
 

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DEBUTS AND MILESTONES GALORE IN ROUND 2 OF THE VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP

Posted: Saturday, 15 January 2022

Generation Homes Lake Taupo are at home against the Bayleys Central Indians - Centrals Captain, Julian Danby will be hoping to carry on his form from last weekend where he smashed 72 off 36 balls.  It will also be a big day for Central Indians debutant, 15 year old Tom Yetsenga. 

Eves Realty Greerton will be playing their first game of the year after Lake Taupo had to default last weekend and will be wanting to get off to a good start against The Flying Mullet Te Puke premiers who are struggling for form so far in 2022. 

Confidence will be high in the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets camp on the back of some dominant performances of late. They will travel to Rotorua where the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City will play host.

After a bye last week, defending champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui will be chomping at the bit to get back out on the park. They will be at home against an in-form Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College who have one 5 of their last 6 games. Skipper Darcy Collett will be looking to celebrate a win on his 50th match for the 1st XI.


The Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Round 2 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo vs Bayleys Central-Indians
Owen Delany Park 

The Flying Mullet Te Puke vs Eves Realty Greerton
Te Puke Domain

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City vs Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets
Smallbone Park

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui vs Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 
Blake Park
 

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DOMINANT PERFORMANCES WRAP UP THE BAYWIDE CUP ROUND ROBIN

Posted: Friday, 14 January 2022

It was a dominant performance from both winners of last night's Baywide Cup round.

In the final round before the finals, Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City hosted Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys and The Flying Mullet Te Puke side travelled over to Tauranga to take on the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets.
Heading into the match, the Cadets and Te Puke were both vying for the top of the table spot in Pool 2 with only run rate separating them, but a thrilling, down to the wire encounter wasn't to be. 

The afternoon started well for Te Puke as they won the toss and put on 25 in the first 3 overs, however things started to unravel from there. By the 9th over they were 9 down with 42 on the board and staring down the barrel of being dismissed for less than a half century. The highlight of their innings was the 10th wicket partnership of 52between Blair Mckenzie and Tasman Carsons who held up an end perfectly with 3 runs off 23 balls which allowed McKenzie to get his side up to a more respectable total of 94. 

Bringing his stellar form into 2022, Tim Pringle was a stand out with the ball taking 4 for 7 off 4 overs at an average of 1.75.

Early wickets were needed as the Cadets started their run chase but a 50 run opening partnership between Marchel Collett and Mayura Galappaththi put an end to that. With a quickfire contribution of 22 off 14 from Tim Pringle, the Cadets cruised to the top of the pool 2 table in 14 overs. 

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 94/10, 17.2 overs (Blair McKenzie 54; Tim Pringle 4/7) 
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 95/3, 13.5 overs (Marcel Collett 29; Hamish Wilde 1/7)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 7 wickets


Over in Rotorua, the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City premiers won the toss and elected to bat. Tauranga Boys turned it on with their best T20 bowling performance of the season, restricting Geyser to 120/8 on a very good Smallbone wicket. 

Loughie Keaney was the star on Prems debut, taking a tidy caught and bowled with his 2nd ball before finishing with 3/19 from his 4 overs. A 50 run partnership between Goldendeep Brar (26) and Jasvinder Singh (24) was the highlight of the innings but with all the Tauranga Boys bowlers firing, the run rate never exceeded 6 an over. 

The plan for the 1st XI was to attack early and take the game away from Geyser. With 42 runs coming from the powerplay, the platform was set for Harsh Patel (29) and Luke Scrimgeour (24) to coast us through the middle period. A small clump of late wickets saw the chase falter but Seb Heath and Tim Clarke brought the team home inside 17 overs.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 120/8, 20 overs (Goldendeep Brar 26, Jasvinder Singh 24; Loughlin Keaney 3/19)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 121/5, 17 overs (Harsh Patel 29, Luke Scrimgeour 24; Kasun Eranga 4/20 
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College won by 5 wickets 
 

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP ROUND 1

Posted: Monday, 10 January 2022

With the festive season behind us, the 2nd half of the season marks the return of the coveted Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup.

Last seasons runners up, the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets faced The Flying Mullet Te Puke Premier side first up at home. After winning the toss and deciding to have a bat first, the Cadets got off to a steady start with Spencer Wills anchoring the innings with 61 runs off 91 balls. He partnered up with one of the Cadets most decorated players, Jono Boult, who was playing his first game of the season and together put on an 80 run partnership before Wills succumbed to the bowling of Mikaere Leef in the 38th over. Boult continued on until he was run out for 70 off 59.

Chasing a total of 256, The Flying Mullet Te Puke relied on the experience of opening batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison. He did not disappoint with a skilful 61 before the finger went up and he was out lbw in the 33rd over. Contributions from Captain Blair McKenzie (30), Josh Earle (33*) and Hamish Wilde (34) weren't enough to get their side over the line, falling short by 42 runs.

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 256/9, 50 overs (Jono Boult 70, Spencer Wills 61; Mikaere Leef 3/46, Hamish Wilde 2/15)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke 214/7, 50 overs (Tai Bridgman-Raison 61, Hamish Wilde 34; Isaac White 2/36)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 42 runs


Over in Rotorua on a newly redeveloped Smallbone Park, the Bayleys Central-Indians were sent into bat first by Papamoa. It was a shaky start with the ball for the Papamoa bowlers with 4 wides coming off the first over but soon got into their groove, dismissing opener Daniel Ford for 8 in the 11th over. Fellow opener, Lovely Sandhu, got Central off to a good start (including a 17 run over) but was dismissed shortly after Ford for 39. Cody Fell contributed a valuable 43 and a quickfire 72 off 36 from captain Julian Danby set the total at a formidable 257.

Papamoa's middle order came to the party with Xavier Lea producing a run a ball 45 and Paul Inglis with a steady 36, but they ran out of wickets in the 47th over with 55 runs still to chase down.

Bayleys Central-Indians 257/7, 50 overs (Julian Danby 72, Cody Fell 43; Harrison Leach 3/34)
Papamoa 202/10, 46.4 overs (Xavier Lea 45, Paul Inglis 36; Sam Lund 2/37, Lovely Sandhu 2/24)
Bayleys Central-Indians won by 55 runs


The Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 1st XI didn't let the fact that 2022 started with losing the toss for the 11th time in a row get them down as they approached bowling first to the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City prems with gusto. After a rusty start with extras top scoring over the first 20 overs, Harsh Patel got the first breakthrough with the wicket of opener Jasvinder Singh in the 5th over. Geyser found themselves in the undesirable position of being 5 down with 57 on the board but a much needed 6th wicket partnership of 79 between Gurtej Billing (32) and Gordon O'Donoghue (62) got them to 173 all out in the 50th over.

Tauranga Boys wernet mucking around with the willow in hand, putting on 80 runs for the first wicket. Charles Williams reached the first half century of the new year before falling the very next ball for 51. With 70 still required Seb Heath and Tim Clarke put on a solid partnership of 65 to ensure a comfortable 7 wicket victory. Heath (30) falling short of a red ink display as he went for the winning blow. Clarke hitting the winning boundary to end unbeaten on 46 and securing a bonus point win inside 36 overs.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 173/10, 49.1 overs (Gordon.O'Donoghue 62, Darcy.Collett 3/24)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 1st XI 177/3, 35.5 overs (Charles Williams 51, Tim Clarke 46*, Goldendeep Brar 2/34)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 1st XI won by 7 wickets 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo had to forfeit their game against Eves Realty Greerton so Greerton receive the points for this round and will start their Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup campaign next Saturday against Te Puke.
 

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THE PRESTIGIOUS VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP IS BACK

Posted: Saturday, 8 January 2022

As we welcome a new year, we also welcome the Prestigious Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup back this season, and it is shaping up to be one heck of a competition!

 

2021 Defending champs, Bond & Co Mount Maunganui will be looking to add to their silverware for the season, already having the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup under their belt - but with a bye in the first round, their campaign will have to wait a week.

 

Coming in 2nd place last season, and with eleven Williams Cup titles under their belt since 1995, the Element IMF Cadets will be at home against The Flying Mullet Te Puke. They will be without top performing all rounder Tim Pringle who is away with a New Zealand Development squad but will be boosted by the return of BOP rep veteran Jono Boult for the first time this season.

 

We will get the first glimpse of what Smallbone Park has to offer after a full redevelopment of the block over winter as the Bayleys Central Indians play host to Pamamoa. The on form Rotorua side will be hoping to improve on their semi-final placing last season.

 

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College head into 2022 with an unchanged side from their last outing and are hoping to gain early momentum in the competition as they square up against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City. 15 years since his last Williams Cup game (the final), Crispian Stewart returns to premier cricket and will play alongside his son, Cohen, for Geyser City.

 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo have had to forfeit their first game against Eves Realty Greerton.

 
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup – 8 January 2022 Draw
Element IMF Cadets vs Flying Mullet Te Puke, Tauranga Domain
Bayleys Central Indians vs Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Smallbone Park
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College vs Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, Nicholson Field
Eves Realty Greerton vs Generation Homes Lake Taupo, postponed
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui bye
 
 
Williams Cup Champions (2000 – 2021)
2021 (Mount Maunganui) 2020 (Greerton) 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 (Arawa-Central United)

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BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP WRAP UP

Posted: Sunday, 19 December 2021

The last round of cricket before Christmas and the end of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup for the season was a cracker.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College had been hitting their stride in the latter part of the competition with 2 wins from their last 3 outings so were happy to be sent into bat by the bottom of the table Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City. The Rotorua lads struck early and Tauranga Boys found themselves 3 wickets down with 21 runs on the board. A 119 partnership between Sam Clode (58) and Luke Scrimgeour (65) put Tauranga in the box seat and a quick 18 from Charles Williams ensured they had a competitive total to defend of 224.

Geyser City got off to a positive start with the openers tallying up 12 runs in the first two overs. Wickets fell steadily from that point onwards and they were in trouble at 79-7 in the 25th over. An 8th wicket 69 run partnership between Gordon O'Donoghue and Dilraj Singh Gill was looking promising but when O'Donoghue was caught on 62, the prospect of their first win in the competition was put to an end.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 224/10, 55.5 overs (Luke Scrimgeour 65, Sam Clode 58; Cohen Stewart 4 for 36)
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 159/9, 41.3 overs (Gordon O'Donoghue 62, Goldendeep Brar 33; Darcy Collett 4 for 44)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College won by 68 runs


Over in Te Puke, The Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets needed a win to ensure they ended the competition in 2nd place and they were ready to fire against a The Flying Mullet Te Puke team who have been hovering in the middle of the table for the majority of the BOP Cup.  It was slow and steady for the Cadets openers with 26 runs coming in the first 10 overs but you know what they say about slow and steady and at 111 runs with no wickets down the Cadets were cruising. Cameron Riley was the first to make a breakthrough when Marcel Collett was caught behind and headed back to the shed with 55 to his name. The top run scorer for the competition, Fergus Lellman, carried on while wickets fell around him to score another masterful century. A quick fire 49 from Blake Pentercost late in the innings, set Te Puke a mammoth task of chasing down 291 runs to win the game.

Cameron O'Dea stuck early for the Cadets, dismissing Iman Singh in the 2nd over. Wicket keeper batsman, Blair McKenzie, showed how it is done with a classy 85  which moved him into 4th place on the  batting table with 344 runs in the competition at an average of 49.14. Although they didn't chase down the Cadets total, Te Puke hung in there for a losing draw.


Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 291/9, 60 overs (Fergus Lellman 107, Marcel Collett 55, Blake Pentecost 49*; Tasman Carsons 3 for 34)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke 220/8, 50 overs (Blair McKenzie 85, Ben Vyver 33; Mayura Galappaththi 2 for 62, Spencer Wills 2 for 37)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets Winning Draw


Wanting to end the year on a high, Generation Homes Lake Taupo played host to Eves Realty Greerton. The away team were left questioning their decision to bat first when opener Harrison Perry was out in the fist over and Greerton found themselves on 1-1. Fellow opener Ben Lind got stuck in for a 117 ball 57 and a 74 run contribution from Pip Thickpenny pushed Greertons total up to 261.

It was an eventful first over for Lake Taupo with 3 wides, 8 runs and a wicket. A 62 run partnership between Habib Malik and Caleb Bate gave the home side something to cheer about but when Bate was bowled by Tim Burke in the 24th over and Malik running out of partners on the other end, it was a matter of staying in there for a draw. It was a tight bowling performance from Greerton with 73% of balls bowled being dot balls but they couldnt take the full compliment of wickets and Lake Taupo was 6 down after their 50 overs, leading to a winning draw for Greerton.

Eves Realty Greerton 261/7, 60 overs (Pip Thickpenny 74*, Ben Lind 57; John Dolan 4 for 54)
Generation Homes Lake Taupo 185/6, 50 overs (Habib Malik 78*, Caleb Bate 26; Tim Burke 3 for 20)
Eves Realty Greerton winning draw


The Bayleys Central-Indians needed a bit of luck on their side if they wanted to finish the competition in 2nd place having to win their game vs Papamoa and hope that the Cadets lost theirs. 

It was a slow start for Central with the openers contributing 5 runs in the first 3 overs. Lovely Sandhu came to the crease in the 4th over after Julian Danby was dismissed for 4 and stayed there for 41 overs, chipping in 64 runs. Contributions from Ben Sandford (35), Anish Desai (28) and Aaron Bennett (30) helped the Rotorua side to 214 runs all out in 57 overs.

After not having a win since the 2nd round in October, Papamoa looked strong and a 4th wicket partnership of 116 between Tim Tomlinson and Aman Mahal put the home side in the box seat, chasing down Centrals total in 51 overs with 4 wickets in hand.

Bayleys Central-Indians 214/10, 57 overs (Lovely Sandhu 64, Ben Sandford 35; Michael Brown 3 for 53)
Papamoa 215/6, 51 overs (Tim Tomlinson 64, Aman Mahal 60; Anish Desai 3 for 33)
Papamoa won by 4 wickets

 


STANDINGS 
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui                          147 points
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets                       135 points
Bayleys Central Indians                                    118 points
Eves Realty Greerton                                         99 points 
The Flying Mullet Te Puke                                  90 points 
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College    88 points 
Papamoa                                                            73 points
Generation Homes Lake Taupo                          57 points
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City            45 points 


TOP BATSMAN
Fergus Lellman 444 runs, 63.43 average, 79.71 strike rate 139* High Score

TOP BOWLER 
Tim Pringle 26 wickets, 9.81 average, 24 maidens, 2.44 economy rate, 7/21 best bowling  

TOP FIELDER
Julian Danby 10 catches 1 stumping

MVP
Tim Pringle 351 runs at an average of 58.5, 26 wickets at an average of 9.81, 2 catches 



 

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FINAL ROUND OF THE BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP PREVIEW

Posted: Saturday, 18 December 2021

It is the last weekend of cricket for 2021 and despite Mount Maunganui wrapping up the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup already, there is plenty to play for.

The Bayleys Central Indians are still in the hunt for 2nd place but will need to win against Papamoa and hope that the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets lose to The Flying Mullet Te Puke.

3rd place will be hotly contested with Eves Realty Greerton, The Flying Mullet Te Puke and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College separated by only 18 points. 

At the bottom of the table, both Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City and Generation Homes Lake Taupo will be wanting to finish on a high and get their first win of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup this season. 


Draw:
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City vs Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 
Boord Park, Rotorua - 11:30am 

The Flying Mullet Te Puke CC vs Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 
Te Puke Domain - 11:30am

Generation Homes Lake Taupo vs Eves Realty Greerton 
Owen Delany Park, Taupo - 11:30am

Papamoa vs Bayleys Central Indians 
Alice Johnson Oval - 11:30am

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui - Bye 
 

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JEET RAVAL TO JOIN THE BOPCA BOARD

Posted: Thursday, 16 December 2021

Bay of Plenty Cricket Association is thrilled to welcome professional cricketer, Northern Brave men’s team captain and Greerton Cricket Club new recruit, Jeet Raval, to the board. 

Raval is looking forward to implementing his in-depth cricket knowledge and financial expertise to help shape cricket in the region - from grass roots to high performance.

“It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to be on the board of BOPCA.

Cricket in our region is going through a significant change as the numbers continue to increase with the success of Blackcaps and White Ferns around the globe. With that comes the challenge to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate and improve their skills to be the best they can be. 

I hope to add value to the existing board by combining my cricket experience together with the financial reporting skills acquired through my time working with BDO accountancy firm in Tauranga.”

Bay of Plenty Cricket Chairman Shaun Riley was impressed with the calabre of applicants and is excited to have Raval’s input at a governance level.

“The BOPCA Board is delighted that Jeet Raval has accepted a role as Board member. We received a number of very high quality applicants and the recruitment committee had a difficult task. However Jeet’s governance, financial experience and his extensive cricket knowledge made him the ideal candidate. We thank everyone that applied and the Board looks forward to Jeet’s involvement moving forward.” 

Jeet Raval is currently the captain of the Northern Brave Super Smash team and contracted to Northern Districts Cricket Association. He has represented NZ as an opening batsman for the Blackcaps as well as stints at Yorkshire, Auckland and Central Districts. 

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI WIN THE BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP

Posted: Monday, 13 December 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui have won the Bayleys Bay of Plenty cup in style….and with one round to spare.

The Mount played host to Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City who won the toss and decided to have a bat. It didn’t take long for the Rotorua team to regret their decision with opener Vinay Pathania out on the first ball of the match. Jasvinder Singh fell not long after and Geyser found themselves 7 wickets down with 66 runs on the board. Goldendeep Brar helped his team to 87 all out with a high score of 27.

Ben Pomare came out swinging with 24 runs off 8 balls and with contributions from Drysdale (14*) Dovey (28) and Crombie (18*) the dominant Mount Maunganui side waltzed to their 20th win in a row.

Mount captain, Ben Musgrave, couldn’t be happier with how his side handled themselves throughout the competition.

“It was a really good campaign from this squad of players we have. We had guys such as Pete Drysdale and Craig Baldry step up and put some really good numbers on the board but I think it's a credit to the depth we have here at the Mount. There were lots of injuries in this campaign and those guys coming into the side really stepped up and made an impact. It definitely made my job pretty easy”

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 87/10, 37.1 overs (Goldendeep Brar 27, Dilraj Singh Gill 17; Chris Atkinson 3 for 19)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 88/3, 20.2 overs (Niven Dovey 28, Ben Pomare 24; Ben Astwood 1 for 18)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 7 wickets

 

Eyeing up 2nd place, the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets played the winless Generation Homes Lake Taupo premiers. Lake Taupo started strong with 9 runs off the first over and when Michael Mitchell and Habib Malik came together to form a 62 run partnership, Taupo was looking good on 114-2. Contributions from the lower order set the Cadets a competitive score of 220 to chase down.

Top ranked opening batsman, Fergus Lellman got out cheaply for 6 in the 3rd over but Otumoetai bat deep and 57 from Tim Pringle, 55 not out from Andrew Mascall and 42 from Mayura Galappaththi helped their team win by 5 wickets in the 48th over.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 220/8, 60 overs (Michael Mitchell 51, Habib Malik 51; Tim Pringle 3 for 32)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 221/5, 47.4 overs (Tim Pringle 57, Andrew Mascall 55*; Habib Malik 2 for 46)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 5 wickets

 

Pemberton Park was the place to be if you were a Eves Realty Greerton supporter with the yellow and blacks scoring 192 runs with Nick O’Sullivan top scoring with 33. Michael Brown snagged 4 wickets for Papamoa in a good bowling performance all round.

Losing a wicket in the first over and another in the 2nd, Papamoa was in trouble at 5-2 and despite Ryan d’Abo scoring a boundary laden 42, they could only manage 160 before being bowled out in the 27th over.

Eves Realty Greerton 192/10, 45.4 overs (Nick O’Sullivan 33, Lee Watkins 32*; Michael Brown 4 for 53)
Papamoa 160/10, 26.1 overs (Ryan d’Abo 42; Nick O’Sullivan 4 for 47)
Eves Realty Greerton won by 32 runs

 

After an impressive win last round, Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College were looking to produce another good performance when they came up against The Flying Mullet Te Puke prems. Te Puke won the toss and at 63 for 2 in the 22nd over the game was evenly poised. A 131 run 4th wicket  partnership between Blair McKenzie and Gareth Wallace put them in the box seat with 254 amassed in their 60 overs.

Tauranga Boys opener, Charles Williams wasn’t mucking around as he scored a quick fire 43 off 29 balls. Wickets then fell consistently throughout the innings and 3 quick wickets by Ben Roborgh in the 39th over meant they were all out for 156.

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 254/9, 60 overs (Blair McKenzie 80, Gareth Wallace 83; Billy Syme 2 for 16)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 156/10, 39 overs (Charles Williams 43; Ben Roborgh 3 for 0)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke won by 98 runs
 

The last round of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup will be played on the 18th December with the Bond & Co Mount Maunganui Prems sitting it out due to a bye.

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WEEKEND WRAP UP - MILESTONES REACHED AND THE OLDEST COMPETITION IN THE BAY RETURED

Posted: Monday, 6 December 2021

BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP - ROUND 7

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui showed why they are the team to beat in the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup this season with a convincing win against the Flying Mullet Te Puke side.

Te Puke won the toss and decided to have a bowl on the overcast Saturday morning. After getting Oli White out cheaply in the 4th over, Pete Drysdale and Niven Dovey came together for an 82 run partnership. Contributions from Musgrave, Crombie and Baldry helped get the Marlins to a formidable total of 256.

A classy 40 from Te Puke opening Tai Bredgman-Raison and quick runs from Serrurier and MacDonald wasn't enough to get their side into a competitive position. Man of the moment, Dale Swann had the best bowling figures of the day, taking 4 wickets which sealed his place in the record books with 500 wickets in his 300th game for Mount Maunganui!


Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 256/8, 60 overs (Pete Drysdale 88, Niven Dovey 53; Ben Roborgh 3 for 54, Tasman Carsons 3 for 58)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke 126/10, 32.3 overs (Tai Bridgman-Raison 40; Dale Swan 4 for 23, Craig Baldry 4 for 56)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 130 runs


It was a low scoring affair in Taupo as home side, Generation Homes Lake Taupo, hosted Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College.

Bowling first, the Tauranga Boys opening bowlers put on a stellar performance with Harsh Patel taking 3 wickets in the first 9 overs and ending up with bowling figures of 5-14 at an average of 2.80. Backed up by Billy Syme who snagged 4 wickets for 22 runs, Lake Taupo were all out for 71 in the 31st over.

AJ How started strong for the hosts, taking a wicket in the first ball of the innings and another in the 4th, which put Tauranga Boys at 2/2, but that was as good as it got as Seb Heath and TJ Clarke chased down the total in the 17th over - with 66% of their runs scored coming from 4s.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 71/10, 30.1 overs (Will Perry 22; Harsh Patel 5 for 14, Billy Syme 4 for 22)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 72/2, 16.2 overs (TJ Clarke 34*, Seb Heath 33*; AJ How 2 for 10)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College won by 8 wickets

 

The low scoring game between Lake Taupo and Tauranga Boys had nothing on what was unfolding over in Papamoa.

After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets made scoring runs very difficult for Papamoa with 87% of the balls bowled being dot balls. The end result was Papamoa all out for 65 with Spencer Wells taking an unbelievable 4 wickets for 5 runs (that's an average of 1.25)!

The run chase was a quick one with the Cadets taking 9 overs to score the winning runs with only 3 wickets down.

Papamoa Cricket Club 65/10, 44.5 overs (Paul Inglis 15*; Spencer Wills 4 for 5, Tim Pringle 3 for 26)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 66/3, 9 overs (Fergus Lellman 30; Reece Shelton 1 for 21)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 7 wickets


Rain in Rotorua put an abrupt end to the Eves Realty Greerton vs Bayleys Central-Indians game, which was abandoned in the 2nd over of the second innings after a captivating 83 from Umesh Ranaraja helped Greerton to 171 all out in the first innings.
 
Match Abandoned

 

ATTRILL CUP ROUND 1

The long awaited return of the Attrill Cup didn't disappoint with clubs coming together and team mates going up against team mates.

Tauranga Coastal (Te Puke, Mount Maunganui and Papamoa) played an U20 side stacked with Bay of Plenty talent at Blake Park.

Tim Pringle continued on his unbelieve form this season with  82 runs off  68 balls, including 8 sixes. Contibutions from Oli White (21), Niven Dovey (30) and Spencer Wills (27) set Coastal a total of 212 to chase down. Cameron Riley was the standout bowler taking 4 wickets and conceding only 16 runs in the first over.

Coastal made the run chase look easy, amassing 45 runs before the first wicket fell. Ben Pomare and Blair McKenzie then partnered up and put on 107 runs before Pomare was bowled in the 29th over by Pringle. with an impressive 86 not out McKenzie guided his team to a 8 wicket win. 

Bay of Plenty U20 212/10, 48.4 overs (Tim Pringle 82, Niven Dovey 30; Cameron Riley 4 for 16, Josh Earle 3 for 38)
Tauranga Coastal 216/3, 42.5 overs (Blair McKenzie 86*, Ben Pomare 69; Tim Pringle 2 for 28)
Tauranga Coastal won by 8 wickets


Over in Tauranga Domain, Lakelands (Geyser City, Central-Indians, Lake Taupo) were batting first against Tauranga Central (Greerton, Outometai, Tauranga Boys College) after losing the toss. Central-Indians player coach, Anish Desai, led the way with a brilliant innings - falling short of his century by 4 runs. Together with opener Michael Mitchell they put on a 150 run 2nd wicket partnership. After Mitchell was bowled in the 35th over and Desai followed suit in the 38th, the wickets started to steadily fall and Lakelands were bowled out for 240 runs.

2 wickets in the first over for Central set the tone for the rest of their innings and apart from Logan Murray hitting 6 fours and scoring 31 not out, the Central batsmen never got going and were bowled out for 79. Sam Lund took 4 wickets for 10 runs to  achieve the best bowling figures of the match.

Lakelands 240/10, 49.4 overs (Anish Desai 96, Michael Mitchell 60; Fergus Lellman 3 for 40, Mayura Galappaththi 3 for 49)
Tauranga Central 75, 18.4 overs (Logan Murray 31; Sam Lund 4 for 10)
Lakelands won by 165 runs
 

 


 

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TEAMS TO COMPETE FOR THE ATTRILL CUP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS

Posted: Saturday, 4 December 2021

This weekend marks the return of the legendary Attrill Cup!

The sub-association competition which started in the 1930s and is the oldest prize in Bay of Plenty Cricket, has laid dormant for years.

Bays Pathway and Talent Coach, Dean Brownlie, is looking forward to seeing the  quality of players throughout the tournament in a competitive environment. 

"I’m Really excited about the return of the Attrill Cup. It shows the depth in the region that we can have four really strong teams going up against each other representing their clubs region. It’s exciting to see a really talented u20s team in there who I’m sure would love to get one over some of their older teammates."

With the lack of representative cricket so far this season due to Covid-19, Brownlie believes the Attrill Cup is a great way for bay players to put their hand up for rep duties.

"It’s a great opportunity for players to get experience at a higher level of cricket and push for higher honours."

The Attrill cup will be played for over 3 rounds with the following teams; Tauranga Coastal (Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Te Puke), Tauranga Central (Greerton, Cadets, Tauranga Boys College), Lakelands (Geyser City, Central-Indians, Lake Taupo) and BOP U20.

Round 1 - 5th December 12.00pm
Tauranga Coastal vs BOP U20 - Blake Park
Tauranga Central vs Lakelands - Tauranga Domain

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BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP ROUND 7 PREVIEW

Posted: Saturday, 4 December 2021

The Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup is heating up as we look at the round 7 match ups.

Top of the table Bond & Co Mount Maunganui will head to Te Puke Domain to play The Flying Mullet Te Puke. Massive shout out to Dale Sawn who is playing is 300th career game for the Marlins!  

Generation Homes Lake Taupo are at home against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys who will be looking to replicate their last round win while Taupo are still on the hunt for their first BOP Cup win for the season.

Alice Johnson Oval will host the game between Papamoa and the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets who are currently sitting 3rd on the table with 3 wins from 5 games. Nikhil Vishwanath will be a key figure in the Papamoa batting line up with 138 runs to his name so far in the competition. 

Wanting to bounce back after last weeks losing draw, the Bayleys Central-Indians will be at home with Eves Realty Greerton making the trip over to Rotovegas. Greerton is coming off a bye last round so will be ready to redeem themselves after a 139 loss against the Cadets in their last game.

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BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP ROUND 6

Posted: Monday, 29 November 2021

A thrilling victory, a magnificent century and some skillful bowling - round 6 of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup had it all! 

3rd placed Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won the toss and decided to have a bat first against 2nd placed Bayleys Central-Indians. Fergus Lellman continued his outstanding form with 75 off 110 balls putting him 2nd on the batting rankings, 1 run behind teammate Tim Pringle. Despite Central Indians player/coach Anish Desai snagging 4 wickets for 30 runs, the Cadets cruised to 229 runs from their 60 overs.

The run chase didn’t go as planned with the Rotorua lads who were 54 for 3 in the 14th over. Continuing on from his 4 wicket haul, Anish Desai stabilised the innings with the top score of 39 – helping his team hold on for a losing draw.

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 229/9, 60 overs (Fergus Lellman 75, Tim Pringle 36; Anish Desai 4 for 30)
Bayleys Central-Indians 182/9, 50 overs (Anish Desai 39; Tim Pringle 5 for 56)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets winning draw

 

Keen to get their first win in the BOP Cup this season under their belt, the Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College team found themselves having a bowl first after Papamoa won the toss.

Papamoa got off to a flying start with opening pair Aaron Barbour and Ashish Dhameliya putting on 32 runs (which included 13 off the 2nd over) before Dhameliya succumbed to the bowling of Harsh Patel.  A 7th wicket partnership of 52 between Jass Randhawa and Xavier Lea helped their team to a defendable total of 179.

At 87 with 8 wickets down in the 35th over, things weren’t looking promising for Tauranga Boys but they dug in and with a couple of solid partnerships from Charles Williams, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan and Troy Barnett who managed to score 94 runs between them for the 9th and 10th wicket. The game ended in a thrilling victory for Tauranga Boys, winning by 1 wicket.

Papamoa Cricket Club 179/10, 48.3 overs (Jass Randhawa 44; Finn O’Brien-O’Loan)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 181/9, 58.2 overs (Charles Williams 49, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 34*; Michael Brown 3 for 40)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys won by 1 wicket
 

Pete Drysdale was the star of the show at Blake Park, scoring a magnificent 137 runs off 165 balls for the Bond & Co Mount Maunganui prems when they faced the Generation Homes Lake Taupo lads. He was backed up by fellow opener, Ollie White, who scored over 80% of his runs in boundaries. Moko Rivers and Will Perry kept their team in the game taking 3 wickets each but it wasn’t enough to keep Drysdale at bay and Taupo found themselves needing 276 runs to take out the win.

An excellent 53 off 35 balls from Luke Woods and contributions from Habib Malik, Jesse Dowd and Will Perry weren’t enough to chase down the mammoth total, falling short by 95 runs. Craig Baldry showed his bowling skills, finishing up with 5 wickets at an economy rate of 2.31.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 275/9, 52 overs (Pete Drysdale 137, Ollie White 41; Moko Rivers 3 for 54, Will Perry 3 for 87)
Generation Homes Lake Taupo 180/10, 41 overs (Luke Woods 53, Habib Malik 274; Craig Baldry 5 for 30, Ollie White 3 for 35)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 95 runs
 

After last weeks draw, Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City were looking to go one better and post their first win of their BOP Cup campaign and after winning the toss and electing to bat against the Flying Mullet Te Puke side, hopes were high. A 2nd wicket partnership of 57 between Goldendeep Brar and Jasvinder Singh and 36 from the in-form Samuel Devereaux helped Geyser city to 178 in the 55th over.

After an interrupted week with a postponed T20 match and a bye in the lasts round of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup, Te Puke found themselves 36 for 3 in the 14th over. Contributions from captain Blair McKenzie (31), Ben Vyver (38) and a 41 run partnership for the 9th wicket between Christian MacDonald and Mikaere Leef got Te Puke over the line.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 178/10, 54.2 overs (Samuel Devereaux 39, Jasvinder Singh 30; Mikaere Leef 3 for 24, Josh Earle 3 for 42)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke 179/8, 53.4 overs (Ben Vyver 38, Blair McKenzie 31; Samuel Devereaux 4 for 41)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke won by 2 wickets

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REP CRICKET TEAM NAMING AND BAYLEYS BOP CUP PREVIEW

Posted: Friday, 26 November 2021

Cricket fans are in for a treat this weekend with 2 full days of BOP cricket!

We start on Saturday with round 6 of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup with Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College plays host to Papamoa.  Tauranga Boys showed their fight when they came up against the Bayleys Central-Indians last round, losing by 3 wickets.

 

It is the battle of 2 vs 3 when the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets face the Bayleys Central-Indians. The Cadets are coming off a big win last round and with Tim Pringle and Fergus Lellman (who have racked up 453 runs in 4 games between them) back from Northern Districts A duties and will be looking to carry on their fine form.

The Central-Indians will be wanting to keep their unbeaten record in the competition and will be looking to bowler Andrew Gibbs to take early wickets as they strive for top of the table status.

 

Blake Park will be the place to be for Bond & Co Mount Maunganui supporters as they welcome Generation Homes Lake Taupo to the bay. Sitting pretty at the top of the table, but only on net run rate, the Marlins will want to extend the gap between them and the Central Indians. Pete Drysdale will be a key figure with 9 wickets and 154 runs in his 4 BOP Cup matches.  

On the back of a draw last round, Lake Taupo will be keen to get their first win under their belt. Opening batsman Michael Mitchell will be hoping for a repeat performance of last rounds 84 not out.

 

After an interrupted week with a postponed T20 match, the Flying Mullet Te Puke side will be back in action against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City. With a bye last round, Te Puke will be keen to get back on the park and get a win. Geyser City have yet to add a W to their BOP Cup campaign, but with a draw last week and Samuel Deveraux on fire with bat and ball, the Rotorua lads will be feeling good about their chances. The team also welcomes back Connor Scott and have named debutant Dilraj Singh.

 

CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS BAY OF PLENTY REPRESENTITIVE TEAM NAMING

3rd times a charm for the Craigs Investment Partners Men’s Representative team as they face a Northern Districts U19 team for a 50 over friendly on Sunday.

After the first 2 attempts to play the game were rained out, Coach Daniel Flynn is hoping for the sun to be shining. “I’m looking forward to getting back into some cricket - hopefully the weather plays ball this time after a couple of false starts.”

This game will also be NZ U19 representative and former Northland player Ollie White’s first game for the bay.

 

TEAM:

Ollie White

Taylor Bettelheim

Fergus Lellman

Tim Pringle

Blair McKenzie

Ben Pomare (C)

Pete Drysdale

Iman Singh

Dave Hancock

Cam Riley

Josh Earle

Henry Conway

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WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP IN THE LAST BAYWIDE CUP ROUND OF THE YEAR

Posted: Thursday, 25 November 2021

The last round of the Baywide Cup T20 competition for the year is today!

Pool 1

Generation Homes Lake Taupo will host the Bayleys Central-Indians in a must win game with both teams sitting at the bottom of the table for Pool 1. The Central-Indians will be looking to Andrew Gibbs who has been in great form with the ball snagging 5 wickets in the last 2 games while Taupo will be high on confidence coming off a win in their last Baywide Cup game.

 

Papamoa, who is 2nd on the table, will be wanting to chase down top dog Bond & Co Mount Maunganui who is unbeaten thus far in the competition and will be looking to secure a home semi final. With 49 not out in the last round, Pete Drysdale will be one to watch for Mount Maunganui.  Oli White and Dave Hancock will also be back in action after the 3 players were away on Northern Districts A duties earlier this week.

After a win in the first round and an 18 run loss in the second…and Generation Homes Lake Taupo hot on their heels, Papamoa need a win. Ben Goodall is been a standout with the ball in their fist two games with 7 wickets at an economy rate of 4.80 and will need to strike early with the Marlins batting line up.

 

Pool 2

Over in Pool 2 Eves Realty Greerton is in a must win game vs Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Greerton will be missing their Baywide Cup top scorer Brett Hampton but still have plenty of batting power in their ranks. Sitting on the bottom of the table, Tauranga Boys will be ready for a battle. Harsh Patel was a standout in their last match, scoring 28 off 20 balls and taking 2 wickets.

 

The Flying Mullet Te Puke vs Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City game has had to be postponed as some of the players self isolate.

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ALL THE ACTION FROM ROUND 5 OF THE BAYLEYS BOP CUP

Posted: Sunday, 21 November 2021

We are now past the halfway point of the Bay of Plenty Cup for the 2021/22 season and the front runners are pulling away from the pack...here is how round 5 played out: 

The Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City Premiers were on fire with the bat with 4 players scoring 40 or more against Generation Homes Lake Taupo.

Opening batsmen Vinay Pathania and Cam Ingram got off to a solid start with a 63 run partnership before Ingram fell victim to the bowling of Will Perry. Jasvinder Singh held it together in the middle overs with 45 off 81 balls while a 7th wicket 70 run partnership between Cohen Stewart (40) and Samuel Devereaux (58 not out) pushed Geyser City’s score to an impressive 270/7 after their 60 overs.

Taupo opener Michael Mitchell embraced the challenge and kept his team in the game with 83 not out. Partnering up with captain Habib Malik, the duo put on 102 runs until Malik was out lbw. With minimal contributions from the rest of the batting line up, and tight bowling from Geyser City, Lake Taupo could only amass 206 - giving the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City side the winning draw.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 270/7, 60 overs (Samuel Devereaux 58*, Vinay Pathania 54, Jasvinder Singh 45, Cohen Stewart 40; Moko Rivers 2 for 35)
Generation Homes Lake Taupo Cricket Club 206/7, 49 overs (Michael Mitchell 83*, Habib Malik 44; Samuel Devereaux 3 for 29)
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City Winning Draw

 

After coming off a win and a draw in the last 2 rounds of the Bay of Plenty Cup, Papamoa were hoping to start strong when they batted first against Bond & Co Mount Maunganui. Unfortunately, it didn’t play out that way with the Mount Maunganui bowlers ripping through the batting line up bowling them out for 127. Nikhil Vishwanath top scored with 30 before succumbing to a run out by debutant Oli White.

Mount Maunganui wasted no time in their run chase with Pete Drysdale playing aggressively with 64 off 53 balls. Fellow opener Ben Pomare contributed a quick fire 17 off 9 balls before being caught by Ryan d’Abo. Captain Ben Musgrave and Drysdale finished it off in the 19th over, giving the away side a 6 wicket win.

Papamoa Cricket Club 127/10, 49.4 overs (Nikhil Vishwanath 30; Craig Baldry 3 for 16)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 131/4, 18.1 overs (Pete Drysdale 64, Ben Musgrave 31*; Ryan d’Abo 2 for 13)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 6 wickets

 

It was an early finish in Rotorua for Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College and top of the table Bayleys Central-Indians.

Being sent in to bat first, Tauranga Boys couldn’t get going against a strong Central-Indians bowling line up and were all out in the 37th over. Billy Syme was a shining light for Tauranga Boys, scoring 31 not out off 36 balls.

The central Indians had a rocky start to their run chase with Kane and Sandhu departing the crease early. Daniel Ford and Nadeera Nawela stabilised the innings, putting on a 49 run partnership before Nawela was bowled in the 15th over by Troy Barnett. Rapidly running out of wickets, Player/Coach Anish Desai and Julian Danby put on an 8th wicket partnership of 36 to secure the game in the 39th over.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 107/10, 36.1 overs (Billy Syme 31; Stephen Nicholls 3 for 19, Anish Desai 3 for 39)
Bayleys Central-Indians 108/7, 38.1 overs (Anish Desai 28*, Nadeera Nawela 26, Daniel Ford 26; Troy Barnett 3 for 21, Billy Syme 2 for 15)
Bayleys Central-Indians won by 3 wickets

 

It was a tough day on the park for Eves Realty Greerton as they faced the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, the Otumoetai openers got off to a great start, putting on 42 before Marcel Collett was bowled in the 14th over. Fergus Lellman and Tim Pringle, who are both heading to Taupo later this week to represent Northern Districts A, partnered up to add 94 runs from 72 balls.  

Cadets bowler Mayura Galappaththi set the tone with 2 wickets in his first over….he went on to take 8 wickets at an economy rate of 2.85! Daniel Price was the top scorer for Greerton with 36 off 42 balls but the men in black and yellow never came close and were bowled out for 100 in the 32nd over.

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 239/10, 51.5 overs (Fergus Lellman 68, Tim Pringle 61, Andrew Mascall 42; Daniel Price 4 for 58, James Boyd 3 for 62)
Eves Realty Greerton 100/10, 31.5 overs (Daniel Price 36, Lee Watkins 20; Mayura Galappaththi 8 for 28)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 139 runs

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BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP ROUND 5 PREVIEW

Posted: Friday, 19 November 2021

After a soggy round 4 was called off due to rain, we find ourselves at the pointy end of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City are heading to Taupo to face Generation Homes Lake Taupo, both haven't had a win in the tournament thus far and will be looking to log their first W.

2nd plays 5th when Papamoa host Bond & Co Mount Maunganui. Papamoa will be looking to Nikhil Vishwanath who scored an impressive 82 in his last outing while Mount Maunganui welcome back Dominic Crombie who is returning from injury and NZ Under 19 representative Ollie White in his debut game for the team. 

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College will head to Rototua to take on top of the table Bayleys Central Indians.  Taking 7 wickets for 34 runs in the Central Indians last game, Andrew Gibbs will be full of confidence and keen to repeat the performance while Tauranga Boys will be relying on the experience of coach/player Charles Williams, who is the teams top scorer, to guide the young side.

Vying for the 3rd spot on the table are Eves Realty Greerton and Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets. Greerton will celebrate Tom MacRury’s 100th game for the club and welcome Israel Turner who will play his debut game. Both teams will be without Northern Districts Cricket representatives who are heading down to Alexandra to take on Otago in the Plunket Shield. 

Check out all the action live from 11.30am Saturday 20th November here

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BAYWIDE CUP ROUND 3 REVIEW & BAYLEYS BOP CUP ROUND 4 PREVIEW

Posted: Friday, 12 November 2021

BAYWIDE CUP T20 – ROUND 3, POOL 2  RECAP

What’s better than some midweek T20 action and with the Baywide Cup on the line, the teams in pool 2 didn’t disappoint.

Tauranga Domain was the place to be if you were an Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets supporter, as they retained top spot on the table with 3 straight wins. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Eves Realty Greerton struggled with the bat with Brandan Laurenzi top scoring for his side with 38. Cadets easily chased down the 128 needed in 18.3 overs with only 2 wickets down. Marcel Collett finishing up on 78 not out off 66 balls.

Eves Realty Greerton 128/8, 20 overs (Brandan Laurenzi 38, Lee Watkins 28 not out; Mayura Galappaththi 2 for 17)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 128/2, 18.3 overs (Marcel Collett 75 not out, Mayura Galappaththi 38)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 8 wickets

 

Over in Te Puke, The Flying Mullet Te Puke men decided to have a bat first against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys who were in with a chance when they dismissed opener Devon Serruier cheaply in the 3rd over -  but it wasn’t their evening as Ben Vyver and Blair McKenzie put on a 2nd wicket partnership of 57.  A late flurry by Stephen Crossan and Cameron Riley as the pair added 45 runs off 23 balls before Crossan had to leave the field retired hurt.

Another fighting display by Tauranga Boys wasn’t enough, falling short by 61 runs. Aiden Green and Harsh Patel kept their composure in the middle order, scoring 23 and 28 respectively.

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 189/5, 20 overs (Ben Vyver 61, Stephen Crossan 37; Harsh Patel 2 for 36)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 128/8, 20 overs (Harsh Patel 28, Aiden Green 23; Robert Ward 3 for 20)
The Flying Mullet Te Puke won by 61 runs

 

 

BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP – ROUND 4 PREVIEW 

 

We are getting close to the halfway point of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty cup and all eyes will be on the top of the table clash between The Flying Mullet Mount Maunganui and the Bayleys Central Indians. With only a slightly higher run rate all that is separating the two teams, Mount Maunganui will be looking to secure that top spot with a win.
 
Coming off a convincing win over the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City last weekend (chasing down the runs in just 14 overs), the Central Indians will be looking to star bowler Andrew Gibbs to continue on his form with the ball and add to his 13 wickets he has taken after 3 rounds.
One person they will be trying to get out cheaply is Niven Dovey who is currently ranked as the number one batsman in the competition with an average of 61.36 after scoring 90 against Greerton last round.

 

Keen to get a win under their belt, the Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys will play 4th placed  Eves Realty Greerton. Greerton will be missing the batting prowess of Jeet Raval and the power of Brett Hampton who are away on ND representative duties. A special mention to Tom MacRury who is playing his 100th game this Saturday.

 

Te Puke Domain will host the Generation Homes Lake Taupo side who will be fresh after a bye last round and keen for their first win of the competition. The Flying Mullet Te Puke will be without the hard hitting batsman Steve Crossan who is resting up after receiving a nasty concussion during Thursdays Baywide Cup T20 game.

 

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City will be ready to get off the bottom of the table and redeem themselves after last weekend’s heavy loss when they play host to Papamoa. Papamoa is coming off the back of a losing draw so both teams have a lot to play for.

 

Follow the games live here

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INDIVIDUALS SHINE IN ROUND 3 OF THE BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP

Posted: Monday, 8 November 2021

Dominant performances from the top of the table teams and some individual brilliance made for an exciting day of play in round 3 of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup.

 

Pete Drysdale got off to a positive start for Bond & Co Mount Maunganui after they won the toss and elected to bat against a strong Eves Realty Greerton line up with a beautiful straight drive for 4 in the first over. It wasn’t fellow opener Ben Pomare’s day, spooning the ball to the man at cover in the 3rd over.

Niven Dovey was in next and quickly got into his work, forming a partnership of 146 (off 110 balls) with Drysdale. Drysdale fell victim to Hampton LBW in the 36th over – just one run shy of his half century. Dovey followed in the next over, run out on 90.

An 8th wicket partnership of 55 between Dale Sawn and Craig Baldry (with a rain delay towards the end of the innings) took their total to 259 from their 60 overs. Hampton the best of the Greerton bowlers with 4 wickets at an economy rate of 3.29.

Hoping to replicate the 85 run opening partnership they put on in Round 1, Tom MacRury and Jeet Raval started strong until MacRury was run out for 27. Raval carried on, bringing up a stylish half century before succumbing to the bowling of Dale Swan. Five Greerton batsman were unable to get off the mark and a fantastic 70 from Nick O’Sullivan wasn’t enough to chase down the total, losing by 78 runs.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 259/8 – 60 overs (Niven Dovey 90, Pete Drysdale 49; Brett Hampton 4 for 46)

Eves Realty Greerton 181/10 –  42.1 overs (Nick O’Sullivan 70, Jeet Raval 55; Tony Goodin 3 for 32)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 78 runs

 

The Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets also took advantage of the toss and had a bat first. What followed was an absolute batting masterclass with the top 3 batsmen contributing 271 runs. Fergus Lellman was the standout with 139 not out off 140 balls and was supported by both Marcel Collett (66) and Joe Carter (66). A late cameo from Andrew Mascall who scored 20 off 12 balls set an intimidating 316 target for Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College to chase for the win.

It was a positive start for Tauranga Boys with Charles Williams making 52 runs from 46 balls before he was dismissed by the competition's top ranked bowler, Tim Pringle. Pringle then ripped through the Boys College line up, finishing up with 7 wickets at an economy rate of 1.52 securing the home side a 164 run win.

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 315/4 – 51 overs (Fergus Lellman 139 not out, Marchel Collett 66, Joe Carter 66; Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 1 for 42)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 151/10 – 47.5 overs (Charles Williams 52, Seb Heath 22; Tim Pringle 7 for 21)

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 164 runs

 

It was a low scoring affair in Rotorua, with the two local teams going head to head. The Bayleys Central Indians won the toss and put Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City in to bat. Andrew Gibbs shone with the ball for the Central Indians – taking 7 wickets in 10 overs for 34 runs. The Geyser City tail helped to get their team to a more respectable total with Gurtej Billing highest scoring on 21 not out.

The Central Indians weren’t mucking around chasing down the 91 runs needed to win. Opener Daniel Ford contributing a quick 20 off 10 balls before being run out in the 3rd over. Fellow opening Stephen Nicholls and Nadeera Nawela partnered up for 36 runs to help reach Geyser City’s score in the 14th over.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 91/10 – 28.4 overs (Gurtej Billing 21; Andrew Gibbs 7 for 34)

Bayleys Central Indians 93/4 – 13.3 overs (Nadeera Nawela 28 not out, Stephen Nicholls 22; Jono Collier 2 for 32)

Bayleys Central Indians won by 6 wickets

 

Papamoa played host to The Flying Mullet Te Puke side and put them in for a bat after winning the toss. What followed was a beautiful batting showcase from opener Iman Singh, scoring 117 off 136 balls. A 5th wicket partnership of 81 from Gareth Wallace (58 not out) and Stephen Crossan (53 not out) set Papamoa an intimidating 285 to chase down after declaring after 55 overs.

A impressive 82 from Nikhil Vishwanath and contributions from Jass Randhawa (31), Edward Sclater (16) and Ashish Dhameliya (11) wasn’t enough to get close to Te Pukes total – the game finishing with Te Puke taking out the first innings win.

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 285/4 – 55 overs (Iman Singh 117, Gareth Wallace 58 not out, Stephen Crossan 53 not out; Michael Brown 1 for 37)

Papamoa 165/5 – 50 overs (Nikhil Vishwanath 82, Jass Randhawa 31; Josh Earle 2 for 29, Iman Singh 2 for 35)

The Flying Mullet Te Puke first innings win

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BIG NAMES AND BIG HITTERS ON SHOW FOR ROUND 3 OF THE BAYLEYS BOP CUP

Posted: Friday, 5 November 2021

Defending BOP Cup holders, Eves Realty Greerton are at home facing top of the table Bond & Co Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Mount Maunganui will be hoping captain, Ben Musgrave, puts on another masterclass with the bat after scoring 65 and 43 respectively in the first two rounds. The team also welcomes back former NZ U19 bowler, David Hancock who is making his first appreance this season.Northern Districts batsman, Jeet Raval is back in the black and yellow and will be hoping to replicate his form from round 1 where he scored 92 off 105 balls. Big hitter, Brett Hampton will also return to the side so expect some runs to be scored in this match up.

 

After a bye last week, Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College will be keen to get a win under their belt against a strong Element IMF Otumoetai side. Otumoetai will be looking to Tim Pringle to continue on his form which currently sees him topping the player rankings with both bat and ball – amassing 155 runs and 6 wickets in just two games.

 

On the back of a nail-biting win against The Generation Homes Lake Taupo team, Papamoa will be looking carry on that winning feeling against a winless Flying Mullet Te Puke side. Te Puke captain Blair McKenzie is the one to watch with the bat, averaging just shy of 50 runs so far in the competition.

 

After showing how a run chase should be done last week, the Bayleys Central-Indians will be hoping to replicate their dominate performance as the two Rotorua teams go head-to-head. The duo of Player Coach, Anish Desai and Bharat Popli who helped the Central-Indians chase down last weeks total with 8 wickets to spare, are both named in the side which also includes the 2nd ranked bowler in the competition with 6 wickets so far, Andrew Gibbs. Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City will be wanting to get a with under their belt after two straight losses, Samuel Devereaux has been a stand out for Geyser, scoring 65 not out (off 56 balls) and taking 3 wickets at an economy rate of 2.80 last round.

 

Follow all the action (including live streaming of some games) here

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BAYLEYS BAY OF PLENTY CUP ROUND 2 ACTION

Posted: Monday, 1 November 2021

It was a dominant performance from the Bond & Co Mount Maunganui premier side as they faced off against the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets.
Double figure contributions from the top 8, which included a high score of 43 from Ben Musgrave, saw Mount Maunganui in a great position with 234 runs after 60 overs.

The Cadets chase got off to a good start with opening batsman Marcel Collett falling just short of his half ton on 47. Coming in at 4, Tim Pringle contributed a batting masterclass, finishing up on 77 not out - however, brilliant bowling by Pete Drysdale and Northern Districts contracted player, Brett Randell (both getting 3 wickets each), and 3 ducks in as many overs secured Mount Maunganui the win.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui vs Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui - 234/9, 60 overs (Ben Musgrave 43, Peter Drysdale 34; Fergus Lellman 3 for 66)
Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets - 173/10, 46.4 overs (Tim Pringle 77, Marcel Collett 47; Brett Randell 3 for 35, Peter Drysdale 3 for 47)
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 91 runs
 
 
Meanwhile, over in Rotorua, Eves Realty Greerton prems won the toss and elected to bat against the home team the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City Prems - due to rain the game was played on artificial. 

After a slow start, Nick O'Sullivan and Umesh Ranaraja put on a 4th wicket partnership of 49. After O'Sullivan was caught and bowled in the 20th over, Ranaraja continued on and formed a partnership with Mitchell Rush (69) helping take their total to a healthy 211 in the 51st over. 

Jared Tutty and Daniel Spencer opened the bowling for Greerton - Tutty steaming in from one end making players duck and weave while Spencer worked his magic with the ball at the other. Wickets fell regularly with good catches taken. A brilliant 65 off 56 balls for Samuel Devereaux and a 10th wicket partnership of 41 with Cohen Stuart wasn't enough with Stuart falling to Spencer with Geyser all out for 141 in the 39th over.  

Eves Realty Greerton vs Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City
Eves Realty Greerton - 211/10, 51.5 overs (Mitchell Rush 51, Umesh Ranaraja 44; Samuel Devereaux 3 for 28, Gurtej Billing 3 for 43)
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City - 141/10, 39.5 overs (Samuel Devereaux 65; Daniel Spencer 4 for 39)
Eves Realty Greerton won by 70 runs
 
 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo Cricket Club played hosts to Papamoa in a nail biter. Aaron Barbour started strong for Papamoa, anchoring the innings and bringing up his half century in the process. Tight bowling from Taupo, in particular John Dolan who took 3 wickets at an economy rate of 2.36, restricted Papamoa to 195 in 60 overs.  Michael Mitchell was in fine form for the home team, coming in at 3 and amassing 87 runs, but Mitchell's efforts as well as contributions from Caleb Bate (30), and Jesse Dowd (21) couldn't chase down the runs needed to secure the win and were bowled out in the 50th over 4 runs short of a win.

Papamoa vs Generation Homes Lake Taupo
Papamoa - 195/8, 60 overs (Aaron Barbour 52, Reece Shelton 22 not out; John Dolan 3 for 33)
Generation Homes Lake Taupo 192/10, 49.2 overs (Michael Mitchell 87, Caleb Bate 30; Ashish Dhameliya 4 for 35, Michael Brown 3 for 26)
Papamoa won by 3 runs
 
 

It was a low scoring affair in Te Puke as the Flying Mullet Te Puke prems took on Rotorua's Bayleys Central-Indians. 
The Central-Indians chose to bowl first and were rewarded with 2 quick wickets in the first 3 overs. Blair McKenzie and Ben Vyver settled the innings with a 48 run partnership but central bowler, Andrews Gibbs was on fire, ripping through the middle order and helping bowl Te Puke out with a modest total of 114. 

Bharat Popli opened the batting for the Central-Indians for the first time this season and showed his class with 55 not out from 68 balls. He partnered up with new player/coach Anish Desai (46) to chase down Te Pukes score in the 25th over. Cameron Riley was the only bowler to put a dent in the run chase, taking 2 wickets off his 8 overs. 

The Flying Mullet Te Puke vs Bayleys Central-Indians 
The Flying Mullet Te Puke 114/10, 37.4 overs (Blair McKenzie 31, Ben Vyver 31; Andrew Gibbs 4 for 37)
Bayleys Central-Indians 118/2, 24.5 overs (Bharat Popli 55, Anish Desai 46; Cameron Riley 2 for 22)
Bayleys Central-Indians won by 8 wickets

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BOPCA Board Member Wanted

Posted: Thursday, 28 October 2021

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Association (BOPCA) is seeking expressions of interest for an Independent Director to join its Board.

The Association's purpose is to grow cricket and provide elite pathways for all within its region. It is also responsible for administering cricket throughout the Bay of Plenty region, which includes Western Bay, Whakatane, Rotorua and Taupo. 

The ideal applicant will have experience in not for profit boards, sponsorship, grant funding and some cricket knowledge. All applicants who believe they have the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to the board and cricket in the region are welcome to apply. This is a voluntary position. Applicants must be available to attend bi-monthly board meetings. 

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter for consideration to chair@bopcricket.co.nz or call Shaun Riley on 021 535 030 to discuss further.

Applications close 5.00pm, Friday 12th November 2021

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Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup - Round 1 Highlights

Posted: Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Round 1 of the Bayley's Bay of Plenty Cup offered up some big hits and spectacular bowling in what is shaping up to be a tight competition.

Bayley's Central-Indians vs Gereration Homes Lake Taupo
It was the battle of the lakes when the Bayleys Central-Indians came up against the Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC.
Lake Taupo got off to a steady start with opening bowlers Rivers and How keeping the Central-Indians opening pair quiet. Two quick wickets saw Lovely Sandhu (52) and Nadeera Nawela (65) come together and put on a partnership of 126. Tight bowling from Captain Habib Malik (3-21) broke the partnership when he had Nadeera caught by Perry in the covers. Roger Urbahn bowled very well in partnership with Malik and kept the pressure on - bowling the Central-Indians out for 194. Urbahn finished with a well deserved 5 wicket haul. 

The run chase didn't get off to the best of starts as Lake Taupo were 4/17 after 8 overs.  A 55 run partnership Between Habib Malik (51) and Aditya Chandel (24) somewhat steadied the ship but the wicket of Chandel caught on the boundary opened the door again. Steady wickets fell at the other end meanwhile Malik composed a very well made 50 but didn't last too long after. AJ How chipped in with 26 but there was too much to do with very little wickets left behind, falling 52 runs short.

Bayleys Central-Indians - 194/10 - 54.2 overs (Nadeera Nawela 65, Lovely Sandhu 52; Lavely Sandhu 3 for 10, Stephen Nicholls 3 for 21)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo - 142/10 - 44.5 overs (Habib Malik 51, AJ How 26; Roger Urbahn 5 for 49, Habib Malik 3 for 21)

Bayleys Central-Indians won by 52 runs

 

Flying Mullet Te Puke vs Eves Realty Greerton
Winning the toss and deciding to bowl, the Flying Mullet Te Puke CC we witness to an opening partnership of 85 runs by Tom MacRury (58) and Jeet Raval (92). 
Jeet Raval, on debut, did what he does best, batting long and anchoring the innings for a well composed 92 from 105. Tom Renoulf (50th match) did the damage at the end to get the team up to a very good score of 273, hitting 53 not out.

Jared Tutty and Brett Hampton opened the bowling for Greerton and bowled incredibly tight, restricting Te Puke to 20-2 after 14 overs. a solid 68 from Te Puke captain, Blair McKenzie, and a 6th wicket partnership of 72 between Stephen Crossan (60) and Josh Earle (18) wasn't enough with Greerton taking out a winning draw with max bowling and batting points with Te Puke getting to 203-9 off 56 overs. 

Eves Realty Greerton - 272/10 - 53.1 overs (Jeet Raval 92. Tom MacRury 58, Tom Renouf 53 not out; Tim Burke 3 for 45)

The Flying Mullet Te Puke - 203/9 - 56 overs (Blair McKenzie 68, Stephen Crossan 60; Mikaere Leef 3 for 53)

Winning draw to Eves Realty Greerton 

 

 Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City vs Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets
The Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won the toss and sent the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City CC in to bat first. A first ball duck set the tone for the innings and high scores by Vinay Pathania (35) and Samuel Devereaux (27) helped Geyser City to 133 all out in the 42nd over.

Following on from his outstanding bowling performance in the first innings (4-22), Tim Pringle accumulated over half of the runs required for the Cadets with 78 not out off 74 balls as they comfortably chased down Geyser City's total in the 29th over.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City - 133/10 - 41.3 overs (Vinay Pathania 35, Samuel Devereaux 27; Barry Hogan 3 for 25)

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets - 134/6 - 28.1 overs (Tim Pringle 78, Spencer Wills 23; Tim Pringle 4 for 22)

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 4 wickets

 

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui vs Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 
It was a high scoring affair between Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College with Niven Dovey (69) and Ben Musgrave (65) putting on a partnership of 81 for Mount Maunganui in the first innings, posting a score of 272 for Tauranga Boys to chase down.

The run chase got off to a great start with the opening batsmen contributing 62 runs. However, the Mount bowlers were on fire and a 10th wicket partnership between Riley Brady (36) and Troy Barnett (13 not out) couldn't get Tauranga Boys over the line, falling 63 runs short.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui  - 272/8 - 49 overs (Niven Dovey 69, Ben Musgrave 65; Henry Conway 3 for 34, Dale Swan 3 for 59)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College - 209/10 - 50.3 overs (Seb Heath 43, Riley Brady 36; Finn O'Brien-O'Loan 3 for 31)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 63 runs

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PREVIEW TO A BIG LABOUR WEEKEND OF CRICKET IN THE BAY

Posted: Friday, 22 October 2021

An action packed Labour weekend of cricket is coming up in the bay!


We start with the Labour Weekend Invitational where the Bay of Plenty U16 girls are up against 2 Manawatu teams and Mount Maunganui team - the Hamilton and Auckland teams were unable to travel due to both regions being at Level 3 restrictions. 


Crispian Stewart will be coaching the team and thinks the future is looking bright with the talent coming through. In particular Sadie Stewart who will be wanting to build on her impressive batting form where she was the top run scorer in the BOP girls most recent tournament in Auckland.


The first round of the Bayleys Bay of Plenty Cup is starting on Saturday with Northern Districts representative and former Blackcap Jeet Raval making his debut for Eves Realty Greerton Cricket Club. 


Club President, Steve Wineti, is thrilled to have Raval on board and knows he will be a great addition to Greerton CC.


"We are stoked to have a player of his calibre and experience joining the club. It’s great for our young players and our juniors so we welcome Jeet to the club and look forward to seeing him wearing black and yellow". 


The Craigs Investment Partners BOP Senior Mens team will start their season with a few friendly games against a Northern Districts U19 representative side including a 50 over match on Sunday and two T20s on Monday.
Coach, Daniel Flynn, is looking forward to getting back into it and is excited about what the team can achieve this season.


"We will be looking to build on the bit of success we had last season with what is still a reasonably young squad. This weekend presents guys a great opportunity to put to the test the things they’ve been working on throughout the winter."



BOP GIRLS U16 TEAM - 23-24 October 2021 at Waipuna Park

Sadie Stewart                                    
Charli Parkinson                               
Freya Lord                                          
Sophie Macken                                 
Grace Duncan                                   
Brittany Jenkins
Mackenzie Grant
Faith Anderson                                 
Jessica Benge

Coach: Crispian Stewart

Fixtures: https://www.crichq.com/competitions/13828/draws/53198/rounds

 

 

CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS BOP SENIOR MENS TEAM

50 Over - 24 October 2021 at Blake Park

Joe Carter
Taylor Bettelheim
Fergus Lellman
Brett Hampton
Tim Pringle
Ben Pomare (C)
Blair McKenzie
Peter Drysdale
Cameron Riley
Josh Earl
Iman Singh
Henry Conway
Bharat Popli

https://www.crichq.com/competitions/14522/draws/53118/rounds

T20 - 25 October 2021 at Blake Park

Round 1
Fergus Lellman
Ben Pomare (C)
Taylor Bettelheim
Petter Drysdale
Ben Musgrave
Blair McKenzie
Michael Mitchell
Iman Singh
Josh Earl
Cameron Riley
Mikare Leef
Finn Dempsey
 
Round 2
Blair McKenzie
Tim Pringle
Ben Musgrave
Peter Drysdale
Ben Pomare
Michael Mitchell
Taylor Bettelheim
Mikare Leef
Finn Dempsey
Fergus Lellman
Henry Conway
+ One other

 https://www.crichq.com/competitions/14522/draws/53120/rounds



BAYLEYS BOP CUP ROUND 1 - 23 October 2021
https://www.crichq.com/competitions/8967/draws/52414/rounds

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RECAP OF ALL THE ACTION FROM THE BAYLEYS BAYWIDE CUP T20 - ROUNDS 1 & 2

Posted: Monday, 18 October 2021

The season got off to a cracking start on Saturday with Northern Districts representative Joe Carter smashing 136 not out off 63 balls, including ten 4s and ten 6s – his highest score ever for the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets.

 

The day started with the Bond & Co Mount Maunganui Cricket Club winning the toss and electing to bat against Generation Homes Lake Taupo Cricket Club. With solid contributions from the top order, Mount Maunganui were looking to be in a good position. This was strengthened even more when Matt Golding then came in at 5 to score a quick fire 62 off 26 balls.

 

Lake Taupo Cricket Club started the innings slow as the Mount Maunganui bowlers got into their work. Apart from a couple of big hits from Caleb Bate (20) and a solid 20 runs from Michael Mitchell, Lake Taupo never got going and only managed a total of 68, 114 runs short of the total.

 

Over on the other ground, Papamoa had won the toss and decided to bat first against the Bayleys Central Indians. Papamoa managed to muster up a total of 103/5 in this low scoring game with new recruit Jass Randhawa getting the highest score of 36. Andrew Gibbs took the most wickets for the Central Indians with 3-17

 

The Central Indians batsmen never really got firing with a run out early in the innings and were bowled out 11 runs shy in the last over.

 

Meanwhile, in Pool 2, Eves Realty Greerton Premier were sent into bat first by the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser Cricket Club. Tom MacRury got off to a flying start with 60 runs off 31 balls. Northern Districts contracted player Brett Hampton then joined him for a quick fire 86 off 37 runs (at a strike rate of 232).

 

A couple of early wickets from Jared Tutty set the tone for Geyser Cricket Clubs run chase as they only managed to amass 92/9 from their 20 overs, losing by 98 runs.

 

For their first game of the day, the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won the toss and put themselves in to bat against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys. Contributions from Fergus Lellman (30), Tim Pringle (56) and Liam Collett (26) helped set the target of 172. Logan Murray’s 26 wasn’t enough to help his team to a competitive total with the Cadets winning by 66 runs.

 

Round 2 started with the Bayleys Central Indians batting first and setting the Bond and Co Mount Maunganui side a total of 108 for the win. Rupert Drysdale continued his form from the mornings game with 49 not out, he was joined at the crease by Brett Randell and together they put on a partnership of 47 runs to win the game by 6 wickets.

 

Some fantastic bowling by Ben Goodall (4-16) kept the Generation Homes Taupo prems to 130 runs for 8 wickets in their 20 overs. But Papamoas top order couldn’t get going and with their two highest scorers, Vishal Goundar (41) and Paul Inglis (24) both being run out late in the innings, they fell short by 18 runs.

 

Playing their first game of the season after a bye in the morning, The Flying Mullet Te Puke side won the toss and put Eves Realty Greerton in to bat. Unable to replicate the batting prowess they showed in the first game reaching a total of 130 in their 20 overs. Te Puke looked in control and comfortable chased down the score in the 16th over to win by 9 wickets. Ben Vyer and B McKenzie scoring 46 and 47 not out respectively.

 

There were fireworks on the other pitch with Joe Carters thrilling 136 off 63 balls at a strike rate of 216. Getting in on the action, Tim Pringle blasted 53 off 27 balls to help the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets reach 224/2. The Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City premiers had no reply as they fell just 76 all out in 18 overs. Giving the Cadets a 148 run win against the Rotorua side.

 

Special mention to Moko Rivers, William Perry and Habib Malik for playing their 100th game for the Generation Homes Lake Taupo Cricket Club.

 

Bayleys Baywide Cup T20 – 16th October 2021

 

ROUND 1

 

Pool 1

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 182/7 - 20 overs (Matt Golding 62, Niven Dovey 35; Dale Swan 3 for 15)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 68/9 – 20 overs (Michael Mitchell 21, Caleb Bate 20; AJ How 2 for 25, Habib Malik 2 for 37)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 114 runs

 

Papamoa Cricket Club 103/5 – 20 overs (Jass Randhawa, Aman Mahal 20; Ben Goodall 3 for 20)

Bayleys Central-Indians 92/10 – 19.3 overs (Nadeera Nawela 28; Andrew Gibbs 3 for 17)

Papamoa won by 11 runs

 

Pool 2

Eves Realty Greerton 190/10 – 20 overs (Brett Hampton 86, Tom MacRury 60; Nick O’Sullivan 4 for 7)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 92/9 – 20 overs (Cam Ingram 23, Vinay Pathania 23; Goldendeep Brar 3 for 9)

Eves Realty Greerton won by 98 runs

 

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 171/7 – 20 overs (Tim Pringle 56, Fergus Lellman 30; Tim Pringle 3 for 8)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 105/7 – 20 overs (Logan Murray 26; Darcy Collett 2 for 21)

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 66 runs

 

 

ROUND 2

 

Pool 1

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 109/4 – 18.5 overs (Rupert Drysdale 49, Brett Randell 26; Dale Sawn 3 for 23)

Bayleys Central-Indians 107/8 – 20 overs (Daniel Ford 39; Andrew Gibbs 2 for 8)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won by 6 wickets

 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 130/8 – 20 overs (Habib Malik 34, Michael Mitchell 30)

Papamoa Cricket Club 112/10 – 20 overs (Vishal Goundar 41, Paul Inglis 24; Ben Goodall 4 for 16)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo won by 18 runs

 

Pool 2

The Flying Mullet Te Puke 135/1 – 15.4 overs (Blair McKenzie 47, Ben Vyver 46; Mikaere Leef 3 for 17, Christian MacDonald 2 for 17)

Eves Realty Greerton 130/9 – 20 overs (Brandan Laurenzi 38, Umesh Ranaraja 32; Tim Burke 1 for 18)

The Flying Mullet Te Puke won by 9 wickets

 

Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 224/2 – 20 overs (Joe Carter 136, Tim Pringle 53; Tim Pringle 4 for 6)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City 76/10 – 18 overs (Vinay Pathania 28; Ben Astwood 1 for 19)

The Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets won by 148 runs

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BAYLEYS BAYWIDE CUP T20 PREVIEW

Posted: Friday, 15 October 2021

The Bond & Co Mount Maunganui prems are going into the 2021/22 season with their 5th Bayleys Baywide Cup T20 championship on the trot in their sights.

With a couple of talented new recruits in Tom Bradburn (former Northern Districts under 19s player) and Oli White (former NZ under 19s player), coach Russ Williams says the team is excited to get stuck into the season.

“The boys are fizzing for another big season ahead, they really enjoy the T20 competition and are ready to defend a trophy that means a lot to this group and our club. It is a new season so a fresh start but we will be looking to build on the success we have had in the past.”

 

Hot on the heels of Mount Maunganui for many years, Eves Realty Greerton will be looking to get their hands on the cup this season with some fresh blood in the team. The have also lost the experienced trio of Taylor Bettlehiem, Cameron Neal, Nick Hendrie.

 

Winners of the Cricket Express Lake Taupo Spring Invitational, The Flying Mullet Te Puke Prems, are looking strong and will be wanting to continue that form into the tournament. While semi finalists, Generation Homes Lake Taupo, will be hoping to better last seasons result to make it into the final. Habib Malik continues his great work as captain for the 4th year in a row and will also help out with coaching duties with the support of the senior players.

 

This year sees the Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys 1st XI loaded with a lot of fresh youngsters coming through the TBC Pathway, many will have their first opportunity to play premier cricket for the first time this season. Player/Coaches Tim Clarke and Charles Williams return for their 7th straight season and are keen to let the new boys adapt and grow as the season progresses.

 

Hamilton Cricket Representative Anish Desai has taken the reins of the Bayleys Central Indians as player/coach and will be hoping to take his team all the way after they were knocked out in the semis last season. Julian Danby will also be making his return as captain after a couple of years off. While the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City Prems have rung the changes, adding 3 new players and losing former captain Cody Fell to the Central Indians. They have a huge amount of knowledge and experience on hand with former Nottinghamshire opening bowler, Kevin Cooper as coach.

 

Looking to improve on last years result (their first season playing in the Baywide Cup), the Papamoa Cricket Club have a fresh look with 6 players from last season departing and 5 newbies coming on board. They will be captained by Paul Inglis again this year.

The Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets have had a solid preseason, coming 3rd in the Cricket Express Lake Taupo Spring Invitational with Tim Pringle looking good with bat and ball. They are looking to build on last year with quite a few new recruits.

 

The Bayleys Baywide Cup starts this weekend (16th of October) with one pool of 4 and one of 5 (instead of the three pools of 3 from last season) and the finals will be held on the 29th January 2022.

 

 

TEAM DETAILS 2021-2022

 

Element IMF Cadets

Player Gains: Liam Collet, Isaac White, Te Manewha Rikihana, Peter Southey-Jensen, Danny Dixon, Blayne Neville, Chris Mascall, Blake Pentecost

Player Losses: Carson Wills, Donovan Deeble

Captain: Andrew Mascall

Coach: Sam Owen

 

Eves Realty Greerton

Player Gains: Nick O’Sullivan, Daniel Price, James Fendall, Israel Turner

Player Losses: Taylor Bettlehiem, Cameron Neal, Nick Hendrie

Captain: Lee Watkins

 

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui

Player Gains: Tom Bradburn, Oli White

Player Losses: Tim Tomlinson

Captain: Ben Musgrave

Coach: Russ Williams

 

Bayleys Central Indians

Player Gains: Anish Desai, Julian Danby, Cody Fell

Player Losses: Bharat Popli

Captain: Julian Danby

Coach: Anish Desai

 

The Flying Mullett Te Puke

Player Gains: Ben Vyver

Player Losses: Nil

Captain: Blair McKenzie

Coach: Pete Swan

 

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College

Player Gains: Tauranga Boys College pathway players

Player Losses: Liam Collett, Isaac White, Harrison Leach, Ben Vyver, Blake Pentecost

Captain: Darcy Collett

Coach: Tim Clarke

 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC

Player Gains: Luke Woods, Jesse Dowd

Player Losses: Nil

Captain: Habib Malik

 

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser Cricket Club

Player Gains: Goldendeep Brar, Guri Billing, Vinay Pathania

Player Losses: Cody Fell

Captain: Barry Hogan

Coach: Kevin Cooper

 

Papamoa Cricket Club

Player Gains: Harrison Leach, Nikhil Vishwanath, Jass Randhawa, Inder Mahal, Vishal Goundar

Player Losses: Ben Guild, Andrew Goldsmith, Matt Horne, Dan Smith, Guy Wilkins, Scott Finlayson

Captain: Paul Inglis

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NEW SPONSORS ANNOUNCED FOR BOP CRICKET

Posted: Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Bay of Plenty Cricket is thrilled to announce the sponsors for the 2021/22 season.

 

Bayleys Tauranga and Holland Beckett Law will join as new sponsors for the 2021/22 season while Craigs Investment Partners, Versatile Tauranga, Cricket Express and Kookaburra have all signed on to continue their great work supporting cricket in the region.

 

Bay of Plenty Chairman, Shaun Riley, is thrilled to have such fantastic companies on board helping further cricket in the community.

“BOP Cricket are extremely grateful that Craigs Investment Partners, Versatile Tauranga, Cricket Express and Kookaburra have agreed to continue their sponsorship. We are also delighted that Holland Beckett Law and Bayleys Tauranga have come on board this year. These sponsors greatly assist BOP Cricket to run its senior programs in a professional manner and enable the teams to train and play with quality facilities and coaching.”

 

The sponsorship money will go towards both senior and junior cricket in the Bay of Plenty region.

 

2021/22 Season Sponsors are:

Bayleys Tauranga 

Craigs Investment Partners 

Cricket Express 

Holland Beckett Law 

Kookaburra 

Versatile Tauranga 

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CRICKET EXPRESS LAKE TAUPO SPRING INVITATIONAL & CHANCE CARS GEYSER CITY INVITATIONAL T20 RECAP

Posted: Monday, 4 October 2021

The season has kicked off in style with two T20 tournaments taking place over the weekend.

CHANCE CARS GEYSER CITY INVITATIONAL T20

The Bayleys Central Indians proved to be too strong in the Chance Cars Geyser City Invitational played in Rototua, winning all four of their games and securing the win.

Round 1 was a dominant performance for the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC, winning by 8 wickets over Tauranga Boys College – Ben Dyson with the best bowling figures of 4 wickets for 3 runs…in only 2 overs.

In the other game, the Bayleys Central Indians showed their class by posting a total of 186 against Eastern Bay of Plenty with 4 players scoring 30 or above. Eastern Bay of Plenty could never really get going and were all out for 93 in the 16th over.

The afternoon saw the Geyser CC fall prey to some great bowling from Eastern BOP with Ricky Barring snagging 4 wickets with an economy rate of 3.43. A quick 55 off 29 balls for Lovely Sandhu helped the Central Indians get across the line against Tauranga Boys College.

Tauranga Boys hit their stride on Sunday morning, chasing down Eastern Bay of Plenty’s score of 138 in 15.4 overs with only 2 wickets down, thanks to a great partnership between Aiden Green (57 off 46) and TJ Clarke (55 off 32). Stephen Nicholls and Daniel Ford blasted a quick 69 off 44 balls at the top of the order for the Central Indians as they comfortably chased down Geyer City in 13.5 overs, winning by 8 wickets.

Finals time saw Bayleys Central Indians go up against Tauranga Boys College for 1st and 2nd  and the Craigs Investment Partners Geyser City CC play Eastern BOP for 3rd and 4th.  Lokesh Gahlan top scored for the Central Indians with 54 not out with contributions from Viren Patel (21) and A Bennett (24). Tauranga Boys were unable to chase down the 161 total, falling short by 28 runs.

A brilliant 71 off 34 balls (a strike rate of over 200) from Goldendeep Brar helped Geyser City to a impressive total of 194/8 which Eastern BOP failed to chase down, despite a score of 68 from Harry Singh.

 

CRICKET EXPRESS LAKE TAUPO SPRING INVITATIONAL 

Down in Taupo, the Cricket Express Lake Taupo Spring Invitational was underway with defending champs Taradale Cricket Club losing the toss against the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets and bowling first. Otumoetai never got going and a late partnership between Spencer Wills (23) and Liam Collett (22) wasn’t enough to post a competitive score. Taradale chased down the 98 needed in 13.4 overs with one wicket down.

Meanwhile, the Flying Mullet Te Puke side were going up against the Generation Homes Lake Taupo premier team. After losing 2 early wickets, Blair McKenzie put on a masterclass in batting for Te Puke, scoring 82 runs off 55 balls. The total of 161 proved too much for Lake Taupo to chase down, falling short by 22 runs.

Caleb Bate was on fire for Taupo in Round 2, blasting 88 of 45 balls (including 10 6’s) vs Taradale. Luke Kenworthy got his team off to a good start in the 2nd innings with 57 off 38 balls but a tight bowling effort from Taupo restricted Taradale to 148, 6 runs short of the total.

Tim Pringle shone in the Otumoetai vs Te Puke game, scoring 77 not out off 44 balls. Some solid contributions from Spencer Wills (22), Andrew Mascall (18) and Liam Collett (18) helped the Otumoetai Cadets post a competitive score of 163.

In similar fashion, Cameron Riley came out swinging for Te Puke, scoring 76 runs off 54 balls (scoring over a half their runs), but it wasn’t enough with Tim Pringle following on from his batting performance to take 4 wickets.

Day 2 Started with a mammoth win for the Generation Homes Lake Taupo team, winning by 100 runs over the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets. AJ How and John Dolan both taking 3 wickets each for Lake Taupo and Michael Mitchell top scoring with 53 not out.

On the other ground, The Flying Mullet Te Puke side posted an impressive 201/4 score for Taradale to chase down. Blair McKenzie continued his form with 79 not out with Iman Singh joining him later in the innings for a quick 28 off 11 balls, at a strike rate of 255. The Te Puke bowlers shared the love with 5 of them coming away with 2 wickets each and restricting Taradale to 124.

It was The Flying Mullet Te Puke prems taking on the Generation Homes Lake Taupo prems in the final with Lake Taupo winning the toss and electing to bat. Caleb Bate rose to the occasion and posted an impressive 108 off 64 balls before being bowled by Hamish Wilde in the 18th over. In response, Ben Vyer smashed 6 sixes in his 59 and a fantastic 31 off 12 balls late in the innings by Josh Earle secured the win for Te Puke.

In the battle for 3rd and 4th, The Bayleys Taradale prems won the toss and decided to bat against the Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets. Taradale couldn’t get going with Steven Phillips top scoring with 41 off 55 balls and with 2 run outs late in the innings, only managed to post 124/5. The Otumoetai top order came out swinging, posting a partnership of 95 (James McCabe 43 and Spencer Wills 52). They chased down Taradale’s score in 16.4 overs.

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APPOINTED BOARD OF DIRECTORS - NORTHERN DISTRICTS CRICKET ASSOCIATION

Posted: Monday, 27 September 2021

Northern Districts Cricket Association (NDCA) is an Incorporated Society responsible for leading, growing and supporting all forms of cricket within the Northern Districts region. Covering an extensive area of the North Island the NDCA region encompasses six districts, Northland, Counties Manukau, Hamilton, Waikato Valley, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay.

NDCA aspires to “Connect People and Create Memories” whilst collaborating with our community to create a game for everyone.

Applications are now invited for two (2) Directors to govern cricket within the NDCA region. The NDCA Board continues to strive to be representative of its constituents.  That is, NDCA Cricket would like to see a Board that has representation from both genders, from different age brackets, and include a mix of ethnic groups including Māori.

This is a voluntary position for a term of three (3) years. The expected time commitment is 60 – 70 hours.

 

Ideal Applicant Description

1. A minimum of one (1) female director

2. A minimum of one (1) director having strong accounting/finance or fundraising experience

3. A minimum of one (1) director having strong high-performance sport knowledge (cricket preferred)

4. Regional representation outside of Hamilton and Auckland will be considered a positive

 

Applicants should send their CV and Cover Letter via email to Tash Narasy, careers@ndca.co.nz

Applications close 5:00pm, Friday 15 October 2021

For more information, please contact Ben MacCormack, CEO Northern Districts Cricket ben@ndca.co.nz 

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DEAN BROWNLIE APPOINTED AS PATHWAY AND TALENT COACH

Posted: Sunday, 29 August 2021

The future is looking bright for young cricketers in the BOP region with the appointment of Dean Brownlie in the newly created Bays Pathway and Talent Coach role.

 

Brownlie, who played 138 games for Northern Districts and 35 for the Blackcaps prior to his retirement from cricket last season, is looking forward to sharing his experience and mentoring the young talent in the region.

 

“I am really excited about my new role as Pathways and Talent Coach across the bays. I have very fond memories of my development years which prepared me well for my career as a professional cricketer. I hope that I can help create these same fond memories for other young cricketers across the Bays region.”

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Chairman, Shaun Riley, thinks the addition of Brownlie to an already strong coaching, pathway and development team is going to be hugely positive for the future of cricket in the area.

 

“We are very pleased with the appointment of Dean Brownlie to the role of Talent and Pathway Coach for our area. Dean’s experience as a domestic and international cricketer provides him with great insight into high performance and what the journey towards a cricket career involves. This will be extremely valuable for our young cricketers that are showing ability and we look forward to him working with our Senior Coach, Daniel Flynn, in what we believe is an enviable cricketing partnership.”

 

Brownlie will be responsible for running the newly formed regional academy and looking after the pathways across the bays.

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DANIEL FLYNN BACK AS COACH FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON

Posted: Friday, 30 July 2021

Bay of Plenty Cricket Association is thrilled to announce that Daniel Flynn will be continuing his great work as head coach of the men’s representative team this coming season.

 

Flynn is looking forward to resuming the coaching role and building on a successful 2020/21 season. “We had a solid season last year and the guys were rewarded for their efforts by winning the Fergus Hickey trophy. There’s certainly still room for improvement both individually and as a collective which is an exciting prospect.”

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Chairman, Shaun Riley, is delighted that he has accepted the role for a further year. “Last year Flynny was able to build on the great work of prior coaches to create a team that had success by winning the Fergus Hickey trophy. His work on team culture really helped to get the most out of the players on the field and we look forward to seeing what can be achieved this season.”

 

Flynn made his debut for the Bay of Plenty men’s team as a 15 year old and went on to represent NZ in 46 matches and play over 300 games for Northern Districts. The transition into coaching has meant he is able to continue to contribute to the game and share his expertise.  “It’s been great to stay involved with the game in a role where I feel I can add some value and work with an exciting group of players.”

 

In addition to the head coach role, Flynn will also be involved in the development of coaches in the region and will work closely with the Northern Districts Cricket Pathway and Talent Coach to help develop and grow the talent in the Bay of Plenty.

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EXCITING CHANGES FOR CRICKET IN THE BAY OF PLENTY

Posted: Monday, 26 July 2021

There will be more opportunities to play, coach and be involved in cricket in the Bay of Plenty region than ever before this season due to the new shared services partnership with Northern Districts Cricket Association.

 

The new structure has been put in place to improve the way that cricket is delivered within the region and give more people, especially children, increased opportunities to play the game. This means that the number of staff servicing the region will go from 3 to 5, in addition to the BOP senior men’s coach who will also be involved in the development of coaches across the Bay of Plenty.

 

BOPCA Chairman, Shaun Riley, said that the new model will be a huge benefit to cricket in the region and the additional staff will be able to have a greater reach over the entire Bay of Plenty area.  “We worked closely with ND on the new structure and we are delighted with the level of resource available in the region. We are very excited for the future of cricket in the BOP with a dedicated Coach providing training and guidance to our talented young cricketers, while the employment of 3 development officers/activators will enable a far greater number of cricket experiences to be provided to school age children than BOPCA were able to provide historically.”

 

Northern Districts Cricket are currently in the process of hiring (or have already hired) specialised staff in the following roles:

  • Development Manager – Bays (Scott Steward)
  • Development Activator – Western Bay (Rebecca Yee)
  • Development Officer – Lakelands/South Waikato
  • Development Activator – Eastern Bay
  • Pathway and Talent Coach – Bays

 

CEO Ben MacCormack is looking forward to seeing the impact these newly created positions have on the ground. “ND is thrilled that these positions are now being confirmed or in final stages of recruitment ahead of the coming summer. It’s the activation of our commitment to grow ‘boots on the ground’ and we thank Bay of Plenty Cricket and the broader community for entrusting us to play a key role in the future of the game across the region.”

 

“We are particularly excited by the increase in resources into places that have been previously under resourced like Eastern Bay, Rotorua and Taupo and their collective surrounds.”

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Northern Districts Announce Development Manager

Posted: Friday, 25 June 2021

Scott Stewart Appointed

It is with great excitement we announce Scott Steward has been appointed to the new Northern Districts role of “Development Manager – Bays”, inclusive of the ND regional portfolio lead for ‘Coach Developer’. Scott has previously held the role of Bay of Plenty employed ‘Development Manager – Bay of Plenty’ and will bring a wealth of knowledge for community sport to a broader region encompassing both Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay regions. Scott’s leadership and focus with Coach Developer will be a key addition to the ND team as we look to further develop strategies and structures to support community coaches. This is further progress of a shared vision across the ND community to find administration efficiencies and activate strategy of getting more staff out into the community.

Scott will be based in the Tauranga region (at an office TBC) with a start date on Monday 28 June . Scott’s email will be scott@ndca.co.nz and his phone number will remain the same 027 257 4164.

For further information contact:

Eimear Richardson

Eimear@NDCA.co.nz

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Announce Restructure

Posted: Friday, 11 June 2021

BOP Cricket moved towards shared services model with NDCA

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Association (BOPCA) has been working with Northern Districts Cricket Association (NDCA) and the other District Associations in our region to improve the way that cricket is delivered.

This work is part of the national Strengthen and Adapt Plan that New Zealand Cricket is rolling out across the country. The aim of these changes is to reinvigorate community cricket inclusive of our player pathway to give more people (especially children) more opportunities to fall in love with our great game. As part of these changes, Northern Districts Cricket Association and Bay of Plenty Cricket Association have implemented a shared services arrangement. The administration functions of BOPCA have been undertaken by NDCA under this model for the past year and this has worked very well. The next step involves competition management and operational delivery, where the current tasks undertaken by BOPCA will now be performed by NDCA. This logical consolidation will enable resources to be utilised in a more efficient and aligned manner resulting in improved outcomes for our cricket community.

So what is changing:

• Premier Cricket Competition Management will be operated by Northern Districts Cricket.

• Management of cricket development and pathway activities across the Bay of Plenty will be undertaken by staff employed by NDCA 

And what is staying the same:

• BOPCA has a long and proud history in representative cricket. Players of all ages will still be able to aspire to represent their district associations. Representative programs and representative boundaries won’t be changing.

• BOPCA will continue to be responsible for the oversight of cricket in our district. The BOPCA Board will oversee and direct the competitions and representative programs.

• BOPCA will still retain control of tasks like the financials and judiciary for competitions.

• NDCA will continue to provide administration and accounting functions

Staff changes implemented 28th May 2021 As part of these changes, the current BOPCA Development Manager, Pathway Manager and Women’s Cricket Officer roles will discontinue from the 26th June. NDCA will recruit staff to perform development, pathway and competition tasks and provide regular updates to the BOPCA Board in regard to agreed KPIs.

Further information Further information will also be available on BOPCA and NDCA’s website and facebook pages. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact:

Shaun Riley Chair, Bay of Plenty Cricket Association chair@bopcricket.co.nz

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FOUR BAY OF PLENTY OF PLENTY SCHOOLS PLAY IN THE GILLETTE CUP ND FINALS

Posted: Friday, 4 June 2021

BAY OF PLENTY CRICKET SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Three Bay of Plenty Schools, played in the ND Gillette Cup playoffs at Jansen Park in Hamilton 22/25 March 2021, with the prize at stake being the Northern Districts berth in NZC Gillette Cup Finals in term four.

Tauranga Boys College and Aquinas College, qualified with a top six finish at the previous seasons playoffs, with new recruit Mount Maunganui College, winning through the Bay of Plenty Cricket and ND Elimination T20 pathway.

Tauranga Boys College and Aquinas College opened their campaign with a Bay of Plenty derby, on day one, with Tauranga Boys making short work of the encounter after bowling their opponents out for 31 and then getting home with eight wickets to spare.

Tauranga Boys chased down St Peters School 228 for the loss of seven wickets on day two. The last stanza of round robin play saw Mount College post their first win of the tournament beating Whangarei Boys High School by nine wickets. St Pauls knocked Tauranga Boys College out of the championship playoff, when they bowled the Western Bay side out 51 runs short of their target, with St Johns College easily beating Aquinas College.

Tauranga Boys College finished in third place after they chased down St Peters School target of 196 for the loss of six wickets. Loughlin Keaney and Darcy Collett both took three wickets, with Isaac White in grand touch with his willow weapon in belting 93 runs.

Mount Maunganui College faced a huge challenge against St John's College in the fifth/sixth place play off after the Waikato School posted 353 for the loss of five wickets. The Mount College side weren't fazed by the big target and made a determined challenge before being bowled out for 201. Sam Wilson top scored with a hard fought half century with Kade Smit and Ethan Chamberlain both reaching the thirties.

Aquinas College posted their first win of the tournament in emphatic style against Whangarei Boys High School. The team from the Far North mustered 197 for seven with Spencer Wills grabbing three wickets. Wills then showcased his all-round ability in belting an unbeaten 84, as his side cruised to a seven wicket victory.

Tauranga Girls College finished second to Gisborne Girls High School, in the ND Gillette Venus T20 Championship held at Bruce Pullman Park in Takanini 22/24 March 2021. 

Tauranga Girls started their campaign in good style, defeating eventual tournament winner Gisborne GHS in the early round on day one. The Poverty Bay side were restricted to 110/6 with Elle Archer taking four wickets. Aimee Unwin smacked 43 runs in Tauranga Girls seven wicket win.

Back to back losses to Whangarei Girls High School and Waikato Diocesan School, in round two and three, eventually led to the Bay of Plenty representatives failing to qualify for the NZC Gillette Venus Cup Finals.

Morrinsville College lost to Tauranga Girls in round four, after they posted 94/6, with their opponents losing just two wickets. Amelia Harvey and Aimee Unwin led the way with unbeaten scores in the thirties. Tauranga Girls College completed their campaign with another easy win, over Waiuku College. Set a target of 93 runs to win Sarah Jane Stone wasted little time taking her side to victory with 62 runs.

 

ND Gillette Cup Finals @ Jansen Park, Hamilton 22/25 March 2021

Day Four 25 March 2021

Third/Fourth Playoff: St Peters School 196 (Loughlin Keaney 3/12, Darcy Collett 3/29) lost to Tauranga Boys College 197/6 (Isaac White 93, Sam Clode 35)

Fifth/Sixth Playoff: St John’s College 353/5 (Ethan Chamberlain 2/91) defeated Mount Maunganui College 201 (Sam Wilson 57, Kade Smit 37, Ethan Chamberlain 30)

Seventh/Eighth Playoff: Whangarei BHS 197/7 (Spencer Wills 3/20, Asa Banbury 2/24) lost to Aquinas College 199/3 (Spencer Wills 84no, Jordy Smith 60)

Day Three 24 March 2021

Whangarei BHS 149/9 (Conor Wells 5/20, Angus Tustin 2/11) lost to Mount Maunganui College 151/1 (Conor Wells 71no, Harry Burns 62no)

St Paul’s Collegiate 205 (Isaac White 5/38, Ben Vyver 3/45) defeated Tauranga Boys College 154 (Isaac White 38)

St John’s College 253/9 (Spencer Wills 3/28, Luc Adsett 3/34) defeated Aquinas College 88 (Spencer Wills 27)

Day Two 23 March 2021

Mount Maunganui College 126 (Kade Smit 60) lost to St Peters School 127/0

St John’s College 228 Harrison Leach 4/49, Liam Collett 3/30, Isaac White 2/32) lost to Tauranga Boys College 229/7 (Ben Vyver 90, Isaac White 46,  Darcy Collett 35)

St Paul’s Collegiate 307/7 (Daniel Coster 2/32) defeated Aquinas College 128 (Jordy Smith 30, Daniel Coster 20)

Day One 22 March 2021

Mount Maunganui College 127 (Kade Smit 44, Harry Burns 41) lost to Hamilton BHS 111/2 (Conor Wells 2/521)

Aquinas College 31 (Daniel Coster 24no) lost to Tauranga Boys College 32/2)

 

Mount Maunganui College Road to the ND Gillette Cup Playoffs

ND T20 Elimination: Mount Maunganui College 126 (Conor Wells 70) defeated Hauraki Plains College 93/8 Ethan Chamberlain 2/14)

BOPCA T20 Championship: Mount Maunganui College 128 (Kade Smit 41, Ethan Chamberlain 38; Sean Gapes 3/23) defeated John Paul College 97 (Cohen Stewart 24, Sean Gapes 22; Tyler Perry 3/18)

 

ND Gillette Venus Cup (T20) @ Bruce Pullman Park, Takanini, 22/24 March 2021

Round Five: Waiuku College 82/7 (Aimee Unwin 2/12, Amy Clegg 2/20) lost to Tauranga Girls College 83/2 (Sarah Jane Stone 62)

Final Points: Gisborne GHS 12, Tauranga Girls College 9, Waikato Diocesan 9, Morrinsville College 9, Whangarei GHS 6, Waiuku College 0. 

Round Four: Morrinsville College 94/6 (Sarah Jane Stone 2/13, Ellie Archer 2/8) lost to Tauranga Girls College 95/2 (Amelia Harvey 35no, Aimee Unwin 30no) 

Round Three: Waikato Diocesan 121/6 (Elle Archer 2/15, Sarah Jane Stone 2/20) defeated Tauranga Girls College 90/9 (SJ Stone 31)

Round Two: Whangarei GHS 82/8 (Mikyla Keane 3/32, Aimee Unwin 2/32) defeated Tauranga Girls College 55

Round One: Gisborne GHS 110/6 (Elle Archer 4/18, Mikyla Keane 2/21) lost to Tauranga Girls College 129/3 (Aimee Unwin 43, Amelia Harvey 29)

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BAY OF PLENTY SWEEP ND SENIOR AND AGE-GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP SILVERWARE

Posted: Tuesday, 11 May 2021

BAY OF PLENTY CRICKET SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Bay of Plenty Cricket is arguably the strongest NZC Minor Association in the country, which is testified to by four Bay of Plenty representative sides sweeping the board of the ND Senior and Age-Group Championship silverware in the 2020-21 season.

The template for cricket success was first put in place in 1997, with the initial appointment of David Johnston as the Bay of  Plenty Coach Force Office, funded by a outside party. Subsequent Bay of Plenty Cricket Development appointments have continued the junior and senior pathways with outstanding success. 

Debutant Senior Representative Coach Daniel Flynn made a highly successful transition from player to coach. While the ND T20 tournament, where the Bay side finished with two wins and three losses presented plenty of challenges to the new coach and his team, the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl turned into an absolute run-fest for the Bay side.

Some 1515 runs and an outright victory and two first innings points’ advantage, from four encounters, saw the Bay side take out the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl (ND Two-Day Championship) for the seventeenth occasion.

Bay of Plenty set the stage for later success, when they chased down Northlands big total of 350 at the Tauranga Domain in November 2020. Peter Drysdale took 3/53, with Black Cap Neil Wagner making his Bay of Plenty debut, along with Chris Atkinson and Brett Hampton with each taking two wickets.

The Bay side fought hard to chase down the big target, with first innings points coming late on day two for the loss of eight wickets. Dean Brownlie and Brett Hampton jointly top scored with 94 runs, with Ben Pomare posting 77 runs.

The Bay side had to wait until late January 2021, to resume their Fergus Hickey campaign, when they played Hamilton in the Waikato Capital. Bay of Plenty set their opponents a very solid target after they were removed for 319. Taylor Bettelheim, gave a look at what was to come a few weeks later in top-scoring with 133 runs. Hamilton were dismissed for 260, with Tim Pringle in magnificent touch taking six wickets for 48 runs.

The Bay of Plenty team and management, could only watch with amazement and frustration, after Waikato Valley chased down the Bay sides 401 for the loss of just four wickets. Taylor Bettelheim became just the third Bay of Plenty batsmen to post a double century with 211 not out, with Bharat Popli compiling 81 runs before being dismissed.

Trailing Northland, with a game in hand entering the last match of their Fergus Hickey campaign - Bay of Plenty need to pull a big performance out of the hat against Counties Manukau, in order to win their 17th ND two-day title. Bharat Popli and Blair McKenzie, came together, after a measured start by the Bay of Plenty top-order at 86/2. The Bay pair simply took control of the encounter at the Te Puke Domain, putting on a record all-time partnership of 269, which smashed the previous best of 208 put together by Popli and Joe Carter against Hamilton in the 2012/13 season.

Bharat led the way with 191 off 240 balls including nineteen 4's and five 6's. Blair was no less impressive, belting an unbeaten 165 runs with thirteen 4's and nine big heaves over the boundary ropes.

Day two belonged to the Bay bowlers, who bowled the visitors out for 206 in their first effort, with veteran all-rounder Peter Drysdale, collecting his first Bay representative five wicket bag.  Stumps on day two, saw Counties having reached 143/7 which gave the home side a massive 239 first innings win. Tim Pringle took three wickets in each innings with Peter Drysdale adding two more to his five wicket haul.

The Bay of Plenty Development team brushed aside all four Basil McBurney Trophy challenges, on their way to winning the ND Development title. Coach Russell Williams ran his ND Development record to two titles and a paper-thin margin second in the last three seasons.

The Bay side kicked of their Basil McBurney campaign with a six wicket win over Counties Manukau, with Michael Mitchell top scoring with 94 not out. Second-up, Bay of Plenty inflicted defeat on long-time rivals Hamilton, in a match that was delayed on a couple of occasions. Finn Dempsey wrote his name into the Bay of Plenty Cricket record books, taking six wickets for 32 runs, in the Bay sides 23 run victory. Northland fell to the Bay of Plenty attack as they eked out a three wicket win. 

The Bay side took their unbeaten season record into the ND Development Final against Hamilton. The Waikato team set the Bay team a big target when they were bowled out for 264. Bay of Plenty simply blasted their way to the ND Development title, losing just three wickets on the way.

Mark Mitchell was again in rampant for top scoring with 96 runs. Blair McKenzie continued his sides momentum with 74, with Fergus Lellman still at the crease when victory arrived, with a unbeaten 65 runs.

Bay of Plenty Coastland won the ND Senior Secondary crown, under the mentorship of Coach Peter Swan, for the third successive season when they defeated the ND Invitation team in the title decider. The Bay bowlers removed the composite side for just 133 before cruising to a eight wicket win. Liam Collett and Finn O'Brien-O'Loan took three wickets each with Blake Pentecost posting a unbeaten half century.

The Coastland bowlers excelled in the preliminary championship action, in bowling Poverty Bay out for 39 and then repeating the devastation against Counties Manukau in removing them for 84.

Bay of Plenty Coastland Junior Secondary team, set the scene for the four pieces ND Championship silverware in winning the annual ND tournament first up. 

Coastland cruised to victory in the title decider over Counties Manukau, when they reached 229/9 then removed their opponents for 144, to claim a big 85 run victory. 

 

2020/21 ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl

Round Four - 13/14 March 2021 @ Te Puke Domain 

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 445/6 (Bharat Popli 191, Blair McKenzie 165no, Peter Drysdale 32)

Counties Manukau 206 (S Varcoe 54, Peter Drysdale 5/42, Tim Pringle 3/66) & 143/7 (K Clarke 48; Tim Pringle 3/39, Peter Drysdale 2/22)

Result: Bay of Plenty won by outright victory.

Round Three - 20/21 February 2021 @ Blake Park Mount Maunganui

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 401/4 (Taylor Bettelheim 211no, Bharat Popli 81, Blair McKenzie 35, Fergus Lellman 33, Tim Pringle 28no) 

Waikato Valley 402/5 (JWA Field 129, GC Child 86; Peter Drysdale 3/72)

Result: Waikato Valley took first innings points

Round Two - 23/24 January 2021@ St Paul’s Collegiate

Bay of Plenty 319 (Taylor Bettelheim 133, Ben Pomare 34no, Joe Carter 31; F Walker 3/101)

Hamilton 260 (Tim Pringle 6/48)

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

Round One - 21-22 November 2020 @ Tauranga Domain

Northland 350 (Henry Cooper 116, Thorn Parkes 53, James Banicevich 35; Peter Drysdale 3/53, Neil Wagner 2/55. Chris Atkinson 2/55, Brett Hampton 2/60)

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 352/8 (Dean Brownlie 94, Brett Hampton 94, Ben Pomare 77; Brett Randell 4/64)

Result: Bay of Plenty took out first innings points

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl Individual Performances (Top Five)

Runs: 1st Taylor Bettelheim 351 runs, 2nd Bharat Popli 316 runs, 5th Blair McKenzie 200 runs

Wickets: 1st Peter Drysdale 14 wickets, 2nd= Tim Pringle 13 wickets.

 

2020/21 ND Development Competition 

ND Development Final – 7 March 20210 @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui 

Hamilton 264 (C Hill 88, R Clinton 78; Henry Conway 4/51) lost to Bay of Plenty 265/3 (Michael Mitchell 96, Blair McKenzie 74, Fergus Lellman 65no)

Round Three – 14 February 2021 @ War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Northland 210/8 (B Peck 54; Habib Malik 2/31, Henry Conway 2/37, Iman Singh 2/44) lost to Bay of Plenty 212/7 (Blair McKenzie 60, Niven Dovey 52no, Michael Mitchell 48, Ben Musgrave 25)

Round Two – 21 February @ Galloway Park, Hamilton (replayed rained-out fixture)

Bay of Plenty 217 (Ben Vyver 68, Michael Mitchell 51, Brandon Laurenzi 30) defeated Hamilton 196 (F Hill 56; Finn Dempsey 6/32)

Round One - 15 November 2020 @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

Counties Manukau 191 (David Hancock 2/21, Craig Baldry 2/26) lost to Bay of Plenty 192/4 (Michael Mitchell 94no, Fergus Lellman 45no)

ND Basil McBurney Trophy Individual Performances (Top Five)

Runs: 1st Michael Mitchell 289 runs, 4th Blair McKenzie 134 runs, 5th Fergus Lellman 110 runs

Wickets: 1st Finn Dempsey 8 wickets, 5th Henry Conway 6 wickets.

 

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua/Mount Maunganui 14-18 December 2020

Day Five (18 December 2020) - 50 over per side

ND Senior Secondary Championship Final

ND Invitation XI 133 (Liam Collett 3/12, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/37) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 134/2 (Blake Pentecost 52no, Chris Mascall 37no)

 

ND Junior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne, 31 November – 4 December 2020

Day Five (4 December 2020)

ND 2020 Senior Secondary Championship Final

Bay of Plenty Coastland 229/9 (Loughlin Keaney 63, Logan Murray 32, Utsav Kumar 28) defeated Counties Manukau 144 (Andrew Friskney 3/22, Luke Scrimgeour 2/24)

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Two Bay of Plenty Players Recognised at ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards

Posted: Monday, 3 May 2021

Two graduates of the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway were recognised at the recent 2020/21 ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the fourth time in six years. Rising women’s star, Nensi Patel, received the Gillette Venus Cup Player of the Year, in her last season at Tauranga Girls College.

Williamson’s incredible home Test summer helped him claim the supreme award, along with the ANZ International Test Player of the Year and the Redpath Cup for first-class batting, after he amassed a whopping 639 runs in just four innings at an average of 159.

In bowler friendly conditions, Williamson, the ICC ranked number one Test batsman recorded his top international score of 251 against the West Indies at Seddon Park in Hamilton, then a Boxing Day Test century on his home ground of Bay Oval in Tauranga, before adding another double-century against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch - to help the Black Caps book their place in the ICC World Test Championship Final.

Nensi, is one of the youngest female players to make their NZC Major Association debut, being selected for the Northern Spirit aged just 14 years, 153 days, against Auckland Women, in a T20 match on the 25th November 2016.

Since her Major Association debut, the Spirit all-rounder has also gone on to play for ND Under 18 & 21 Women, and in February 2021, she was selected for a New Zealand Women's XI that squared off with England Women in a two game series.

Nensi was the standout player at the 2020 Gillette Venus National Finals. In six matches, the Western Bay of Plenty player showcased her outstanding cricket skills, with 181 runs, 11 wickets, and three catches for good measure. A highest score of 85 not out helped produced an average of 36.20 with a strike rate of 112 (per one hundred balls).

Nensi's NZC Major Association statistics are amazing for one who has yet to reach her nineteenth birthday. Twenty-five List A (Fifty overs per side) have produced 137 runs and 18 wickets, complemented by twenty T20 games, that has contributed 77 runs and 17 wickets with best bowling figures of 4/19.

The Northern Spirit all-rounder wasn't fazed by her step up to international cricket against the English Women's side taking, two wickets at a cost of 39 runs in game two. 

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Catching Up With Nick Smith

Posted: Monday, 12 April 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui premier player Nick Smith, announced his retirement from the Baywide premier game, after Mount Maunganui won the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Nick has been one of the real characters of Baywide Cricket for a remarkable twenty-four seasons. Whether giving some friendly advice to opposition bowlers or chirping away at the other sides batsmen with ball in hand - Nick never lost his cheeky grin or positive Mount Maunganui attitude, through his long and sterling Baywide career.

Tell us about where it all started in your junior cricket days?

I started my junior cricket as a 9 year old in Taupo, before moving to Mount Maunganui when I was 14, where I played for the Mount College fourth form team in the morning and for the First XI in the arvo. Tony Wellington was our 1st XI captain at the time, who was already affiliated with the Mount club, asked a few of the lads if we wanted to come down to club practice. We bowled for about two months straight, before making my debut in the nets with the bat, but it was all worth it, I was opening the batting for the premier side, three weeks later !!! 

 

When did you make your premier debut all those long seasons ago.

Greerton at Pemberton Park in 1997. I got hit me first ball for four, second ball cleaned bowled Tom Morrison. Jimmy Pamment got us home with a 102 not out.

 

How many Williams Cup titles have you won and what did the 2021 victory mean to you?

Six Williams Cup wins. 2021 was right up there, as we hadn't won "The Old Bill" for quite a while.

 

Can you remember some of the players you played with and against in your first premier season?

James Pamment was my first captain, Northern Districts great Grahame Aldridge was in there, along with a few other Mount stalwarts in Blair Parlane, Derek Beard, Danny Sczygiol, Tony Wellington and Roger Child. When it came to opponents that first season, Grant Manners, Campbell Wilson and Andrew Dixon from Cadets. Leighton Hammond from Rotorua, Ben Williams, Mathew Hart, Bruce Shaw from Te Puke, Mitchell Sweetman Albion and Johnny Harris and Tom Morrison from Greerton.

 

Who is the best player you have played with and the best against?

Hard to single out a best player I’ve played with and against, as there have been so many great players that have come through the Bay pathway over the years. A number that spring to mind  that I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the shed with over the years, are the likes of Jimmy Pamment , Grahame Aldridge, Daniel Flynn , Peter Drysdale, Bharat Popli, Brett Randell, Dale Swan and Mathew and Robbie Hart in Attrill Cup cricket to name a few. Against, includes Kane Williamson for Tauranga Boys and later Te Puke, Cadets Trent Boult, Lorne Howell and Corey Anderson and Peter Bocock Hamilton Marist reeling off a few.

 

Is there one particularly match that stands out for you over the 24 seasons?

The first and last Williams Cups will always be right up there, but the game vs Karaka in the ND Club Champs qualification just before lock down last year holds a special place in my heart. A beauty of a game it was, with a van ride home that was just as epic as the game itself.

 

Tell us of some of your special moments in the game?

Individual moments are getting  a ton off 54 balls against Whakatane is right up there (dropped four times), along with a six-far in the Williams Cup final against Cadets a few years ago. Any other time that we won trophy’s for the club were always special. One thing that the Mount club has always been good at in my time, is celebrating our success rigorously, when a trophy is won.

 

Tell us about some of the characters in the game that you have come across over the seasons?

There have been a few believe me. A couple that spring to mind, are the likes of, Danny “Mr Giggles” Sczygiol, even going through the drive through at Burger King, was a voyage with that man. But his cricketing ability was incredible, won us games multiple times, single handed. Andrew Hoogstraten was another, had more conspiracy’s on and off the cricket field, like no other. Andrew in his prime was class, played for the Netherlands for a little bit there, great player.

 

What is your favourite ground and why?

The  old Blake one will always be the home of cricket for me. It had a two-story club house , with a balcony, showers that were fit for kings and a ground that was very unique, in so many ways. Skinners corner, us Mounties use to call it, a 50 metre hit to the oval corner, if you were good at hitting to cow or whipping them as a lefty behind square, the treats were always there !! So many great memories on the  old Blake One

 

What ground did you least enjoy playing on?

To be be honest it’s a Mount  ground. Once we lost the ol Blake one we got moved to the rugby grounds where they installed a wicket in between the rugby pitch’s - and she was horrible. We’re very grateful to be up the top now, that’s for sure!

 

You played for the Bay of Plenty Development side - what stands out for you in your Development representative encounters.

Mark Jasper from Cadets, was my first Bay representative captain, a great man who unfortunately is no longer with us. I have some good memories from development games that have gone by. I remember opening the batting with Alex Yates from Whakatane against Northland in one game, where we put on an opening century partnership in 10-15 overs from memory. I was struggling down one end on about 15 or 20 odd with Yatesy around 90. Yatesy made the game look easy when he was in good touch.

 

Who is the best coach you have been associated with?

The current Mount coach to be honest in Russ Williams. Can't say enough about Russ, he knows his stuff.

 

What was your go-to saying on the field?

Haha,  tough question to answer. Unfortunately I’m well known for some exaggerated chat on the park 'win or lose we’re on the booze’, comes to mind '.

 

Where to from here in cricket for Nick Smith?

A little bit of reserve grade next season, which gives me a chance to spend more time at my young boys games, come Saturday morning’s, which was a huge factor in stepping down from the prems. More family time too, which will keep the wife at bay.

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI COLLEGE Mike Wright Y9-10 T20 Tournament

Posted: Thursday, 8 April 2021

Mount Maunganui College hosted a Year 9-10 T20 cricket tournament on Sunday and Monday 28th & 29th March 2021, named in honour of Bay of Plenty Cricket legend Mike Wright, who is an old boy of Mount College.

MJE Wright played 102 games in the Bay of Plenty uniform, from the 1966/67 season until retirement beckoned in 1990/91 season. Michael Wright still sits at the top of the BOPCA all-time runs with 3950 runs, with four centuries and 179 not out against Counties in the 1983/84 season.

Rangitoto College Raiders took out the inaugural Mike Wright T20 tournament, defeating Mount Maunganui College Mana in the final, under lights at the Bay Oval on Monday  (29 March 2021) evening.

The Auckland school batted first and reached 118 for the loss of four wickets. Max Neil and Logan Ferguson top scored with identical knocks of 27 not out, with Angus Tustin taking three wickets for the local representatives.

Raiders bowler Alec Waldron did plenty of damage grabbing four wickets for 9 runs, as Mount Maunganui College Mana were bowled out for 58, to hand Rangitoto College the inaugural Mike Wright title.

Rosmini College and Mount Maunganui Mana finished on equal points in pool one with Mount College winning the semi-final to progress to the inaugural Mike Wright T20 title decider.

Mount Maunganui College Mana, opened their tournament with two wins on day one in pool one, with Auckland visitors Rosimini College posting victory winning two from two encounters. In pool two, Rangitoto College Raiders defeated Mount Maunganui College Aroha and Katikati College Chargers, with Katikati College and Aquinas College finishing day one with a win apiece.

Wet weather saw just one round three game completed, with Cambridge High School setting St Peters a very large target in reaching 207 for the loss of seven wickets. Cambridge then restricted St Peters to 68/7 to claim a big 139 victory.

Mike Wright Year 9/10 T20 Finals

Grand Final: Rangitoto College Raiders 118/4 (Max Neil 27no, Logan Ferguson 27no; Austin Tustin 3/18) defeated Mount Maunganui College Mana 58 (Alex Waldron 4/9)

Semi-Final: Mount Maunganui College Mana defeated Rosmini College

Plate Playoffs

Cambridge HS 105/7 (Cameron Cross 45) defeated Aquinas College 63/7 (Will Syme 23)

St Peters School 96/7 defeated Mount Maunganui College Aroha 63

Pool One

Round One (28 March 2021)

St Peters School 37 (Fraser Tustin 3/3, Angus Tustin 3/6) lost to Mount Maunganui College Mana 38/3

Rosmini College 121/9 Jayden Clarke 30, Eli Paterson 3/33) defeated Cambridge HS 115/8

Round Two (28 March 2021)

Cambridge HS 83 (Angus Tustin 3/7) lost to Mount Maunganui College Mana 85/5 (Angus Tustin 24)

Rosmini College 154/5 (Radeesha Da Silva 57, Fergus Maling 31) defeated St Peters School 65/8

Round Three (29 March 2021)

Cambridge HS 207/7 (Rayhan Perris 47, Cameron Cross 36) defeated St Peters School 68/7

Rosmini College 0/0 – Mount Maunganui College Mana 0/0

Pool Two

Round One (28 March 2021)

Rangitoto College Raiders 229/1 (Cooper Harrison-Tubb 53 retired, Connor Mccarthy-Morrogh 50 retired) defeated Mount Maunganui College Aroha 25/11 (Logan Ferguson 4/14, Alex Waldron 3/1)

Katikati College Chargers 145/2 (Flynn Warren 67no, Nishi Ravji 33) defeated Aquinas College 124/4 (Eli Banbury 52, Will Syme 25)

Round Two (28 March 2021)

Mount Maunganui College Aroha 56/9 (Ruben Syme 2/1) lost to Aquinas College 57/3

Katikati College Chargers 110/8 (Taurian McConnochie 34) lost to Rangitoto College Raiders 111/4 (Cooper Harrison-Tubb 41)

Round Three (29 March 2021)

Katikati College Chargers 0/0 – Mount Maunganui College Aroha 0/0

Rangitoto College Raiders 0/0 – Aquinas College 0/0

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Taylor Bettelheim Wins Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year

Posted: Thursday, 8 April 2021

The recent Bay of Plenty Cricket Prizegiving saluted the achievements of players and officials during the 2020-21 cricket season.

Taylor Bettelheim, was presented with the Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year, for his achievements with his willow weapon during the season. Taylor became just the third (and youngest) player since Bay of Plenty affiliated to New Zealand Cricket in 1931, to break through the 200 run barrier, when he smashed a unbeaten 211 against Waikato Valley.

The double century followed, 133, against arch-rivals Hamilton just four weeks previously. Bettelheim was the leading run scorer in the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl competition and has belted four centuries in just 16 Bay of Plenty appearances. For good measure he also posted a NZC Provincial A three figure score.

The BOPCA First Class Player of the Year was awarded to Black Cap Captain Kane Williamson, for the sixth successive year. Some of the Black Cap skippers achievements in the last twelve months, included two double hundreds, ICC Number One ranked batsman and leading New Zealand to the ICC World Test Championship Final.

Taylor Bettelheim, took out the BOPCA Mike Wright batting award with 474 runs and two centuries to his name. Peter Drysdale, who leads the Bay of Plenty appearance with 115 games has developed over the years into a genuine spin bowling option, was awarded the BOPCA Derek Beard bowing trophy taking 18 wickets.

Bay of Plenty Development honours, were taken out by Michael Mitchell with 289 runs and Finn Dempsey taking eight wickets including a highly sought after six wicket bag.

Niven Dovey was presented with the Brendan Bracewell Most Promising Player trophy, with the citation saying that Niven was recognised for leading the Bay of Plenty Development team, to win the ND Development competition prize of the Basil McBurney Trophy. His ability was recognised outside the region with selection in the ND Under 19 team, with the undoubted highlight being 106 against Otago, at the National age-group tournament.

2020/21 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                                                                                                                                                                   

BOPCA Senior Men’s Representative Team                          

Mike Wright Batting Trophy                             Taylor Bettelheim 474 runs     

Derek Beard Bowling Trophy                           Peter Drysdale 18 wickets                                             

BOPCA Development Team  

Development Team Batting Trophy               Michael Mitchell 289 runs                  

Development Team Bowling Trophy             Finn Dempsey 8 wickets                                              

Brendan Bracewell Most Promising Player    Niven Dovey

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards 2020/21

November 2020: Tom MacRury (Greerton CC Premier team) - 114 v Central Indians, 110 v Geyser CC.

December 2020: Nathan Hall (Central CC Resere Grade team) - 250no v Taupo Old Boys

January 2021: Cameron Neal (Greerton Cricket Club) – 202no v Mount Maunganui

February 2021: Taylor Bettelheim (BOPCA Representative Team) – 211no v Waikato Valley

March 2021: Bharat Popli and Blair McKenzie (BOPCA Representative Team) - B Popli 191 & B McKenzie 165no v Counties Manukau 

Significant Representative Milestones (Centuries & Five Wickets or better)

Batting

211no  Taylor Bettelheim v Waikato Valley

191      Bharat Popli v Counties Manukau

165no  Blair McKenzie v Counties Manukau

133      Taylor Bettelheim v Hamilton

Bowling

6/48     Tim Pringle v Hamilton

6/32     Finn Dempsey v Hamilton Development

5/42     Peter Drysdale v Counties Manukau

BOPCA Service Awards: Colin Rampling, Crispian Stewart, Jake Ryan, Stu Martin, Grant Manners.

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

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup (Baywide Premier One-Day Championship) – Mount Maunganui CC

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate – Te Puke CC

Bay of Plenty Cup (Baywide First Round) – Greerton CC

The Havana Eatery (Baywide Twenty 20 – Mount Maunganui CC

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

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Two Bay of Plenty Representative Batsman Earn March BOPCA Player of the Month Award

Posted: Monday, 29 March 2021

The March 2021 Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Award, will be presented at the BOPCA Prizegiving on the 1st April 2021, to two Bay of Plenty representative batsmen who smashed a all-time partnership record against Counties Manukau at the Te Puke Domain on the 20/21 March 2021.

Bay of Plenty Cricket introduced the BOPCA Player of the Month Award in 2004.  The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in Bay of Plenty Cricket during each month of the playing season.

After winning the toss, the home team made a conservative start, in losing their first two wickets with 86 runs on the board. Enter Bharat Popli and Ben McKenzie, who batted their opponents out of the encounter, with a new Bay of Plenty partnership record of 269 runs.

Both Bay batsmen were in majestic form, with Bharat Popli batting at three, blasting his twelfth provincial century in finishing with 191 runs to his name. His big three figures score, came from 240 balls with nineteen 4's and five 6's. 

McKenzie was a little less patient, smacking 165 not out, from 218 balls, with thirteen 4's and nine big heaves over the boundary ropes. Bay of Plenty declared at 445 for the loss of six wickets, late on the opening day's play, with Counties Manukau losing one wicket for 18 runs.

The big third wicket partnership eclipsed the previous record of 208 posted by Bharat Popli and Joe Carter against Hamilton in 2013. Another Bay of Plenty all-time mark set by the pair, was the first time that two Bay batsmen had broke through the 150 plus run barrier in a game.

The two very big turns at bat, propelled Popli into fourth place and McKenzie grabbing the eighth position, behind the all-time highest score of 223 belted by Alex Lees, in a Hawke Cup defence against Counties Manukau in 2017.

The record partnership, played a big part in the Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s team winning the Northern Districts Cricket big prize of the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl for the seventeenth occasion.

Bharat Popli, highest score since his representative debut against Hamilton in December 2008, takes his list of BOPCA centuries to twelve, five ahead of Joe Carter, who sits with seven three-figure scores to his name.

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards 2020/21

March 2021: Bharat Popli and Blair McKenzie (BOPCA Representative Team) v Counties Manukau.

February 2021: Taylor Bettelheim (BOPCA Representative Team) – 211no v Waikato Valley

January 2021: Cameron Neal (Greerton Cricket Club) – 202no v Mount Maunganui

December: Nathan Hall (Central CC Resere Grade team) - 250no v Taupo Old Boys

November: Tom MacRury (Greerton CC Premier team) - 114 v Central Indians, 110 v Geyser CC.

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BOND & CO MOUNT MAUNGANUI WIN 2021 VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP

Posted: Monday, 29 March 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, won the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup for the seventh time on Saturday (27 March 2021), when they defeated Element IMF Cadets by six wickets in the season finale at the Bay Oval.

Two good-sized crowds of parochial club supporters, decked out in club colours were on the sideline, as Cadets took first use of the wicket at the Blake Park international ground.

Cadets lost their first wicket with just 16 runs on the board and were in some trouble at four down for 75 runs. The mire deepened for the Tauranga Domain based side at 6/81, before keeper Taylor Douglas and Mayura Galappththi batting at ten, came together to try and salvage their sides innings.

Galappththi posted a handy 18 runs, with Douglas the last man to be dismissed with 24 runs in the book, as Cadets were bowled out for a very gettable 142. Long-serving Mount bowlers, Tony Goodin and Dale Swan, both finished their spell with three wicket bags with all-rounder Peter Drysdale returning 2/13.

Mount Maunganui made their intention clear from the start of their reply, with their first wicket falling at the 46 run mark, when Ben Pomare was bowled for 26. Ben Musgrave kept the pressure on, with opener Peter Drysdale, to reach 31. However the Mount innings belonged to Drysdale, who anchored his sides six wicket Williams Cup victory, with an unbeaten 59 off 89 balls.

Mount Maunganui Captain Matt Golding said “Our keys to success was the overall strength of our team being able to bat right down the order and also having at least seven very good bowlers”. 

“Our standout players were every bowler, being asked to bowl first on a flat track; they did very well and it was a whole team effort. Pete (Drysdale) anchored the innings and Ben (Musgrave) played a match winning knock.

The Mount Maunganui win, added the Williams Cup to their Baywide T20 Championship, and also gave them the Hart Family Trophy Baywide Champion of Champions title for the tenth time.

“It was a great way to finish the season, winning the Williams Cup, which sums up our season and what we have achieved”. “It is awesome to send Nick Smith into retirement with a Williams Cup win. He has contributed  a lot to the club and we will always grateful for it and there was no better way to send him off than winning the ‘Old Bill’.

Flying Mullet Te Puke, finished the Baywide season with the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate, after beating Holland Becket Law Tauranga Boys College by three wickets at the Te Puke Domain.

Tauranga Boys batted first and were bowled out for 196. Isaac White top scored with 46 with Liam Collett posting 39 not out. Mikare Leef was the best of the home sides bowling attack taking three wickets for 27 runs.

Devon Surrurier was in grand touch, anchoring the Te Puke innings with a 94 runs at a run a ball. Blair McKenzie belted a neat half century with Jamie Oakley chipping in with 32 runs.

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final 27 March 2021

Element IMF Cadets 142 (Chris Mascall 24, Taylor Douglas 24, Fergus Lellman 22; Dale Swan 3/20, Tony Goodin 3/33, Peter Drysdale 2/13) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 145/4 (Peter Drysdale 59no, Ben Musgrave 31, B Pomare 26; Tim Pringle 2/34)

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 196 (Isaac White 46, Liam Collett 39no, Blake Pentecost 26, Charles Williams 25; Mikaere Leef 3/27) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 198/7 (Devon Surrurier 94, Blair McKenzie 50, Jamie Oakley 32; Blake Pentecost 3/15, Charles Williams 3/38)

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R&A Sangha Defeat Greerton Kings by 72 Runs in 2020/21 McNaughton Trophy Final

Posted: Friday, 26 March 2021

A century belted by GS Mahal, simply took the 2021 McNaughton Trophy Final away from the Greerton Kings, at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Thursday (25 March 2021) evening.

The McNaughton Trophy presented by Te Puke's McNaughton Trophy in the 1980's, is considered by many to be the Baywide Reserve Grade Championship, with a record sixteen sides starting the chase for the big prize in December 2020.

The Sangha XI, who were chasing their fourth McNaughton prize in five seasons, batted first and lost their first wicket with 48 runs on the board. GS Mahal then took charge of his teams fortunes, to belt 111 runs off 90 balls, with twelve 4's and four big shots over the boundary.

Mahal received plenty of support from Vikas Mohan (37) and Deepak Singh, as they went on to reach 270 for the loss of eight wickets, in the McNaughton regulation forty overs. Gurtej Billing and Michael Rowland both took two wickets in the Greerton bowling attack.

Greerton were in touch with the required run rate in the early stages of the game, however the Sangha team bowlers upped the ante to slow the reply. At five down for 146, the Kings were some fifty odd runs behind their opponents. The Sangha bowlers further tightened the screws, to end the Greerton chase at 198 for the loss of seven wickets, after the allotted overs.

Captain Michael Rowland top scored with 49 runs, with Jaskirat Singh (43) and Loki Gahlan (34) making useful contributions.  Manvir Singh was the best of the Sangha bowlers taking three wickets for 33.

The Sangha eleven have just two days rest, before they endeavour to add the WBOPCA Reserve Grade Championship to their McNaughton crown, when they play Sikh Sports on Saturday in the Western Bay title decider.

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Final @ Bay Oval 25 March 2021

R&A Sangha 270/8 (GS Mahal 111, Vikas Mohan37, Deepak Singh39; Gurtej Billing 2/41, Michael Rowland 2/42) defeated Greerton Kings 198/7 (M Rowland 49,Jaskirat Singh 43,Loki Gahlan 34; Manvir Singh 3/33)

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP Title Decider to be Fought Out at the Bay Ova

Posted: Thursday, 25 March 2021

The big prize in Bay of Plenty premier club cricket is up for grabs on Saturday (27 March 2021), when the 2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Championship title will be fought out at the Bay Oval.

Bay of Plenty Williams Cup cricket dates back to the early days of Bay of the Plenty Cricket Association in the 1930's. The first name engraved on the time-honoured cricket silverware, was the City Cricket Club in the 1932/33 season.

This years Williams Cup title decider, will see Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Element IMF Cadets, engage in a head to head battle to lift aloft the Baywide big prize in victory on early Saturday evening.

Both contenders have impressive Williams Cup winning credentials in the past. Cadets have won the trophy on eleven occasions, since their first success in 1995, that kicked off with five Williams Cups in a row. The Mount Maunganui name has been engraved on the silverware, on six occasions, dating back to 1988.

Both team captains in Cadets Andrew Mascall and the Mount's Matt Golding, are leading their troops in to Williams Cup battle for the first time.

Andrew Mascall said "Our expectations are to go out there on Saturday and continue our form and momentum, we have built up in this years Williams Cup campaign". "The strength of our side is our batting depth in that we bat right down to number 11. Our team is a young enthusiastic side mixed in with a couple of experienced old heads"

Matt Golding came back with "We are expecting to put up a strong performance in the final as we have done most of the season". "Our team bats a long way down and our first, second and third change bowlers are very strong in their own rights. Experience is a big key for us, with bucket loads of club cricket games in the bank and hopefully we can call on some of that experience, in tough times on Saturday".

Looking at the quality of the opposition the Mount captain said "Cadets have some serious quality through their side with (Donovan) Deeble, (Jono) Boult, (Tim) Pringle and (Fergus) Lellman who are four of the best all-rounders in the Bay. Any of those four are capable of carrying their side a long way to victory on Saturday".

Andrew Mascall replied "The Mount are a very well balanced team with a very good seam attack and a strong top order". “A Williams Cup victory for our club would be massive, as we came into the current season with a new look young side, with which no one gave us a chance of success. The lads have put in plenty of work and developed as cricket players and into great blokes".

Matt Golding summed up saying "The Williams Cup is without doubt the pinnacle of Bay of Plenty Club cricket. I know that it means a lot, especially to some of the older guys in the team. Opportunities to win it are essentially why some of the older guys still play the game. Victory on Saturday would taste sweet out of the 'Old Bill".

The inaugural Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate, will be fought out at the Te Puke Domain, between Flying Mullet Te Puke and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Last weekend Te Puke beat Papamoa in the semi-finals, while Tauranga Boys won a nail-biter by just four runs, in their encounter with Generation Homes Lake Taupo.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final 27 March 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Element IMF Cadets, Bay Oval.

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate

Flying Mullet Te Puke v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Titles

Otumoetai Cadets (11) 1995, 1996. 1997. 1998. 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2017. 2019.

Mount Maunganui (6) 1988, 1992, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015,

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NZC-ND Schools Playoffs 22-26 March 2021 - Day Five

Posted: Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Day Five 26 March 2021

NZC Junior Secondary Schoolboys National Finals @ Palmerston North

John McGlashen College 153/9 defeated Tauranga Boys College 133 (Luke Scrimegour 39)

 

Day Four 25 March 2021

NZC Junior Secondary Schoolboys National Finals @ Palmerston North

Tauranga Boys College 184/6 (Luke Scrimegour 48, Billy Ramsden 35no, Jake Riley 34) lost to Silverstream College 187/6 (Bryn Robertson 5/24)

ND Gillette Cup Finals @ Jansen Park, Hamilton

Third/Fourth Playoff: St Peters School 196 (Loughlin Keaney 3/12, Darcy Collett 3/29) lost to Tauranga Boys College 197/6 (Isaac White 93, Sam Clode 35)

Fifth/Sixth Playoff: St John’s College 353/5 (Ethan Chamberlain 2/91) defeated Mount Maunganui College 201 (Sam Wilson 57, Kade Smit 37, Ethan Chamberlain 30)

Whangarei BHS 197/7 (Spencer Wills 3/20, Asa Banbury 2/24) lost to Aquinas College 199/3 (Spencer Wills 84no, Jordy Smith 60)

 

Day Three 24 March 2021

NZC Junior Secondary Schoolboys National Finals @ Palmerston North

Tauranga Boys College 102 (Luke Scrimegour 23, A Aryal 21) lost to Auckland Grammar 106/4 (JH Stott 2/11)

ND Gillette Cup Finals @ Jansen Park, Hamilton

Whangarei BHS 149/9 (Conor Wells 5/20, Angus Tustin 2/11) lost to  Mount Maunganui College 151/1 (Conor Wells 71no, Harry Burns 62no)

St Paul’s Collegiate 205 (Isaac White 5/38, Ben Vyver 3/45) defeated Tauranga Boys College 154 (Isaac White 38)

St John’s College 253/9 (Spencer Wills 3/28, Luc Adsett 3/34) defeated Aquinas College 88 (Spencer Wills 27)

ND Gillette Venus Cup @ Bruce Pullman Park, Takanini – T20

Round Five: Waiuku College 82/7 (Aimee Unwin 2/12, Amy Clegg 2/20) lost to Tauranga Girls College 83/2 (Sarah Jane Stone 62)

Final Points: Gisborne GHS 12, Tauranga Girls College 9, Waikato Diocesan 9, Morrinsville College 9, Whangarei GHS 6, Waiuku College 0.

 

NZCDay Two 23 March 2021 Junior Secondary Schoolboys National Finals @ Palmerston North

Christ’s College 181/8 (Luke Srimgeour 2/27, Oliver Norwood 2/32) defeated Tauranga Boys College 155 (Luke Scrimgeour 36, Dylan Henderson 26)

ND Gillette Cup Finals @ Jansen Park, Hamilton

Mount Maunganui College 126 (Kade Smit 60) lost to St Peters School 127/0

St John’s College 228 Harrison Leach 4/49, Liam Collett 3/30, Isaac White 2/32) lost to Tauranga Boys College 229/7 (Ben Vyver 90, Isaac White 46,  Darcy Collett 35)

St Paul’s Collegiate 307/7 (Daniel Coster 2/32) defeated Aquinas College 128 (Jordy Smith 30, Daniel Coster 20)

ND Gillette Venus Cup @ Bruce Pullman Park, Takanini - T20

Round Three: Waikato Diocesan 121/6 (Elle Archer 2/15, Sarah Jane Stone 2/20) defeated Tauranga Girls College 90/9 (SJ Stone 31)

Round Four: Morrinsville College 94/6 (Sarah Jane Stone 2/13, Ellie Archer 2/8) lost to Tauranga Girls College 95/2 (Amelia Harvey 35no, Aimee Unwin 30no)

 

Day One 22 March 2021

NZC Junior Secondary Schoolboys National Finals @ Palmerston North

Tauranga Boys College 144/8 (Dylan Henderson 48) lost to Napier NHS 148/8 (Harry McKinlay 2/6, Luke Scrimguour 2/30

ND Gillette Cup Finals @ Jansen Park, Hamilton

Mount Maunganui College 127 (Kade Smit 44, Harry Burns 41) lost to Hamilton BHS 111/2 (Conor Wells 2/521)

Aquinas College 31 (Daniel Coster 24no) lost to Tauranga Boys College 32/2

ND Gillette Venus Cup @ Bruce Pullman Park, Takanini - T20

Round One: Gisborne GHS 110/6 (Elle Archer 4/18, Mikyla Keane 2/21) lost to Tauranga Girls College 129/3 (Aimee Unwin 43, Amelia Harvey 29)

Round Two: Whangarei GHS 82/8 (Mikyla Keane 3/32, Aimee Unwin 2/32) defeated Tauranga Girls College 55

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI AND CADETS TO FIGHT OUT THE 2021 VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP

Posted: Monday, 22 March 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, took the short route to the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final, when they beat Eves Realty Greerton in the major semi-final on Saturday (20 March 2021).

Mount Maunganui won the toss and elected to bat, in the encounter between the two top qualifiers, where the loser was headed for a sudden-death elimination game the following day. 

Opener Peter Drysdale, weathered the early storm where two Mount wickets fell with just seven runs on the board, going on to anchor his sides innings with 86 runs off 126 balls. Batting at six, skipper Matt Golding posted an unbeaten 58 with Brett Randell also claiming a half century. Mitchell Rush was the best of the Greerton bowlers taking three wickets for 53 runs.

The vaunted Greerton top order came under early attack and at 29/3 were in some trouble. Greerton were behind the eight ball throughout, being bowled out for just 116, to gift Mount Maunganui a direct path to the Williams Cup title decider at the Bay Oval, next Saturday (27 March 2021).

Umesh Ranaraja, was the best of the Greerton batting attack with just 23 runs, while 200 game plus veteran spin bowler Dale Swan took three wickets for 24 runs.

The minor semi-final saw Element IMF Cadets travel to Rotorua to defeat Bayleys Central Indians. Cadets reached 255/8, with Marcel Collett and Tim Pringle posting half centuries. Pringle backed up his batting feats to take three wickets for just 8 runs as the combined side were removed for 142. Bharat Popli top scored for Central Indians with 60 runs.

Mount Maunganui 's opponent in the 2021 Williams Cup Final, will be Cadets, who came from fourth place in the qualifying competition, to defeat Greerton in Sunday's sudden-death preliminary final.

Cadets batted first and after a considered start to their innings, set Greerton a solid target,  reaching 255 for eight wickets. A hard fought 89 from Fergus Lellman, that included ten 4's and three 6's led the way, with Donavan Deeble (42) and opener James McCabe (35) also entering into the run-scoring action. Michael Rowland and Cameron Neal took three wickets apiece.

Greerton made a solid start, with their opening pair of Tom MacRury and Taylor Bettelheim putting on a 43 run opening stand, before MacRury was removed for 27. Thirteen boundaries anchored the Bettelheim turn at bat, before he was bowled for 91, with Greerton at 160/6. 

The Cadets bowlers upped the ante and bowled the top qualifier out, with just 195 runs on the board, in the 45th over. Tim Pringle finished with three wickets for 19 runs, while Donovan Deeble and Jono Boult both took two wickets.

Flying Mullet Te Puke and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, will meet in the Williams Cup Plate Final after winning through the semi-final action.

Te Puke posted 224 for the loss of eight wickets against Papamoa before removing their near neighbours for 105. Bibin Babu, batting at nine, top scored for Te Puke with 39 not out, with Cameron Riley grabbing a five wicket bag, as Te Puke cruised to a 119 run win.

Tauranga Boys College post section victory, over Generation Homes Lake Taupo, was a cliffhanger that was finally decided with just four balls to spare. Tauranga Boys reached 183 for the loss of eight wickets, with Charles Williams and Blake Pentecost both reaching the forties.

A Jack Wiggins half century, kept the Taupo side right in the match, before they were removed just four runs short of victory. Charles Williams and Ben Vyver both bowled with enthusiasm to be rewarded with three wickets apiece. 

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 20 March 2021

Major Semi-Final: Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 242/8 (Peter Drysdale 86, Matt Golding 58no, Brett Randell 52; Mitchell Rush 3/53) defeated Eves Realty Greerton 116 (Dale Swan 3/24)

Minor Semi-Final: Element IMF Cadets 255/8 (Marcel Collett 58, Tim Pringle 57, Donovan Deeble 47, Andrew Mascall 32no; Lovely Sandhu 3/35) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 142 (Bharat Popli 60; Tim Pringle 3/8)

Preliminary Final 21 March 2021 

Element IMF Cadets 255/8 (Fergus Lellman 89, Donovan Deeble 42, James McCabe 35; Michael Rowland 3/31, Cameron Neal 3/33) defeated Eves Realty Greerton 195 (Taylor Bettelheim 91, Tom MacRury 27; Tim Pringle 3/19)

Williams Cup Plate 20 March 2021

Flying Mullet Te Puke 224/8 (Bibin Babu 39no, Tai Bridgman-Raison 39, Hamish Wilde 30) defeated Papamoa 105 (Cameron Riley 5/24)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 183/9 (Charles Williams 49, Blake Pentecost 47; Joe O'Donoghue 3/42) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 179 Jack Wiggins 54, C Williams 3/15, Ben Vyver 3/32

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 27 March 2021 – Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Element IMF Cadets

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FOUR BAYWIDE TEAM CHASE THE 2021 VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP TITLE

Posted: Saturday, 20 March 2021

Four Baywide premier cricket teams will start out on a mission on Saturday (20 March 2021), which will end with one side lifting aloft the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup aloft in victory at Bay Oval, seven days later.

The Williams Cup, is the oldest Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy contested each year and dates back to the affiliation of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Association to New Zealand Cricket in 1932.

Eves Realty Greerton, emerged from eight rounds of qualifying play in the top spot and will play Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, at Blake Park in the major semi-final.  The winner of the top two contest, will progress directly to the Williams Cup Grand Final to be held at the Bay Oval, on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Greerton lead the head to head record between the two sides this season, two games to one, winning both the Bay of Plenty and Williams Cup encounters. However, Mount Maunganui secured the Baywide T20 Championship, defeating Greerton, in the title decider under lights at the Bay Oval.

The Greerton verses Mount Maunganui playoff is shaping up as classic batsmen verses bowlers contest. Greerton big-hitters in Cameron Neal (320 runs) and Tom MacRury (297) have been in grand form in the Williams Cup preliminary action, with each belting a truckload of runs. Mount Maunganui will have painful memories of their Williams Cup game where Neal blasted 202 not out.

Mount Maunganui, has a well synchronized lineup of pace and spin bowlers, who have done plenty of damage throughout the season. Mount Maunganui pace bowlers Tony Goodin and Chris Atkinson, usually open the Mount bowling attack, with Dale Swan, Peter Drysdale and Nick Smith joining the encounters with their slower action cutters.

Smallbone Park in Rotorua, will host the minor semi-final between Bayleys Central Indians and Element IMF Cadets, who finished in third and fourth spot in the qualifying race. The winner, will play the major semi-final losing side on Sunday (21 March 2021) for the second place in the Bay Oval Final.

Central Indians player/coach Bharat Popli, has become a run scoring machine in the current seasons Williams Cup . In six outings he has smacked 489 runs, with two centuries and a highest score of 144, in producing a outstanding average of 122.5. The combined side pair of Andrew Gibbs (17) and Stephen Nicholls (14) sit in first and third spots on the bowling list and are likely to prove a thorn in the side of the Cadets batsmen.

A extremely young Cadets team, which includes two New Zealand Under 19 representatives in Fergus Lellman and Tim Pringle, are coming off last weeks last round,  where they provided Greerton with their solitary loss of the Williams Cup round robin play. Keeper Taylor Douglas has been in superb touch behind the stumps, with 13 catches and five stumping's in eight games.

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoffsn 20 March 2021

Major Semi-Final: Eves Realty Greerton v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Blake Park

Minor Semi-Final: Bayleys Central Indians v Element IMF Cadets, Smallbone Park.

21 March 2021

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Preliminary Final: Loser of Major Semi-Final v Winner of Minor Semi-Final.

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui 27 March 2021

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Win the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl for the Seventeenth Occasion

Posted: Tuesday, 16 March 2021

A record breaking performance from the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty representative team, earned them the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl, for the seventeenth occasion since their first victory in 1980.

Bay of Plenty Coach Daniel Flynn said, “The Fergus Hickey victory is probably something that’s been in the making for a few years now, due to the work done by Charles (Williams) and Russ (Williams) to help the players develop. It’s certainly a talented group with great work ethic and strong leader. Last year playing alongside these guys, I could see all the ingredients were there to be a successful team, so it’s nice to have seen it all come together and the players get the rewards they deserve”. 

Entering the match at the Te Puke Domain over the weekend (13/14 March 2021) against Counties Manukau, the Bay side required first innings points with maximum batting bonus points, to win the trophy they last raised in triumph four seasons ago.

After winning the toss, the home team made a conservative start, in losing their first two wickets with 86 runs on the board. Enter Bharat Popli and Ben McKenzie, who batted their opponents out of the encounter, with a new Bay of Plenty partnership record of 269 runs.

Both Bay batsmen were in majestic form, with Bharat Popli batting at three, blasting his twelfth provincial century in finishing with 191 runs to his name. His big three figures score, came from 240 balls with nineteen 4's and five 6's. 

McKenzie was a little less patient, smacking 165 not out, from 218 balls, with thirteen 4's and nine big heaves over the boundary ropes. Bay of Plenty declared at 445 for the loss of six wickets, late on the opening day's play, with Counties Manukau losing one wicket for 18 runs.

“It was a very polished performance, and a nice way to finish the season. Bharat and Blair both played exceptionally well. Great to see Blair perform the way he did as he’s had to wait in the wings a bit for the opportunity. It is a credit to him and the work he’s put in, that he stood up in what was a must win game”.

Day two completely belonged to the Bay of Plenty bowlers, with the visitors bowled out for 206, in their first turn at bat. Long-serving all-rounder Peter Drysdale grabbed his first five wicket bag, of his 115 game Bay of Plenty representative career, in taking five wickets for 42 runs. Tim Pringle also did plenty of damage with three wickets.

Asked to follow on, Counties Manukau managed to stave off outright defeat, in reaching 143 for the loss of seven wickets, when the umpires called full time on the encounter. Peter Drysdale added another two wickets to finish the match with seven, with Tim Pringle taking a second three wicket haul.

“Certainly our best performance with the ball on what was a good batting surface. Pete and Tim were consistent as they have been all season and got the rewards, but the seamers did a fantastic job sticking to their plans and creating pressure. They also were rewarded with crucial breakthroughs when we needed them most”.

“It was nice reward for all the effort the players have put in over the summer. They’ve all worked hard on their games individually, but the way they’ve come together as a team and performed has been very pleasing” said Coach Flynn.

The povincial fixture, established a number of Bay of Plenty Cricket all-time representative records since the Bays first match in 1932. In addition to the record partnership, the game was the first occasion that two Bay batsmen at the crease had posted 150+ runs in an innings.

Bharat Popli extended his record number of centuries to twelve, four ahead of Joe Carter, while Bharat and Blair's scores became the fourth and eighth highest in Bay of Cricket history. 

The Bay of Plenty, Fergus Hickey victory, capped a sterling Northern Districts representative season, where the Bay side posted a massive 1517 runs and took ten wickets against ND heavyweight Northland and Hamilton plus the seventeen wickets in the weekend encounter.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Te Puke Domain 13/14 March 2021

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 445/6 (Bharat Popli 191, Blair McKenzie 165no, Peter Drysdale 32)

Counties Manukau 206 (S Varcoe 54, Peter Drysdale 5/42, Tim Pringle 3/66) & 143/7 (K Clarke 48; Tim Pringle 3/39, Peter Drysdale 2/22)

Bay of Plenty Cricket All-Time Representative Records (v Counties Manukau 13 March 2021)

 

Highest Partnership                 269 Bharat Popli/Blair McKenzie

First 150+ x two in a match    191 Bharat Popli – 165no Blair McKenzie

Fourth Highest Score              191 Bharat Popli

Eighth Highest Score 165no Blair McKenzie

 

Highest Scores (150 Runs +)

223      Alex Lees                    v Counties Manukau               2017 (Hawke Cup)

215no  Joe Carter                    v Poverty Bay                         2014

211*    Taylor Bettelheim         v Waikato-Valley                     2021

194      Brett Hampton            v Hamilton                              2013 (Hawke Cup)

191      Bharat Popli                v Counties Manukau               2021

187      Joe Carter                    v Hamilton                              2013 (Hawke Cup)

181      Simon Winter              v Central Otago                      1997 (Hawke Cup)

179no  Mike Wright                v Counties                               1983/84

165no  Blair McKenzie           v Counties Manukau               2021   

157      Kane Williamson         v Counties Manukau              2013

152no James Mitchell             v Poverty Bay                        2007

 

Most Centuries

12 Bharat Popli, 8 Joe Carter, 4= Richard Shrimpton, Mike Wright, Mathew Hart,

Tom MacRury, Taylor Bettelheim.

 

Highest Partnerships

269      Bharat Popli/Blair McKenzie (3rd wicket) v Counties Manukau 2020/21

208      Joe Carter/Bharat Popli (2nd wicket)   v Hamilton      2012/13

203      Tom MacRury/Peter Drysdale (1st wicket) v Poverty Bay 2016/17

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS WIN THE FERGUS HICKEY ROSEBOWL FOR THE SEVENTEETH OCCASION

Posted: Monday, 15 March 2021

A record breaking performance from the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty representative team, earned them the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl, for the seventeenth occasion since their first victory in 1980.

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Te Puke Domain 13/14 March 2021

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 445/6 (Bharat Popli 191, Blair McKenzie 165no, Peter Drysdale 32)

Counties Manukau 206 (S Varcoe 54, Peter Drysdale 5/42, Tim Pringle 3/66) & 143/7 (K Clarke 48; Tim Pringle 3/39, Peter Drysdale 2/22) - Story to Follow.

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TRENT BOULT PROVIDES A MASTER CLASS IN VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP ACTION

Posted: Monday, 15 March 2021

Black Cap Trent Boult gave a master-class in pace bowling, for his club Element IMF Cadets, when they provided Eves Realty Greerton their first loss of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on Saturday (13 March 2021).

Playing alongside elder brother, Jono Boult, the world cricket star took the opportunity of  time-out from New Zealand duty, to turn out for Cadets whom he first joined a decade and a half ago.

Cadets batted first at Greerton headquarters at Pemberton Park and set a reasonably sized good target, after being removed for 182. Jono Boult top scored with 47 runs with Chris Mascall chipping in with a handy 33.

Trent Boult opened the Cadets bowling, taking his first wicket with his fourth ball and grabbing four of the first five wickets, to have the home side in desperate trouble at 31 for the loss of five wickets.

Mitchell Rush (30) and Brendan Laurenzi (25) steadied the ship somewhat. Jono Boult chipped in with two bowling scalps, before Trent returned to finish his spell with five wickets at a cost of 38 runs, as Greerton were rolled for 109.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, would have fancied their chances of upsetting Bond & Co Mount Maunganui at Blake Park, after the Great Lake region side bowled the home side out for 145. Conor Well was the best of the Mount batting attack with 32 runs, with the Lake Taupo wickets shared around.

Long serving Mount bowler Dale Swan, weaved more magic with the ball, with a match winning performance of five wickets at a cost of just 8 runs, Brett Randell also did plenty of damage with three wickets, as the Taupo side were dismissed with just 85 runs on the score board.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, made a valiant attempt to chase down the Bayleys Central Indians total of 250/4. Nadeera Nawela top scored for the combined side with 84. Gordon O’Donoghue led the chase with a half century, as the Geyser reply fell just fell 28 runs short of their target.

Flying Mullet Te Puke won the encounter with near neighbours Papamoa, after Te Puke posted 272/6. Stephen Crossan, Jamie Oakley and Tai Bridgman-Raison all reached the sixties with Ben Goodall taking a four wicket bag for the home side. Papamoa were dismissed for 194 to hand Te Puke a solid 78 run victory.

The final qualifying round of the 2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, has resulted in Greerton hosting Mount Maunganui in the preliminary final, where the winner takes a direct path to the title decider. Cadets travel to Rotorua to play Central Indians in the qualifying final.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 13 March 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 145 (Conor Wells 32) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 85 (Dale Swan 5/8, Brett Randell 3/15)

Element IMF Cadets 182 (Jono Boult 47, Chris Mascall 33) defeated Eves Realty Greerton 109 (Mitchell Rush 30; Trent Boult 5/38)

Bayleys Central Indians 250/4 (Nadeera Nawela 84, Lovely Sandhu 59, Stephen Nichols 37, Jeff Simmons 35no) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 223/9 (Gordon O’Donoghue 51, Scott McKnight 34)

Flying Mullet Te Puke 272/6 (Stephen Crossan 69, Jamie Oakley 68no, Tai Bridgman-Raison 62; Ben Goodall 4/64) defeated Papamoa 194 (Paul Inglis 55no, Ashish Dhameliya 39; Bibin Babu 3/32)

Points Table (Final) Greerton 49, Mount Maunganui 47, Central Indians 43, Cadets 37, Te Puke 30, Tauranga Boys College 23, Lake Taupo 19, Papamoa 17, Geyser 0.

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoffs 20 March 2021

Major Semi-Final: Eves Realty Greerton v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui

Minor Semi-Final: Bayleys Central Indians v Element IMF Cadets

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Bay of Plenty Chase a Seventeenth Fergus Hickey Rosebowl

Posted: Friday, 12 March 2021

The Bay of Plenty Senior Representative team, have the opportunity to join their Bay Development counterparts with a piece of Northern Districts silverware, this weekend (13/14 March 2021).

A Fergus Hickey Rosebowl catch-up match against Counties Manukau, at the Te Puke Domain, gives the Bay side a chance to claim the ND two-day title for the seventeenth time in the last four decades. Entering the final Fergus Hickey Rosebowl match of the season, the Bay of Plenty representatives sit five points in arrears of Northland, with a game in hand.

An outright victory or a big first innings points advantage with bonus batting points, would see the home side overtake Northland on the standings, to lift aloft the Fergus Hickey prize in victory.

Few NZC provincial sides, have the quality batting firepower in their side as the Bay of Plenty flagship team. Long serving Bay of Plenty batsman Bharat Popli, has hit his way to a magical eleven centuries during his 88 games in the Bay of Plenty strip.

Peter Drysdale, who made his Bay debut in November 2009 holds the record for Bay of Plenty appearances with 114 games, sits second on the all time runs list with 3631 runs, behind the legendary Mike Wright.

Bay of Plenty young gun Taylor Bettelheim, has made his mark in just 15 matches in the Bay uniform, with four centuries and a highest score of 211 not out. Blair McKenzie, rounds out the Bay top order with a three figure score to his name, with a best of 110 against Waikato Valley in the 2018/19 season.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl – Bay of Plenty v Counties Manukau @ Te Puke Domain 13/14 March 2021

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty (Caps in brackets)

Ben Pomare (Captain -16) Peter Drysdale (114) Taylor Bettelheim (15) Bharat Popli (88) Blair McKenzie (17) Fergus Lellman (12) Niven Dovey (3) Tim Pringle (25) Iman Singh (20) Cameron Riley (6) Josh Earle (12) Henry Conway (1)

2020/21 Fergus Hickey Rosebowl Points: Northland 28, Bay of Plenty 23, Waikato Valley 22, Hamilton 21, Counties Manukau 11.

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP HAS REACHED THE BUSINESS END OF THE SEASON

Posted: Friday, 12 March 2021

The Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup has reached the business end of the season, with the four Baywide teams to fight out the 2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, booking their playoff berths last weekend with one week remaining in the qualifying competition.

This Saturday's (13 March 2021) round robin contests, will determine who will meet in the coveted preliminary final the following weekend, where the winner will earn a direct path to the Williams Cup title decider, at the Bay Oval on Saturday 27 March 2021.

Eves Realty Greerton, have already booked their berth in the preliminary final, with seven straight wins in the current Williams Cup title race. This Saturday, the reigning Williams Cup champions will engage in another round of a four-decade rivalry with Element IMF Cadets, at Pemberton Park.

Cadets, who sit in fourth place on the standings and cannot improve their position on the points table with a win on Saturday, are already headed for the qualifying final in seven days time. However the nine-time Williams Cup title holders, will want to be the only side to lower the colours of Greerton, with a hard fought battle on the horizon at Pemberton Park.

An extra treat for cricket fans catching up with the Greerton verses Cadets game, at the Tauranga suburban park, is that Black Cap Trent Boult will be in action for Cadets.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, will rubber stamp their appearance in the preliminary final if they defeat Generation Homes Lake Taupo, at Mount headquarters at Blake Park. Mount Maunganui are no stranger to Williams Cup success with six titles, and will need little motivation to dispatch the Taupo side, to finish in second place in the qualifying competition

Bayleys Central Indians should have little trouble securing third place in the final round robin standings, when  they square of with cellar dwellers Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, in a Rotorua derby at Smallbone Park. The Central Cricket Club who make up one half of Central Indians, have held the Williams Cup on two occasions over the decades.

During the 1999/00 season, Central were one half of AC (Arawa CC & Central CC)  United that took out the Baywide big prize, while they won the time-honored trophy that dates back to 1932, in their own right in 2007.

Near neighbors Flying Mullet Te Puke and Papamoa, will round out the weekends Baywide matches, when they meet at the Alice Johnson Oval in Papamoa. The Papamoa representatives, can be well pleased with their Baywide debut season, winning three Bay of Plenty Cup and two Williams Cup encounters. It would be the icing on the cake for the new recruits if they could topple sixteen Williams Cup champions on the weekend.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Draw 13 March 2021

Bond & Co Mount Mauganui v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Blake1; Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets, Pemberton Park; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v Bayleys Central Indians, Smallbone Park; Flying Mullet Te Puke v Papamoa, Te Puke Domain; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College the bye.

Points Table: Greerton 49, Mount Maunganui 41, Central Indians 37, Cadets 31, Te Puke 24, Tauranga Boys College 23, Lake Taupo 19, Papamoa 17, Geyser 0.

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoff Format

Preliminary Final (Saturday 20 March) Game One: Q1 v Q2.

Qualifying Final (Saturday 20 March) Game Two: Q3 v Q4.

Major Semi-Final (Sunday 21 March) Game Three: Loser Game One v Winner Game Two.

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final @ Bay Oval, Saturday 27 March 2021

Winner Game One v Winner Game Three

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Two Gillette Cup Qualifying Competitions Take Centre Stage in the Bay of Plenty During Term One

Posted: Thursday, 11 March 2021

Term One of the school year, brings the Bay of Plenty qualifying rounds for the Gillette and Gillette Venus Cups, which are widely regarded as the NZC Secondary School Championships.

Mount Maunganui College, won the 2021 Bay of Plenty Secondary School Super Smash championship, played during February 2021, which gave them entry to the next level of the ND Gillette Cup playoffs.

Squaring off in the T20 Final, Mount Maunganui College batted first and were removed by John Paul College for a gettable 128. Kade Smit top scored with 41 with Ethan Chamberlain posting 38 runs. Sean Gapes was the best of the Rotorua teams bowlers with three wickets for 23 runs. 

John Paul College made a determined bid for victory, but were bowled out 31 runs short of their target. Cohen Stewart and Sean Gapes both reached the twenties, with Tyler Perry taking three wickets for the winners. 

Aquinas College took third place in the competition in a hard fought battle with Trident High School. The Eastern Bay of Plenty team, posted 129 for the loss of nine wickets with Harry Jones effort of 66 runs standing out like a shining beacon. Sol Robinson did the damage with the ball with four wickets at a cost of just of just 12 runs.

Spencer Wills, led Aquinas home to victory with a gritty 58 as his side posted a four wicket win. Ethan Forbes was the best of the Trident bowling attack with two wickets for 29 runs.

Katikati College, took out fifth place in the Bay of Plenty Gillette Cup qualifying competition, after they defeated Bethlehem College. The team from the extremities of the Western Bay of Plenty batted first, and set their opponents a substantial target, in reaching 172 for eight wickets. Cameron Pooley, was in grand touch with his willow weapon top scoring with 65 runs, while Taurian McConnochie made a solid contribution of 36 runs. Katikati College then restricted Bethlehem College to 149/6, to claim a 32 run win.

Papamoa College had their day in the sun taking out seventh place in their T20 final. Otumoetai College reached 108/9, with Mathew Ireland posting a beat half-century. Papamoa College cruised to a seven wicket triumph courtesy of a sold 44 runs from Pieter Osborne.

Mount Maunganui College, went on to join Tauranga Boys College and Aquinas College, who qualified by way of a top six finish last season, in the 2021 ND Gillette Cup Finals, when they beat Hauraki Plains College in a ND Super Smash playoff on the 8th March 2021.

Batting first, the Bay of Plenty representatives reached 126 for the loss of seven wickets, with Conor Wells leading the way with 70 runs off just 53 balls. Mount Maunganui College, made reasonably easy work of ending the Waikato Valleys representatives challenge, when they restricted them to 93/8 to claim a 33 run win,

Tauranga Girls College won through to represent the Bay of Plenty at the ND Gillette Venus Cup playoffs, after taking out the BOPCA championship on Tuesday 9th March 2021, at Macville Park and Mount Maunganui College.

Round One resulted in Mount College defeating John Paul College with Brittany Jenkins (43no) and Sabine Attrill (25), leading the way to their sides nine wicket victory. Tauranga Girls bowled Aquinas College out for 33, with Amy Clegg grabbing four wickets for 12 runs, before cruising home without loss.

Aquinas College posted a nine wicket win against John Paul College in round two, after bowling their opponents out for 62, with Annie Nolan taking three wickets and top scoring with 28 not out. Tauranga Girls College repelled a strong challenge from Mount Maunganui, with Tauranga Girls reaching 110/7 before restricting their opponents to 80 for the loss of two wickets. Sarah Jane Stone top scored for Tauranga Girls with 41 runs, with Brittany Jenkins continuing her golden run of form on the day with four wickets and 41 not out.

Tauranga Girls College franked there winning form with victory over John Paul College in round three. After removing the Rotorua school for 36, courtesy of Lily Milner four wickets for just 3 runs, they lost only two wickets on the way to victory. Aquinas College bowler Sarah Hodgson four wickets, played a big part in restricting Mount Maunganui College to 81/7, before posting a seven wicket triumph.

 

BOPCA Super Smash (T20) 2021 Finals Day 24 February 2121 @ Gordon Spratt Reserve

Bay of Plenty Championship: Mount Maunganui College 128 (Kade Smit 41, Ethan Chamberlain 38; Sean Gapes 3/23) defeated John Paul College 97 (Cohen Stewart 24, Sean Gapes 22; Tyler Perry 3/18)

Third Place: Trident HS 129/9 (Harry Jones 66, Travis Harte 29; Sol Robinson 4/12) lost to Aquinas College 130/6 (Spencer Wills 58; Ethan Forbes 2/29)

Fifth Place: Katikati College 172/8 (Cameron Pooley 65, Taurian McConnochie 36) defeated Bethlehem College 140/6 (Mathew Tapper 22; Ayrton Hodson 2/13)

Otumoetai College 108/9 (Mathew Ireland 50; Michael Condor 2/9) lost to Papamoa College 113/3 (Pieter Osborne 44; Jaxton Brett 2/29) 

ND Super Smash (T20) Playoffs 8 March 2020 @ Janson Park, Hamilton

Mount Maunganui College 126 (Conor Wells 70) defeated Hauraki Plains College 93/8 (Ethan Chamberlain 2/14)

BOPCA Gillette Venus Cup 9 March 2021 @ Macville Park & Mount Maunganui College

Round One (16 over per team)

Mount Maunganui College 109/1 (Brittany Jenkins 43no, Sabine Attrill 25) defeated John Paul College 67/7 (Faith Anderson 2/7)

Aquinas College 33 (Amy Clegg 4/12) lost to Tauranga Girls College 34/0

Round Two

John Paul College 62 (Amie Nolan 3/13) lost to Aquinas College 63/1 (Annie Nolan 28no)

Tauranga Girls College 110/7 (Sarah Jane Stone 41, Brittany Jenkins 4/19) defeated Mount Maunganui College 80/2 (Brittany Jenkins 41no)

Round Three

John Paul College 36 (Leah Milner 4/3) lost to Tauranga Girls College 37/2

Mount Maunganui College 81/7 (Sarah Hodgson 4/17) lost to Aquinas College 83/3

N.B. Aquinas College played in the Super Smash by invitation to alleviate a bye. Aquinas won all three preliminary matches but didn’t participate in the final as they had already qualified for the ND Gillette Cup playoffs.

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Two Bay Batsman Earn BOPCA Player of the Month Awards with Double Century Performances

Posted: Wednesday, 10 March 2021

The January and February Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards, will be presented to a Baywide premier and Bay of Plenty representative batsman, who both posted double centuries in the second half of the season.

Bay of Plenty Cricket introduced the BOPCA Player of the Month Award in 2004.  The purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in Bay of Plenty Cricket during each month of the playing season.

Greerton premier batsman Cameron Neal produced a battering ram attack, on the Mount Maunganui bowlers, in a Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup match on the 23rd January 2021 at Blake Park, Mount Maunganui.

Batting at four, Cameron Neal turned the encounter on its head, when he hammered a chanceless 202 not out. Neal, who had recently returned to the Greerton club after four years of playing cricket Auckland, took no prisoners with his huge total coming from 126 balls.

A massive sixteen 6's, were accompanied by twelve 4's, as Neal fired some of the biggest blows ever seen at Blake Park. The 202 runs, eclipsed the previous best double century marks posted by Cadets Jono Boult (200no) and Mark Divehall (200) from Mount Maunganui, in the first decade of the new millennium.

Neal who likes nothing better than to put the ball over the boundary on the full, had previously come close to a double ton, with 196, in the 2013/14 season.

Bay of Plenty batsman Taylor Bettelheim, rewrote the BOPCA record book, in a ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game against Waikato Valley 20/21 February 2021, with a unbeaten double century.

Bay of Plenty won the toss at Blake Park. While they lost their first wicket without a run being scored, Taylor Bettelheim and Bharat Popli, settled down to produce a record 189 run second-wicket partnership.

Bettelheim continued on and when the home side declared early on day two at 491/3, Taylor was resolute at one end with 211 not out to his name. 

Taylor Bettelheim, became just the third (and youngest) Bay of Plenty player, since the Bay's first representative game in 1932, to break through the 200 run mark. Bettelheim followed in the footsteps of Alex Lees (223) and Joe Carter (215no) in belting double centuries.

Taylor's huge total came from 325 balls with nineteen 4's and two 6's. What made the performance even more remarkable, was that it was his second successive Bay representative century, taking his tally to four from just 15 Bay of Plenty appearances.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards

January 2021: Cameron Neal (Greerton Cricket Club)

February 2021: Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Representative Team)

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Bay of Plenty Development Team Lift Aloft the ND Trophy in Triumph

Posted: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Bay of Plenty lifted aloft the Basil McBurney Trophy aloft in triumph at the Bay Oval, on Sunday 7 March 2021, after winning the ND Development title courtesy of a simply outstanding batting display.

Hamilton won the toss and went out to bat on a pitch that looked to reward good batting technique. The Waikato side took the game to Bay of Plenty from the opening ball, with Callum Hill (88) and former Bay Development player Rueben Clinton (78), putting on a 138 run opening stand.

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said, “We lost the toss and got put in to field first. The Hamilton top order made us work really hard for the first forty overs, losing just two wickets. We showed really good fight to then bowl them out and restrict them to 264”.

At 223 for the loss of five wickets, Hamilton were in control. However the Bay bowlers and fielders then dug deep and grabbed the last five wickets for just 41 runs, to remove their opponents.

Henry Conway bowled genuine line and length, to take four wickets, with Josh Earle, Fergus Lellman and Finn Dempsey each taking a wicket. Outstanding work in the field, resulted in three run-outs, which played a big part in stifling the Hamilton lower order batting attack.

Bay of Plenty openers Michael Mitchell and Blair McKenzie, set the platform for the big seven wicket victory, with a 148 run first wicket partnership. After McKenzie was removed for 74, Mitchell carried on to top score with 96 runs to his name. The Mitchell innings, capped off a superb ND Development competition for the Taupo batsman, who finished the competition with 289 runs from four encounters.

New Zealand Under 19 player Fergus Lellman continued the Bay of Plenty momentum, smacking an unbeaten 65, as Bay of Plenty got home with the last ball of the 49th over.

“Our batting performance was outstanding from our top three, of Mike, Blair and Fergus,  but I think it was the fight we showed through our bowling effort that gave us that really good chance to win”, said the Bay Development Coach.

The Basil McBurney victory, was the Bay's second in three years, sandwiched by a paper-thin margin second place last season.

“I'm so pleased for this group. The culture we have created is really special and it has been a pleasure to coach them again this season. The wins and the trophies are a reflection of how hard they have worked together”. “Like I have said before, I can't say enough about these young men, they are always getting better and better and that's all we can ask for”.

 

ND Development Final - Bay Oval Mount Maunganui 7 March 20210

Hamilton 264 (C Hill 88, R Clinton 78; Henry Conway 4/51) lost to Bay of Plenty 265/3 (Michael Mitchell 96, Blair McKenzie 74, Fergus Lellman 65no)

2020/21 ND Development Preliminary Competition Results

Round One - 15 November 2020 @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

Counties Manukau 191 (David Hancock 2/21, Craig Baldry 2/26) lost to Bay of Plenty 192/4 (Michael Mitchell 94no, Fergus Lellman 45no)

Round Two – 21 February @ Galloway Park, Hamilton (replayed rained-out fixture)

Bay of Plenty 217 (Ben Vyver 68, Michael Mitchell 51, Brandon Laurenzi 30) defeated Hamilton 196 (F Hill 56; Finn Dempsey 6/32)

Round Three – 14 February 2021 @ War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Northland 210/8 (B Peck 54; Habib Malik 2/31, Henry Conway 2/37, Iman Singh 2/44) lost to Bay of Plenty 212/7 (Blair McKenzie 60, Niven Dovey 52no, Michael Mitchell 48, Ben Musgrave 25)

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GREERTON BOWLERS KEEP VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP UNBEATEN SEASON RECORD INTACT

Posted: Monday, 8 March 2021

The Eves Realty Greerton bowlers, had to weave some magic to keep intact their teams unbeaten Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup unbeaten record, against Bayleys Central Indians at Pemberton Park on Saturday (6 March 2021).

Greerton batted first and were on the back foot for much of their turn at bat, before being bowled out for 137. Opener Tom MacRury anchored his sides total with 65 runs, with Mitchell Rush and Tom Renouf both reaching the twenties. Nawela Needera (4/37) and Andrew Gibbs (3/33) did plenty of damage with the ball, to give their side a real shot of the win points on offer.

A key wicket of Central Indians master blaster Bharat Popli for 4, gave the Greerton bowlers the incentive they needed for victory. The entry of the Greerton slow bowlers into the attack turned the momentum, with Michael Rowland and James Boyd taking three wickets apiece, as Central Indians were removed for 98.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui leapfrogged Central Indians into second place on the standings, after they defeated Element IMF Cadets at the Tauranga Domain. Long serving Mount batsman Peter Drysdale led the way with 98 runs, with Ben Pomare (43) and Dominic Crombie (37) making solid contributions, as Mount Maunganui posted 249 for the loss of seven wickets.

The home side gave the solid target a good shot before falling ten runs short. For the second week in a row, Jono Boult led from the front with 74 runs with the Marcel Collett and Tim Pringle both reaching the thirties. Mount veteran attack bowler Tony Goodin took three wickets for 52 runs.

Papamoa, ensured that they wouldn't take out the competition wooden spoon, when they defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser by eighty runs. Batting first on the Alice Johnson Oval at Papamoa, the home side reached 248/8 in their allotted overs. Ashish Dhameliya and Paul Inglis both posted half centuries with David Cheater the best of the Geyser bowling attack returning 4/41.

A Michael Brown four wicket bag did the damage as the visitors were bowled out for 168. Geyser number nine Sathish Krisnawoorthy top scored with a neat half century.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, returned home from their trip to the Great Lake region with six points, after beating Generation Homes Lake Taupo, courtesy of the Duckworth/Lewis formula of deciding rain interrupted matches.

Charles Williams top scored with 92 runs as Tauranga Boys posted 222 for seven wickets. The encounter finished with the inclement weather stoppage, with the hosts stranded on 130/6. Prolific Taupo run scorer Michael Mitchell top scored with 44 with Blaine Inch reaching 34 before dismissal.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 6 March 2021

Papamoa 248/8 (Ashish Dhameliya 58, Paul Inglis 57, Ben Goodall 42no; David Cheater 3/41) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 168 (Sathish Krishnamoorthy 50, Nathaniel Harrison 36; Michael Brown 4/13) 

Eves Realty Greerton 137 (Tom MacRury 65; Nawela Needera 4/37, Andrew Gibbs 3/33) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 98 (Michael Rowlands 3/15, James Boyd 3/25)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 249/7 (Peter Drysdale 98, Ben Pomare 43, Dominic Crombie 37) defeated Element IMF Cadets 239 (Jono Boult 74, Marcel Collett 35, Tim Pringle 30; Tony Goodin 3/52)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 222/7 (Charles Williams 92, Isaac White 35, Tim Clarke 34) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 130/6 (Michael Mitchell 44, Blaine Inch 34) by Duckworth/Lewis formula.

Flying Mullet Te Puke the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 48, Mount Maunganui 40, Central Indians 36, Cadets 30, Te Puke 23, Tauranga Boys College 23, Lake Taupo 18, Papamoa 16, Geyser 0.

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Bay Development Team to Fight Out ND Title on Sunday

Posted: Friday, 5 March 2021

The recent Covid 19 lockdowns, have affected two Bay of Plenty representative teams, who were getting to the business ends of their Northern Districts campaigns.

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty, ND Development title decider, which was scheduled for War Memorial Park in Manurewa last Sunday, has been rescheduled for the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui this Sunday (7 March 2021).

The Bay of Plenty Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter with Counties Manukau, booked for this weekend, has been pushed out by seven days.

Success for the Bay of Plenty representatives against Hamilton on Sunday, would give the Bay Second Eleven their second Basil McBurney Trophy in three seasons, sandwiching a paper-thin margin second place finish twelve months ago.

Coach Russell Williams said, “I’m really proud of how far we have come in the last four seasons. This campaign we have been really strong and have some great talent coming through”. “One more game to go, so we will be looking to execute another good performance and hopefully win the final on Sunday, which would be a great reward for this group. They have certainly earned their chance at another trophy”.

The Bay team will walk down the pathway to the Bay Oval ground, with a three game ND Development unbeaten record this season. First up, they chased down Counties Manukau target of 192 with six wickets in hand.

The second match against Northland at the half-way venue in Manurewa, saw Northland restricted to 210/8, with the Bay side having to fight hard to post a three wicket victory.

The re-scheduled round two encounter with Hamilton resulted in a dramatic Bay of Plenty win. Batting first, the Bay team looked short of a winnable total when they were bowled out for 217. Enter Bay bowler Finn Dempsey, who took six wickets to play a huge hand in removing Hamilton for 196, to keep intact their winning sequence.

 

ND Development Final 7 March 2021@ Bay Oval Sunday 7 March 2021 – 10.30am

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty

Blair McKenzie, Ben Musgrave, Niven Dovey (c) Ben Vyver, Iman Singh, Habib Malik, Josh Earle, Cameron Riley, Henry Conway, Finn Dempsey, Liam Collett.

Coach: Russell Williams                        Manager: Shaun Riley

 

2020/21 ND Development Competition Results

Round One - 15 November 2020 @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

Counties Manukau 191 (David Hancock 2/21, Craig Baldry 2/26) lost to Bay of Plenty 192/4 (Michael Mitchell 94no, Fergus Lellman 45no)

Round Two – 21 Febraury @ Galloway Park, Hamilton (replayed rained-out fixture)

Bay of Plenty 217 (Ben Vyver 68, Michael Mitchell 51, Brandon Laurenzi 30) defeated Hamilton 196 (F Hill 56; Finn Dempsey 6/32)

Round Three – 14 February 2021 @ War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Northland 210/8 (B Peck 54; Habib Malik 2/31, Henry Conway 2/37, Iman Singh 2/44) lost to Bay of Plenty 212/7 (Blair McKenzie 60, Niven Dovey 52no, Michael Mitchell 48, Ben Musgrave 25)

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VITAL VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP CLASH AT PEMBERTON PARK

Posted: Thursday, 4 March 2021

With just two rounds of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup before the playoffs arrive, there is no more vital encounter this Saturday (6 March 2021) than the top of the table clash at Pemberton Park, between Eves Realty Greerton and Bayleys Central Indians.

Greerton will take an unbeaten record into the match-up, with the Rotorua combined sides only loss coming last weekend. A Greerton win would almost certainly book them a berth in the top-two playoffs, with a Central Indians win, giving them a good shot at a top two finish.

Central Indians batsman Bharat Popli has been in outstanding form in the Baywide competition, belting a remarkable 404 runs including two centuries, in just four matches. The match-up with Greerton master blaster Cameron Neal, who smacked a double century a few weeks ago, could produce a run fest at the Tauranga suburban park. 

Greerton attack bowler Daniel Spencer and leggie James Boyd, sit at the top of the Williams Cup bowling stakes, to give the home sides plenty of bowling options. Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls and veteran Andrew Gibbs are likely to trouble the Greerton batting attack. 

Another vital game will take place at the Tauranga Domain, between the third and fourth placed sides, where Element IMF Cadets will host Bond & Co Mount Maunganui. Both sides are multiple Williams Cup titleholders and know all about the pressures of playing championship cricket.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo will relish home track advantage, when Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, pay a visit to the Great Lake region on Saturday. Both sides have had their winning moments during the Baywide season with the match likely to go into the early evening.

Papamoa and Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, will round out the penultimate Williams Cup qualifying round, at the Alice Johnson Oval in Papamoa. The relatively new grass wicket block, has proved a worthy addition to the Western Bay grass wickets stocks, which give the premier competition players high quality wickets to play on each week. 

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Draw 6 March 2021

Papamoa v Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, Alice Johnson Oval; Eves Realty Greerton v Bayleys Central Indians, Pemberton Park; Element IMF Cadets v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Tauranga Domain; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Owen Delany Park.

Points Table: Greerton 42, Central Indians 36, Mount Maunganui 34, Cadets 30, Te Puke 23, Lake Taupo 18, Tauranga Boys College 17, Papamoa 10, Geyser 0

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Calling for Age-Group Representative Selectors for 2021

Posted: Tuesday, 2 March 2021

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

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 12 March 2021

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BIG CENTURY LEADS VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP HIGHLIGHTS

Posted: Monday, 1 March 2021

The Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup showdown, between Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Bayleys Central Indians, was turned on its head by one of the Bay of Plenty representative young guns.

Ben Pomare, went on the attack from the start of the Bay inter-city contest at Blake Park, to smash 167 runs before finally being stumped by the combined teams keeper. Pomare finished  with an impressive strike of 132 (per one hundred balls), with fourteen 4's and seven 6's in his big hundred.

The Mount openers simply took the game away from the visitors with a massive 231 opening stand. Long serving Bay representative Peter Drysdale, was also in good touch with 61 runs, as his team went on to post 312 for the loss of seven wickets.

The six runs plus target proved too big a hurdle for Central Indians, who were bowled out for 190 in the 45th over. Bharat Popli was his sides top scorer with 71, with skipper Stephen Nicholls adding a handy 34 runs.

Former ND professional player, Jono Boult, again showcased his all round skills as Element IMF Cadets cemented their top four spot, with an 89 run win over Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Batting at six, Boult belted 85 runs to set Tauranga Boys 220 to win. 

Four wickets each, from Boult and another of the Bay of Plenty representative young guns in Tim Pringle, did the damage as the opposition were removed for 130. Charles Williams was the best of the Tauranga Boys batsmen with 33 runs.

A century opening stand took Flying Mullet Te Puke to a big win against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Te Puke openers Tai Bridgman-Raison (76) and Stephen Crossan (57) got their side away to a flyer. Blair McKenzie, batting at three, added to the good start with 42 runs, as his side were bowled out for 224.

At 194/3, Te Puke were in control before the Geyser bowlers pegged them back.   Daniel Fisher bowled with enthusiasm to be rewarded with four wickets for 43 runs, with Captain Cody Fell taking a three wicket bag.

Tasman Carsons did plenty of damage with the ball with four wickets as the Rotorua side were removed for 111. The Te Puke victory puts them back in the hunt for a playoffs  spot in three weeks time.

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Eves Realty Greerton took a big step to a coveted home semi-final, when they defeated Papamoa, to sit alone at the top of the standings.

James Boyd’s five wickets, played a big part in Papamoa being removed for 128, with Greerton getting home with seven wickets to spare. Cameron Neal belted a quick fire 62 not out, with Campbell Thomas chipping in with a handy 32 runs.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Result 27 February 2021

Element IMF Cadets 219/9 (Jono Boult 85) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 130 (Charles Williams 33; J Boult 4/17, Tim Pringle 4/27)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 312/7 (Ben Pomare 167, Peter Drysdale 61; Stephen Nicholls 4/49) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 190 (Bharat Popli 71, S Nicholls 34; Henry Conway 3/30)

Flying Mullet Te Puke 224 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 76, Stephen Crossan 57, Blair McKenzie 42; Daniel Fisher 4/43, Cody Fell 3/48) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 111 (Tasman Carsons 4/35)

Papamoa 128 (James Boyd 5/17) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 129/3 (Cameron Neal 62no, Campbell Thomas 32)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo the bye

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 41, Central Indians 35, Mount Maunganui 34, Cadets 29, Te Puke 23, Lake Taupo 18, Tauranga Boys College 16, Papamoa 10, Geyser 0

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones

Centuries

202no  Cameron Neal (Greerton v Mount Maunganui) 23 January

174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January

167      Ben Pomare (Mount Maunganui v Central Indians) 27 February

144      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January

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

120      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Cadets) 30 January

111     Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January

110      Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Te Puke) 30 January

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

103      Caleb Bate (Lake Taupo v Papamoa) 30 January

100      Matt Golding (Mount Maunganui v Papamoa) 20 February

Six Wickets

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

6/23     Chris Atkinson (Mount Maunganui v Geyser) 30 January

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PRESSURE ON VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP CONTENDERS

Posted: Friday, 26 February 2021

The pressure is on the  2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup championship contenders, with just three qualifying rounds remaining, before the semi-finals on the 20/21 March 2021.

“Finishing in the top two at the conclusion of the round robin competition, is well rewarded with a spot in the Preliminary Final, which offers the victor a direct spot to the Williams Cup Grand Final on March 27th”. “With the loser of the match, getting a second bite at the final cherry the very next day, when they will have the opportunity to play the winner of the Qualifying Final between the third and fourth place sides, for the second place in the title decider” said Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward.

Eves Realty Greerton and Bayleys Central Indians share the current lead, with Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, lurking seven points away in third place. Element IMF Cadets round out the top four, with Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Flying Mullet Te Puke and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, in a mid-table logjam.

The key match-up this Saturday (27 February 2021), will take place between Cadets and Tauranga Boys College, at Tauranga Boys headquarters at Nicholson Field. Victory for Cadets will be a big step in securing a playoff spot while a Tauranga Boys College win would put them in the hunt for a top four finish.

Another big encounter will be fought out at Blake Park, where hosts Mount Maunganui will square off with Central Indians, who will bring an unbeaten 2021 Williams Cup record to the encounter. A classic battle between the sides from the two Bay of Plenty cities, will not only have valuable Williams Cup points on offer, but also regional bragging rights up for grabs. 

Greerton, will be favored to defeat Papamoa, on their first visit to the Alice Johnson Oval this season. However the Greerton flagship team, has had to withstand solid challenges in their last couple of games and won't be taking anything for granted. Papamoa have showed some good form in their Baywide debut season and have the potential to cause an upset.

Te Puke who are another side in the mid-table logjam, can keep their mathematical chance of making the playoffs alive, if they defeat Craig Investment Partners Geyser. Te Puke only have to look back at their previous sixteen Williams Cup titles to provide motivation for success at Smallbone Park.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Draw 27 February 2021

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Element IMF Cadets, Nicholson Field; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Bayleys Central Indians, Blake Park; Papamoa v Eves Realty Greerton, Alice Johnson Oval; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v Flying Mullet Te Puke, Smallbone Park; Generation Homes Lake Taupo the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 35, Central Indians 35, Mount Maunganui 28, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo 18, Te Puke 17, Tauranga Boys College 16, Papamoa 10, Geyser 0

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoff Format

Preliminary Final (Saturday 20 March) Game One: Q1 v Q2.

Qualifying Final (Saturday 20 March) Game Two: Q3 v Q4.

Major Semi-Final (Sunday 21 March) Game Three: Loser Game One v Winner Game Two

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final @ Bay Oval, Saturday 27 March 2021

Winner Game One v Winner Game Three

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Bay of Plenty Batsman Rewrites the Record Book

Posted: Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Bay of Plenty batsman Taylor Bettelheim, rewrote the BOPCA record book, in a ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game against Waikato Valley over the weekend (29/21 February 2021).

Bay of Plenty won the toss at the re-arranged venue of Blake Park. While they lost their first wicket without a run being scored, Taylor Bettelheim and Bharat Popli, settled down to produce a 189 run second-wicket partnership.

Popli's dismissal for 81, brought Blair McKenzie to the crease who posted 35 runs before dismissal. Bay number five Fergus Lellman made a useful contribution with 33 runs. Bay of Plenty declared early on day two at 401/3, with Bettelheim still resolute at one end on 211 not out and Tim Pringle with an unbeaten 28 in the book.

Taylor Bettelheim, became just the third (and youngest) Bay of Plenty player, since the Bay's first representative game in 1932, to break through the 200 run mark. Bettelheim followed in the footsteps of Alex Lees (223) and Joe Carter (215no) in belting double centuries.

Taylor's huge total came from 325 balls with nineteen 4's and two 6's. What made the performance even more remarkable, was that it was his second successive Bay representative century, taking his tally to four from just 15 Bay of Plenty appearances.

Bay of Plenty Coach Daniel Flynn said “An excellent innings from Taylor to not only back up from his hundred against Hamilton, but turn this century into a double. He looked in control throughout the chanceless innings against a strong attack. Taylor was well supported by Popli and McKenzie, with Pringle putting a bit of icing on the cake to finish the innings”.

The Bay of Plenty team and management went through a full range of emotions during the two-day game, with the absolute high of a Bay of Plenty double century, to a low ebb of losing first innings points in the drawn match.

Few Bay of Plenty cricket fans, would have given Waikato Valley little chance of taking first innings points from the encounter, as they faced a target over four hundred runs. However they were resolute in their defiance, getting the required runs late on day two.

“We set out to take ten wickets on day two, but unfortunately weren’t able to take some half chances that we managed to create on a pretty docile surface. Credit to Waikato Valley, they played well and managed the chase well”, said Coach Flynn.

Despite the first innings points loss, Bay of Plenty, are still in the hunt for the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl title. Currently sitting five points behind Northland, with a game in hand, a big win over Counties Manukau in the last round of competition could propel them to the ND silverware.

“Heading into the final round of the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl, our destiny is still in our own hands. A positive result against Counties Manukau should see us with a strong chance of winning the competition”. 

There was better news from Galloway Park in Hamilton on Sunday (21 February 2021), where the Bay of Plenty Development team defeated arch rivals Hamilton. Bay of Plenty set their rivals a reasonable target after being bowled out for 217. Ben Vyver top scored with 68, with Michael Mitchell posting a half-century.

While Hamilton were in the match for much of the contest - the day belonged to young Tauranga bowler Finn Dempsey, who grabbed a six wicket bag, returning figures of 6/32 as the Waikato side were removed for 196.

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said “Another close game of cricket and the boys battled away with bat and ball, we made a below par score, but our efforts with the ball kept us in it”.

“Again, some individual performances with the bat gave us a score we could defend and a great bowling performance got us across the line. We will be trying to execute more of the same this Sunday against Hamilton again in the final”.

The Bay Development victory, books them a return contest with Hamilton next Sunday (28 February 2021) in the final of the ND Development competition.

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl 20/21 February 2021 @ Blake Park Mount Maunganui

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 401/4 (Taylor Bettelheim 211no, Bharat Popli 81, Blair McKenzie 35, Fergus Lellman 33, Tim Pringle 28no) 

Waikato Valley 402/5 (JWA Field 129, GC Child 86; Peter Drysdale 3/72)

Result: Waikato Valley took first innings points

ND Development 21 February 2021 Galloway Park, Hamilton

Bay of Plenty 217 (Ben Vyver 68, Michael Mitchell 51, Brandon Laurenzi 30) defeated Hamilton Development 196 (F Hill 56; Finn Dempsey 6/32)

Bay of Plenty Cricket Representative Double Centuries

223 Alex Lees (BOPCA player number 534) v Counties Manukau January 2017

215no Joe Carter (BOPCA player number 506) v Poverty Bay March 2014 

211no Taylor Bettelheim (BOPCA player number 546) v Waikato Valley February 2021

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CADETS CRUISE TO SIX WICKET WIN IN VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP ACTION

Posted: Monday, 22 February 2021

The expected Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup close contest between Element IMF Cadets and Generation Homes Lake Taupo, on Saturday (20 February 2021), turned out to be one-way traffic.

The Taupo visitors batted first at the Tauranga Domain and were bundled out in the 39th over, for 91. Will Perry, gave his sides turn at bat some respectability with an unbeaten 28, batting down the order. Former Bay of Plenty representative all-rounder, Donavan Deeble, ripped through the Taupo sides batting attack taking five wickets for 22 runs.

Taupo bowler AJ How took three wickets, before Cadets got home to grab the win points on offer. With several Cadets players missing to Bay of Plenty representative cricket, club legend Jono Boult answered the call to duty, smashing a six to win the game in an innings that saw him smack an unbeaten 45 runs.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui simply batted Papamoa out of their encounter, as they posted 291 for the loss of just three wickets. Mount skipper Matt Golding led from the front, blasting a neat century. Ben Musgrave finished with 72 runs in the book, while Mount Maunganui College youngster Connor Wells showcased his potential with 66 runs. 

Ben Goodall's 43 not out, shone out like a beacon in the Papamoa reply, that was cut short with just 122 runs on the board. Long-serving Mount bowler Nick Smith bowled great line and length to finish with three wickets for 19 runs.

Bayleys Central Indians, continued their unbeaten Williams Cup start with a four wicket win over Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Tauranga Boys were removed for 189 with Charles Williams (46) and Liam Collett (36) both making solid contributions. Andrew Gibbs and Lovely Sandhu both took three wickets apiece.

Central Indians were in good shape at 123 for the loss of three wickets. Tauranga Boys bowlers came back to take a further three wickets, with the combined side getting home with the fourth ball of the 47th over. Nadeera Nawela top scored with a hard fought 43 runs.

Eves Realty Greerton joined Central Indians on the top of the standings, after restricting Flying Mullet Te Puke to 146/9. Josh Earle and Gareth Wallace both reached the thirties with Dan Spencer and Tim Burke each taking three wickets. Greerton lost five wickets with Captain Lee Watkins top scoring with 45 not out. 

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 20 February 2021

Flying Mullet Te Puke 146/9 (Josh Earle 30no, Gareth Wallace 30; Dan Spencer 3/19, Tim Burke 3/30) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 147/5 (L Watkins 45no, T Burke 33)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 291/3 (Matt Golding 100, Ben Musgrave 72, Connor Wells 66) defeated Papamoa 122 (Ben Goodall 43no; Nick Smith 3/19)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 189 (Charles Williams 46, Liam Collett 36; Lovely Sandhu 3/31, Andrew Gibbs 3/47) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 193/6 (Nadeera Nawela 43, L Sandhu 35)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 91 (Will Perry 28no; Donovan Deeble 5/22) lost to Element IMF Cadets 97/4 (Jono Boult 45no; AJ How 3/29)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 34, Central Indians 34, Mount Maunganui 27, Cadets 22, Lake Taupo 17, Te Puke 16, Tauranga Boys College 15, Papamoa 9, Geyser 0

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Two CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Bay of Plenty Representative Teams in Action This Weekend

Posted: Friday, 19 February 2021

It is a huge weekend (20/21 February 2021) for the two Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty representative teams, who currently sit at the top of their respective Northern Districts Cricket representative competitions.

With the ND Championships finishing post in sight, the two Bay sides can put one hand on the ND silverware, with success in their Fergus Hickey Rosebowl and Basil McBurney Trophy Development encounters. 

The senior representative side, has beaten the two traditional Fergus Hickey heavyweights in Northland and Hamilton, and sit at the top of the standings with a game in hand, as they prepare to play Waikato Valley over the weekend.

Victory in the two-day match in enemy territory, will give Bay of Plenty a huge advantage, as they end their representative season with an encounter against cellar dwellers Counties Manukau in early March.

One change in the Bay of Plenty Cricket flagship side will see, Henry Conway, make his Bay of Plenty senior representative team debut. Conway will become Bay of Plenty player number 555 since the first Bay of Plenty representative fixture in 1932.

Bay of Plenty Development, also travel to the Waikato, to play their catch-up match with Hamilton. Both teams sit together at the head of the Basil McBurney competition points table and likely to meet again on ND Finals day on Sunday 28th February 2021.

Iman Singh will captain the Bay Development team for the first time, with the selection of current Development skipper Niven Dovey, in the Bay of Plenty First XI to play Waikato Valley

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl - Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty v Waikato Valley 20/21 February 2021

Bay of Plenty Team: Ben Pomare (c) Peter Drysdale, Taylor Bettelheim, Bharat Popli, Blair McKenzie Fergus Lellman, Tim Pringle, Niven Dovey, Cameron Riley, Chris Atkinson, Craig Baldry, Henry Conway (debut)

Fergus Hickey Rosebowl Points: Bay of Plenty 19, Northland 18, Hamilton 17, Waikato Valley 10, Counties Manukau 6.

 

ND Development – Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty v Hamilton @ Galloway Park 21 February 2021

Bay of Plenty Team: Michael Mitchell, Andrew Mascall, Ben Musgrave, Iman Singh (c) Ben Vyver, Tai Bridgman-Raison, Brandon Laurenzi, Habib Malik, Liam Collett, Jarred Tutty, Finn Dempsey, Sam Lund

Basil McBurney Trophy Points: Bay of Plenty 6, Hamilton 6, Northland 3, Counties Manukau 0.

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP LOGJAM MATCHUP AT THE TAURANGA DOMAIN

Posted: Friday, 19 February 2021

A logjam in the middle of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup standings, has set up a round six matchup, where the winner will take a significant step towards grabbing a post section spot.

Element IMF Cadets and Generation Homes Lake Taupo, who will meet at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday (20 February 2021), are locked together in fourth place on the standings. Both Tauranga Domain combatants, will have to look back no further than their Bay of Plenty Cup clash earlier in the season, for motivation for success. 

A high scoring encounter in Taupo saw Cadets bat first and reach 278/6. Marcel Collett (89) and Donovan Deeble (53) made significant contributions to the imposing visitors total. Lake Taupo master blaster Michael Mitchell led his teams assault on the large target, with 82 runs, before the hosts were removed for 207. 

Competition front runner Eves Realty Greerton, survived a torrid challenge to their unbeaten Williams Cup start last weekend and are sure to want to make a statement, when Flying Mullet Te Puke pay a visit to Pemberton Park on Saturday.

Te Puke is part of the mid-table traffic jam and the attraction of the win points on offer at Pemberton Park, should provide all the motivation they need, to want to break the Greerton winning streak.

Joint competition leaders Bayleys Central Indians have emerged as a real threat in the current seasons Williams Cup title race. They host Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, who are also in the middle of the logjam in the standings.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, lurk dangerously in third place on the points ladder, and will be favored to defeat Papamoa at Blake Park.

However the current Baywide champion of champions, will be without several of their match winners who will be on duty with the  Bay of Plenty representative team, which could tilt the scales back in the Papamoa sides direction.

 

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 20 February 2021

Eves Realty Greerton v Flying Mullet Te Puke, Pemberton Park; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Papamoa, Blake1; Bayleys Central Indians v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Smallbone Park; Element IMF Cadets v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Tauranga Domain; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye.

Points Table: Greerton 27, Central Indians 27, Mount Maunganui 21, Cadets 16, Lake Taupo 16, Te Puke 15, Tauranga Boys College 14, Papamoa 8, Geyser 0.

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Bay of Plenty Go Two From Two In ND Development Competition

Posted: Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, ran their current Basil McBurney Trophy campaign to two from two victories, after they won a hard fought battle against Northland at War Memorial Park in Manurewa on Sunday (14 February 2021). 

Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said “It was very pleasing to get another win. While we didn't play our best cricket, some great individual performances got us across the line. The lads are aware that we need to make some improvement in a couple of areas, to be more competitive next Sunday against Hamilton, which we know it is always a hard fought match”.

Northland elected to bat after winning the toss, with the Bay of Plenty bowlers making early inroads, to have the team from the far north in trouble at three down with just 33 runs on the board.

A fourth wicket stand turned the momentum around, with a half-century partnership, before he Bay bowlers struck back. At 126/6, the encounter had come back in Bay of Plenty's favour, before Northland number seven Brandon Peck defied the Bay bowlers to smack 54 runs.

Northland finished their turn at bat at 210 for the loss of eight wickets. Habib Malik, Henry Conway and Iman Singh, all bowled with genuine enthusiasm to be rewarded with two wickets apiece. 

The Bay of Plenty reply got off to a circumspect start, with openers Michael Mitchell and Blair McKenzie picking their shots with care. A 93 run opening partnership, set the Bay up for a charge later in the innings. McKenzie was the first to be dismissed with 60 runs in the book, with Mitchell refusing to concede his wicket, in posting 48 runs from 103 balls.

Ben Musgrave hit a handy 25 runs, with his side in good position at 143/3, when he was removed. Needing six runs an over in the last ten overs, skipper Niven Dovey launched out to smack an unbeaten 52 off just 37 balls, to propel his team to victory with three wickets in hand.

“We have been playing a great style of cricket, for long periods of time, but we are yet to put it all together. We are still winning games, which is exciting for this group of player's, but they know we have a bit more left in the tank”, said Coach Williams.

The Bay Development side will have little time for rest, with the catch-up game with Hamilton next Sunday (21 February 2021) and the ND Development Finals day the following weekend.

 

ND Development Competition @ War Memorial Park, Manurewa 14 February 2021

Northland 210/8 (B Peck 54; Habib Malik 2/31, Henry Conway 2/37, Iman Singh 2/44) lost to Bay of Plenty 212/7 (Blair McKenzie 60, Niven Dovey 52no, Michael Mitchell 48, Ben Musgrave 25)

Basil McBurney Trophy 2020/21 Schedule

21 February     v Hamilton, Galloway Park

28 February     Finals day

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP FRONT-RUNNERS SURVIVE STERN CHALLENGES ON SATURDAY

Posted: Monday, 15 February 2021

Bayleys Central Indians and Eves Realty Greerton, continue to sit at the top of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup standings, albeit with both sides surviving stern challenges, on Saturday (13 February 2021). 

There was little indication of the damage that the Craigs Investment Partners Geyer bowlers would inflict on Greerton, after the Rotorua side were bowled out for what looked to be a very gettable 185. Harry Jones and Gordon O'Donoghue both reached the thirties, with the Greerton wickets shared around.

The visitors to Smallbone Park made a solid start losing their first wicket with 49 runs on the board. However one down for 49, became 127 for the loss of seven wickets, when Cameron Neal was removed with fifty runs to his name. Brett Hampton, did what he knows best in putting the boundary ropes under attack, as he hammered an unbeaten 46 off 27 balls, in taking his side home to victory with just two wickets to spare. 

Experience and youth in the Geyser bowling ranks almost caused the upset of the season. Barry Hogan called upon all his guile to grab four wickets for 32 runs, with teenager Cohen Stewart claiming three wickets.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo set Central Indians a target of 178 to win. Michael Mitchell (44) and Moko Rivers (36) batting down the order were the best of the Taupo sides batting attack, with Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls taking three wickets.

The Rotorua combined side lost six wickets on their way to picking up the win points on offer. Bharat Popli, batting at three, anchored his teams win with an unbeaten 68, while Stephen Nicholls chipped in with a handy 35 runs.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui cruised to a big win over Flying Mullet Te Puke, after reaching 236 for the loss of six wickets. Dominic Crombie was in good touch with the bat, top scoring with 72 not out. 

The 'Old Firm' of Dale  Swan and Tony Goodin did the damage, as the two long-time Mount bowlers, ripped through the Te Puke batting attack to remove them for 84. Dale Swan finished with figures of five wickets for 49 runs, with former ND professional player Tony Goodin showing he had lost none of his class in taking four wickets for just 9 runs.

Papamoa came back from the dire straits of 88/6, to get through to 186 for the loss of nine wickets, against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Andrew Goldsmith top scored with 55 runs, while Guy Wilkins and Ryan Balsom produced a solid eighth wicket partnership. 

Tim Clarke (63) and Charles Williams (41) anchored their sides three wicket win, with Tauranga Boys First XI new recruit Harsh Patel contributing a handy 32 runs. 

 

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 13 February 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 236/6 (Dominic Crombie 72no, Niven Dovey 61, Brett Randell 38) defeated Flying Mullet Te Puke 84 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 31, Iman Singh 30; Dale Swan 5/40, Tony Goodin 4/9)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 177 (Michael Mitchell 44, Moko Rivers 36; Stephen Nicholls 3/27) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 178/6 (Bharat Popli 68no, S Nicholls 35)

Papamoa 186/9 (Andrew Goldsmith 55, Guy Wilkins 46, Ryan Balsom 32; Isaac White 3/34) lost to Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 187/7 (Tim Clarke 63, Charles Williams 41, Harsh Patel 32; Scott Finlayson 3/32)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 185 (Harry Jones 39, Gordon O’Donoghue 37) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 186/8 (Cameron Neal 50, Brett Hampton 46no; Barry Hogan 4/32, Cohen Stewart 3/60)  

Element IMF Cadets the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 27, Central Indians 27, Mount Maunganui 21, Cadets 16,  Lake Taupo 16, Te Puke 15, Tauranga Boys College 14, Papamoa 8, Geyser 0.

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS BOPCA Development Team to Meet Nothland on Sunday

Posted: Friday, 12 February 2021

The rain interrupted ND Development competition gets back on track this Sunday (14 February 2021), with the Bay of Plenty representatives to play Northland, at the half-way venue of War Memorial Park in Manurewa. 

Three straight Sunday's of competition awaits the Bay of Plenty Second XI, with the rained off fixture with Hamilton and ND Development Finals day, following hot on the heels of the Northland encounter.

The Bay side will be chasing back to back victories against the team from the Far North, after repelling the Northland challenge by 34 runs last season.

The Bay of Plenty selectors, have continued their policy of providing a youth springboard to the Bay senior representative side, in their team to play Northland. 

Bay of Plenty, made a winning start to their 2020/21 Basil McBurney Trophy campaign, against Counties Manukau in November 2020. Batting first Counties Manukau side posted a gettable target when they were removed for 191. David Hancock and Craig Baldry both two wickets for twenty odd runs.

Development debutant Michael Mitchell opened the Bay sides reply and impressed in top scoring with 94 not out, as the visitors got home with six wickets to spare. NZ Under 19 all-rounder Fergus Lellman also played a big part in the victory with an unbeaten 45 to his name.

 

ND Development Competition – 14 February 2021 @ War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty

Niven Dovey (Captain) Michael Mitchell, Blair McKenzie, Ben Musgrave, Daniel Price, Iman Singh, Brandon Laurenzi, Habib Malik, Josh Earle, Cam Riley, Liam Collett, Sam Lund

 

Basil McBurney Trophy 2020/21

21 February     v Hamilton, Galloway Park

28 February     v Finals day

Results

Round One: Counties Manukau 191 (David Hancock 2/21, Craig Baldry 2/26) lost to Bay of Plenty 192/4 (Michael Mitchell 94no, Fergus Lellman 45no)

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP HOSTILITIES SET TO RESUME ON SATURDAY

Posted: Friday, 12 February 2021

The return of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup competition, after a break in play over the holiday weekend, is sure to see a return to hostilities which has produced a record number of centuries this season.

Ideal summer cricket conditions, with good paced wickets and lightning fast outfields, have provided Baywide batsmen with ideal conditions to belt the ball over the boundary ropes. With just four rounds of the Williams Cup completed, nine centuries sit astride the competition batting statistics, just one behind last seasons full round of play.

Leading the way, is a remarkable 202 not out from Eves Realty Greerton Cameron Neal who blasted an extraordinary sixteen 6's in his double century. 

Joint competition leaders Bayleys Central Indians, Bharat Popli, has smacked two tons since the 2020/21 Williams Cup kicked off, with scores of 144 and 120. This Saturday (13 February 2021) the Rotorua side will hit the tar seal to Owen Delany Park in Taupo to meet Generation Homes Lake Taupo.

The Lake Taupo first eleven sit just one win off the pace and will fancy their chances of upsetting the competition front-runners. Caleb Bate has a current Williams Cup century in the book and could prove a thorn in the combined sides bowling attack.

Defending titleholders Greerton, are another team on the road in round five, travelling to Rotorua to square off with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser at Smallbone Park. Greerton top order batsmen Tom MacRury and  Taylor Bettelheim, have both belted Williams Cup centuries in a side not short of batting firepower.

A big Western Bay battle is likely to take place at the Te Puke Domain, where Flying Mullet Te Puke will host Bond & Co Mount Maunganui. Mount bowler Chris Atkinson, got his name on to the current milestones list with six wickets at a cost of just 23 runs, in the competitions second best bowling performance, behind Greerton's Dan Spencer seven wicket bag.

Te Puke also have a strike weapon in their ranks in Cameron Riley, who took seven wickets for 11 runs, in the 2020/21 Baywide T20 championship round robin play.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Ben Vyver, rounds out the century’s list, with the Element IMF Cadets pair of Tim Pringle (174) and Fergus Lellman (103no). While Cadets sit out the weekend bye, Vyver, will be chasing runs for Tauranga Boys against Papamoa at Nicholson Field.

 

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 13 February 2021

Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Bayleys Central Indians. Owen Delany Park; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Papamoa, Nicholson Field; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v Eves Realty Greerton, Smallbone Park; Flying Mullet Te Puke v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Te Puke Domain; Element IMF Cadets.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 21, Central Indians 21, Cadets 16,  Lake Taupo 16, Mount Maunganui 15, Te Puke 15, Papamoa 8. Tauranga Boys College 8,  Geyser 0.

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones

Centuries

202no  Cameron Neal (Greerton v Mount Maunganui) 23 January

174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January

144      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January

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

120      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Cadets) 30 January

111      Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January

110      Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Te Puke) 30 January

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

103      Caleb Bate (Lake Taupo v Papamoa) 30 January

Six Wickets

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

6/23     Chris Atkinson (Mount Maunganui v Geyser) 30 January

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Western Bay of Plenty Women’s Cricket on a Roll

Posted: Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Women's grassroots cricket returned to Gordon Spratt Reserve on Sunday 7th February 2021, when the Tairawhiti Women's Cricket Club side travelled from Poverty Bay, to square off with a Western Bay of Plenty selection.

With several former representative players on each side, the scene was set for a big score, in the nine aside modified T20 encounter.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat and made their intentions known from the opening ball, scoring 200 for the loss of seven wickets. Retirement at the thirty run mark, ensured a rotation of players in the middle, with Ruby Perano and Kayley and Mel Knight all reaching the thirties.

The Western Bay side made a valiant run chase but were eventually restricted to 162 for the departure of eight players. Wendy Horneman and Tessa Hickson reached the compulsory retirement mark, with Maree Woodin in good touch before being caught on the boundary with 23 runs to her name.

The day was considered an outstanding success with the  local participants enjoying getting out in the middle again. The event organizer Tessa Hickson said " The day proved that there is real interest for women's only cricket in our region. Hopefully we can reach out and find more players for the upcoming Women's Charity Blast at the Bay Oval on the 11th March 2021".

Last year’s Women's Charity Blast which benefited the Tauranga Women's Refuge, attracted ??? teams, with organizers confident of more teams this year. Bay of Plenty Cricket Women's Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said "It is a great opportunity for our local women to 'play on the ground where the world stars come to entertain' and also raise funds for the Tauranga Women's Refuge".

The event kicks off at 5pm, with Rebecca Yee saying, "Ladies, come down to the Bay Oval and show off your backyard cricket skills or try out something new. All ages and skill levels are welcome and we will finish off the night with a BBQ dinner and a few drinks". 

For any females who are interested in playing in a women’s back yard cricket format, to raise funds for the Tauranga Women’s Refuge in the Charity Blast, please contact Rebecca Yee at rebecca@bopcricket.co.nz or ring 021 312 784.

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Bond & Co Mount Maunganui Take Out THE HAVANA EATERY Baywide T20 Championship By Six Wickets

Posted: Sunday, 7 February 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, took out 2021 The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Championship with an emphatic victory over Eves Realty Greerton, at the Bay Oval on Friday (5 February 2021) evening.

Mount Maunganui T20 Captain Ben Pomare said “To win four T20 titles in a row was very special. We have a good squad and it was good to bounce back from not getting our name on the Bay of Plenty Cup this season”

Greerton, who won the toss and elected to bat, were quickly in trouble losing their first wicket with just two runs on the board. Mount Maunganui Captain Ben Pomare, went to his spin attack early in the Greerton turn at bat, in order to blunt the Greerton big hitters, with immediate success.

Greerton opener Taylor Bettelheim steadied the ship, with Greerton at three down with 42 runs in the book, when Bettelheim (23) was adjudged LBW to the bowling of Craig Baldry in the eleventh over.

The introduction of Mount veteran Dale Swan continued the Greerton misery, with Swan grabbing three wickets, which saw Greerton in desperate trouble at 7/48. The Greerton tail wagged a little, with number nine Mitchell Rush posting his sides second highest total of 11 runs, before they were removed for a paltry 67 runs. 

Craig Baldry finished his outstanding spell, with his team’s best bowling figures in taking three wickets for 12 runs, with Peter Drysdale chipping in with two wickets. “Our slow bowlers did the damage bowling dot balls, with testament to our bowlers ability on the night, in not conceding a single boundary in the Greerton innings”, said the Mount skipper.

While Greerton had the 'runs on the board', the Greerton bowlers faced a herculean task to reel in a super confident Mount Maunganui side. Ben Musgrave was the first Mount batsman to fall, with a valuable 17 runs, with his side reaching the 22 run mark. Fellow opener Peter Drysdale played a patient innings, with his side at 54 for the loss of four wickets, when he was removed for 14.

Dominic Crombie and David Hancock took the Mount through to a six wicket win, with identical totals of eight not out. Greerton strike bowler Dan Spencer troubled the Mount Maunganui reply and was rewarded with two wickets at a cost of 9 runs.

The Mount Maunganui victory continued a remarkable run of Baywide T20 title, with Friday night’s success their fourth in a row, since the Baywide T20 title was introduced a decade ago. 

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Final @ Bay Oval, 5 February 2021

Eves Realty Greerton 67 (Taylor Bettelheim 23; Craig Baldry 3/12, Dale Swan 3/16, Peter Drysdale 2/11) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 68/4 (Ben Musgrave 17; Dan Spencer 2/9)

 

BOPCA Twenty 20 Champions

2020/21 (Mount Maunganui) 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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Women’s Cricket To Take Centre Stage at Gordon Spratt Reserve

Posted: Wednesday, 3 February 2021

A women's cricket match to entice former players to again pick up bat and ball, will take place on Sunday 7th January 2021 at Gordon Spratt Reserve, when a Western Bay selection play a Tairawhiti Women's Cricket Club team from Gisborne.

In recent years, outstanding progress has been made in developing female age-group cricket, on the watch of Bay of Plenty Cricket Women's Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee. However there are limited opportunities to play senior women's only cricket in the region, with the NPL Women's League or travelling to Auckland to play.

Local organiser Tessa Hickson said "While the Papamoa Cricket Club under the stewardship of Mark Divehall have been promoting girl’s cricket in the club with three girls teams, we want to create a opportunity for players past secondary school age".

"Lauren Engebresten helped organised a couple of net sessions to see if there were women who were interested in playing, with around fifteen turning up. From there we realised we were at a dead end with no competition to play in". "

"The Waitangi weekend game came about through by reaching out to former Northern Spirit player Mel Knight, who lives in Poverty Bay, as we both realised the need to provide an option for women to play cricket after leaving school".

Amongst the Western Bay players who will take to the field against the visitors are former Auckland Hearts Wendy Horneman along with Maree Woodin (nee Hannay) and Tessa Hickson who played for the Northern Spirit.

Leading the Poverty Bay contingent will be Mel Knight and daughter Kayley who was recently selected for New Zealand Women Under 19.

The match will be a modified T20 match with some twilight cricket rules to allow all interested women to have a go. 

"We will be looking to reach out to other local clubs next season, to see if we can grow the participation in the women's game and create a pathway for women to play the game", said Tessa.

Western Bay of Plenty Women's selection v Tairawhiti Women's Cricket Club @ Gordon Spratt Reserve - Sunday 7 February 2021.

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THE HAVANA EATERY Baywide T20 Final to be Fought Out at the Bay Oval

Posted: Wednesday, 3 February 2021

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 final, to be fought out at the Bay Oval on Friday 5 February 2021, is a repeat of the 2020 contest between Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Eves Realty Greerton, in which Mount Maunganui squeezed home by just four runs.

Greerton repelled a spirited challenge, from Generation Homes Lake Taupo to make the Baywide T20 title decider, in semi-final action. The Taupo sides visit to the top qualifiers headquarters at Pemberton Park, saw them take the game to the current Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup and Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders, from the opening ball.

At four down with 90 runs on the board, Lake Taupo upped the ante and posted a solid 170 for the loss of seven wickets. Ray How top scored with a hard fought 60 with Michael Mitchell (28) and Joe O’Donoghue (21no) providing good support.

The Greerton wickets were shared around with some outstanding work in the field producing three run-outs.

The Greerton reply got away to a shaky start with the Lake Taupo bowlers having the hosts in early trouble at 2/16. Taylor Bettelheim went after the opposition bowlers, to belt 59 off 39 balls, getting Greerton back on track with the arrival of Brett Hampton at the crease.

Hampton was quickly off the mark going on to smack an unbeaten 77, with Lee Watkins hitting 23 not out, in his side seven wicket win.

Mount Maunganui cruised into the Baywide T20 title decider, when they removed Bayleys Central Indians for 85 runs and got home with eight wickets to spare. The Mount Maunganui removal of the Rotorua side’s master blaster Bharat Popli for eight, and the (joint) highest score of just 17 runs, ensured that the visitors to the Sulphur City faced a modest target for victory.

Former ND attack bowler Tony Goodin, was the most economical of the Mount attack with three wickets for 12 runs, with Dale Swan and Craig Baldry also taking three wickets.

Mount Maunganui openers Ben Musgrave and Peter Drysdale set the platform for victory, before Musgrave was dismissed with 27 runs to his name. Drysdale continued on to take his side to the Baywide final with 35 not out.

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Final @ Bay Oval 5 February 2021 – 6pm start

Eves Realty Greerton v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Semi-Final Results

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 170/7 (Ray How 60, Michael Mitchell 28, Joe O’Donoghue 21) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 171/3 (Brett Hampton 77, Taylor Bettelheim 59, Lee Watkins 23no; Roger Urbahn 2/35)

Bayleys Central Indians 85 (Tony Goodin 3/12, Dale Swan 3/15, Craig Baldry 3/18) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 91/2 (Peter Drysdale 35no, Ben Musgrave 27)

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Two Club Batsman Take Out BOPCA November and December Player of the Month Awards

Posted: Friday, 29 January 2021

The November and December Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Award, are to be presented to two Bay of Plenty club batsmen, for outstanding achievements with their willow weapons.

Bay of Plenty Cricket introduced the BOPCA Player of the Month Award in 2004.  The purpose of the award is to recognise excellence in Bay of Plenty Cricket during each month of the playing season.

Greerton master blaster Tom MacRury, went on the rampage during consecutive Baywide Bay of Plenty Cup encounters, during November 2020. On Saturday 21 November 2021, the Greerton opener smacked 114 off just 59 balls, as his side chased down Central Indians target of 

Seven days later, Tom played a very big part in Greerton posting 331 for the loss of six wickets, against Geyser. This time, Tom belted a slightly more pedestrian 110 from 80 deliveries, which included fourteen 4's and five 6's.

The Baywide big prize of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, which takes centre stage in the second half of the season, has seen MacRury again taking aim on the opposition bowlers,  with 137 against Tauranga Boys College on the 16 January 2021..

Another remarkable batting performance grabbed the local headlines in December 2020. Central Cricket Club Reserve Grade opening batsman Nathan Hall, produced an innings in Central's match-up with Taupo Old Boys, which they could only watch in awe.

Hall hit 250 not out from 132 deliveries, which was even more impressive, coming in a forty over game. Boundaries constituted a large percentage of Nathan's attack on the opposition bowlers, with twenty eight 4's and eight big heaves over the boundary ropes on the full. 

Bay of Plenty Cricket December 2020 Player of the Month

November: Tom MacRury (Greerton CC Premier team)

December: Nathan Hall (Central CC Resere Grade team)

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THE HAVANA EATERY BaywideT20 Semi-Finals to be Fought Out this Sunday

Posted: Friday, 29 January 2021

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Championship semi-finalists, will square off this Sunday (31 January 2021) with the two victors meeting in a winner take-all battle at the Bay Oval on Friday 5th February 2021.

Defending Baywide T20 champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui won pool one, defeating Flying Mullet Te Puke and Papamoa, to progress to the post section play.

The Pool one match-up between Te Puke and Papamoa produced a remarkable bowling performance, when Te Puke first change Cameron Riley scythed through  the Papamoa batting attack, taking seven wickets at a cost of just 11 runs.

Bayleys Central Indians cruised through pool two, beating Generation Homes Lake Taupo by six wickets, and going on to dispatch Craigs Investment Partners Geyser by seven wickets.

Eves Realty Greerton also posted, two from two wins, after getting past Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College and Element IMF Cadets. Greerton batsman Henry Collier smashed 100 runs off 55 balls in their second round robin encounter.

Mount Maunganui, Central Indians and Greerton progressed directly to the semi-finals - with Lake Taupo squeezing into the fourth spot courtesy of a superior run rate, from Te Puke and Tauranga Boys, after all three finished on equal points.

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Semi-Final Draw – 31 January 2021

Eves Realty Greerton v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Pemberton Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Smallbone Park

5 February 2021 – BOPCA Final @ Bay Oval

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Final Standings

Pool One: Mount Maunganui 13, Te Puke 8, Papamoa 0.

Pool Two: Central Indians 13, Lake Taupo 8, Geyser 0.

Pool Three: Greerton 14, Tauranga Boys College 8, Cadets 1.

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP PRODUCE A MYRIAD OF INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Posted: Friday, 29 January 2021

Three rounds of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, have produced some outstanding individual statistics, which sets the Baywide title race up as the pinnacle competition in Bay of Plenty club cricket.

Leading the run scoring stakes is Element IMF Cadets Tim Pringle with 245 runs, from Bayleys Central Indians Bharat Popli (226) and the Eves Realty Greerton pair of Cameron Neal (202) and Tom MacRury (188). Remarkably Cam Neal's contribution came from a single batting blitzkrieg last weekend, when he hammered 202 not out at Blake Park.

Eight wickets and a season best of 7/10 from Greerton's Dan Spencer heads the Williams Cup bowling lineup. Cadets Fergus Lellman lurks one behind the Greerton bowlers with a five-way tie in third place. Cadets keeper Taylor Douglas and Papamoa's Andrew Goldsmith, have held five catches each, with Douglas effecting three stumpings. 

This Saturday (30 January 2021) Tim Pringle has the opportunity to extend his lead at the top of the Williams Cup batting stakes, when Cadets travel to Rotorua, to square off with Bayleys Central Indians at Smallbone Park. Long-time Bay of Plenty representative batsman Bharat Popli, has become the Central Indians anchor since his return to the combined side, with Captain Stephen Nichols another who is a real force when in full flight with the bat.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, have home track advantage when Papamoa pay a visit to Owen Delany Park in the Great Lake region. Both sides have a player apiece who sit in a prominent position on the individual statistics. Taupo bowler Joe O'Donoghue has been rewarded with good form with the ball with six wickets, while Papamoa's Andrew Goldsmith has taken five catches in the field.

The formbook would suggest the Bond & Co Mount Maunganui will be too good for Craigs Investment Partners Geyser at Mount headquarters at Blake Park. The current Baywide champion of champions, take no prisoners when given a sniff of an opportunity, and the Rotorua visitors could have a long day in the field. However, Geyser bowler Josh Simpson is another to have earned a high place in the bowling stakes and could trouble the Mount batting attack.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College and Flying Mullet Te Puke, take an identical one win two loss record, into their encounter at Nicholson Field. Tauranga Boys bowler Darcy Collett has been in good form and could cause problems for the visitors batsmen. Te Puke's Blair McKenzie never gives his wicket away and likes nothing better than giving opposition bowlers headaches, in dispatching deliveries to the boundary.

 

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Draw 23 January 2021

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, Blake Park; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Flying Mullet Te Puke, Te Puke Domain; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Papamoa, Owen Delany Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Element IMF Cadets, Smallbone Park; Eves Realty Greerton the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 21, Cadets 15, Central Indians 14, Lake Taupo 9, Mount Maunganui 8, Te Puke 8, Tauranga Boys College 7, Papamoa 7, Geyser 0.

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Leader Boards

Runs: 245 Tim Pringle (Cadets) 226 Bharat Popli (Central Indians) 202 Cameron Neal (Greerton) 188 Tom MacRury (Greerton) 137  – Highest Score 202no Cameron Neal

Wickets: 8 Daniel Spencer (Greerton) 7 Fergus Lellman (Cadets) 6 Josh Earle (Te Puke) Darcy Collett (Tauranga Boys College) James Boyd (Greerton) Joe O’Donoghue (Lake Taupo) Josh Simpson (Geyser) – Best Bowling 7/10 Dan Spencer

Catches: 5 Taylor Douglas (Cadets) 5 Andrew Goldsmith (Papamoa) 4 Scott McKnight (Geyser) 4 Andrew Mascall (Cadets)

Stumpings: 3 Taylor Douglas (Cadets)

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Two Bay of Plenty Players Earn Selection in New Zealand Age-Group Teams

Posted: Thursday, 28 January 2021

Two Bay of Plenty young women's players, have earned representation in New Zealand age-group representative teams, which will play fixtures during February, March and April 2021.

Northern Spirit all-rounder Nensi Patel, has been selected for the New Zealand Women's Under 19 team, while Elle Archer will play for the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls side.

Nensi Patel is one of the rising stars of New Zealand Women's Cricket, and has played 39 games for the Northern Spirit, since selection as a thirteen year old five seasons ago. The right hand batter who also bowls spin, has currently scored 131 runs and taken 29 wickets - played with outstanding success at the recent NZC Women's Under 19 National Tournament. 

NZC Head of Women's High Performance Ant Sharp said "This is a great opportunity for our young female cricketers to shine on a bigger stage". "The under 19's represent the next level of up and coming players in the country, with several already having played domestic cricket".

"With the ICC Women's World Cup postponed due to Covid 19, we still want to provide some competitive fixtures for this group, as they represent an important part of our talent pathway". 

Tauranga Girls College Year 11 student Elle Archer, caught the attention of the Northern Districts selectors at the annual ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament, and forwarded a nomination to the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls selection panel.

Elle shone on the national stage, when Tauranga Girls College played at the 2020 Gillette Venus Cup National finals. She scored 107 runs with a best of 47 and also took three wickets. Elle also performed with bat and ball at the ND Secondary Schoolgirls competition, to add to her Venus Cup performances.

The New Zealand Women's Under 19 team, has a six match schedule, with a three match series against a New Zealand Police XI before squaring off with a New Zealand Provincial eleven.

Two games against Wellington Cricket Association  sides await the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirl side, which will provide a further group of young women's players with a higher level of cricket.

 

New Zealand Women's Under 19 team - Nensi Patel (Bay of Plenty)

New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls team - Elle Archer (Bay of Plenty)

 

New Zealand Women's Under 19 Schedule

February 15,16, 17: v New Zealand Police @ Christchurch (forty over matches)

February 29, 30; April 1: v New Zealand Provincial XI @ Hamilton (fifty over matches)

New Zealand Maori Secondary Schoolgirls Schedule

February 10,11: v Wellington CA selections @ Wellington

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Bay of Plenty Defeat Arch-Rivals Hamilton on First Innings Points

Posted: Tuesday, 26 January 2021

There is no better feeling for Bay of Plenty representative sides than walking from the field of play having soundly defeated a Hamilton team.

The Bay of Plenty Senior Men's side returned home on Sunday (24 January 2021) after having administered Waikato Capital City's first eleven, a 59 run first innings defeat, in two days of ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl cricket.

Bay of Plenty Coach Daniel Flynn said “It was an outstanding hard fought win. The Bay side was extremely well lead by Ben Pomare, who stamped his mark on the side in his first Fergus Hickey game in charge".

Bay of Plenty batted first and were 307 for the loss of eight wickets at stumps on day one. Taylor Bettelheim, was patience personified, in belting 133 of 269 balls, which included nine 4's. The Bay opener's century was his third in just twelve Bay of Plenty representative matches.

"Taylor's innings was excellent. Having been put in, Peter Drysdale and Taylor, negotiated the first hour in bowler friendly conditions, which set us up for a decent total. He played positively throughout his time in the middle which put the pressure back on the Hamilton bowlers".

Bay of Plenty continued with their attacking game, early on day two, before being dismissed for 319. Skipper Ben Pomare, was there at the conclusion of the Bay of Plenty innings with an unbeaten 34, with Joe Carter contributing a useful 31 runs.

Hamilton made a solid start and were up with the required run rate for much of their innings, with their number three Sajith Dhambagolla, posting their sides top score of 73 runs. Tim Pringle worked his magic with the ball, and was rewarded with six wickets at a cost of 48 runs, as Hamilton were removed for 260.

"Tim has been getting better and better all season, so it was only a matter of time, before he got the rewards of a six wicket bag". "The rest of the bowling attack all played their part, in particular Craig Baldry who bowled a lot of tough overs into a strong wind, which allowed Tim to attack downwind". 

"You always know Hamilton are going to be tough opponents, so it was nice to see the guys get a win" said the Bay of Plenty Coach. "However there are still a lot of things we can improve on individually and collectively. I'm sure that the boys are looking forward to our next outing (against Waikato Valley) where we have the chance to keep building".

 

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl – Bay of Plenty v Hamilton @ St Paul’s Collegiate 23/24 January 2021

Bay of Plenty 319 (Taylor Bettelheim 133, Ben Pomare 34no, Joe Carter 31; F Walker 3/101)

Hamilton 260 (SN Dhambagolla 73; Tim Pringle 6/48)

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

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BLAKE PARK BOUNDARY UNDER ATTACK IN VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP ACTION

Posted: Monday, 25 January 2021

A battering ram attack, took Eves Realty Greerton to 339 for the loss of five wickets against Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, in Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup action at Blake Park on Saturday (23 January 2021).

Batting at four, Cameron Neal turned the encounter on its head, when he hammered a chanceless 202 not out. Neal, who has recently returned to the Greerton club after four years of playing cricket Auckland, took no prisoners with his huge total coming from 126 balls.

A massive sixteen 6's, were accompanied by twelve 4's, as Neal fired some of the biggest blows ever seen at Blake Park. Neal and Umesh Ranaraja put together a 183 run third wicket partnership, before Ranaraja fell with 55 runs in the scorebook.

The 202 runs, eclipsed the previous double century marks posted by Cadets Jono Boult (200no) and Mark Divehall (200) from Mount Maunganui, in the first decade of the new millennium.

While Mount Maunganui made a valiant attempt to chase down the mammoth target, they were bowled out for 204. Niven Dovey belted a half century with David Hancock adding a useful 33 runs.

Papamoa continued on its giant-killing path in their first Baywide season, dispatching Element IMF Cadets, at Alice Johnson Oval. The visitors batted first and were removed for 162, with Marcel Collett top scoring with a hard fought 82. Ashish Dhameliya took three wickets for 22 runs.

A gritty 51 from Finn Watson combined with 40 runs from Ashish Dhameliya took Papamoa to a four wicket victory.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo had a fruitless trip to the Western Bay of Plenty, when they lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke at the Te Puke Domain. The Taupo sides batsmen failed to put together any significant partnerships and were bowled out for 157.

However the Lake Taupo bowlers gave their side some hope, with early wickets, before the home side grabbed the win points on offer with five wickets to spare. Blair McKenzie was in good touch top scoring with 68 runs while Christian MacDonald compiled a handy 40 runs.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, batted first in their match-up with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, setting their opponents a gettable target. Charles Williams reached the sixties before dismissal, with Sathish Krisnamoorthy taking four wickets for the Rotorua side.

Tauranga Boys third change bowler Jack Jones, had a match that he will remember for a long time, taking a five wicket haul as Geyser were dismissed  38 runs short of their target. 

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 23 January 2021

Element IMF Cadets 162 (Marcel Collett 82; Ashish Dhameliya 3/22) lost to Papamoa 163/6 (Finn Watson 51, A Dhameliya 40)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 157(Iman Singh 3/30) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 160/5 (Blair McKenzie 68, Christian MacDonald 40; Habib Malik 3/39)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 168 (Charles Williams 61, Liam Collett 39; Sathish Krisnamoorthy 4/13) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 131(Dane Sorrenson 53, Ben Astwood 34; Jack Jones 5/27)

Eves Realty Greerton 339/5 (Cameron Neal 202no, Umesh Ranaraja 55, Tom MacRury 48) defeated Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 204 (Niven Dovey 54, David Hancock 33)

Bayleys Central Indians the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 20, Cadets 14, Central Indians 14, Te Puke 8, Lake Taupo 8, Mount Maunganui 7, Tauranga Boys College 6, Papamoa 6, Geyser 0

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones

Centuries

202no  Cameron Neal (Greerton v Mount Maunganui) 23 January

174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January

144      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January

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

111      Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January

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

Six Wickets

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

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CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS Bay of Plenty to Meet Archrivals Hamilton in Fergus Hickey Action

Posted: Friday, 22 January 2021

The Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty senior representative side will play Hamilton in a Fergus Hickey Rosebowl two-day (23/24 January 2021) fixture, in their second two-day game of the season.

Bay of Plenty will take a strong lineup into the Fergus Hickey match-up, with Northern Knights skipper Joe Carter along with fellow team members Bharat Popli and Brett Hampton included in the Bay team,

A notable addition to the Bay of Plenty team is Nic Hendrie, who has smacked a avalanche of runs in Baywide cricket in the past couple of seasons, including a rare treble of a century in the three forms of the game last season.

Bay of Plenty Coach Daniel Flynn said “Hamilton always produce a strong side which will give us a good test. It will be a great chance for some of our younger guys to step up and perform against quality opposition”.

“The team has been tracking well this season with good first innings win against Northland in our first Fergus Hickey match”. “Last weekend we lost a extremely close encounter against Hawkes Bay, with our top six batsmen getting quality time in the middle and the bowlers getting plenty of overs under their belt”.

“If we play to our potential against Hamilton we will have a good chance of victory. It’s also time for some of our younger guys to turn their potential into performances”.

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl – Bay of Plenty v Hamilton @ St Pauls Collegiate 23/24 January 2021

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty

Taylor Bettelheim, Peter Drysdale, Bharat Popli, Joe Carter, Nicholas Hendrie, Brett Hampton, Fergus Lellman, Tim Pringle, Ben Pomare, Dominic Crombie, Craig 

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HARD AND FAST CONDITIONS PRODUCE A AVALANCHE OF RUNS IN THE VESATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP

Posted: Friday, 22 January 2021

Hard and fast wickets and outfields, have seen an avalanche of runs in the opening two rounds of the 2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup.

Eves Realty Greerton top order batsman Tom MacRury, has continued on his remarkable run of Baywide form, with his season best of 137 in Williams Cup action. His latest ton follows on from back to back centuries in the Bay of Plenty Cup.

The Greerton run-scoring machine will be a key figure this weekend, when Greerton motor over the harbour bridge to take on long-time rivals Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, at Blake Park.

Mount Maunganui also has their share of batsmen who like to put bat to ball. Ben Musgrave, Niven Dovey and skipper Matt Golding, will all be looking forward to engaging the Greerton bowlers in combat.

Element IMF Cadets will be without their two rising stars, in Tim Pringle and Fergus Lellman, who are on Bay of Plenty representative duty. However they have cover in their ranks, in what should be a competitive encounter with Papamoa at the Alice Johnson Oval.

Papamoa flexed their muscles in their first season of Baywide cricket, with three wins in the first-half of the season, Bay of Plenty Cup. Ben Guild and Andrew Goldsmith belted centuries for the new recruits with Reece Shelton holding a prominent place in the bowling stakes.

Flying Mullet Te Puke, will want to put last weekends nine wicket loss to Cadets behind them, when Generation Homes Lake Taupo pay a visit to the Te Puke Domain. Te Puke, had their best Baywide competition finish for several years, when they finished second to Greerton in the Bay of Plenty Cup.

The Lake Taupo premier team is the cricket flag bearer in the Great Lake region, with the game going ahead in leaps in bounds, since Lake Taupo made their Baywide debut three seasons ago.

Smallbone Park in the Sulphur City will host the match-up between Craigs Investment Partners Geyser and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Both sides will likely be desperate to grab their first Williams Cup win of the season, with a game of attrition, on the cards at the Rotorua cricket ground.

 

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Draw 16 January 2021

Papamoa v Element IMF Cadets, Alice Johnson Oval; Flying Mullet Te Puke v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Te Puke Domain; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Smallbone Park; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Eves Realty Greerton, Blake1; Bayleys Central Indians the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 14, Cadets 14, Central Indians 14, Lake Taupo 8, Mount Maunganui 7, Te Puke 2, Geyser 0, Tauranga Boys College 0, Papamoa 0.

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones

Centuries

174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January

144      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January

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

111      Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January

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

Six Wickets

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

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Hawkes Bay Retain Howell FamilyTrophy in Rain Affected Game

Posted: Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Hawkes Bay retained the Howell Family Trophy, when they defeated Bay of Plenty at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on Sunday (17 January 2021), by way of the Duckworth/Lewis method of deciding rain interrupted matches.

The Bay of Plenty first eleven won the toss and batted first, making a strong start before losing their first wicket with 54 runs on the board. They were 92 for the loss of three wickets, when New Zealand Under 19 batsman Fergus Lellman arrived at the crease.

Lellman immediately upped the ante going on the attack as he smacked 71 runs of just 56 balls. A 70 run partnership with Blair McKenzie (38) put Bay of Plenty in a solid position, which finished at 249 for the loss of nine wickets.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers had their first success, at the 24 run mark. A solid second wicket partnership between Graeme Tryon and Brad Schmulan got Hawkes Bay ahead of the required run rate, when the rain came at the end of the 33rd over, with Hawkes Bay having reached 159 for the loss of two wickets.

Graeme Tyron and Brad Schmulan continued on before Schmulan was dismissed for  51. Tyron went on to post his sides top score of 67, with Hawkes Bay reaching their revised target in the 47th over with five wickets still in hand.

The Bay of Plenty wickets were shared around with Tim Pringle taking two wickets at a cost of 46 runs.

Bay of Plenty Development, paid the price of a number of their batsmen reaching the mid teens without pushing on, with their Hawkes Bay counterparts cantering home to a six wicket win. The Bay of Plenty second side were bowled out for 156 with Iman Singh top scoring with 19 runs.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers toiled away with some genuine enthusiasm, with Sam Lund, Liam Collett, Iman Singh and Zach Forster each grabbing a wicket. However the Bay of Plenty wickets were in vain, as Hawkes Bay got home with six wickets in hand.

 

Bay of Plenty v Hawkes Bay @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 17 January 2021

Howell Family Trophy: Bay of Plenty 249/9 (Fergus Lellman 71, Blair McKenzie 38, Dean Brownlie 34; W Clarke 5/52) lost to Hawkes Bay 235/5 (G Tryon 67, B Schmulan 51, B Wiggins 34; Tim Pringle 2/46) – By way of Duckwoth/Lewis method of deciding rain interrupted matches.

Bay of Plenty Development 156 lost Hawkes Bay 158/4

Howell Family Trophy

2020/21 Hawkes Bay, 2019/20 Hawkes Bay, 2018/19 Bay of Plenty

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CADETS CRUISE TO A NINE WICKET WIN IN VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP ACTION

Posted: Monday, 18 January 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Results 16 January 2021

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

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

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

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

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye.

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

 

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones

Centuries

174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January

144      Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January

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

111      Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January

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

Six Wickets

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

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A Century and Seven Wickets Headline THE HAVANA EATERY Baywide T20 Round Three

Posted: Sunday, 17 January 2021

A quick-fire century and a seven wicket bag, grabbed the headlines in the final preliminary round of The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Championship, played in the early evening on Thursday 14th January 2021.

Flying Mullet Te Puke bowler Cameron Riley was in almost unplayable form against Papamoa, as they were removed for just 67, with the second ball of the 16th over. Riley dominated the Papamoa turn at bat grabbing seven wickets at a cost of a miserly 11 runs.

The visitors to the Alice Johnson Oval, had to work to take out the encounter losing four wickets on the way, with Te Puke stalwart Christian MacDonald top scoring with an unbeaten 23 runs.

Eves Realty Greerton's intention were clear from the opening ball against Element IMF, leaving nothing to chance, in qualifying for the post section play with the highest run rate. Henry Collier smashed a neat century (and a Greerton clubhouse window) from 55 balls. Collier received outstanding support from Taylor Bettelheim (48), with the pair putting together a 154 run opening stand, as the hosts posted 199/2.

Cadets top tallies from Fergus Lellman (34) and Scott Steward (32) stood out like electric beacons, as Cadets were bowled out for 132. Jared Tutty was in good form with the ball taking four wickets at a cost of 24 runs.

Bayleys Central Indians, cemented their reputation as the most improved Baywide team this season, after they accounted for Craigs Investment Partners Geyser to qualify for the post section competition. 

Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls, led from the front with a determined 87, as his team reached 175 for the loss of three wickets. The combined team pair of Lovely Sandhu (4/11) and Ryan Hall (3/11) did the majority of damage with the ball, to remove Geyser for 103.

The semi-finals on Sunday 31 January 2021, see top qualifier Eves Realty Greerton host Generation Homes Lake Taupo, with Section Two winner Bayleys Central Indians at home at Smallbone Park to Section One winner Bond & Co Mount Maunganui.

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Championship - Round 3, 14 January 2021

Section One: Papamoa 67 (Daniel Smith 25; Cameron Riley 7/11) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 68/4 (Christian MacDonald 23no)

Section Two: Bayleys Central Indians 175/3 (Stephen Nicholls 87, Jeff Simmons 33) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 103 (Lovely Sandhu 4/11, Ryan Hall 3/11)

Section Three: eves Realty Greerton 199/2 ( Henry Collier 100, Taylor Bettelheim 48) defeated Element IMF Cadets 132 ( Fergus Lellman 34, Scott Steward 32; Jared Tutty 4/22)

 

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Draw

31 January 2021 – Semi-Finals

Eves Realty Greerton v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Pemberton Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Smallbone Park

5 February 2021 – BOPCA Final @ Bay Oval

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Two Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Representative Teams to play Hawkes Bay

Posted: Friday, 15 January 2021

Two Bay of Plenty representative teams face a big challenge on Sunday (17 January 2021), when they square off with their Hawkes Bay counterparts, at Owen Delany Park in Taupo.

The two NZC Minor Associations have engaged in inter-provincial combat in recent seasons, but this weekends encounters have been ratcheted up another level, with the Bay of Plenty Senior Men's and Development teams playing alongside each other at the picturesque Taupo cricket venue.

The BOPCA Senior Men’s side will have an added incentive for success with the Howell Family Trophy on the line. Former NZC National Coaching Director John Howell, had strong connections with both Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty, while John's son in former Black Cap Llorne Howell played for both provinces.

Bay of Plenty has responded to the challenge of the Howell Family Trophy being put up for grabs, by naming an extremely strong line-up. 

Northern Knights batsmen Bharat Popli and Dean Brownlie will lead a strong batting line-up, which includes 111 game Bay of Plenty veteran Peter Drysdale, young guns Fergus Lellman and Taylor Bettelheim and Blair McKenzie. The Bay side will field a team of young bowlers in Tim Pringle, Dominic Crombie, Cameron Riley, Josh Earle and Craig Baldry, who will be the nucleus of the Bay sides in the future.

In a further nod to the future, New Zealand Under 19 wicket keeper Ben Pomare will captain the team for the first time. 

A equally strong Bay of Plenty Development team will take to the field in the Great Lake region.  Another of the Bay of Plenty rising stars in Niven Dovey will lead the side, with several players having Bay of Plenty first eleven experience. Baywide cricket form has also been rewarded, with Greerton keeper Brandan Laurenzi and Tauranga Boys College bowler Liam Collett making their Bay of Plenty Development debuts.

 

Bay of Plenty v Hawkes Bay Representative Cricket Matches @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 17 January 2021

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s Team

Ben Pomare (c)  Peter Drysdale, Taylor Bettelheim,  Bharat Popli, Dean Brownlie,  Fergus Lellman, Blair McKenzie, Tim Pringle, Dominic Crombie, Cameron Riley, Josh Earle, Craig Baldry.

Coach: Daniel Flynn

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development Team

Niven Dovey (c) Michael Mitchell,  Andrew Mascall,  Ben Musgrave, Daniel Price, Iman Singh,  Brandan Laurenzi (debut), Habib Malik,  Liam Collett (debut), Henry Conway,  Sam Lund.

Coach: Russell Williams

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ALICE JOHNSON OVAL TO HOST A INTRIGUING VERSATLE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP CLASH

Posted: Friday, 15 January 2021

Alice Johnson Oval in Papamoa hosts an intriguing Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup match-up this Saturday (16 January 2021), between an old contender and the latest entrant into Baywide cricket.

Papamoa, who are playing their first Williams Cup match after earning promotion to the premier cricket ranks this season, have made solid progress in their initial Baywide season. Bayleys Central Indians have links back to the 1950's, through the Central Cricket Club who last won the big Baywide prize in 2007.

Both sides showcased their batting and bowling firepower, during the 2020/21 Bay of Plenty Cup, with players taking high ranking on the individual competition lists. Central Indians Captain Stephen Nicholls was in good touch with his bat with 270 runs, while Nadeera Nawela (208) broke through the two-hundred run barrier. Ben Guild was Papamoa's top run scorer with a best of 108 not out with Andrew Goldsmith another to belt a three figure total.

Nicholls finished the Bay of Plenty Cup as the leading all-rounder, after grabbing 14 wickets, with veteran Andrew Gibbs showing he was still a force with the ball in hand with 12 bowling scalps. Papamoa bowlers Reece Shelton and Guy Wilkins both reached double figures, with Shelton leading the way with 13 wickets.

A forty year rivalry will resume at the Tauranga Domain when Element IMF Cadets host Flying Mullet Te Puke. Both sides have experienced the euphoria of lifting aloft the Williams Cup in triumph on multiple occasions, with the weekend winner taking a solid step towards the March playoffs.

Last weekend Cadets batsman Tim Pringle, smacked the (equal) second highest Williams Cup score of the last decade, belting 174 runs at the Tauranga Domain. Countering the Cadets batting firepower, Te Puke has two master blasters in their side, with skipper Stephen Crossan and Tai Bridgman-Raison having multiple three-figure scores to their name.

Defending Williams Cup titleholders Eves Realty Greerton, put their batting and bowling strengths on display in Taupo last weekend. Top order batsman Taylor Bettelheim finished with 111 runs, with Dan Spencer taking seven wickets at a cost of just 10 runs.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, who oppose Greerton at Nicholson Field, will need no more motivation than to recall last season encounter between the two sides at Tauranga Boys headquarters. Bowled out for what looked to be a modest 90 runs, the Tauranga students then bowled their opponents out three runs short of their target to claim bragging rights on the day.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, can also look back twelve months for motivation, when they square off with Generation Homes Lake Taupo at Smallbone Park. Geyser picked up their first win in their first season in Baywide cricket, with Geyser restricting the Taupo side to 225/8, then getting home with five wickets to spare. 

Lake Taupo grabbed revenge for the 2020 Williams Cup loss, when they beat the Rotorua side in this seasons Bay of Plenty Cup. Batting first Lake Taupo posted 288/5 before bowling Geyser out for 144, to claim a big 144 run win.

BOPCA Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Draws – 16 January 2021

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Eves Realty Greerton, Nicholson Field; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v  Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Smallbone Park; Element IMF Cadets v Flying Mullet Te Puke, Tauranga Domain; Papamoa v Bayleys Central Indians, Alice Johnson Oval; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye. 

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

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones

Centuries

174     Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser)

111      Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 

Six Wickets

7/10     Daniel Spencer (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 

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Reflections on Jono Boult’s Cricket Appearances

Posted: Friday, 15 January 2021

The current Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide season has lost a little sparkle and colour without the appearance of Jono Boult on a regular basis. While Jono answered Element IMF Cadets call to duty against Mount Maunganui, in the Bay of Plenty Cup, his ongoing Baywide appearances are likely to be limited to fill-in duties, when Cadets are short of first-line troops.

In nearly twenty years of representative and premier club cricket, Jonathon James Boult brought something special to the game in the Bay of Plenty and beyond. Passionate, honorable, loyal, outspoken (when the moment needed comment) funny and hard working, are just a few of the words that could be used to describe Jono’s love and approach to the great game.

A newspaper club cricket report of March 2003 said "Albion batted first in their Baywide premier match with Otumoetai Cadets and were dismissed for a modest 137. The star of the Cadets bowling attack was Jono Boult who is usually better known for his efforts with the bat. The extremely promising seventeen-year-old took six of the last seven wickets to finish with the outstanding figures of 6/17". 

The newspaper cricket report first shone the spotlight on Jono Boult - who would go on to the giddy heights of playing for a New Zealand XI against India, over one hundred NZC Major Association matches and achieve legendary status in Bay of Plenty Cricket representative sides.

JJ Boult (BOPCA player number 467) made his Bay of Plenty senior men's team debut against Northland at the Te Puke Domain on the 21 February 2004. Fellow Bay players on the day included Captain Andrew Hamilton, Ben Williams, Tai Bridgman-Raison, Mathew Drake, Campbell Wilson and Marcus Niles.

Long-serving Bay of Plenty representative player Peter Drysdale played with Jono in Bay sides and in combat against him in Baywide Club cricket. "Jono's skills along with his intelligence on the cricket field form a rare combination and resulted in a truly brilliant cricketer. Jono always bought a tough edge to the Bay of Plenty Cricket team and had a knack of making life as difficult as possible for the opposition”. “His competitive nature drove him to perform and brought the best out of those around him. Jono has always been extremely generous in passing on his vast knowledge of the game to team mates. He has a knack of making the game so simple. Equally Jono had a great sense of humour regarding how complicated the game could become”. 

“One match I will always remember, was Bay of Plenty turning around a first innings deficit to win outright against Manawatu in a Hawke Cup Challenge at the Bay Oval. Jono's leadership during that match was instrumental in building the belief of the group that we could do what we did, but also mapping out how we were going to do it. Just one example of Jono's outstanding captaincy of the Bay of Plenty Cricket team”. 

“I have the utmost respect for Jono as a cricketer, team mate and competitor. He has contributed significantly to the legacy of Bay of Plenty Cricket during his playing days and still has plenty to offer on and off the field."

Steady  Bay of Plenty representative progress followed, the then batsmen who could bowl a bit, until his breakthrough minor association batting performances in the 2007/08 season. Jono smashed 428 runs in Fergus Hickey Rosebowl cricket and caught the eye of the ND selectors, with his first class debut against Auckland, in a State Championship match on the 6 March 2009.

During March 2013, the seasoned cricket professional earned selection for a New Zealand XI that played India, who were touring the country at the time. Included in the New Zealand side, were Black Caps or future Black Caps in Peter Fulton, George Worker, Anton Devcich and Tim Seifert. Jono 's contribution was eight runs of 20 balls that included two 4's and one wicket. 

Jono's ND professional career stretched over eight seasons, to number a total of 106 games, in the Northern Districts strip.

Jono excelled in the NZC First Class game playing 21 matches, in which he smacked 508 runs with a highest score of 76, and took 39 wickets with best figures of 4/37. As he matured, his right hand off-breaks took centre stage with 51 One-Day bowling scalps and a best of eight wickets for 38 runs, accompanied by 396 runs with a top score of 51.

Boult made nearly half his appearances in NZC T20 Super Smash games, as a change bowler to break up partnerships and a handy lower order batsman.

Well-known New Zealand cricket identity James Pamment coached Jono in Northern Districts and Bay of Plenty teams over a considerable period. “Jono was an established member of the Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s Squad when I joined them, for my second stint as Coach, in 2006/07. He was a key player among a talented but somewhat underachieving group. Under the expert guidance of Captain Llorne Howell, over the next couple of seasons the team started to dominate NZC District Association Cricket and Jono was the heartbeat of that dominance, producing many match winning performances with both bat and ball”.

“He took the Captains responsibility after Llorne moved away and did equally a fine job of leading the Bay squad, as we started to introduce many promising young players. The fact that many of those youngsters have gone on and had excellent  careers for Bay of Plenty and many for ND, is testament to the faith that Jono showed in them”.

“Our respective careers, Jono’s playing and mine in coaching, followed very similar pathways for a decade, District Association, ND A Cricket and then on to the ND Knights first class squad. I have some wonderful memories not only from the wins, the titles that we won but of some great fun times with Bay of Plenty, ND A, especially the Lincoln trips over the New Year period and with the Knights Squad”.

“Jono was always a good team member and usually at the heart of the social committee. The undoubted highlight of my coaching career to date was taking the ND Knights squad to the Champions League in India in 2014. Jono played a massive part in achieving that opportunity with his performances for the ND T/20 squad. Jono didn’t play at the Tournament but I’ll never forget his positive influence over the spinners who did get the opportunity to play in India, his support & guidance of Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner spoke volumes of his character and commitment to the team”. “To take a group of ‘mainly’ ND born & bred lads to that stage was a special time for us all and I believe a great moment in time for many of that group who have gone on and represented our country with unprecedented success, including Jono’s brother, Trent.

“Jono Boult is one of the most tactically astute cricketers I’ve come across, he really knows the game and how it can move, occasionally his ‘out of the box’ thinking or theories were interesting to listen too, probably Howlers influence!!.  But I had no hesitation in providing an opportunity for him to Captain the ND squad during the Ford Trophy, when the appointed captain was away on international duty - he did a fine job”.

“Hopefully now the curtain has been drawn on a very successful playing career, Jono I’m sure will look back with fondness on his contributions to the team’s that he’s played for. I hope he continues to stay involved in the game, he’s got a lot to give, of that I have no doubt”.

Jono, would go on write his name in a prominent place in the Bay of Plenty Cricket all-time cricket milestones, since the first Bay of Plenty representative match in 1932. At the conclusion of his representative career in March 2018,  he sat in fourth place on representative appearances ladder (86) seventh in the batting stakes (2440) and fourth on the bowling list (155).

JJ Boult also stands head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries on the BOPCA Honours board. Boult is one of just ten Bay players to take ten wickets in a match, with his 6/32 and 4/37 against Poverty Bay in the 2011/12 season, which included one of his three six-wicket bags. He also earned a place on the centuries list with 107 runs against Poverty Bay in the 2010/11 cricket season.

However Jono greatest cricket love could be found at the Otumoetai Cadets Cricket Club at the Tauranga Domain. His prominent position of Cadets honours board, tell us that he posted seven Baywide Premier centuries with a top score of 200 not out, and five six-wicket bags, in a Cadets career that stretched nearly two decades.

Few that played alongside Jono, would him better than Campbell (Chopper) Wilson, who played with Jono at their beloved Cadets Cricket Club and in the Bay of Plenty representative team on numerous occasions. “I am very fortunate to have played many times with Jono for Cadets, Tauranga and Bay of Plenty. Jono was always hungry for success and wanted to be part of every game as much as he could”.

“His 200 not out verses the Mount was special to see firsthand. He developed into a quality all rounder over the years and always one of the first on the team sheet. He has a fantastic cricketing brain and this was evident in every team he captained”. “He has a larger than life character and is fiercely competitive - he just hated losing which is why he had so much success”.

“We used to make up various different all time Cadets teams after a few beers on Saturday nights at the Domain. He fully deserves to be included in the all time best Cadets eleven and is truly a legend of the club”.

 

JJ Boult Cricket Statistics

                                                Matches           Runs    HS                   Wickets - BB

Northern Districts

First Class                               21                    508      76                    39        4/37

One-Day                                 38                    396      52                    51        8/38

T20                                          47                    79        25no                43        4/23    

                                                106                  983                              133

BOPCA                                  86                    2440    107                  155      6/30    

Otumoetai Cadets Milestones

Centuries         104 (2005/06) 200no, 110 (06/07) 117 (07/08) 104, 104, 103no (09/10) – seven

Six Wickets     6/17 (2002/03) 6/26 (03/04) 6/32 (11/12) 6/16, 6/22) (17/18) - five

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TWO CENTURIES AND A SEVEN WICKET HAUL OPEN THE 2021 VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP TITLE RACE

Posted: Monday, 11 January 2021

The Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup kicked in spectacular fashion on Saturday (9 January 2021), under perfect Bay of Plenty weather conditions, with two centuries and a seven wicket bag.

Element IMF Cadets batsman Tim Pringle hammered the second (equal) highest Williams Cup score of the last decade, when he blasted 174 runs off 137 balls, against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser at the Tauranga Domain. Batting at three, Pringle anchored the Cadets innings, belting seventeen 4's and six 6's as his team posted 299 all out.

Only Greerton's Cameron Neal, has bettered Pringles Williams Cup total in the last ten years with 194 in January 2014, with Tai Bridgman-Raison also posting 174 runs four seasons ago.

A half century from Geyser skipper Cody Fell gave his side some optimism, before they were bowled out for 186, to give the hosts a 113 run win. Spencer Wills and James McCabe grabbed three wickets apiece for the home side.

Owen Delany Park in Taupo, hosted the one-way battle between Eves Realty Greerton and Generation Homes Lake Taupo. Greerton opener Taylor Bettelheim was in superlative touch belting  111, which included fourteen 4's, as the Western Bay visitors posted 239 for the loss of nine wickets. Lake Taupo bowler Joe O'Donoghue finished his spell with four wickets at a cost of 71 runs.

Dan Spencer celebrated his 100th game in the Greerton premier uniform in style, slaying the Lake Taupo batsmen, with seven wickets for just 10 runs. Spencer's remarkable haul sits only behind Black Cap Trent Boult's 8/37 eight years ago, in the last decade. Lake Taupo were rolled for 57, in the 23rd over, with their highest score of 16 telling of their tale of woe. 

ND player Bharat Popli, led Bayleys Central Indians to a four wicket victory over Flying Mullet Te Puke, when he crafted an unbeaten 82 at Smallbone Park. Te Puke set the home side a target of 196 with skipper Stephen Crossan top scoring with 55 runs. Sam Lund did plenty of damage with the ball with four wickets.

Popli, who owns the Bay of Plenty senior representative centuries with eleven tons, put on a near flawless batting display as the Rotorua combined side got home in the 46th over. The shining light in the Te Puke bowling attack was Josh Earle who took four wickets for 32 runs.

Last season’s Baywide Champion of Champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui cruised to victory against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Tauranga Boys were bowled out for 102, with Mount stalwarts Chris Atkinson and Peter Drysdale troubling the Tauranga Boys batsmen with three wickets each.

The removal of Ben Pomare for 33, brought Ben Musgrave (29no) and Peter Drysdale (27) together, who combined to take Mount Maunganui through to a nine wicket win.

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup - 9 January 2021 Results

Element IMF Cadets 299 (Tim Pringle 174, Chris Mascall 38; Cohen Stewart 3/57, Joshua Simpson 3/59) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 186 (Cody Fell 53, Daniel Fisher 31; Spencer Wills 3/27, James McCabe 3/36)

Eves Realty Greerton 239/9 (Taylor Bettelheim 111, Jared Tutty 26no; Joe O'Donoghue 4/71) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 57 (Daniel Spencer 7/10)

Flying Mullet Te Puke 195/9 (Stephen Crossan 55, Josh Earle 33, Hamish Wilde 30no; Sam Lund 3/44) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 196/6 (Bharat Popli 82no; Josh Earle 4/32)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 102 (Charles Williams 26; Chris Atkinson 3/15, Peter Drysdale 3/26) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 103/1 (Ben Pomare 33, Ben Musgrave 29no, Peter Drysdale 27no)

Papamoa the bye

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

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Three Bay Players Selected for New Zealand Teams

Posted: Friday, 8 January 2021

The Covid 19 epidemic, provided a little upside for a number of rising cricket stars who were called into New Zealand representative action during the first half of the current season.

Both West Indies and Pakistan arrived in the country with large extended squads, due to the formalities of fourteen days quarantine for any replacement players. With both sides carrying a solid number of fringe first team players, NZC took the opportunity to arrange matches, between both West Indies and Pakistan A sides, against New Zealand selections. 

A battled hardened Bay of Plenty professional batsman, and two Bay young men with considerable potential, squared off in combat with the visitors second team selections.

A two game series between West Indies and New Zealand A, saw a run-fest at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui in early December 2020. Two New Zealand centuries from Glen Phillips and Tim Seifert, propelled the home side 574, to defeat the visitors by an innings and 143 runs. Bay of Plenty ND representative Joe Carter got amongst the run scoring before being dismissed for 35.

Carter backed up two weeks later against Pakistan A at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei, where he scored a solitary run in his first turn at bat, before showing some form in the home sides second innings to post 30 runs.

Two New Zealand XI T20 games on the 3rd and 5th January, at Lincoln, featured Joe Carter and two youthful Bay of Plenty representatives in Tim Pringle and Fergus Lellman. While both Pringle and Lellman earned New Zealand Under 19 selection last season, there New Zealand XI participation was a huge step up international competition for the two Bay young men.

Pakistan took out first encounter, with all three Bay players getting some runs on the board, with Tim Pringle also taking a wicket.

Joe Carter showed his absolute class in the second T20 match, where the home side posted 181/5 and then removed their opponents for 161, to claim a hard fought 20 run victory. The ND professional batsman was in blazing form with his willow weapon, smacking an unbeaten 81 from just 52 balls, which included nine 4's and two big shots over the boundary.

Tim Pringle took another senior international wicket returning figures of one wicket for 33 runs, with Fergus Lellman sitting out the action on the sideline.

International Cricket Matches

3 December 2020 - West Indies A 322 & 109 lost to New Zealand A 574 (JF Carter 35)

17 December 2020 - Pakistan 194 & 329 defeated New Zealand A 226 & 208 (JF Carter 30)

3 January 2021 (T20) - Pakistan A 231/5 (TGJ Pringle 1/32) defeated New Zealand XI 130 (JF Carter, FF Lellman, TGJ Pringle batted)

5 January 2021 (T20) - New Zealand XI 181/5 (JF Carter 81no) defeated Pakistan A 161 (TGJ Pringle 1/33)

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VERSATILE TAURANGA WILLIAMS CUP TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE SEASON

Posted: Friday, 8 January 2021

The time-honoured Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, will take centre stage in the second half of the current cricket season, which kicks off on Saturday (9 January 2020).

Dating back, to the affiliation of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Association to the National body in the early 1930's, the Williams Cup has held its status as the big prize in Baywide cricket, ever since. 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.

Covid 19 interrupted the 2020 Williams Cup title race with two weeks to play. A review of the standings saw Eves Realty Greerton, Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Element IMF Cadets locked together at the top of the standings, with Greerton awarded the big prize, after who beat who and run rates were reviewed. 

Saturday's opening round, sees the defending titleholders hitting the road to square off with Generation Homes Lake Taupo, at the picturesque Owen Delany Park in Taupo. The Western Bay visitors, enter the current Williams Cup with an unbeaten season record, after taking out the Bay of Plenty Cup prior to the holiday break in play. Lake Taupo skipper Habib Malik leads from the front with his bat and finished the Bay of Plenty Cup batting stakes in a prominent position, with 244 runs and a highest score of 90.

The two big improvers in Baywide cricket this season, meet at Smallbone Park in Rotorua, with both sides sure to want to make a statement in early Williams Cup proceedings. Flying Mullet Te Puke, finished in a highly creditable second place in the Bay of Plenty Cup, with Bayleys Central Indians in close attendance in third equal place.

Both sides have a match-winner in their ranks, with Cameron Riley leading the Bay of Plenty Cup wickets tally with fourteen, and Central Indians keeper Julian Danby in grand touch with the gloves holding ten catches.

Mount Maunganui will cross the Tauranga Harbour Bridge to play Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College at Nicholson Field. Mount Maunganui ace batsman Ben Musgrave, was on fire in the Bay of Plenty Cup with 357 runs. Tauranga Boys keep pulling rabbits out of the hat each season, with their emerging players stepping up, after the annual loss of the school leavers.

Element IMF Cadets, have been the side to beat in the last three decades of Williams Cup competition, with eleven titles since their first in 1995. This weekend, they are home to Rotorua visitors Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. The Rotorua Baywide side posted some competitive scores without success, in the Bay of Plenty Cup, and are looking to provide upsets in the second half of the season.

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup – 9 January 2021 Draw

Bayleys Central Indians v Flying Mullet Te Puke, Smallbone Park; Element IMF Cadets v Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, Tauranga Domain; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Eves Realty Greerton, Owen Delany Park; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Nicholson Field; Papamoa the bye.

Williams Cup Champions (2000 – 2020)

2020 (Greerton) 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 (Arawa-Central United)

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Three Bay Players Selected for ND Under 19 Women’s Team

Posted: Sunday, 27 December 2020

Congratulations to the Bay of Plenty Players, selected for the ND Under 19 Women’s team to play at the NZC National tournament at Lincoln 6th – 12th January 2021. Nensi Patel has become a regular selection for the Northern Spirit since her debut in the 2016/17 season. Sarah Jane Stone and Tash Wakelin, performed with distinction at the recent ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament, while Jorga Neill has earned selection as a non-travelling reserve, also played well at the ND Secondary Schoolgirls event,

Team coach is Brett Sorrenson, who is a graduate of the Bay of Plenty age-group pathway and has played for the Geyser Cricket Club in Baywide competition during the last two seasons.

ND Under 19 Women’s Team to play at NZC National tournament at Lincoln 6th – 12th January 2021

Bay of Plenty selections: Nensi Patel, Sarah Jane Stone, Tash Wakelin – Non Travelling Reserve Jorja Neill.

Coach: Brett Sorrenson.

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Bay of Plenty Coastland Win a Three-Peat of ND Senior Secondary Titles

Posted: Thursday, 24 December 2020

Bay of Plenty Coastland won their third successive ND Senior Secondary cricket title, played in the Bay of Plenty 14-18 December 2020, after they swept aside the challenge from the ND Invitation XI in the championship final.

The Bay of Plenty representatives bowled first in the title decider, removing their opponents for a modest 133. Liam Collett weaved plenty of magic with the ball taking three wickets at a cost of just 12 runs, while Finn O'Brien-O'Loan also took three wickets.

Bay of Plenty Coastland strolled home to an eight wicket win, to lift aloft the Allan Whimp Cup aloft in triumph, for the third successive tournament. Blake Pentecost was in dynamic form with the bat top scoring with 52 not out, with Chris Mascall joining in the charge for victory with 37 runs.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland also had a day in the sun on finals day, in posting a 77 run win against Poverty Bay, in the seventh/eighth place playoff. The Bay side set Poverty Bay a very big target in reaching 256 for the loss of just five wickets. Batting at four, Harry Jones took charge of his teams destiny hammering an unbeaten 105 runs off just 90 balls, in an innings that included ten 4's. Matt Ward was also in good touch with 51 runs to his name.

The Lakeland bowlers took control from the start and removed Poverty Bay for 169, to finish the tournament on a high note.

This seasons tournament posed a number of challenges, most of which were Covid related, and a change of tournament venue from Poverty Bay to Rotorua. An additional challenge was a short notice call-up of two players into the ND Under 19 team, which impacted on Coastland and Lakeland selections and the Bay contributions to the ND Invitation team.

Long-serving Coastland Coach Peter Swan said “The true test of the ND age-group tournaments is to get the players to gel as a team. They all have the skills, but to provide the environment where the players can show off their skills is the job of the coaches and team management". "Coastland success in recent years, means that not only are we growing the young talent but our model of providing guidance to our players is on track" 

While the championship trophy is locked away in Bay of Plenty Cricket custody for another twelve months, the Bay side showed their mettle in the semi-final with Counties Manukau. “After a disastrous start against Counties, a rear guard action by Harrison Leach, supported by Rob Ward, saw a modest total of 157 posted".

"With Liam Collett cutting a swath through the Counties batsmen, taking five wickets for 20 runs, Coastland dismissed Counties for just 88 “, said Coach Swan.

The final against the ND Invitation side showed the depth of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway.  ”With 17 Bay players involved in the game, this was a match that was filled with mixed emotions" said the Coastland mentor.

The first two days of the tournament were devoted to the Pat Malcon Cup T20 competition. Coastland won three of their four T20 match-ups to finish in third place, with Lakeland finishing sixth of the eight sides.

 

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua/Mount Maunganui 14-18 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Five) (50 over per side)

ND Senior Secondary Championship Final: ND Invitation XI 133 (Liam Collett 3/12, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/37) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 134/2 (Blake Pentecost 52no, Chris Mascall 37no)

Seventh/Eighth Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 246/6 (Harry Jones 105no, Matt Ward 51) defeated Poverty Bay 169.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Four) (50 over per side)

Championship Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland 157 (Harrison Leach 44no) defeated Counties Manukau 84 (Liam Collett 5/20)

Plate Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 147/9 (Ethan Forbes 37no) lost to Northland 148/3

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Three) (50 over per side)

Championship Quarter-Finals (50 over per side)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 382/7 (Ben Vyver 133, Chris Mascall 88, Issac White 51) defeated Poverty Bay 39 (Tommaso Pini 4/15, Finn O'Brien-O'Loan 2/0, Issac White 2/8, Liam Collett 2/15)

Waikato Valley 334/5 (Sam Lund 3/44) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 199 (Matt Ward 94, Cohen Stewart 30)

ND Senior Secondary Day Two (15 December 2020) – T20

ND T20 Championship Playoffs

Third/Fourth: Bay of Plenty Coastland 184/6 (Spencer Wills 71, Ben Vyver 40, Chris Mascall 31) defeated Counties Manukau 120/9 (Robert Ward 3/14)

Fifth/Sixth: Hamilton 126/7 defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 104/6 (Mathew Ward 31)

Round Three

Pool One: ND Invitation XI 79/8 lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 80/2 (Spencer Wills 47no)

Pool Two: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 78/8 (Harry Jones 37) lost to Counties Manukau 111/5

Senior Secondary Day One (14 December 2020) – T20

Round One

Pool One: Bay of Plenty Coastland 162/5 (Ben Vyver 80, Blake Pentecost 45) defeated Hamilton 91/9 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/19)

Pool Two: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 79 (Ethan Forbes 30) lost to Northland 81/3)

Round Two

Pool One: Waikato Valley 145/9 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/24) defeated Bay of Plenty Coastland 111/8 (Darcy Collett 31)

Pool Two: Poverty Bay 84/9 (Sam Lund 3/14) lost to Bay of Plenty Lakeland 88/4 (Cohen Stewart 34)

 

Bay of Plenty Senior Secondary Teams

BOPCA Coastland: Blake Pentecost (C) Liam Collett (VC) Chris Mascall, Ben Vyver, Spencer Wills, Isaac White, Rob Ward, Darcy Collett, Harrison Leach, Tommaso Pini, Finn O'Brien-O'Loan.

Coach: Peter Swan                              Manager: Shaun Riley

BOPCA Lakeland: Sam Lund, Ben Astwood, Harshdeep Kahlon, Angus Veitch, Brooke Mitchell, Cohen Stewart (Rotorua) Harry Jones, Lachland White, Travis Harte, Ethan Forbes (Eastern Bay of Plenty) Mathew Ward, Jordan Smith

Coach: Tai Bridgman-Raison              Manager: Tony Lund

ND Invitational Team: Kade Smit, Rhys Newbury, Harsh Patel, Joe Smythe, Riley Brady (Bay of Plenty Coastland) Jordan Smith, Matt Ward (Bay of Plenty Lakeland)

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Bay of Plenty Coastland Win a Three-Peat of ND Senior Secondary Titles

Posted: Thursday, 24 December 2020

Bay of Plenty Coastland won their third successive ND Senior Secondary cricket title, played in the Bay of Plenty 14-18 December 2020, after they swept aside the challenge from the ND Invitation XI in the championship final.

The Bay of Plenty representatives bowled first in the title decider, removing their opponents for a modest 133. Liam Collett weaved plenty of magic with the ball taking three wickets at a cost of just 12 runs, while Finn O'Brien-O'Loan also took three wickets.

Bay of Plenty Coastland strolled home to an eight wicket win, to lift aloft the Allan Whimp Cup aloft in triumph, for the third successive tournament. Blake Pentecost was in dynamic form with the bat top scoring with 52 not out, with Chris Mascall joining in the charge for victory with 37 runs.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland also had a day in the sun on finals day, in posting a 77 run win against Poverty Bay, in the seventh/eighth place playoff. The Bay side set Poverty Bay a very big target in reaching 256 for the loss of just five wickets. Batting at four, Harry Jones took charge of his teams destiny hammering an unbeaten 105 runs off just 90 balls, in an innings that included ten 4's. Matt Ward was also in good touch with 51 runs to his name.

The Lakeland bowlers took control from the start and removed Poverty Bay for 169, to finish the tournament on a high note.

This seasons tournament posed a number of challenges, most of which were Covid related, and a change of tournament venue from Poverty Bay to Rotorua. An additional challenge was a short notice call-up of two players into the ND Under 19 team, which impacted on Coastland and Lakeland selections and the Bay contributions to the ND Invitation team.

Long-serving Coastland Coach Peter Swan said “The true test of the ND age-group tournaments is to get the players to gel as a team. They all have the skills, but to provide the environment where the players can show off their skills is the job of the coaches and team management". "Coastland success in recent years, means that not only are we growing the young talent but our model of providing guidance to our players is on track" 

While the championship trophy is locked away in Bay of Plenty Cricket custody for another twelve months, the Bay side showed their mettle in the semi-final with Counties Manukau. “After a disastrous start against Counties, a rear guard action by Harrison Leach, supported by Rob Ward, saw a modest total of 157 posted".

"With Liam Collett cutting a swath through the Counties batsmen, taking five wickets for 20 runs, Coastland dismissed Counties for just 88 “, said Coach Swan.

The final against the ND Invitation side showed the depth of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway.  ”With 17 Bay players involved in the game, this was a match that was filled with mixed emotions" said the Coastland mentor.

The first two days of the tournament were devoted to the Pat Malcon Cup T20 competition. Coastland won three of their four T20 match-ups to finish in third place, with Lakeland finishing sixth of the eight sides.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua/Mount Maunganui 14-18 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Five) (50 over per side)

ND Senior Secondary Championship Final: ND Invitation XI 133 (Liam Collett 3/12, Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/37) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 134/2 (Blake Pentecost 52no, Chris Mascall 37no)

Seventh/Eighth Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 246/6 (Harry Jones 105no, Matt Ward 51) defeated Poverty Bay 169.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Four) (50 over per side)

Championship Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland 157 (Harrison Leach 44no) defeated Counties Manukau 84 (Liam Collett 5/20)

Plate Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 147/9 (Ethan Forbes 37no) lost to Northland 148/3

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Three) (50 over per side)

Championship Quarter-Finals (50 over per side)

Bay of Plenty Coastland 382/7 (Ben Vyver 133, Chris Mascall 88, Issac White 51) defeated Poverty Bay 39 (Tommaso Pini 4/15, Finn O'Brien-O'Loan 2/0, Issac White 2/8, Liam Collett 2/15)

Waikato Valley 334/5 (Sam Lund 3/44) defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 199 (Matt Ward 94, Cohen Stewart 30)

 

ND Senior Secondary Day Two (15 December 2020) – T20

ND T20 Championship Playoffs

Third/Fourth: Bay of Plenty Coastland 184/6 (Spencer Wills 71, Ben Vyver 40, Chris Mascall 31) defeated Counties Manukau 120/9 (Robert Ward 3/14)

Fifth/Sixth: Hamilton 126/7 defeated Bay of Plenty Lakeland 104/6 (Mathew Ward 31)

Round Three

Pool One: ND Invitation XI 79/8 lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 80/2 (Spencer Wills 47no)

Pool Two: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 78/8 (Harry Jones 37) lost to Counties Manukau 111/5

Senior Secondary Day One (14 December 2020) – T20

Round One

Pool One: Bay of Plenty Coastland 162/5 (Ben Vyver 80, Blake Pentecost 45) defeated Hamilton 91/9 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/19)

Pool Two: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 79 (Ethan Forbes 30) lost to Northland 81/3)

Round Two

Pool One: Waikato Valley 145/9 (Finn O’Brien-O’Loan 3/24) defeated Bay of Plenty Coastland 111/8 (Darcy Collett 31)

Pool Two: Poverty Bay 84/9 (Sam Lund 3/14) lost to Bay of Plenty Lakeland 88/4 (Cohen Stewart 34)

 

Bay of Plenty Senior Secondary Teams

BOPCA Coastland: Blake Pentecost (C) Liam Collett (VC) Chris Mascall, Ben Vyver, Spencer Wills, Isaac White, Rob Ward, Darcy Collett, Harrison Leach, Tommaso Pini, Finn O'Brien-O'Loan.

Coach: Peter Swan                              Manager: Shaun Riley

 

BOPCA Lakeland: Sam Lund, Ben Astwood, Harshdeep Kahlon, Angus Veitch, Brooke Mitchell, Cohen Stewart (Rotorua) Harry Jones, Lachland White, Travis Harte, Ethan Forbes (Eastern Bay of Plenty) Mathew Ward, Jordan Smith

Coach: Tai Bridgman-Raison              Manager: Tony Lund

 

ND Invitational Team: Kade Smit, Rhys Newbury, Harsh Patel, Joe Smythe, Riley Brady (Bay of Plenty Coastland) Jordan Smith, Matt Ward (Bay of Plenty Lakeland)

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EVES REALTY GREERON WRAP UP THE 2020 BAY OF PLENTY CUP

Posted: Sunday, 20 December 2020

Eves Realty Greerton wrapped up the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup title, in the last round of play, after defeating Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College on Saturday (19 December 2020).

The four wicket win at Greerton headquarters at Pemberton Park, was the clubs fourth Bay of Plenty Cup crown, since the one-day competition kicked off in the 2007/08 season. Saturday's, first past the post competition victory, was the second time that the Greerton premiers had gone through the Bay of Plenty Cup title race unbeaten.

Tauranga Boys opened the day’s proceedings, with the home side removing their near neighbours for 140. Current season Greerton new comer Mitchell Rush took four wickets, with current captain Lee Watkins returning figures of 3/15. Chris Mascall top scored for the visitors with a hard fought 30 runs. 

The early ascendancy in the Greerton reply lay with Tauranga Boys, who had the home team on the ropes, at four down with just 37 runs on the board. Batting at five, Umesh Ranaraja steadied the ship and took control to take his team home to victory with an unbeaten 73, with four wickets to spare.

Long serving Greerton Captain Shane Wineti, who was on the sideline due to injury, said "the latest Bay of Plenty Cup win was based upon great team work and the experience of players such as Dan Spencer, James Boyd, Tom MacRury and Brett Hampton when available, who have experienced previous multiple Bay of Plenty Cup success".

"We have built a great culture and bond in recent years and Lee Watkins has done a grand job stepping up to the plate as the team captain, after I was injured earlier in the season".

Flying Mullet Te Puke continued their grand run of winning form, posting their fifth successive victory and leapfrogging Bond & Co Mount Maunganui to finish second in the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup. Squaring off against Papamoa, Iman Singh batting at six top scored with 66 runs, with Gareth Wallace in good touch posting a half century, as Te Puke reached 240/9.

Tasman Carsons led his side to a big 135 run win with three wickets at a cost of 25 runs. Te Puke, can be well pleased with their 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup performances, with their only loss inflicted by Greerton in round four.

Bayleys Central Indians nailed a top four finish, when they defeated Element IMF Cadets, at Cadets home base at the Tauranga Domain. Cadets posted the visitors a substantial target in reaching 226/9, with all-rounder Donovan Deeble leading the way with 78, while Fergus Lellman posted a half century.

Former Northern Districts player Bharat Popli took charge of his sides reply in belting 108 not out. Popli and Julian Danby (45no) took the game away from Cadets as they strolled to a six wicket win.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo grabbed their first win of the Bay of Plenty Cup competition, with an emphatic victory against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Batting first, Lake Taupo reached 288/5 with skipper Habib Malik (90) and Caleb Bate (86) doing plenty of damage at the crease. Three wickets bags from Nathaniel Higgins and Aditya Chandelier, were major factors in Geyser being bowled out for 144, to give the Taupo side a 144 run victory.

Bay of Plenty Cup 19 December 2020

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 140 (Chris Mascall 30; Mitchell Rush 4/50, Lee Watkins 3/15) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 141/6 Umesh Ranaraja 73no)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 288/5 (Habib Malik 90, Caleb Bate 86, Raymond How 45, Michael Mitchell 40) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 144 (Ben Astwood 33, Cohen Stewart 31; Nathaniel Higgins 3/17, Aditya Chandelier 3/18) 

Element IMF Cadets 226/9 (Donovan Deeble 78, Fergus Lellman 58; Stephen Nichols 4/35) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 227/4 (Bharat Popli 108no, Julian Danby 45no, Stephen Nicholls 39)

Flying Mullet Te Puke 240/9 (Iman Singh 66, Gareth Wallace 56, Hamish Wilde 38, Josh Earle 30) defeated Papamoa 105 (Scott Finlayson 30; Tasman Carsons 3/25)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye.

Points Table (Final) Greerton 55, Te Puke 48, Mount Maunganui 44, Central Indians 43, Tauranga Boys College 27, Cadets 24, Papamoa 24, Lake Taupo 16, Geyser 7.

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EVES REALTY GREERTON HAVE A DOUBLE MISSION IN THE BAY OF PLENTY CUP LAST ROUND

Posted: Saturday, 19 December 2020

Eve's Realty Greerton, have a double mission in the last round of the Bay of Plenty Cup, against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College on Saturday (19 December 2020). Victory against Tauranga Boys in the first past the post competition, will give the Pemberton Park based side a unbeaten first-half of the season record, and put the Baywide cricket trophy in the Greerton trophy cabinet for the fourth occasion.

The Bay of Plenty Cup, was introduced in the 2007/08 season, with three Western Bay of Plenty cricket clubs having a stranglehold on the Baywide prize. Element IMF Cadets won the inaugural staging of the cup and have had two more titles engraved on the trophy.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, who will sit out the round nine bye, have taken out the Bay of Plenty Cup seven times, with Greerton sitting on three titles entering the last stanza.

There are still valuable Hart Family (champion of champions) Trophy points up for grabs on Saturday. Flying Mullet Te Puke will leapfrog Mount Maunganui, into second place on the final standings, if they defeat Papamoa. The Papamoa first team, has had a successful entrance into Baywide premier competition, with victory over Te Puke taking their season winning tally to four matches.

Bayleys Central Indians will secure a top four finish regardless of their result against Cadets. However Rotorua verses Western Bay derbies are always fiercely contested and the combined side won't lack motivation to beat their Western Bay rivals. 

The competition wooden spoon will be decided at Owen Delany Park in Taupo, where hosts Generation Homes Lake Taupo, will square off with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. While both sides sit winless at the bottom of the standings, they have both produced sizeable totals in several of their encounters, to suggest a match that will go long into the afternoon.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 19 November 2020

Papamoa v  Te Puke Flying Mullet, Te Puke Domain; Eves Realty Greerton v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Pemberton Park; Element IMF Cadets v Bayleys Central Indians, Tauranga Domain; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, Owen Delany Park; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye.

Points Table: Greerton 48, Mount Maunganui 44, Te Puke 41,  Central Indians 36, Tauranga Boys College 26, Papamoa 24, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo 9, Geyser 7.

Bay of Plenty Cup Champions

2019/20 (Mount Maunganui) 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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ND Senior Secondary & Secondary Schoolgirls Tournaments Daily Results – 18 December 2020

Posted: Friday, 18 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua/Mount Maunganui 14-18 December 2020 and ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament @ John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge 16-18 December 

Congratulations to Bay of Plenty Coastland side who took out the ND Secondary School Championship on finals day of the annual tournament. The Peter Swan coached side raised the Alan Whimp trophy aloft in triumph for the third successive season.

Coastland bowled the ND Invitation XI out for a modest 133, with Liam Collett and Finn O’Brien-O’Loan in top form with three wickets apiece. The Bay team cruised to an eight wicket win, with Blake Pentecost top scoring with an undefeated 52 and Chris Mascall posting an unbeaten 37 runs.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland batsmen Harry Jones, will long remember the 2020 tournament last days play, as he blasted 105 not out in his sides total of 246 for the loss of six wickets against Poverty Bay.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Five) 18 December 2020 (50 over per side)

ND Senior Secondary Championship Final: ND Invitation XI 133 (Liam Collett 3/12, Fin O’Brien-O’Loan 3/37) lost to Bay of Plenty Coastland 134/2 (Blake Pentecost 52no, Chris Mascall 37no)

Seventh/Eighth Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 246/6 (Harry Jones 105no, Matt Ward 51) defeated Poverty Bay 169.

ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament (Day Three T20

Round Five (30 Over)

Bay of Plenty 132/6 (Sarah Jane Stone 47, Tash Wakelin 27) lost to Northland 135/2

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ND Senior Secondary & Secondary Schoolgirls Tournaments Daily Results – 17 December 2020

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua/Mount Maunganui 14-18 December 2020 and ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament @ John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge 16-18 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament (Day Four) 17 December 2020 (50 over per side)

Championship Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland 157 (Harrison Leach 44no) defeated Counties Manukau 84 (Liam Collett 5/20)

Plate Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 147/9 (Ethan Forbes 37no) lost to Northland 148/3

Day Five Draw (18 December 2020)

ND Senior Secondary Championship Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland v ND Invitation XI

Seventh/Eighth Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland v Poverty Bay/Hamilton

 

ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament (Day Two) T20

Round Three: Bay of Plenty 111/7 (Elle Archer 24, Amelia Harvey 20, Cate Wahl 20) lost to Poverty Bay 119/3 (Sarah Jane Stone 2/19)

Round Four: Bay of Plenty 160/2 (Jorja Neill 71no, Tash Wakelin 56no) defeated Hamilton 43/8 (Sarah Jane Stone 2/1, Teagan Price 2/12)

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RIP Desmond Joseph Ferrow

Posted: Thursday, 17 December 2020

In a year where two Bay of Plenty Cricket Life Members in Alan Long and Alan Cotter has gone to the big game in the sky, another mighty oak of Bay of Plenty Cricket recently passed away.

Desmond Joseph Ferrow passed away in early December 2020, aged 87 years of age, after a life well lived. While Des Ferrow was a very well known Western Bay of Plenty community figure and benefactor, what was not so well known in the wider community, was his outstanding success on the cricket field. 

Born in Australia, Des arrived in Tauranga via Auckland, with a meeting with well known cricket identity Noel Copestake seeing him join the Albion Cricket Club.

In "Caught Wright Bowled Beard – The Story of Bay of Plenty Cricket 1931 - 2011" Des vividly recalled his first game for the Albion second team on his 21st birthday. “A duck in each innings, and being hit out of the park several times, was an inauspicious start to my Tauranga cricket career”. From club cricket the promising opening bowler progressed to the Attrill Cup side and then selection for the Bay and then Northern Districts.

Des was selected for the inaugural Northern Districts team that made its debut in the Plunket Shield on Christmas Day, 1956 against Auckland, at Seddon Park. 

The Des Ferrow name, still holds a prominent position in the Bay of Plenty Cricket roll of honour, nearly sixty years, since he last wore the Bay of Plenty cricket uniform.

DJ Ferrow (BOPCA player number 154) made his Bay of Plenty Cricket representative debut, in a two-day encounter against Waikato on the 28 December 1955, and numbered ten seasons before retirement called.

The record Bay of Plenty wickets in a match, of thirteen wickets, belongs to Des Ferrow and Chris Smith who achieved a similar feat in the 1990/91 season. The rare ten wickets (and better) in a game figure, has only been achieved fourteen times by ten Bay bowlers since Bay of Plenty Cricket was established in 1932.

Des was the first to take ten wickets in a match, against King Country in 1956, with 6/42 and 4/10, before setting the record that still stands today with 7/35 and 6/16 against King Country in 1960.

The ten wickets in a match honours board reads like a who's who of Bay of Plenty bowlers over the years. Black Cap and Bay of Plenty cricket legend Graeme Aldridge achieved the feat three times and Chris Smith twice, with  PM Irwin, P Curtin, Lance Cairns, Roydon Hayes, Richard Morgan, Jono Boult and Tony Goodin also reaching the magical mark.

Des Ferrow finished his Bay of Plenty representative career with six wickets in an innings on six occasions, which still stands today as the most six wicket bags, in eighty-eight years of Bay of  Plenty Cricket history.

RIP Des Ferrow

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