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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 @ Galloway Park 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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ND Senior Secondary & Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament Daily Results

Posted: Wednesday, 16 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua/Mount Maunganui 14-18 December 2020 and ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament @ John Kerkhof Park, Cambridge 16-18 Dec

Wednesday 16 December 2020 - ND Senior Secondary (Day Three) & ND Secondary Schoolgirls (Day One)

Two Bay of Plenty age-group sides, put on electrifying performances in the morning sessions of their ND tournaments, on Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Bay of Plenty Coastland, put up a massive 382 for the loss of seven wickets, in ND Senior Secondary quarterfinal championship action against Poverty Bay. Ben Vyver was in unstoppable form in blasting 133, off just 88 balls, which included twelve fours and six huge blows over the boundary on the full. Chris Mascall was also in terrific form belting 88 runs with Isaac White posting a half century.

The Bay of Plenty bowlers were as dominant as the teams batting attack, rolling Poverty Bay for 39. Tommaso Pini led the way taking four wickets for 15 runs, with Finn O'Brien-O'Loan (2/0) Issac White (2/8) and Liam Collett (2/15) also in scintillating form with the ball.

Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls were no less dominant than their Coastland counterparts, on the opening morning of the ND Senior Secondary tournament, being played in Cambridge.  Squaring of with Counties Maunkau, the Bay side smashed a massive 193 for the loss of a solitary wicket. Aimee Unwin top scored with an unbeaten 76, which included eleven 4's,  while Jorja Neill finished with 71 runs to her name.

Counties Manukau were restricted to 66/5 in the  T20 competition. Sarah Jane Stone took two wickets for only 4 runs with Jorja Neill equally impressive in returning figures of 2/7.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament - 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 Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament (Day One)T20

Round One: Bay of Plenty 193/1 (Aimee Unwin 76no, Jorja Neill 71) defeated Counties Manukau 66/5 (Sarah Jane Stone 2/4, Jorja Neill 2/7)

Round Two: Waikato Valley 135/5 (Aimee Unwin 2/36) defeated Bay of Plenty 70/8

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ND Senior Secondary Tournament Daily Results (Day Two)

Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2020

ND Senior Secondary Tournament Day Two (15 December 2020) – T20

The two Bay of Plenty teams, contesting the annual ND Senior Secondary tournament being played in the Bay of Plenty 14-18 December 2020, finished in third and sixth place respectively, in the T20 competition on day two (15 December 2020).

Bay of Plenty Coastland defeated comprehensively defeated Counties Manukau to take out third place in the T20 playoffs. Batting first, the Bay side set their opponents a big target in reaching 186 for the loss of six wickets. Spencer Wills blasted 77 off just 44 balls to finish with a strike rate of 161 (per one hundred balls). Ben Vyver (40) and Chris Mascall (31) made solid contributions, that left Counties Manukau, needing over nine runs per over for victory.

A determined Coastland bowling attack had Counties on the back foot from the opening ball, which restricted them to 120 for nine wickets, giving the Bay side a handsome 66 run win. Robert Ward was the best of the Coastland bowlers taking three wickets at a cost of just 14 runs.

The Bay of Plenty Lakeland bowlers did their part in restricting Hamilton to 126/7, in the playoff for fifth place. Batting at three in the Lakeland reply, Mathew Ward was in good touch to finish with 31 runs to his name - with the game up for grabs at 62/4 after twelve overs. However the Hamilton bowlers put the brakes on the Bay side attempts to hit out, with the Lakeland side restricted to 104 for the loss of six wickets.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament  (15 December 2020) - Day Two Results

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

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)

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Bay of Plenty Secondary Schoolgirls Team Head for Three Days of Cricket Action in Cambridge

Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2020

The Bay of Plenty Senior Secondary Schoolgirls representative team, are set to build on last years performance where they finished in fourth place (from six teams), in the annual ND Senior Secondary Schoolgirls tournament.

A change of venue from the Western Bay of Plenty to John Kerkhof Park in Cambridge, will give the Bay of Plenty girls a chance to bond during their three days away in the Waikato. Team Coach Rebecca Yee said “This is my first time since I got involved with coaching the secondary schoolgirls five seasons ago, that we are not hosting the tournament. Staying together in the Waikato, will give our side the opportunity to travel together and grow as a playing group”.

Last season two solid victories, a rained out encounter and two losses saw the Bay of Plenty representatives receive a solid pass mark. With Aimee Unwin, Tash Wakelin, Amelia Harvey, Sarah Jane Stone, Amy Clegg, Sabine Attrill, Cate Wahl and Elle Archer returning to the team from last year’s side, the Bay side is poised to challenge for a top two finish.

Six of the team bound for Cambridge, are coming of the back of playing in the NZC National Gillette Venus Cup finals in Palmerston North, where Tauranga Girls College finished a meritorious fourth in the 2020 National competition.

Cate Wahl, Aimee Unwin, Elle Archer, Sarah Jane Stone, Amelia Harvey and Amy Clegg, will be able to draw on their recent experience in the hotbed of championship cricket, at the Northern Districts tournament.

Bay of Plenty open their campaign against Counties Manukau, before meeting hosts Waikato Valley in the afternoon round on day one, Day two sees encounters against Poverty Bay and Hamilton, with the Northland their opponent in the finals days play.

“The tournament is a great opportunity for our girls to bank further top level cricket experience for the future, and a great opportunity to show the Northern Districts selectors, the Bay of Plenty individual players potential” said the Bay of Plenty Coach.

ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament @ John Kerkhof Park Cambridge 16-18 December 2020

Bay of Plenty Team: Amy Clegg, Amelia Harvey, Cate Wahl, Sarah Jane Stone, Aimee Unwin, Elle Archer, Sabine Attrill, Tash Wakelin (Western Bay of Plenty) Teagan Price (Te Puke) Jorja Neill (Taupo) – Rachel Wahab is playing for Counties Manukau by invitation.

Bay of Plenty Team Draw (T20)

Round One v Counties Manukau; Round Two v Waikato Valley; Round Three Poverty Bay; Round Four v Hamilton; Round Five v Northland.

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GREERTON HAVE ONE HAND ON THE BAY OF PLENTY CUP

Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Eves Realty Greerton got one hand on the Bay of Plenty Cup, with one round remaining in the first past the post competition, when they won a battle of attrition against Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, where all twenty wickets fell in the match.

Greerton won the toss and batted first on their home pitch at Pemberton Park, on Saturday (12 December 2020). The Mount bowlers put plenty of pressure on the Greerton top order, and with 99 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets, the hosts were in some trouble. 

Batting at seven, Umesh Ranaraja dug deep into his batting arsenal to hit his sides top score of 59, with Brandon Laurenzi contributing 34 runs, as the home side were bowled out for 202. Mount veteran Peter Drysdale, pulled some more rabbits out of his hat of experience, grabbing five wickets at a cost of 28 runs. 

Ben Musgrave anchored the Mount Maunganui reply with a hard fought 44 runs. Three further Mount batsmen got promising starts reaching the  twenties, without going on, as the Greerton bowlers started to take control. A five wicket bag from James Boyd, did plenty of damage, as Mount Maunganui were removed 22 runs short of their target.

With Mount Maunganui sitting out the last round bye, the only theoretical challenger to stop Greerton taking out the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup title, is Flying Mullet Te Puke - who would have to comprehensively defeat Papamoa to pick up bonus points and then hope the Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College upset Greerton.

Te Puke took out their fourth straight win after they held off the challenge from Element IMF Cadets. Two Te Puke lower order batsmen in Josh Earle (41) and Iman Singh (39), played prominent roles in the Te Puke total of 173 for nine wickets. Fergus Lellman and Mayura Galappaththi took three wickets apiece in the Cadets bowling attack.

The encounter at the Te Puke Domain was up for grabs throughout most of the Cadets reply, before the visitors were removed for 163, to give the home side a narrow ten run winning margin. Fergus Lellman was a rock at one end and top scored with 74 off 132 balls.

A neat century from Bayleys Central Indians Captain Stephen Nicholls, led his side to a match winning 242 for the loss of seven wickets, against Generation Homes Lake Taupo. Daniel Ford was also in good touch with the bat with 69 runs, with Roger Urbahn taking four wickets.

The Central Indians total, proved a bridge too far for the Lake Taupo team, as they were dismissed 74 runs short of their target. Jack Wiggins was the best of the Taupo teams batting with 68 runs, while the Rotorua's sides wickets were shared around

Tauranga Boys College had little trouble dispatching Craigs Investment Partners Geyser at Nicholson Field in the Western Bay of Plenty. Two cheap wickets apiece, from Tim Pringle, Charles Williams, Tim Clarke and Darcy Collett, had Geyser back in their dressing room with just 105 runs on the score board. Tauranga Boys then cruised to an eight wicket win, with Tim Pringle leading the way with an unbeaten 47 runs.

Bay of Plenty Cup 12 December 2020 – Round Eight

Flying Mullet Te Puke 173/9 (Josh Earle 41, Iman Singh 39; Fergus Lellman 3/32, Mayura Galappaththi 3/41) defeated Element IMF Cadets 163 (F Lellman 74; Ryan Crossley 3/24)

Bayleys Central Indians 242/7 (Stephen Nicholls 100, Daniel Ford 69; Roger Urbahn 4/52) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 171 (Jack Wiggins 68)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC 105 lost to Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 106/2 (Tim Pringle 47no)

Eve's Realty Greerton 202 (Umesh Ranaraja 58, Brandon Laurenzi 34; Peter Drysdale 5/28, Henry Conway 3/32) defeated Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 181 (Ben Musgrave 44; James Boyd 5/30)

Papamoa the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 48, Mount Maunganui 44, Te Puke 41,  Central Indians 35, Tauranga Boys College 25, Papamoa 24, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo 9, Geyser 7.

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ND Senior Secondary Tournament Daily Results (Day One)

Posted: Monday, 14 December 2020

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

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)

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Busy Week Scheduled for Three Bay of Plenty Age-Group Teams

Posted: Saturday, 12 December 2020

The week starting Monday 14th December 2020, will be a busy week for three Bay of Plenty age-group teams and management, tournament officials and umpires, with the ND Senior Secondary and ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournaments taking place.

The annual five day Senior Secondary tournament, has made a switch from Gisborne to the Bay of Plenty region, after nearly a decade in Poverty Bay. The majority of play is centered on Boord and Smalbone Parks in Rotorua, however one pool of T20 encounters, will take place at Blake Park in the Western Bay of Plenty on day one.

Wednesday (16 December 2020) sees the ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament kick off at John Kerkhof Park in Cambridge. The T20 Championship brings together the best ND Secondary Schoolgirl players, from the Northland, Counties Manukau, Hamilton, Waikato Valley, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay Minor Associations, for three days of cricket action.

The Bay of Plenty Coastland Senior Secondary cricket representatives, will take a remarkable record into the 2020 ND Senior Secondary tournament, being played in Rotorua and Blake Park in the Western Bay next week.

The Peter Swan coached side, has gone twelve games without defeat stretching back two years. On the last day of the 2019 tournament, the Coastland representatives added the ND Senior Secondary Championship title to the 2019 T20 crown. The ND 2019 Championship victory gave the Bay side back to back Alan Whimp Trophies.

Reports received tell a story of the Bay of Plenty Lakeland Senior Secondary side, drawn from the Rotorua and Eastern Bay of Plenty regions, well prepared and ready to fire at the annual ND competition.

In addition, a further seven Bay of Plenty young men have earned selection in the ND Invitation team.  Western Bay players Kade Smit, Rhys Newbury, Harsh Patel, Joe Smythe and Riley Brady, will be joined by Jordan Smith and Matt Ward from the Lakeland region.

In other Bay of Plenty Cricket news, two Bay all-rounders have been selected for the Northern Districts team that will play at the NZ Cricket Under 19 National tournament, which kicks off on the 16th December 2020. Tim Pringle and Niven Dovey, have been in grand form in Baywide premier and representative cricket this season to earn Northern Districts call-ups, with Liam Collett and Ben Vyver selected as non-travelling reserves.

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

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)

ND Under 19 to play at NZC National tournament (start date 16 December 2020) - Bay of Plenty Representatives: Tim Pringle, Niven Dovey Non-Travelling Reserves Liam Collett, Ben Vyver.

ND Secondary Schoolgirls Tournament @ John Kerkhof Park Cambridge 16-18 December 2020

 

NB: ND Senior Secondary & Secondary Schoolgirls Bay of Plenty results, will be posted on the BOPCA website each evening after the days play has been completed

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI QUALIFY FOR THE HAVANA EATERY BAYWIDE T20 PLAYOFFS

Posted: Saturday, 12 December 2020

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, became the first team to qualify for The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 post section play, when they beat Flying Mullet Te Puke in round two on Thursday (10 December 2020) evening. 

Mount Maunganui, went into the holiday season break in play, with maximum points from their two encounters. Te Puke batted first and reached 120 for the loss of nine wickets, with Imam Singh batting at five top scoring with 43 runs. Bay of Plenty representative bowler Chris Atkinson, used his pace and guile to take three wickets at the Te Puke Domain.

Mount keeper Ben Pomare struck 31 runs, with Niven Dovey posting an unbeaten 30, as their side got home with seven wickets to spare.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, chased down the 111 run target set by Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, losing just three wickets on the way. The Rotorua side posted 110/6, with Dane Sorrenson and Lucky Singh adding 37 apiece to the score board. Unbeaten scores in the forties, from Michael Mitchell and Caleb Bate, took the Taupo team home to victory.

Eve's Realty Greerton made a successful entrance into the Baywide title race after sitting out the first round bye, being made to work hard in their reply, by Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Tauranga Boys Tim Pringle was in top form with the bat with 42 runs, with Daniel Spencer (4/15) and Umesh Ranaraja (3/21) grabbing the majority of the Greerton bowling success. 

Greerton opener Ben Lind set up a good platform for his side with 38 runs, however the Tauranga Boys bowlers took six wickets, before Greerton banked the win points on offer. Isaac White was the pick of the students bowling attack taking three wickets at a cost of 14 runs.

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Round Two 10 December 2020 - Results

Pool One: Flying Mullet Te Puke 120/9 (Iman Singh 43, Christian MacDonald 30; Chris Atkinson 3/18) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 121/3 (Ben Pomare 31, Niven Dovey 30no) - Papamoa the bye

Pool Two: Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 110/6 (Dane Sorrenson 37no, Lucky Singh 37) lost to Generation Homes Lake Taupo 116/3 (Michael Mitchell 49no, Caleb Bate 40no) - Bayleys Central Indians the bye

Pool Three: Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 111/8 (Tim Pringle 42; Dan Spencer 4/15, Umesh Ranaraja 3/21) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 112/6 (Ben Lind 38, Isaac White 3/14) - Element IMF Cadets the bye

Points Table (Provisional) Pool One: Mount Maunganui 12, Te Puke 0, Papamoa 0 - Pool Two: Central Indians 6, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 0 - Pool Three: Tauranga Boys College 6, Greerton 6, Cadets 0.

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Draw

14 January 2021 – Round Three

31 January 2021 – Semi-Finals

5 February 2021 – BOPCA Final @ Bay Oval

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Bay of Plenty Post Two Win – Three Loss Record at ND T20 Tournament

Posted: Friday, 11 December 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty returned home from the annual ND Brian Dunning T20 tournament held in Taupo 6-8 December 2020, with a two win - three loss record on their ledger card.

Bay of Plenty Coach Daniel Flynn said “On the last day we managed to string together a couple of wins and give the guys a better understanding of how individually and collectively to go about their T20 cricket”.

“We showed a bit of character to turn things around which isn’t always easy to do in T20 cricket. They should come away better players for the experience, particularly the guys that haven’t played a lot of T20 cricket’.

Day three at Owen Delany Park, produced two solid victories including a rain affected rout of longtime Northern Districts rivals Hamilton. In the morning action, the Bay side batted first and posted a solid target at 146 for the loss of nine wickets, against Hamilton. Batting at four, Peter Drysdale led the way with 35 off 30 balls. Fergus Lellman kick-started his side innings with 32 off just 15 balls, with Dominic Crombie at nine, contributing a very handy 24 runs.

With rain clouds lurking around, which threatened to disrupt the Hamilton reply - the Waikato sides batsmen fell like nine-pins, as they attempted to kick start their run rate. When the game was called off after seven overs of the Hamilton innings, they were in real trouble, sitting on 23 for the loss of five wickets. Craig Baldry took three wickets for 11 runs, with Bay new recruit David Hancock returning figures of two wickets for five runs.

The score book will show that the Bay team got the result by way of the Duckworth Lewis method of deciding rain shortened matches.

Northern Districts Under 19 won the toss in the final stanza of the 2020 Taupo tournament and reached 140/5. Peter Drysdale and Dominic Crombie did some real damage with the ball, grabbing two wickets apiece.

Peter Drysdale, who was playing his 111th game for the Bay of Plenty senior representative side, again led the way with 59 not out with Fergus Lellman contributing at the top of the innings with 20 runs. Bay of Plenty got home, with four balls to spare and five wickets in hand, to end the 2020 Brian Dunning Trophy tournament with two wins and three losses.

Bay of Plenty didn’t get the result they wanted on the opening game of the ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 title race. Opponents Counties Manukau won the toss and elected to bowl first, with plenty of early success. At six down with just 77 runs on the score-board, the Bay side were in some real trouble. Batting at seven, Daniel Price showed plenty of defiance and with the arrival of Iman Singh at the wicket, the Bay pair put on a 50 run partnership to take their side through to 139/8 in their twenty overs.

Two top-order wickets weren’t enough, as Luke Williamson and Sandeep Patel took Counties through to victory with the first ball of the 16th over.

Day two, saw the Bay of Plenty bat first in their two matches and while they posted reasonably competitive totals, they tasted defeat in both encounters. 

Top order batsman Taylor Bettelheim and Peter Drysdale, jointly top scored with 46 runs in the morning round against Waikato Valley, with the Bay team finishing at 145 for the loss of eight wickets. The Valley side chased down the required target with five wickets to spare.

Tournament champions Northland, coasted to a eight wicket win over the Bay in their day two afternoon appointment. Bay of Plenty posted their highest score of the competition, reaching 154 for seven wickets. The best of the Bay sides turn at bat, were Taylor Bettelheim and skipper Ben Musgrave with 32 runs apiece. The Northland win came with the loss of just two wickets and three overs to spare.

“Our side didn’t make enough runs in the five games during the tournament. We batted first in all of our games bar one, and were always thirty to forty runs light, which makes it tough for the bowlers and in the field”, said Coach Flynn.

“Even the game against Hamilton we fell short of a par score, but the guys dug deep and showed some real fight to get the win”

Four other Bay of Plenty young men also played in the Northern Districts tournament, after being selected for the ND Under 19 XI, who replaced Poverty Bay in the 2020 competition. Niven Dovey, Liam Collett, Ben Vyver and Tim Pringle added plenty of additional knowledge to their burgeoning cricket experience.

Looking ahead to the second half of the Northern Districts Cricket calendar, the Bay of Plenty coach said, “We are looking forward to the last three games of two-day cricket. The team made a good Fergus Hickey Rosebowl start, with a first innings win against Northland and can hopefully continue that good form”.

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 6-8 December – Results

Day Three (8 December 2020)

Round Four: Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 146/9 (Peter Drysdale 35, Fergus Lellman 32, Dominic Crombie 24) defeated Hamilton 23/5 after seven overs (Craig Baldry 3/11. David Hancock 2/5) by way of the Duckworth Lewis method of deciding rain effected matches

Round Five: Northern Districts Under 19 140/5 (Tim Pringle 54; Peter Drysdale 2/19, Dominic Crombie 2/28) lost to Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 141/5 (Peter Drysdale 59no, Fergus Lellman 20)

Day Two (7 December 2020)

Round Two: Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 145/8 (Taylor Bettelheim 46, Peter Drysdale 46) lost to Waikato Valley 148/5 (DJ Kelliher 49; Peter Drysdale 2/7)

Round Three: Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 154/7 (Taylor Bettelheim 32, Ben Musgrave 32, Peter Drysdale 25) lost to Northland 155/2 (BL Hyde 53)

Day One (6 December 2020)

Round One: Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 139/8 (Daniel Price 35no, Stephen Crossan 27, Fergus Lellman 23; J Naylor 3/21) lost to Counties Manukau (LC Williamson 60no)

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TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH LIKELY TO PLAY A BIG PART IN DECIDING THE 2020 BAY OF PLENTY CUP

Posted: Thursday, 10 December 2020

The top of the table, Bay of Plenty Cup match, between defending champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Eves Realty Greerton on Saturday (12 December 2020), is likely to play a big part in deciding the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup champion.

While the points table indicate a two point advantage to Mount Maunganui over Greerton, the Blake Park based unit will sit out the last round bye next weekend, in the first past the post competition - which turns the weekend encounter at Pemberton Park, into a must win for Mount Maunganui. 

Last season, the Bay of Plenty Cup honours lay firmly with Mount Maunganui who won both battles between the two sides. The round robin game was a genuine thriller, coming after the Mount posted 239 for nine wickets, in their allotted overs. Peter Drysdale top scored with 90 runs while current Greerton skipper Lee Watkins grabbed four wickets.

The Greerton reply went down to the wire, before the Mount Maunganui bowlers restricted Greerton to seven runs short of the required target. Shane Wineti top scored with 82 runs with Pete Drysdale backing up his batting heroics with three wickets.

Just three weeks later, the two sides squared off again in the Bay of Plenty Cup Final. The Mount again batted first and set their rivals another solid target in reaching 200/7. Tim Tomlinson and Dominic Crombie both reached the thirties, with James Boyd and Lee Watkins each taking two wickets.

Four wicket bags from Dale Swan and Chris Atkinson created havoc in the Greerton reply, which ended when they were bowled out for 117. Greerton top order batsman Taylor Bettelheim, showed some real defiance to finish with 51 runs in the scorebook. 

Flying Mullet Te Puke lurk in third place with a top two finish well within their reach. However standing in their way this weekend, is Element IMF Cadets, who will still be hurting from last weekends loss to Baywide newcomers Papamoa.

Both premier sides com from long established Western Bay of Plenty Cricket clubs, with the Baker Cup (WBOPCA Challenge Trophy) on the line, which gives the match at the Te Puke Domain an extra edge.

Bayleys Central Indians, will want to cement their top four spot against Generation Homes Lake Taupo, in their game at the Rotorua combined teams headquarters at Smallbone Park. The form book suggests that Central Indians should pick up the win points, however the Lake Taupo side has been posting competitive totals with little reward.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, also has plenty to play for when Craigs Investment Partners Geyser visit Nicholson Field. A top four finish is not out sight, however they need a big win with the accompanying bonus points, over the Rotorua visitors on Saturday. 

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 12 November 2020

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

Points Table: Mount Maunganui 44, Greerton 42, Te Puke 35,  Central Indians 29, Papamoa 24, Cadets 23, Tauranga Boys College 19, Lake Taupo 9, Geyser 7.

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Tauranga Boys College Finish Second in 2020 ND Gillette Cup

Posted: Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College First XI, continue to be entitled to be ranked in the best schools cricket sides in the nation, after they lost an absolute thriller in the 2020 ND Gillette Cup title decider played on the 12th November 2020.

The Gillette Cup (Secondary School Boys First XI Cup) is a secondary school competition for year nine to thirteen boys. The Gillette Cup began in 1990 and is amongst the longest running competitions in secondary school sport. Over the years many Black Cap and professional cricket players have played in the tournament.

Squaring off with Tauranga Boys for the Northern Districts spot in the Gillette Cup Nationals Finals, were longtime rivals Hamilton Boys High School. The two schools have become perennial contenders for ND Gillette Cup honours and Super Eight titles, with both having won the Gillette Cup National title in the past.

Tauranga Boys College won the Gillette Cup National title in 2005, with four of the TBC players going on to make an indelible impression on New Zealand and Bay of Plenty cricket. Kane Williamson is widely regarded as one of the best cricketers in the world, while Peter Drysdale, Matt Golding and Tim Clarke who are still playing Baywide premier cricket, all earned Bay of Plenty representative selection.

The ND Gillette Cup title decider took place at the Bay Oval, with Tauranga Boys College taking first use of the batting strip. Tauranga Boys were bowled out for 184 with two balls remaining in their turn at bat. Chris Mascall hit a neat half century, with Liam Collett (43) and Niven Dovey (38) providing valuable support.

With 143 runs on the board and seven wickets in hand, Hamilton appeared to be cruising to the ND title. Enter Tauranga Boys bowler Liam Collett, who took a stunning hat-trick, to have Hamilton go from 149/3 to the same score for the loss of six wickets. Three further Tauranga Boys wickets, saw the Waikato visitors in real trouble at 159/9, before a Hamilton tenth wicket partnership of 26 got them home with three balls to spare.

Liam Collett, finished the encounter with a rare hat-trick and bowling figures of four wickets at a cost of 44 runs, with Tim Pringle taking two wickets.

Tauranga Boys College cruised into the ND Final, after restricting St Paul’s College to 179 for the loss off nine wickets, in their semi-final contest in the Waikato region. Finn O'Loan-O'Brien did plenty of damage with the ball returning 3/18, with Tim Pringle taking two wickets. 

The Bay of Plenty sides victory was a walk in the park, losing just two wickets on the way. Opener Chris Mascall top scored with an unbeaten 77, with Tim Pringle (49no) and Niven Dovey (41) providing valuable support.

Tauranga Boys College opened their ND Gillette Cup campaign with a match-up with fellow Western Bay of Plenty School in Aquinas College, at Nicholson Field. Aquinas batsman Spencer Wills innings shone out like a beacon, as he posted 43 runs, in his sides total of 104 all out. Darcy Collett was the best of his sides bowlers with 3/23.

New Zealand Under 19 player, Tim Pringle, led his team to an eight wicket win with an unbeaten 44, while Chris Mascall also got into the action with 32no.

Perusal of the 2020 ND Gillette Cup statistics, revealed that Chris Mascall finished second in the batting stakes with 159 runs, with Liam and Darcy Collett finishing in the top two spots on the bowling list with seven and five wickets respectively. 

ND Gillette Cup 2020 Final @ Bay Oval 13 November 2020

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 184 (Chris Mascall 50, Liam Collett 43, Niven Dovey 38) lost to Hamilton Boys High School 185/9 (JM Parker 62; Liam Collett 4/44, Tim Pringle 2/25)

Semi-Finals @ St Paul’s Collegiate 4 November 2020

St Paul’s 178/9 (C Robinson 62; Finn O'Brien-O'Loan 3/18, Tim Pringle 2/46) lost to Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 179/2 (Chris Mascall 77no, Tim Pringle 49no, Niven Dovey 41)

Round One @ Nicholson Field 29 October 2020

Aquinas College 104 (Spencer Wills 43; Darcy Collett 3/23, Liam Collett 2/12, Niven Dovey 2/18) lost to Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 106/2 (Tim Pringle 44no, Chris Mascall 32no)

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ND T20 Tournament Daily Results (Day Three)

Posted: Tuesday, 8 December 2020

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 6-8 December

The Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty senior representative team finished the annual Brian Dunning tournament being played in Taupo, with a bang on day three (8 December 2020).

In the morning round, the Bay side batted first and posted a solid target at 146 for the loss of nine wickets, against Hamilton. Batting at four, Peter Drysdale led the way with 35 off 30 balls. Fergus Lellman kick-started his side innings with 32 off just 15 balls, with Dominic Crombie at nine, contributing a very handy 24 runs.

With rain clouds lurking around, threatening to disrupt the Hamilton reply, the Waikato sides batsmen fell like nine-pins as they attempted to raise the run rate. When the game was called off after seven overs of the Hamilton reply, they were in real trouble sitting at 23 for the loss of five wickets. Craig Baldry took three wickets for 11 runs with Bay new recruit David Hancock returning figures of two wickets for five runs.

The score book will show that the Bay team got the result by way of the Duckworth Lewis method of deciding rain shortened matches.

Northern Districts Under 19 won the toss in the final stanza of the 2020 Taupo tournament and reached 140/5. Peter Drysdale and Dominic Crombie did some real damage with the ball grabbing two wickets apiece.

Peter Drysdale, who was playing his 111th game for the Bay of Plenty senior representative side, again led the way with 59 not out, with Fergus Lellman contributing at the top of the innings with 20 runs. Bay of Plenty got home, with four balls to spare and five wickets in hand, to end the 2020 Brian Dunning Trophy tournament with two wins and three losses.

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 – Day Three (8 December 2020) Results

Round Four: Craigs Investmant Partners Bay of Plenty 146/9 (Peter Drysdale 35, Fergus Lellmam 32, Dominic Crombie 24) defeated Hamilton 23/5 after seven overs (Craig Baldry 3/11. David Hancock 2/5) by way of the Duckworth Lewis method of deciding rain effected matches

Round Five: Northern Districts Under 19 140/5 (Tim Pringle 54; Peter Drysdale 2/19, Dominic Crombie 2/28) lost to Craigs Investmant Partners Bay of Plenty 141/5 (Peter Drysdale 59no, Fergus Lellman 20)

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Bay of Plenty Coastland Win 2020 ND Junior Secondary Championship

Posted: Tuesday, 8 December 2020

The Bay of Plenty Coastland team won their second ND Junior Secondary Championship title in five years, when they defeated Counties Manukau in the 2020 title decider on Friday 4 December 2020, in Gisborne.

The Bay of Plenty representatives reached a solid 229 for the loss of nine wickets, with Loughlin Keaney top scoring with 63 runs. Captain Logan Murray and Utsav Kumar also made big contributions to the Bay team score.

Counties Manukau were bowled out for 144 to give the Bay side a big 91 run win. Andrew Friskney, shone with the ball in hand taking three wickets at a cost of 22 runs, with Luke Scrimgeour also taking two wickets.

The ND Championship title, saw the Coastland team undefeated in the six games that they contested in Gisborne. The Sam Owen coached sides dominance in the tournament was shown was shown by their winning margins – of three 9 wicket victories, along with 101, 85 and 25 run wins, during their six competition games.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland, had equally fine day out as their Coastland counterparts, taking out the Fifth to Eighth place playoffs. Batting first against hosts Poverty Bay, the Lakeland batsmen set their opponents a target of 213 for victory. Day five belonged to Sean Gapes who top scored with 72 runs, then took four wickets, as Poverty Bay were bowled out for 107.

Lakeland Coach Dean Finlay can be also be well pleased with the performance of his troops in Gisborne, in taking out the minor championship title, with back to back wins on the last two days.

Bay of Plenty Coastland cruised into the championship title decider, against Counties Manukau, with a big win over Northland in the championship semi-final on day four. Batting first the Bay side posted an impressive 229, for the loss of nine wickets, in their allotted fifty overs.

The Coastland bowlers took the game to their opponents from the opening ball, to remove them for 128, to claim a big 101 run win. Individual Coastland honours belonged to Logan Murray with an unbeaten 36 runs and Ethan Chamberlain who took three wickets for 29 runs.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland were involved, in a scarce as hens teeth tied result, which propelled them into the fifth/sixth place playoff against hosts Poverty Bay. Waikato Valley batted first and were bowled out for 186 with Zach Forster taking three wickets.

A run-out with the last ball of the match resulted in the Lakeland side also being removed for 186. Tom Martin was the hero of the Lakeland turn at bat with a gritty 72 runs. Bay of Plenty Lakeland, then went on to win the super over to decide the game result.

The rained-out second day, of the ND 2020 Junior Secondary tournament changed the tournament format on day three. Round three of the T20 competition, was completed on Wednesday morning, with the Championship first round contested over forty overs (per  side) taking place in the afternoon.

Bay of Plenty Coastland and Waikato Valley, finished the T20 round-robin play with three wins apiece, which saw them become joint top seeds for the ND Junior Secondary Championship competition.

The Bay of Plenty Coastland team wasted little time in defeating Poverty Bay in the afternoon 40 over contests. The tournament hosts were bowled out for just 48, with the Coastland side getting home with nine wickets in hand, in the eighth over. Utsav Kumar led the way with an unbeaten 24.

Hamilton set Bay of Plenty Lakeland a very big target, when they were removed with 236 runs in the scorebook. Logan Agnew and Jake Finlay both took two wickets. Lakeland were restricted to 118 for the loss of nine wickets. Zach Forster top scored with 45 runs.

ND Junior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne - Results

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)

Fifth/Sixth Place Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 212 (Sean Gapes 72, Ranithu Rodrigo 32, Zach Forster 29) defeated Poverty Bay 107 (Sean Gapes 4/35, Tom Yetsenga 2/24, Zach Forster 2/28)

Day Four (3 December 2020)

Championship Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland 229/9 (Logan Murray 36no, Loughlin Keaney 30, Utsav Kumar 29, Te Manawha Rikihana 29) defeated Northland 128 (Ethan Chamberlain 3/29, Logan Murray 2/6)

 

Plate Semi-Final: Waikato Valley 186 (Zach Forster 3/27, Tom Yetsenga 2/26, Liam du Plessis 2/33) tied with Bay of Plenty Lakeland 186 (Tom Martin 72, Ranithu Rodrigo 31) – Bay of Plenty Lakeland won the super over to decide the game result.

 

 

Day Three (2 December 2020)

Championship Round One (Forty Over)

Poverty Bay 48 (Loughlin Keaney 4/13, Luca Adsett 3/15, Andrew Friskney 2/7) lost to BOPCA Coastland 49/1 (Utsav Kumar 24no)

Hamilton 236 (Logan Agnew 2/32, Jake Finlay 2/41) defeated BOPCA Lakeland 118/9 (Zach Forster 45)

T20 Round Three

Section One: ND Invitation XI 62/7 (Andrew Friskney 3/12, Jake Riley 2/18) lost to BOPCA Coastland 63/1 (Ethan Chamberlain 47no)

Section Two: BOPCA Lakeland 88/9 (Tom Yetsenga 22) lost to Poverty Bay 89/4 (Zach Forster 2/10)

Day Two (1 December 20) – No play due to rain

ND Junior Secondary Tournament Results - Day One (30 November 2020)

T20 Round One

BOPCA Coastland 160/4 (Utsav Kumar 30, Ethan Chamberlain 30, Te Manewha Rikihana 24) defeated Counties Manukau 125/8 (Luke Scrimgeour 3/18, Jake Riley 3/31)

Waikato Valley 149/4 (Zach Forster 2/25, Logan Agnew 2/38) defeated BOPCA Lakeland 90/8 (Ethan Staddon 20)

T20 Round Two

Hamilton 69/8 (Loughlin Keaney 3/8, Logan Murray 2/13) lost to BOPCA Coastland 52/1(Ethan Chamberlain 25no) by DL formula

BOPCA Lakeland 116/7 (Tom Yetsenga 48, Sean Gapes 25) lost to Northland 33/0 by DL formula

BOPCA Lakeland

Tom Martin (co-captain) Thomas Yetsenga (co-captain) Lucas Neill, Zach Forster, Ryan Lloyd, Ethan Staddon, Liam du Plessis (Taupo) Ranithu Rodrigo, Sohan Patel, Logan Agnew, Sean Gapes (Rotorua) Jake Finlay (Eastern Bay of Plenty)

Coach: Dean Finlay                            Manager: Kirsten Yetsenga

BOPCA Coastland

Logan Murray (captain) Utsav Kumar, Luke Adsett, Daniel Coster, Billy Syme, Sam Clode, Luke Scrimegour, Jake Riley, Te Manewha Rikihana, Andrew Friskney, Loughie Keaney, Ethan Chamberlin.

Coach: Sam Owen                              Manager: Matt Adsett

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ND T20 Tournament Daily Results (Day Two)

Posted: Monday, 7 December 2020

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 6-8 December

Day Two (7 December 2020) Results

Round Two

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 145/8 (Taylor Bettelheim 46, Peter Drysdale 46) lost to Waikato Valley 148/5 (DJ Kelliher 49; Peter Drysdale 2/7)

Round Three

Craigs Investmant Partners Bay of Plenty 154/7 (Taylor Bettelheim 32, Ben Musgrave 32, Peter Drysdale 25; F Coutts 2/22) lost to Northland 155/2 (BL Hyde 53)

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 Draw

8 December (Round Four) v Hamilton; (Round Five) v ND Under 19

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PAPAMOA UPSET CADETS AT THE TAURANGA DOMAIN

Posted: Monday, 7 December 2020

There was quiet satisfaction in the Papamoa premier team ranks, after they had lowered the colours of Baywide heavyweights Element IMF Cadets, at Cadets home base at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday (5 December 2020).

Papamoa, who were the new boys on the block at the start of current Baywide season, had expectations of little more than continually improving each week and being competitive against all of the other eight teams, in their debut season in the top echelon.  On Saturday, they exceeded their initial goals in spades after defeating the multiple Baywide champions, with the victory propelling the team to their third successive win.

The Papamoa bowlers worked together to remove their opponents for a gettable 158. Guy Wilkins and Ashish Dhameliya took three wickets apiece, while Marcel Collett was the best of the Cadets batsmen top scoring with 33 runs.

Papamoa made a good start, before losing their first wicket with 48 runs on the board. The Cadets bowlers then grabbed the momentum to take five wickets for 25 runs. Paul Inglis (27no) combined with Reece Shelton (24) and Guy Wilkins (20) to put on solid lower order partnerships, with the visitors squeezing home with eight balls and one wicket to spare.

Bond & Co Maunganui closed the gap on competition leaders Eves Realty Greerton, who sat out the bye. The current Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders were in sizzling form, in reaching 343 for the loss of five wickets, against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Long-serving Mount all-rounder Peter Drysdale extended his list of club centuries to twelve, belting 124, which included fourteen 4's and one six. Niven Dovey posted 93 runs in the scorebook with Dominic Crombie chipping in with a half century.

Geyser skipper Cody Fell was the best of his sides batsmen with a gritty 73 runs, as his team were removed for 158, to give Mount Maunganui a very big 185 run win. Craig Baldry took three wickets at a cost of 41 runs with veteran Tony Goodin also getting into the action with two Geyser wickets.

Flying Mullett Te Puke's encounter with Generation Homes Lake Taupo was mainly one way traffic, with the visitors taking home an eight wicket win, after bowling the hosts out for 85. Roger Urbahn was the best of the Taupo batsmen with 22 runs, with Bay of Plenty top-order representative batsman Stephen Crossan, hitting 37 runs for the victors.

Bayleys Central Indians, had successful visit to Nicholson Field in Tauranga City when they dispatched Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, by 64 runs. Nandeera Nawela top scored with 41 in the combined sides 183/9. Tauranga Boys bowler Riley Brady got his name up in lights with four wickets. Jason Spice batting at nine, top scored with 27 runs as Tauranga Boys were removed for 119. Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls led the way taking four wickets with Andrew Gibbs returning 2/20.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup 5 November 2020 - Results

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 343/4 (Peter Drysdale 124, Niven Dovey 93, Dominic Crombie 50) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 158 (Cody Fell 73, Ben Astwood 31; Craig Baldry 3/41)

Bayleys Central Indians 183/9 (Nadeera Nawela 41, Ben Sandford 25; Riley Brady 4/28) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 119 (Jason Spice 27. Tim Clarke 23; Stephen Nicholls 4/32, Andrew Gibbs 2/20)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 85 (Roger Urbahn 22; Hamish Wilde 3/16) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 91/2 (Stephen Crossan 37)

Element IMF Cadets 158 (Marcel Collett 33, Donovan Deeble 31; Guy Wilkins 3/21, Ashish Dhameliya 3/46) lost to Papamoa 159/9 (Matt Horne 28, Paul Inglis 27no; Cameron O’Dea 3/23, Mayura Galappaththi 3/31)

Eve's Realty Greerton the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 42, Mount Maunganui 42, Te Puke 34, Central Indians 28, Papamoa 24, Cadets 22, Tauranga Boys College 18, Lake Taupo 8, Geyser 6.

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ND T20 Tournament Daily Results (Day One)

Posted: Sunday, 6 December 2020

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 Tournament @ Owen Delany Park, Taupo 6-8 December

DAY ONE REPORT – 6 DECEMBER 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty didn’t get the result they wanted on the opening game of the ND T20 tournament being played at Owen Delany Park in Taupo 6-8 December 2020.

Opponents Counties Manukau won the toss and elected to bowl first, with plenty of early success. At six down with just 77 runs on the score-board, the Bay side were in some real trouble. Batting at seven, Daniel Price showed plenty of defiance and with the arrival of Iman Singh at the wicket, the Bay pair put on a 50 run partnership to take their side through to 139/8 in their twenty overs.

Two top-order wickets weren’t enough, as Luke Williamson and Sandeep Patel took Counties through to victory with the first ball of the 16th over.

Day Two sees the Bay of Plenty representatives meet Waikato Valley in their morning encounter before squaring off with Northland in afternoon action.

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 – Day One (6 December 2020) Result

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 139/8 (Daniel Price 35no, Stephen Crossan 27, Fergus Lellman 23; J Naylor 3/21) lost to Counties Manukau (LC Williamson 60no)

ND Brian Dunning Trophy T20 Draw

7 December (Round Two) v Waikato Valley (Round Three) v Northland

8 December (Round Four) v Hamilton (Round Five) v ND Under 19

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TAURANGA BOYS COLLEGE LAY DOWN THE CHALLENGE IN THE HAVANA EATERY BAYWIDE T20

Posted: Saturday, 5 December 2020

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 championship kicked off on Thursday (3 December 2020) evening, with Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College laying down the challenge to the other contenders, when they beat Baywide heavyweights Element IMF Cadets.

Tauranga Boys batted first and were in rampant form belting 161 for the loss of just two wickets. Player/Coach Tim Clarke was in top form with an unbeaten 59, while Tim Pringle posted 40 not out. 

Cadets made a good start to the big run chase, with their first wicket falling with 64 runs on the board. At 141/8, Cadets were playing catch-up, before they finished their innings at 154/9 to give Tauranga Boys a first up T20 victory. Fergus Lellman top scored with 53 runs with Tim Pringle taking four wickets for the victors.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo, posted 99 runs with just one wicket to spare, in their encounter with Bayleys Central Indians at Owen Delany Park in Taupo. Michael Mitchell finished with 25 runs alongside his name. Evergreen Central Indians bowler Andrew Gibbs, showed he was still bowling as well as ever, with four wickets at a cost of just 8 runs. 

The visitors wasted little time in getting home for the points on offer, with six wickets to spare, with Ben Sanford leading the way with 33 runs.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, who are gunning for their third successive Baywide T20 title, chased down the Papamoa offering of 106 all out. Former Black Cap Matt Horne, was the best of his sides batting attack with 26 runs, with Dominic Crombie taking four wickets at a cost of 14 runs.

Mount Maunganui were well on the way to victory when their first wicket fell, with 45 runs on the board. Niven Dovey, who has recently transferred back to the Mount from Tauranga Boys College, led his side home with an unbeaten 32.

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Round One - Results

Pool One: Papamoa 106 (Matt Horne 26; Dominic Crombie 4/14) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 109/3 (Niven Dovey 32no) Flying Mullet Te Puke the bye.

Pool Two: Generation Homes Lake Taupo 99/7 (Michael Mitchell 25; Andrew Gibbs 4/8) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 100/4 (Ben Sandford 33) Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye.

Pool Three: Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 161/2 (Tim Clarke 59no, Tim Pringle 40no) defeated Element IMF Cadets 154/9 (Fergus Lellman 53; Tim Pringle 4/24) Eves Realty Greerton the bye.

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ND JUNIOR SECONDARY TOURNAMENT DAILY RESULTS (Day Five)

Posted: Friday, 4 December 2020

ND Junior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne 30th November – 4th December 2020

DAY FIVE REPORT – 4 DECEMBER 2020

The Bay of Plenty Coastland team won their second ND Junior Secondary Championship title in five years when they defeated Counties Manukau in the 2020 title decider on Friday 4 December 2020.

The Bay of Plenty representatives reached a solid 229 for the loss of nine wickets, with Loughlin Keaney top scoring with 63 runs. Counties Manukau were bowled out for 144 to give the Bay side a big 91 run win. Andrew Friskney shone with the ball in hand taking three wickets at a cost of 22 runs. The ND Championship title saw the Coastland team undefeated in the six games that they contested in Gisborne.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland had equally fine day out, as their Coastland counterparts, taking out the Fifth to Eighth place playoffs. Batting first against hosts Poverty Bay, the Lakeland batsmen set their opponents a target of 213 for victory. Day five, belonged to Sean Gapes who top scored with 72 runs then took four wickets, as Poverty Bay were bowled out for 107.

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)

Fifth/Sixth Place Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland 212 (Sean Gapes 72, Ranithu Rodrigo 32, Zach Forster 29) defeated Poverty Bay 107 (Sean Gapes 4/35, Tom Yetsenga 2/24, Zach Forster 2/28)

(Tournament review to be posted on the BOPCA website on Monday 7 December 2020)

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GREERTON BAY OF PLENTY CUP BYE OPENS THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY

Posted: Friday, 4 December 2020

Eves Realty Greerton sitting out the Bay of Plenty Cup bye on Saturday (5 December 2020), opens up an opportunity, for the chasing pack to get closer to the competition leader. 

With valuable Hart Family Trophy (Baywide Champion of Champions) points up for grabs, there is still plenty to play for, in the remaining three rounds of the first past the post title race.

Current Hart Family Trophy titleholders, Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, lurk just six points in arrears of the current competition front-runner. This Saturday, the Mount side travel to Smallbone Park in Rotorua, to square off with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Victory would propel Mount Maunganui to a share of the lead with Greerton and open the door, for a chance to add an eighth Bay of Plenty Cup to their honours board.

While the formbook would suggest that Geyser will struggle to reel in the Western Bay side for the win points on offer, home venue advantage, gives the hosts a small window of opportunity. 

Papamoa, who will be playing just their seventh premier encounter since making their Baywide entrance in October, remarkably sit within four points of the top four in their debut season. Back to back victories, based upon their batsmen stepping up to the plate, have propelled the side from the Tauranga City extremities up the standings. A century apiece from Ben Guild (108no) and Andrew Goldsmith (100) has become the ammunition for the two successive wins.

However standing in the way of a Papamoa third successive victory, is Baywide heavyweights Element IMF Cadets, who have won fifteen Baywide premier titles in the last three decades. The Tauranga Domain based side knows how to dig deep into their title history, when facing adversity, and will pose a very big challenge for Papamoa to overcome.

Bayleys Central Indians, are sure to want to cement their spot in the Bay of Plenty Cup top four, when they visit the Western Bay of Plenty to meet Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, at Nicholson Field. The Rotorua combined side, who sit in fourth equal on the standings with Cadets, will need little motivation in their attempt to take home a victory.

However, Tauranga Boys have a genuine match winner in their ranks in Tim Pringle, who has the competitions highest score of 118 to his name. TBC team mentors, Tim Clarke and Charles Williams, also provide their team with plenty of batting firepower, which could prove a headache for the visitors.

Flying Mullet Te Puke, face Generation Homes Lake Taupo at Owen Delany Park, with Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie another to belt a three-figure score this season. The home side has produced several competitive scores this year and will fancy their chances at home. 

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 5 November 2020

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

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 42, Mount Maunganui 36, Te Puke 28 Cadets 22, Central Indians 22, Papamoa 18, Tauranga Boys College 18, Lake Taupo 8, Geyser 6.

Bay of Plenty Cup Centuries 2020

118                  Tim Pringle (Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College)

114                  Tom MacRury (Eves Realty Greerton)

115no              Blair McKenzie (Flying Mullet Te Puke)

110                  Tom MacRury (Eves Realty Greerton)

108no              Ben Guild (Papamoa)

107no              Taylor Bettelheim (Eves Realty Greerton)

100                  Andrew Goldsmith (Papamoa)

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Bay of Plenty Chase Another ND T20 Title at Owen Delany Park in Taupo

Posted: Friday, 4 December 2020

There will be plenty of attention paid to the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty team, at the annual ND One-Day cricket tournament, to be played at Owen Delany Park in Taupo 6-8 December 2020.

Three seasons ago, Northern Districts Cricket changed the format of the annual tournament in the Great Lake region from one-day cricket to a full round robin T20 Championship. The 2018 T20 tournament resulted in the Bay of Plenty representatives, in defeating the five other ND Minor Association First XI’s, to claim the first ND T20 Championship.

December 2019, saw the Bay side come back from a first-up loss to Northland to finish second to the team from the Far North.

Former Black Cap and ND legend Daniel Flynn is in his first season in charge of the Bay of Plenty senior representative team. The new Bay coach said “We have an exciting group heading to Taupo to contest the Brian Dunning competition. A lot of the guys haven’t played much T20 cricket, so they will be learning as they go and should come away better players for the experience”.

“However there are plenty of match winners in the squad, so if they can win the early games, it will hold us in good stead come the business end of the tournament”.

“Many of the tournament squad were in the team that posted a hard fought win over Northland in November. It was an outstanding learning experience for some of our younger players sharing a dressing room with (Neil) Wagner, (Dean) Brownlie, (Brett) Hampton and (Bharat) Popli”.

Bowler David Hancock, will make his Bay of Plenty senior debut in Taupo after solid form in the Bay of Plenty Cup, where he has taken ten wickets with best figures of 4/31. His recent Bay of Plenty Development debut, saw the Mount Maunganui bowler take out the Counties Manukau danger-man at the top of the innings, to play a big part in the Bay victory.

An experienced core of six of this year’s squad, know about the demands that are required to win the ND T20 silverware, being part of the championship winning side two years ago. Captain Ben Musgrave, along with Peter Drysdale, Stephen Crossan, Iman Singh, Chris Atkinson and Craig Baldry, held the Brian Dunning trophy aloft in victory in December 2018.

ND Brian Dunning Trophy One-Day Tournament @ Owen Delay Park, Taupo 6-8 December 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Team (Bay of Plenty games in brackets)

Ben Musgrave (Captain - 58), Stephen Crossan (31) Taylor Bettelheim (6) Fergus Lellman (4) Peter Drysdale (106) Ben Pomare (8) Daniel Price (2) Dominic Crombie (11) David Hancock (debut)  Iman Singh (15)  Craig Baldry (9) Chris Atkinson (27) Josh Earle (9)

Coach: Daniel Flynn

ND Brian Dunning Trophy – Bay of Plenty Draw

6 December (Round One)        v Counties Manukau

7 December (Round Two)        v Waikato Valley

                     (Round Three)     v Northland

8 December (Round Four)        v Hamilton

                     (Round Five)       v Poverty Bay

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ND JUNIOR SECONDARY TOURNAMENT DAILY RESULTS (Day Four)

Posted: Thursday, 3 December 2020

ND Junior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne 30th November – 4th December 2020

DAY FOUR REPORT – 3 DECEMBER 2020

Semi-Finals day at the ND 2020 Junior Secondary tournament produced two outstanding results for the two Bay of Plenty teams.

Bay of Plenty Coastland cruised into the championship title decider, against Counties Manukau, with a big win over Northland. Batting first the Bay side posted an impressive 229 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted fifty overs.

The Coastland bowlers took the game to their opponents from the opening ball, to remove them for 128, to claim a big 101 run win. Individual Coastland honours belonged to Logan Murray with an unbeaten 36 runs and Ethan Chamberlain who took three wickets for 29 runs.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland were involved, in a scarce as hens teeth tied result, which propelled them into the fifth/sixth place playoff against hosts Poverty Bay. Waikato Valley batted first and were bowled out for 186 with Zach Forster taking three wickets.

A run-out with the last ball of the match resulted in the Lakeland side also being removed for 186. Tom Martin was the hero of the Lakeland turn at bat with a gritty 72 runs. Bay of Plenty Lakeland then went on to win the super over to decide the game result

ND Junior Secondary Tournament Results - Day Four (3 December 2020)

Championship Semi-Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland 229/9 (Logan Murray 36no, Loughlin Keaney 30, Utsav Kumar 29, Te Manawha Rikihana 29) defeated Northland 128 (Ethan Chamberlain 3/29, Logan Murray 2/6)

Plate Semi-Final: Waikato Valley 186 (Zach Forster 3/27, Tom Yetsenga 2/26, Liam du Plessis 2/33) tied with Bay of Plenty Lakeland 186 (Tom Martin 72, Ranithu Rodrigo 31) – Bay of Plenty Lakeland won the super over to decide the game result.

Day Five (4 December 2020) Draw

ND Junior Secondary Championship Final: Bay of Plenty Coastland v Counties Manukau

Fifth/Sixth Playoff: Bay of Plenty Lakeland v Poverty Bay

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ND JUNIOR SECONDARY TOURNAMENT DAILY RESULTS (Day Three)

Posted: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

ND Junior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne 30th November – 4th December 2020

DAY THREE REPORT – 2 DECEMBER 2020

The rained-out second day, of the ND 2020 Junior Secondary tournament changed the tournament format on day three. Round three of the T20 competition, was completed on Wednesday morning, with the Championship first round contested over forty overs (per  side) taking place in the afternoon.

Bay of Plenty Coastland and Waikato Valley, finished the T20 round-robin play with three wins apiece, which saw them become joint top seeds for the ND Junior Secondary Championship competition.

The T20 preliminary rounds, resulted in two Bay of Plenty Coastland players earning high positions on the batting and bowling honours list. Ethan Chamberlain finished in second place on the batting list with 102 runs, with a top score of 47 not out.  Jake Riley took second place in the bowling stakes with six wickets and a best of 3/31.

Two Bay of Plenty Lakeland players, also finished with prominent positions on the T20 honours table. Tom Yetsenga posted 85 runs with a top score of 48 to finish in fifth spot, with Zach Forster in fourth equal position, with four wickets and best bowling figures of 2/12.

The Bay of Plenty Coastland wasted little time in defeating Poverty Bay in the afternoon 40 over contests. The tournament hosts were bowled out for just 48, with the Coastland side getting home with nine wickets in hand, in the eighth over. Utsav Kumar led the way with an unbeaten 24.

Hamilton set Bay of Plenty Lakeland a very big target, when they were removed with 236 runs in the scorebook. Logan Agnew and Jake Finlay both took two wickets. The game was still in progress late in the day as this report was posted.

ND Junior Secondary Tournament Results - Day Three (2 December 2020)

T20 Round Three

Section One: ND Invitation XI 62/7 (Andrew Friskney 3/12, Jake Riley 2/18) lost to BOPCA Coastland 63/1 (Ethan Chamberlain 47no)

Section Two: BOPCA Lakeland 88/9 (Tom Yetsenga 22) lost to Poverty Bay 89/4 (Zach Forster 2/10)

Championship Round One (Forty Over)

Poverty Bay 48 (Loughlin Keaney 4/13, Luca Adsett 3/15, Andrew Friskney 2/7) lost to BOPCA Coastland 49/1 (Utsav Kumar 24no)

Hamilton 236 (Logan Agnew 2/32, Jake Finlay 2/41) – BOPCA Lakeland

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Wet Weather Fails to Stop Bay of Plenty Junior Girls Performances at Kaipara Flats

Posted: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

The Bay of Plenty Junior Girls cricket team returned home from the annual ND tournament held at Kaipara Flats 29/30 November, with a wealth of tournament experience, that will benefit the first-timers in future cricket endeavours.

While wet weather dogged the tournament throughout the three days of scheduled play, all six sides persevered through the inclement conditions, to complete their encounters.

Bay of Plenty Coach Rebecca Yee said “The Kaipara tournament is a good opportunity for our junior girls to begin their Bay of Plenty representative career. It was great to see half the team make their official Bay of Plenty debuts over the weekend. I look forward to seeing the debutants at future representative competitions".

"There were three Rotorua players in our side, which was a result of the great work the Rotorua volunteer coaches has been doing in developing girl’s cricket in their region". "Western Bay of Plenty representation was drawn from Papamoa, Cadets and Mount Maunganui junior cricket clubs"

"There was a great spirit of cricket shown by all the sides with friendships forged that will go into the future".

Bay of Plenty kicked off their tournament assignments with a solid win against Hamilton. The Bay side posted a solid 98 for the loss of two wickets then restricted the Waikato side to 52/8. Brittany Jenkins took four wickets for 10 runs with Freya Lord grabbing three wic

Rachel Wahab posted a personal best of 26 not out against Waikato Valley, which she backed up with 21 retired against Northland, to finish the tournament with 83 runs. Jessica Benge also batted well going up dismissed throughout the tournament.

Brittany Jenkins, was one of the genuine all-rounder’s to emerge from the competition, hitting 53 runs and taking six wickets with best bowling figures of 4/10.

ND Junior Girls Tournament @ Kaipara Flats 29/30 November 2020 (All 15 over matches)

Round One: Bay of Plenty 98/2 (Brittany Jenkins 17, Rachel Wahab 14no) defeated Hamilton 52/8 (Brittany Jenkins 4/10, Freya Lord 3/5)

Round Two: Bay of Plenty 68/3 (Freya Lord 17 retired) lost to Counties Manukau 69/1)

Round Three: Waikato Valley 145 defeated Bay of Plenty 93 (Rachel Wahab 26no)

Round Four: Harbour Development 129/7 (Sadie Stewart 2/16, Jessica Benge 2/20) defeated Bay of Plenty 59/7

Round Five: Bay of Plenty 63/4 (Rachel Wahab 21 retired) lost to Northland 66/0

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THE HAVANA EATERY BAYWIDE T20 KICKS OFF THIS THURSDAY EVENING

Posted: Tuesday, 1 December 2020

 A new Baywide T20 Championship format, brought about by Covid 19 delaying the start of the current season, will introduce a short and sharp-five game schedule spread over the next ten weeks.

The revamped all-action competition is named The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 competition, which breaks with tradition with the qualifying rounds played mid-week, kicking off this Thursday (3 December 2020) night.

The nine Baywide premier teams, have been split into three qualifying pools based upon geographical locations, to keep travel distances to a minimum. Pool Two, groups Generation Homes Lake Taupo, with Bayleys Central Indians and Craigs Investment Partners Geyser - with Central Indians and Lake Taupo and hitting the state highway in round one and two.

Pool One accommodates Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Papamoa and Flying Mullet Te Puke, with Western Bay of Plenty near neigbours, Element IMF Cadets, Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College and Eves Realty Greerton making up pool three.

The qualifying pool play will be Thursday evening twilight cricket, with the semi-finals on Sunday 31 January 2021, before the Baywide T20 title decider at the Bay Oval on Friday 5th February 2021).

The nine previous Baywide T20 crowns, are led by Mount Maunganui with a trifecta of titles, with Tauranga Boys College and Rotorua Central winning back to back titles and Cadets rounding out the T20 honours.

Last season’s Baywide T20 Championship, was claimed by Mount Maunganui who defeated Greerton in a close-run contest. Mount Maunganui posted 132 for the loss of nine wickets, led by a sparkling 76 from Peter Drysdale. The Mount bowlers then restricted Greerton to 128/7, to lift aloft the T20 trophy in triumph. Mount Maunganui defeated Lake Taupo in the semi-finals with Greerton beating Te Puke to make the title decider.

This Thursday's T20 start, matches up Mount Maunganui with Papamoa, with Lake Taupo hosting Central Indians and Cadets at home at the Tauranga Domain to Tauranga Boys College.

The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Draw (Home team first)

3 December 2020 – Round One

Pool One: Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Papamoa; Flying Mullet Te Puke the bye.

Pool Two: Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Bayleys Central Indians; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye.

Pool Three: Element IMF Cadets v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College; Eves Realty Greerton the bye.

10 December 2020 - Round Two

Pool One: Flying Mullet Te Puke v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui; Papamoa the bye.

Pool Two: Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v Generation Homes Lake Taupo; Bayleys Central Indians the bye.

Pool Three: Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Eves Realty Greerton; Element IMF Cadets the bye.

14 January 2021 – Round Three

Pool One: Papamoa v Flying Mullet Te Puke; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye.

Pool Two: Bayleys Central Indians v Craigs Investment Partners Geyser; Generation Homes Lake Taupo the bye.

Pool Three: Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College the bye.

31 January 2021 – Semi-Finals

5 February 2021 – BOPCA Final @ Bay Oval

BOPCA Twenty 20 Champions

2019/20 (Mount Maunganui) 2018/19 (Mount Maunganui) 2017/18 (Mount Maunganui) 2016/17 not played - 2015/16 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2014/15 (Rotorua Central) 2013/14 (Rotorua Central) 2012/13 (Tauranga Boys College) 2011/12 (Tauranga Boys College) 

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ND JUNIOR SECONDARY TOURNAMENT DAILY RESULTS (Day Two - No Play)

Posted: Monday, 30 November 2020

ND Junior Secondary Tournament @ Gisborne 30th November – 4th December 2020

DAY TWO REPORT 1 DECEMBER 2020 - No play due to rain

DAY ONE REPORT 30 NOVEMBER 2020

Bay of Plenty Coastland opened their ND Junior Secondary campaign in Gisborne with two T20 victories on day one, albeit the second win, decided by the Duckworth Lewis formula for deciding rain affected matches.

First up, they posted 160/4 against Counties Manukau then restricted them to 125/8. Utsav Kumar and Ethan Chamberlain joint top scored with 30 runs, with Luke Scrimgeour and Jake Riley each taking three wickets.

The Coastland bowlers had Hamilton on the ropes in restricting them to 69/8 in the afternoon match, where Loughlin Keaney returned 3/8. The rain closed in, in the Coastland reply, with the Bay of Plenty sides 52 for the loss of a solitary wicket after six overs enough to give them the result. Ethan Chamberlain was again in good touch top scoring with a unbeaten 25 runs.

Bay of Plenty Lakeland failed to chase down the Waikato Valley target of 150 in game one. Individual Lakeland honours belonged to Zach Forster and Logan Agnew with two wickets and Ethan Staddon’s 20 runs.

A good performance by the Lakeland representatives in game two, when they posted 116/7, wasn’t enough as Northland comfortably reached their rain shorted target. Tom Yetsenga posted the best Bay of Plenty batting total on the opening days play, with 48 runs, with Sean Gapes reaching 25 before being dismissed.

ND Junior Secondary Tournament Results - Day One (30 November 2020)

T20 Round One

BOPCA Coastland 160/4 (Utsav Kumar 30, Ethan Chamberlain 30, Te Manewha Rikihana 24) defeated Counties Manukau 125/8 (Luke Scrimgeour 3/18, Jake Riley 3/31)

Waikato Valley 149/4 (Zach Forster 2/25, Logan Agnew 2/38) defeated BOPCA Lakeland 90/8 (Ethan Staddon 20)

T20 Round Two

Hamilton 69/8 (Loughlin Keaney 3/8, Logan Murray 2/13) lost to BOPCA Coastland 52/1(Ethan Chamberlain 25no) by DL formula

BOPCA Lakeland 116/7 (Tom Yetsenga 48, Sean Gapes 25) lost to Northland 33/0 by DL formula

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GREERTON OPENER BELTS BACK TO BACK CENTURIES

Posted: Sunday, 29 November 2020

Eves Realty Greerton opening batsman Tom MacRury belted his second Baywide century in eight days, to continue his teams unbeaten Bay of Plenty Cup run of form, against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser on Saturday (28 November 2020).

Greerton elected to bat, after winning the toss on their home strip at Pemberton Park, with MacRury quickly taking the attack to the Geyser bowlers. A second quick-fire three figure score, saw the Greerton opener smash 110 off 80 balls at a strike of 137 (per hundred balls). MacRury, put on a match winning opening stand of 141 with Taylor Bettelheim (32) with Nick Hendrie carrying on the momentum with 86 runs, as the hosts posted 331/6.

Geyser made a valiant attempt to chase down the big target, but were removed for 209, to give the competition leaders a 122 run win. Jasvinder Singh and Hayden Mitchell reached the thirties before dismissal, with Mitchell Rush grabbing four wickets for the winners.

A high scoring encounter that was on a knife-edge until a result was declared took place at the Te Puke Domain. Flying Mullet Te Puke batted first and set Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College a big target in reaching 256 for the loss of six wickets. Blair McKenzie, continued his run of form with the bat in top scoring with 94 runs, with veteran Tai Bridgman-Raison contributing a solid 75. Liam Collett took three wickets for 24 runs for Tauranga Boys.

Tauranga Boys weren't fazed by Te Puke's big score but it seemed the end was near when they fell to 227/8. However, Tim Pringle kept them in the match going on to finish with an unbeaten 96, with their last wicket falling just three runs short of victory.

The encounter between Generation Homes Lake Taupo and Papamoa, saw nineteen wickets fall in the day's play, before Papamoa got home with a solitary wicket to spare. Papamoa were chasing 216 for victory, after Habib Malik (64) and Caleb Bate (60) anchored   the Lake Taupo turn at bat. Reece Shelton was in superb touch with the ball taking five wickets for 27 runs.

Papamoa opener Andrew Goldsmith hammered a neat century of 89 balls, before his team squeezed home in the forty-sixth over to post back to back wins, to sit just two points from the top four.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui got their winning ways back on track with a solid win over Bayleys Central Indians in Rotorua. Mount skipper Ben Musgrave led the way,

with 68 runs in sides score of 236 for the loss of nine wickets. The home side fell 87 runs short of their target when they were bowled out for 150. Nadeera Nawela was in good touch with 66 runs to his name with David Hancock taking a four wicket bag for the winners.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Results 28 November 2020

Flying Mullet Te Puke 253/6 (Blair McKenzie 94, Tai Bridgman- Raison 75, Gareth Wallace 62no; Liam Collett 3/24) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 251 (Tim Pringle 96no, Charles Williams 36; Hamish Wilde 2/2)

Eves Realty Greerton 331/6 (Tom MacRury 110, Nick Hendrie 86; Ben Astwood 2/30) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 209 (Jasvinder Singh 34; Michael Rush 4/45)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 215 (Habib Malik 64, Caleb Bate 60; Reece Shelton 5/27, David Tuck 3/31) lost to Papamoa 218/9 (Andrew Goldsmith 100; Roger Urbahn 3/51)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 236/9 (Ben Musgrave 68; Stephen Nicholls 3/53) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 150 (Nadeera Nawela 66; David Hancock 4/31, Chris Atkinson 3/30)

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 39, Mount Maunganui 33, Te Puke 25, Cadets 20, Central Indians 20, Papamoa 18, Tauranga Boys College 16, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 6.

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Bay of Plenty Development Face Arch-Rivals Hamilton in Basil McBurney Trohy Action

Posted: Friday, 27 November 2020

The Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, enters the second match of the Basil McBurney Trophy competition, with a first-up season victory against Counties Manukau on their ledger card.

A changed ND Development schedule this season, will see the Bay of Plenty Second XI play three round robin encounters, before squaring of in the Finals series on the 28th February 2020.

This Sunday (29 November 2020) the Bay of Plenty representatives will hit the road to play long-time rivals Hamilton in the Garden City.

There are two changes from the side that defeated Counties Manukau two weeks ago, with Tauranga Boys College Liam Collett making his Bay of Plenty Development debut. Collett has been in good form with the bat in Baywide Premier competition and took seven wickets in the recently completed ND Gillette Cup Finals series. Habib Malik comes back into the side after sterling form in Baywide cricket

Lake Taupo opening batsman Michael Mitchell, will be playing his second game in the Bay Second XI uniform, after top scoring with an unbeaten 94 against Counties Manukau.

The Bay of Plenty side has been the team to beat in the last two seasons, under Coach Russell Williams, winning eight of their ten Basil McBurney games with just a solitary loss in each season. Two years ago the Bay side bounced back from a first up loss, to win four straight wins and take out the ND Development silverware – while last season,  a loss to weekends rivals Hamilton, resulted in a second place finish behind the Waikato City side.

Coach Williams said “We are really looking forward to playing Hamilton this Sunday, It’s always a great game and a good test for our lads. We were really good in patches against Counties two weeks ago, so the boys will be looking to execute a better performance this weekend and it will need to be. as Hamilton is always a quality team”.

A feature of last season Bay of Plenty Development team, was the batting firepower on display against Counties Manukau and Waikato Valley. Niven Dovey (145) and Daniel Price (137) posted a huge partnership, with both batsmen blasting big tons as the Bay posted 373 for the loss of eight wickets.

Some weeks prior to the big Waikato Valley win, Daniel Price (116) showcased his impressive batting credentials, when he combined with Jacob Logan (115) with the pair belting a century apiece against Counties Manukau. For good measure Taylor Bettelheim hit a neat century in a non-championship fixture against Hawkes Bay.

ND Development Competition Round Two – 29 November @ Galloway Park, Hamilton

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team v Hamilton

Niven Dovey (Captain) Michael Mitchell, Blair McKenzie, Daniel Price, Ben Vyver, Habib Malik, Cameron Riley, Iman Singh, Josh Earl, Liam Collett, Henry Conway, Craig Baldry.

Coach: Russell Williams                                    Manager: Shaun Riley

ND Development Program

Round Three – 14 February 2020 v Northland @ Counties Manukau Venue

Finals Playoffs – 28 February 2020 (Venue TBA)

ND Development 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)

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BOND & CO MOUNT MAUNGANUI LOOK TO GET BACK TO THEIR WINNING WAYS IN ROTORUA

Posted: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui who shared the competition lead heading into round five, will want to get their Bay of Plenty Cup title aspirations back on track, after being toweled up by Flying Mullet Te Puke last weekend.

This Saturday (28 November 2020) sees the current Baywide champion of champions, on the road to Smallbone Park in the Sulphur City, where Bayleys Central Indians await the opportunity to deal the visitors back to back losses.

Mount Maunganui at full strength are very hard to get past and have a strong batting lineup. Ben Musgrave leads the Bay of Plenty Cup batting stakes, with 234 runs, and can take a game away from the opposition when in full flight. Another to shine in early season action is Ben Pomare, who hit a match winning 77, for the Bay of Plenty representative side last weekend. Mount quick Chris Atkinson has produced the season best bowling figures taking five wickets for just 10 runs.

The Rotorua combined team also have plenty of batting firepower in their ranks. Captain Stephen Nicholls hits a big ball while Lovely Sandhu has been one of the form batsmen of the Baywide season. Veteran Central Indians bowler Andrew Gibbs is still rocketing the ball down and could trouble the visitors batting attack.

Competition leaders Eves Realty Greerton, take an unbeaten season record into their meeting with Craigs Investment partners Geyser, at Pemberton Park. Greerton all-rounder Lee Watkins sits in second place on the bowling statistics with nine wickets and is a more than handy lower order batsman.

Geyser skipper Cody Fell, knows how to lead his troops from the front and has a season highest score of 63 not out to his name. Joe O'Donoghue has taken a highly sought after five wicket bag, after returning 5/22 against Papamoa.

Papamoa will have their sight on back to back victories after posting their maiden Baywide win last weekend.   Ben Guild who has (cricket) experience in spades, led the way to his teams first Bay of Plenty Cup win points and is likely to be the danger man again, when Generation Homes Lake Taupo visit Alice Johnson Oval.

The Lake Taupo side has been a slow starter this season and Captain Habib Malik is sure to have his troops primed for battle in the Western Bay of Plenty.

A mid table clash will take part at the Te Puke Domain, where the home side meets Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, with both sides having a individual competition front-runner in their ranks. Te Puke bowler Cameron Riley is the leading

Bay of Plenty Cup bowler with ten wickets, while Tauranga Boys all-rounder Tim Pringle owns the seasons highest score of 118 runs.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw - 28 November 2020

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

Points Table: Greerton 33, Mount Maunganui 27, Cadets 20, Central Indians 20, Te Puke 19, Tauranga Boys College 16, Papamoa 12, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 6.

Bay of Plenty Cup Honours Board

Runs: 234 Ben Musgrave (Mount Maunganui) 214 Ben Guild (Papamoa) 204 Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton) – Season Highest Score 118 Tim Pringle (Tauranga Boys College)

Wickets: 10 Cameron Riley (Te Puke) 9 Lee Watkins (Greerton) 8 Chris Atkinson (Mount Maunganui) 8 Christian MacDonald (Te Puke) – Season Best Bowling 5/10 Chris Atkinson (Mount Maunganui)

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Bay of Plenty Earn Fergus Hickey Rosebowl First Innings Points at the Tauranga Domain

Posted: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty opened their ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl season campaign, with a hard fought first innings points win against Northland, at the Tauranga Domain over the weekend (21/22 November 2020).

Fergus Hickey representative cricket provides Northern Districts minor association players, with a different perspective of two day games, where the teams have time to build substantial innings and attack with various bowling options.

Two notable milestones were recorded as the Bay of Plenty team assembled to enter the combat zone. Bay of Plenty all-rounder Peter Drysdale took over the mantle of the most games in the Bay of Plenty uniform, of 106 matches, after sharing the record with Derek Beard over the winter break. Black Cap bowler Neil Wagner became Bay of Plenty representative player number 552, when he walked out on to the Tauranga Domain.

The team from the Far North won the toss and elected to bat. Northland opener Henry Cooper anchored his teams day one performance, with 116 runs, as his side reached 302/8 on the opening day's play. Cooper received plenty of assistance from Thorn Parkes (53) and James Banicevich (35).

Day two saw the Northland tail continent to wag, before being removed for 350, setting the home side a substantial target to take out first innings points. Peter Drysdale took three wickets for 53 runs, with Neil Wagner, Chris Atkinson and Brett Hampton finishing with two wickets apiece.

Bay of Plenty were 100 for the loss of three wickets when Black Cap Dean Brownlie arrived at the crease. The Bay number four was joined by Brett Hampton, with the pair putting together a 142 run partnership, with both batsmen removed for identical top scores of 94.

Norhland appeared in control, with the hosts at 244 for six wickets, when New Zealand under 19 wicket keeper Ben Pomare strode to the wicket. Pomare, took a responsible approach to his teams quest for the first innings points on offer, before hitting out. The Bay keeper, smacked 77 runs in a innings that contained nine 4's and three shots over the boundary ropes.

The dismissal of Pomare brought Neil Wagner and Dominic Crombie together who got their team over the line with the first ball of the 85th over.

The Northland encounter produced a BOPCA significant representative milestone, with Bharat Popli’s 30 runs taking him past the 3500 run mark, to edge closer to Mike Wright’s all-time record of 3950 runs.

The Fergus Hickey Rosebowl first innings points win, was a notable start for new Bay of Plenty representative coach in former Black Cap Daniel Flynn, in his first game in charge of the Bay of Plenty troops.

ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui21-22 November 2020

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

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Two Bay of Plenty Senior Secondary Teams Selected for Northern Districts Tournament

Posted: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

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

This season has seen a major change of venue, with the tournament shifting to a more central base in Rotorua from Gisborne, where it has been based in recent years. The ND Senior Secondary competition will be held 14th to the 18th December 2020.

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

Four further players, have been selected for the ND Invitational team which will again play in the annual tournament, which gives a further group of Bay of Plenty players the opportunity to showcase their skills, in Northern Districts representative competition.

Bay of Plenty Coastland, has a number of players in contention for the Northern Districts Under 19 team, which will play at the NZC National Tournament commencing 16th December 2020.

Because of the clash of dates, any players selected for the ND U19 team will be unavailable for the Coastland side. Contingency plans have seen a Coastland train-on group selected with a team reshuffle expected once the ND U19 side is announced.

ND Senior Secondary Tournament @ Rotorua 14-18 December 2020

Bay of Plenty 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

Bay of Plenty Coastland

Chris Mascall, Harrison Leach, Isaac White, Niven Dovey, Tim Pringle, Liam Collett, Tommaso Pini, Blake Pentecost, Spencer Wills, Finn O’Brien O’Loan, Ben Vyver, one to be added

Coach: Peter Swan                              Manager: Shaun Riley

ND Invitational Team

Rhys Newbury, Robert Ward, Kade Smit, Darcy Collett.

Coastland Train-On Group

Joe Smythe, Riley Brady, Harsh Patel, Mathew Ward, Jordan Smith.

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GRASSROOTS CHAMPIONS – Catching Up With Scott Curtis

Posted: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

In the first edition of Grassroots Champions in the 2020-21 season we catch up with Scott Curtis, who has packed plenty into his thirty-two years.

At just 15 years of age Scott, started coaching at his local club in Auckland for several years, before joining Auckland Cricket to deliver cricket sessions in primary schools. Two six months playing and coaching stints in the UK and studying “Sports Coaching” for four years, preceded a career change to coaching golf.

A Canadian OE in April 2019 came to an abrupt end in June 2020 due to Covid 19, with a return home. Appointment to coach and mentor the Tauranga Boys College Second XI in 2018, after four years of coaching golf - resumed this year on Scott’s return from Canada, with appointment as the TBC Cricket Development Coach encompassing all the schools cricket teams.

One person who has seen Scott’s ability to relate to the Tauranga Boys players is Humanities teacher and TBC First XI player/coach Tim Clarke. “In 2018 Scott had an instant impact on the boys and his calm yet competitive nature made him a valuable asset to our cricket pathwa”.

“This time around, Scott has taken up the role of TBC Cricket Development Coach. to provide a more substantial pathway to the TBC First XI and then into club cricket and beyond”. “He has been very successful in building relationships and organizing and taking meaningful trainings but more importantly has priotised the importance of having fun and contribution team performance. This will assist players to stay in the game and develop a passion for cricket”

What are your expectations as the TBC Development Coach - I don’t have any expectations. I’m looking to continue to learn and grow as a coach as I give the players the best opportunity I can to get out of cricket what they want.

What is your philosophy in mentoring and growing young players - I care deeply about helping people become versions of themselves. I want to do this while inspiring a love for cricket in a fun, safe environment where they can be authentic.

What are the similarities and differences in coaching cricket and golf - Both are very traditional sports which have been coached similarly for years, mainly technique focused. I want to change the mold and improve cricket skill, and not just technique. When it comes to coaching though, we are still coaching people, and we have to find out how we can best help each individual and what needs they have. The cricket (or golf) stuff is the easy part, it’s getting each player to be able to go out there with the freedom to be themselves that I love.

Tell us a little of your experience in bowling in the nets to some of the best players in the world- Between the ages of 17-22 I had the opportunity to bowl to the touring international teams at Eden Park. The only major team I didn’t bowl to was South Africa, so I’ve been lucky enough to bowl to some of the best players in the world. Some highlights include bowling with Brett Lee in a net to Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, and Matthew Hayden. Bowling to Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, and Brian Lara. Bowling with Ishant Sharma in an open wicket to Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with 200 Indian supporters watching on.

Tell us about your two cricket trips to the UK and any characters and week known players that you met - The club I played for in Auckland growing up had a relationship with a club in the north of Wales. I decided to head over there my first year out of school as a gap year. I went over there as an 18 year old and, looking back now, I was too young. In my first game I scored a 30 ball 50 and took 3/20. It was the worst thing that could have happened because I put far too much pressure on myself and set my expectations too high and had a dreadful season. It was a tough time cricket wise but I loved being in another country and experiencing a different way of life. I met some great people but some of my best memories are with the animals I encountered at my job at the Welsh Mountain Zoo. I got to jump on the back of a 14ft Alligator to help move it to a new enclosure, I got to pet the snakes, and I was the subject of a practical joke played by a chimpanzee.

Two years later, in 2009, I went and played for a club in Portsmouth. The cricket went far better this time with the highlight being scoring 200* in a 45 over game (one of the scorebooks only said 196 so I choose to go with the other book, lol). I also took the opportunity to travel around Europe at the end of that trip too.

Tell us about your trip to Canada and your work and leisure experiences while there - In April 2019 I went to Vancouver, Canada on a working holiday. I got a job working at Grouse Mountain as both a Zipline Guide and a Ropes Course Guide. It was awesome getting to ride the 455m zipline over a 70m canyon 3 times per day taking people from all over the world on tours. In the winter I took a job up the mountain as a Snow Shoe Tour Guide. This was incredible, getting to walk through the snow at night and hearing nothing but snow fall from trees in the distance. I fell in love with Ice Hockey and ended up buying all the gear and I was all set for my first game when Covid shut everything down. I also started learning to cook at the start of 2020, but due to Covid the kitchen closed and after trying to stick it out for a couple of months I decided it was best to head back to NZ in June.

What are your leisure and current activities outside cricket - I enjoy all sports. I love playing and studying poker, it teaches great lessons in decision making and acceptance. I am trying to teach myself to surf. I’m a massive fan of movies and don’t mind the odd video game either.

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PAPAMOA BREAK THROUGH FOR FIRST BAY OF PLENTY CUP WIN

Posted: Monday, 23 November 2020

Papamoa made their breakthrough first win in the Bay of Plenty Cup on Saturday (21 November 2020), after earning admission to Baywide cricket at the start of the 2020/21 season.

Papamoa won the toss and elected to bat, against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, at TBC headquarters at Nicholson Field. Papamoa openers Matt Horne and Andrew Goldsmith, got their side away to a good start with the first wicket falling with 40 runs on the board. Horne went on to post 34 runs before being dismissed - however it was the arrival of Ben Guild at the crease that set up the Papamoa victory.

Guild steadily built an innings that finished with an unbeaten 114 runs in the scorebook, which included eight 4's. Liam Collett was the best of the Tauranga Boys bowlers taking three wickets at a cost of 40 runs.

While Isaac White, Charles Williams and Liam Collett all reached the thirties before being dismissed, the Papamoa bowlers prevailed to remove their opponents for 181, to claim their first Baywide win. Reece Shelton took 3/34 for the victors.

A batting blitzkrieg, from Eves Realty Greerton master blaster Tom MacRury, took his side to an emphatic seven wicket victory against Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua combined team batted first and were bowled out for 182, with skipper Stephen Nicholls top scoring with a hard fought 63. Greerton bowler Lee Watkins impressed with four wickets for 21 runs.

Tom MacRury simply took control from the opening ball he faced, to blast 114 from just 59 balls, at an outstanding strike rate of 192 (per 100 balls). His assault on the home sides bowling attack contained twelve 4's and seven mighty heaves over the boundary. The Greerton opener received plenty of support from Brandon Laurenzi who posted 44 runs.

Bowlers from both sides dominated proceedings at Blake Park, where Flying Mullet Te Puke chased down the small target set by Bond & Co Mount Maunganui. Joint competition leaders Mount Maungnui, were bowled out for just 87 runs with David Hancock (24) the only batsman to reach the twenties. Cameron Riley was in top form with the ball grabbing four wickets for 18 runs.

The fall of the first wicket with just one on the board, brought Blair McKenzie to the crease, who proceeded to anchor the successful Te Puke reply. When McKenzie departed with 38 runs on the board, his team needed just four runs for the win points on offer, which took them to the cusp of the top four.

Element IMF Cadets had a successful road trip to the Great Lake region, where they dispatched Generation Homes Lake Taupo, by 71 runs. Cadets batted first and posted a solid target for the home side reaching 278 for the loss of six wickets. Marcel Collett led the way with 89 runs with Donovan Debble notching up a half century.

Lake Taupo top order batsman Michael Mitchell, who is currently in fine form at the batting crease top scored with 82. Three wicket hauls bags from Josh Dempsey and Cameron O'Dea did the damage as the Taupo representatives were bowled out for 207.

Bay of Plenty Cup Results - 21 November 2020

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 87 (David Hancock 24; Cameron Riley 4/18) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 89/6 (Blair McKenzie 38; Craig Baldry 2/1)

Papamoa 231/7 (Ben Guild 108no, Matt Horne 34; Liam Collett 3/40) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 181 (Isaac White 38, Charles Williams 34, Liam Collett 33; Reece Shelton 3/34)

Bayleys Central Indians 182 (Stephen Nicholls 63, Daniel Ford 37, Lee Watkins 4/21) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 184/3 (Tom MacRury 114, Brandon Laurenzi 44; Sam Lund 2/24)

Element IMF Cadets 278/6 (Marcel Collett 89, Donovan Deeble 53; Nathaniel Higgins 2/56) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 207 (Michael Mitchell 82; Josh Dempsey 3/31, Cameron O'Dea 3/41)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 33, Mount Maunganui 27, Cadets 20, Central Indians 20, Te Puke 19, Tauranga Boys College 16, Papamoa 12, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 6.

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Bay of Plenty Cup - Round 5 Preview

Posted: Thursday, 19 November 2020

Bayleys Central Indians, who sit in third place on the Bay of Plenty Cup standings, have a big test on Saturday (21 November 2020), when Eves Realty Greerton pay a visit to Smallbone Park to square off with the Rotorua combined side.

The Rotorua side have a settled combination in the last couple of seasons, with Lovely Sandu making solid contributions with the bat. Last weekend, Sandu was in good touch with a half century in his sides victory against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser.

A measure of a winning team, is the ability of individual players to dig deep when their side is in some trouble. Greerton number nine batsman Jared Tutty, worked hard to post 37 runs against Flying Mullet Te Puke in round four, which greatly assisted his side in setting a 200 run target.

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College have made a solid start to their Bay of Plenty Cup campaign, sitting in fourth position on the points ladder. The Tauranga students have batting firepower to burn, with Tim Pringle having posted a Bay of Plenty Cup century and Niven Dovey also in good form with his willow weapon.

Round Five sees Tauranga Boys hosting Papamoa at Nicholson Field. While the Papamoa side sit down the standings, they also have plenty of batting talent in their ranks. Former New Zealand representative Matt Horne has already made a solid contribution with the bat, while Ben Guild showed plenty of determination in hitting a solid 45 last Saturday.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui will want to retain their unbeaten season record, when they host Te Puke at Blake Park. Mount Maunganui stalwart Peter Drysdale is a long-time anchor of the Mount First XI and is still in sterling form with both bat and ball.

Te Puke have their own long-serving stalwart,  in top order batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison, who owns the Te Puke premier centuries title. When skipper Stephen Crossan and Bridgman-Raison take aim on the boundary, few Baywide bowlers can stem the flow of runs from the pair.

The beautiful Owen Delany Park in the Great Lake region, with host the match-up between Generation Homes Lake Taupo and Element IMF Cadets. Last Sunday, Lake Taupo top order batsman Michael Mitchell excelled in his Bay of Plenty Development debut with a unbeaten 94 runs against Counties Manukau.

Cadets have a new captain in the current season, with Andrew Mascall leading the Tauranga Domain based troops from the front to get amongst the runs in his sides four outings this spring.

Bay of Plenty Cup Draw - 21 November 2020

Bayleys Central Indians v Eve's Realty Greerton, Smallbone Park; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Flying Mullet Te Puke, Blake Park; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Papamoa, Nicholson Field; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Element IMF Cadets, Owen Delany Park; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye.

Points Table: Mount Maunganui 26, Greerton 26, Central Indians 19, Tauranga Boys College 15, Cadets 13, Te Puke 12, Papamoa 6, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 5.

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Development Men score solid win in Basil McBurney Competition

Posted: Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, opened their Northern Districts Basil McBurney campaign with a solid six wicket win against their Counties Manukau counterparts, on Sunday 15 November 2020 at the Bay Oval Mount Maunganui.

The visitors batted first and were bowled out for 191 with the third ball of the forty-fourth over. David Hancock making his Bay of Plenty second eleven debut, was the pick of the home sides bowlers with two wickets at a cost of 21 runs, with Craig Baldry also taking two Counties bowling scalps.

Taupo batsman Michael Mitchell, who was also making his Bay Development debut, opened the Bay of Plenty reply with a sterling display of defiance carrying his bat to a unbeaten 94 off 133 balls. Mitchell's attacking stance was rewarded with nine 4's.

Bay of Plenty Pathway Manager, Tai Bridgman-Raison, was pleased with how the three debutants performed, "Michael has been scoring consistent runs for Lake Taupo over the past two seasons and it is great to see him make the most of the opportunity. Sam Lund and Dave Hancock made solid contributions with the ball and all three players slotted into the team environment seamlessly". 

"Russell Williams is doing an exceptional job with this group and is a real asset for the association. This team provides a crucial step between age group cricket and men's district level representative cricket so having someone at helm with Russ's capability is vital for our local pathway".

New Zealand Under 19 batsman Fergus Lellman, combined with Mitchell to get the home side over the line with six wickets in hand, posting a unbeaten 45 runs.

ND Basil McBurney - 15 November 2020, Bay Oval Mount Maunganui

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

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Baywide Premier - Changes At The Top Of The Table

Posted: Monday, 16 November 2020

There was a changing of the guard in the Bay of Plenty Cup on Saturday (14 November 2020), with Bayleys Central Indians and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College moving into the top four, after both emerged victorious from their weekend cricket battles.

Tauranga Boys College batted first, against fellow Western Bay side Element IMF Cadets at the Tauranga Domain and posted their opponents a solid target after they were dismissed for 207. Niven Dovey was the shining light in the Tauranga Boys innings belting 82 runs at a run a ball. Fergus Lellam was the best of the home sides bowlers taking three wickets for 15 runs.

Cadets made a determined reply but were bowled out 14 runs short of victory. Fergus Lellman top scored with 39 runs, with fifth change bowler Charles Williams grabbing three wickets for the winners.

Central Indians were in the box seat after bowling Craigs Investment Partners Geyser out for 130, in the Rotorua local derby, after Geyser won the toss and elected to bat. A fighting knock of 32 from Nathan Harrison was the best of the Geyser batsmen, with Ryan Hall taking four wickets at a cost of just 11 runs.

A Lovely Sandu half-century took the Rotorua combined side home to victory with seven wickets to spare. Central Indians moved into third place on the standings and look genuine playoff contenders.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, kept their unbeaten start to the season intact, after a 84 run win against Papamoa. The Mount Maunganui top order went on the attack, with Bay of Plenty representative Ben Musgrave in good touch with 84 runs to his name. Tim Tomlinson and Ben Pomare both reached the sixties as the Mount posted 279 for the loss of four wickets.

Ben Guild dug in and posted the Papamoa teams top score of 45 as his team was bowled out for 185. The Mount wickets were shared around, with Henry Conway returning his sides best figures of 2/16.

Eves Realty Greerton joined Mount Maunganui at the top of the Bay of Plenty Cup standings, after setting Flying Mullet Te Puke a target of 200, then bowling them out for 94. Taylor Bettelheim and Jared Tutty, batting at nine,both reached the thirties with Cameron Riley and Iman Singh taking three wickets apiece for the home team.

Twenty-three runs from Gareth Wallace, told the tale of the coming and goings of the Te Puke batsman at the crease, as they were dismissed 106 runs short of their target. 

Bay of Plenty Cup Results 14 November 2020

Eve's Realty Greerton 199 (Taylor Bettelheim 38, Jared Tutty 37; Cameron Riley 3/39, Iman Singh 3/49) defeated Flying Mullet Te Puke 94 (Gareth Wallace 23, Lee Watkins 3/21)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 207 (Niven Dovey 82; Fergus Lellman 3/15) defeated Element IMF Cadets 194 (F Lellman 39; Charles Williams 3/32)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 279/4 (Ben Musgrave 84, Tim Tomlinson 65, Ben Pomare 60) defeated Papamoa (185 (Ben Guild 45; Henry Conway 2/16)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 130 (Nathan Harrison 32; Ryan Hall 4/11) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 133/3 (Lovely Sandhu 51)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo the bye

 

Points Table (Provisonal) Mount Maunganui 25, Greerton 25, Central Indians 18, Tauranga Boys College 15, Cadets 13, Te Puke 12, Papamoa 6, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 5.

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Bay of Plenty Cup - Round 4 Preview

Posted: Friday, 13 November 2020

A Rotorua local derby, will take place in the fourth stanza of the Bay of Plenty Cup on Saturday (14 November 2020), when Bayleys Central Indians square off with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC, at Smallbone Park.

The two sides come from different spectrums of Baywide premier cricket. Central Indians date back to the late 1940's  and 1950's, where the Central first eleven were a dominant force in regional premier cricket, with Rotorua Indian Sports also a long established cricket club. Geyser are one of the newcomers on the block in the premier ranks having joined the Baywide competition last season.

The weekends local cricket battle will see friendships temporarily forgotten on the field, as mate goes against mate to pick up the win points on offer - and bragging rights until the two sides meet again later in the season.

Two other close neighbours to square off on the weekend, are 2020 Baywide debutants Papamoa, who will host Bond & Co Mount Maunganui at the Alice Johnson Oval in Papamoa. The new recruits face a big challenge against the current Baywide champions of champions. Last weekend the old firm of Peter Drydale and Ben Musgrave anchored the Mount victory over arch rivals Element IMF Cadets.

This weekend, Cadets have home track advantage against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College at the Tauranga Domain. The Tauranga Boys side are sure to look to one of the Bay of Plenty Cricket young guns, in Tim Pringle, against Cadets. Last weekend Pringle blasted the highest score of the season with 118 runs and then took three wickets for good measure. 

A long-term rivalry will be resumed, when Eves Realty Greerton pay a visit to the Te Puke Domain to take on the the Flying Mullet Te Puke First X1. Both sides have plenty of firepower to burn with both bat and ball. The encounter will match up two century makers from last weekend, with Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie squaring of with Greerton run maker Taylor Bettelheim, in the chase for batting honours on the day.

Bay of Plenty Cup Draw -14 November 2020

Element IMF Cadets v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga Domain; Papamoa v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Alice Johnson Oval; Flying Mullet Te Puke v Eve's Realty Greerton, Te Puke Domain; Bayleys Central Indians v Craigs Investment Partners Geyser,Smallbone Park; Generation Homes Lake Taupo the bye.

Points Table: Mount Maunganui 19, Greerton 19, Cadets 13, Te Puke 12, Central Indians 12, Tauranga Boys College 9, Papamoa 6, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 5.

On Mon, 9 Nov 2020 at 11:35 AM, Barry Leabourn <leabourn738@gmail.com> wrote:

Completed Cadets v Mount Maunganui Result

Element IMF Cadets 191/9 (Andrew Mascall 55, Donovan Deeble 47; Dominic Crombie 3/34) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 198/7 (Ben Musgrave 84, Peter Drysdale 56; Donovan Deeble 4/36)

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THREE CENTURIES SET THE BAY OF PLENTY CUP ALIGHT

Posted: Monday, 9 November 2020

Three centuries set the Bay of Plenty Cup alight on Saturday (7 November 2020) - with Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College all-rounder Tim Pringle leading the way, smashing 118 runs, as his team reached 261/5 against Generation Homes Lake Taupo.

Batting first at home base at Nicholson Field, the Tauranga students lost two early wickets with just 15 runs on the board, bringing Pringle and Niven Dovey together. The two top order batsmen went to work on the visitors bowling attack and when Dovey fell with 69 runs to his name, the pair had put on 191 runs for the third wicket. 

Pringle, who was selected for the New Zealand Under 19 team against Australia last season, continued on to reach 118 before being removed. He was at the crease for 137 minutes, in an innings that produced eleven 4's and two big heaves over the boundary.

The Tauranga Boys century-maker showcased his all rounds talent, taking three wickets at a cost of 27 runs, as Lake Taupo were bowled out for 180. Caleb Bate was the best of the Great Lake region batting attack in top scoring with 54 runs.

Flying Mullet Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie, posted the second three figure score of the weekend, with an unbeaten 115 against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Batting at four, McKenzie was in sublime touch as his side set the Rotorua team a substantial target, reaching 294 for four wickets.

Geyser were never in the hunt, with Sathist Krishnamootly top score of 35 runs standing out like a bacon, as the visitors to the Te Puke Domain were removed for 106. The Te Puke wickets were shared around with Hamish Wilde producing the best return of 3/23.

Eve's Realty Greerton lost the toss and were asked to bat first in their match-up with Papamoa. Greerton opener Taylor Bettelheim controlled his sides momentum, carrying his bat in posting 107 not out, in his teams total of 220 for the loss of six wickets. Bettelheim took few risks in his turn at crease, with his three figure score coming from 157 balls. 

Papamoa opening batsman Andrew Goldsmith kept the reply ticking over before being removed for 55, with player/coach Matt Horne adding 40 runs, before his side was bowled out for 176. Greerton new recruit Mitchell Rush grabbed four wickets for 48 runs.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui joined Greerton on top of the standings when they defeated Element IMF Cadets by three wickets. Cadets batted first and posted 191 for the loss of nine wickets with skipper Andrew Mascall top scoring with 55 runs.

Mount opener Peter Drysdale gave his side a good start with a half century with Ben Musgrave batting at three top scoring with 84 runs. Donavan Deeble making return to Baywide cricket was the best of Cadets bowlers with four wickets as Mount Maunganui got home with eight over to spare.

Bay of Plenty Cup Round Three Results - 7 November 2020

Flying Mullet Te Puke 294/4 (Blair McKenzie 115no, Gareth Wallace 76; Josh Simpson 2/75) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC 106 (Sathist Krishnamoothy 35; Hamish Wilde 3/23)

Eves Realty Greerton 220/6 (Taylor Bettelheim 107no; Paul Inglis 3/41) defeated Papamoa (Andrew Goldsmith 55, Matt Horne 40; Mitchell Rush 4/48)

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 261/5 (Tim Pringle 118, Niven Dovey 69, Tim Clarke 23no, Liam Collett 24no) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 176 (Caleb Bate 54, Moko Rivers 38; Tim Pringle 3/27, Darcy Collett 2/33)

Element IMF Cadets 191/9 (Andrew Mascall 55, Donovan Deeble 47; Dominic Crombie 3/34) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 198/7 (Ben Musgrave 84, Peter Drysdale 56; Donovan Deeble 4/36)

Bayleys Central Indians the bye.

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 18, Mount Maunganui 18, Central Indians 12, Cadets 12, Te Puke 10, Tauranga Boys College 7, Geyser 5, Lake Taupo 5, Papamoa 5.

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WET WEATHER AGAIN ON THE HORIZON OF THE BAY OF PLENTY CUP THIS WEEKEND

Posted: Friday, 6 November 2020

For the second week in a row, the Bay of Plenty Cup sides look to have another battle with inclement weather conditions, after last weekends four games were eventually rained out.

Weather forecasts suggest that regions premier club players will spend plenty time on the sidelines on Saturday (7 November 2020), waiting for the weather to run its course.

The forecast rain could end one of the heavyweight contests of Baywide cricket, with Bond & Co Mount Maunganui scheduled to square off with arch-rivals Element IMF Cadets, at Blake Park.

Last season the two sides met on three occasions, with a dramatic tie grabbing the headlines, and Mount Maunganui taking out the two other encounters.

Cadets batted first when the two sides met in the preliminary T20 competition action, and posted their opponents a solid target, when they reached 148 for the loss of 5 wickets. Long-serving Mount Maunganui all-rounder Peter Drysdale anchored his sides reply, with a hard fought 84 runs, with the two teams being unable to be separated when Mount Maunganui posted 148/6.

Flying Mullet Te Puke will be hoping to get a turn at bat this weekend, after sitting out the first round bye, and then being denied a bat by the wet weather last week. Round three matches them up with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC, with the match scheduled for the Te Puke Domain.

Eves Realty Greerton, who has won three of the Bay of Plenty Cup titles since the Baywide prize was instigated in 2007, will be keen to take out the win points on offer when Papamoa pay a visit to Pemberton Park on Saturday. The premier team from the Tauranga City extremities has made a promising start to their inaugural Baywide season, with the weather gods likely to deny them further progression in round three.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo accept regular road trips as part and parcel of their Baywide campaigns, and will again hit the tar seal this weekend, when they travel to meet Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College in The Western Bay of Plenty.

Tauranga Boys enjoy the luxury of their own ground in the heart of Tauranga and the picturesque site, which is bordered with trees on one side, provide plenty of sheltered viewing during the summer heat.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw – 7 November 2020

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

Points Table: Mount Maunganui 12, Central Indians 12, Greerton 12, Cadets 12, Geyser 5, Lake Taupo 5, Papamoa 5, Te Puke 4, Tauranga Boys College 1.

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McNaughton Trophy Attracts Record Entries

Posted: Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Reserve Grade big prize of the McNaughton Trophy, has seen unprecedented entries in the current season, that has necessitated a cut-throat qualification round for two sides.

The McNaughton Trophy, was presented by Te Puke’s McNaughton family for Reserve Grade competition in the Western Bay of Plenty region - with the first winner engraved on the Reserve Grade prize, being Te Puke High School in the 1986/87 season. 

Around the start of the new Millennium, the McNaughton Trophy became a Bay of Plenty Cricket competition open to all Bay of Plenty Clubs Reserve Grade sides. At the time of writing, the (Rotorua) Central CC is the only side outside the Western Bay of Plenty to have their name is engraved on the McNaughton Trophy.

Today the Bay of Plenty Reserve Grade Championship is run under the stewardship of the Western Bay of Plenty Cricket Association. WBOPCA Cricket Manager Don Warner said “We are absolutely blown away with this seasons McNaughton entries of seventeen teams. The addition of a shootout to gain entry to the main draw, is an exciting addition to the time-honoured competition”.

“The McNaughton highlight in recent times, has been the playing of the title decider under lights at the Bay Oval. This has been possible through the generosity of Jared Carter and his Bay Oval team, to accommodate our wishes to play on the Bay of Plenty international stage”.

With seventeen entries, the only way forward to accommodate the record number of teams was a ballot for the qualification spots.

2019 McNaughton winners Papamoa have entered there Reserve Grade troops and a combined B Grade side, comprising members of their Wanderers and PapaOMA’s teams. Multiple McNaughton Trophy winners Mount Maunganui, have entered two sides, in an attempt to have their name engraved on the highly sought after cricket prize on ten occasions.

New Western Bay of Plenty Cricket recruits in Hawks Cricket Club have entered both their Reserve and B Grade representatives. Greerton has entered their two Reserve Grade sides, with the Greerton Reserves and Greerton Kings.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Cricket Club, has entered a team for the McNaughton competition for the second successive season, and will square off with Aquinas College in the round of 16 action, on Sunday 6th December at Rex Morepeth Park. Rotorua representatives Geyser CC have also drawn a home venue in their first game and will host Papamoa on the 6th December.

Other teams seeking to lift aloft the McNaughton Trophy aloft in triumph, are R&A Sangha, Katikati, Sikh CC, Cadets and Tauranga Boys College.

The competition will kick off prior to the first round of the main draw on the 6th December 2020, with a winner-take-all shootout, with the Papamoa Combined B Graders to meet Greerton Kings, with the winner to progress to the last 16.

2020-21 McNaughton Trophy Draw (Home Team First)

Before 6th December: Papamoa (B Grade) Combined v Greerton Kings.

December 6: R&A Sangha v Te Puke , Katikati v Sikh CC, Hawks CC v Mount Maunganui B, Cadets v Greerton. Hawks Two v Tauranga Boys College, Eastern Bay of Plenty CC v Aquinas College, Geyser v Papamoa, Mount Maunganui v Qualifier 1.

February 4: 2020-21 McNaughton Trophy Quarterfinals

February 28: 2020-21 McNaughton Trophy Semi-finals

March 2021: 2020-21 McNaughton Trophy Final @ Bay Oval, 4pm start

Bay of Plenty Cricket McNaughton Trophy Champions

2000/01 Mount Maunganui, 2001/02 Mount Maunganui, 2002/03 not played, 2003/04 Cadets, 2004/05 Cadets, 2005/06 Mount Maunganui, 2006/07 Mount Maunganui, 2007/08 Central, 2008/09 Cadets, 2009/10 Katikati, 2010/11 Mount Maunganui, 2011/12 Mount Maunganui, 2012/13 Katikati, 2013/14 Mount Maunganui, 2014/15 Katikati, 2015/16 R&A Sangha Raavi XI, 2016/17 R&A Sangha Raavi XI, 2018/19 Papamoa, 2018/20 R&A Sangha/Mount Maunganui - shared because of Covid 19.

Tauranga/Te Puke McNaughton Trophy Champions 

1986/87 Te Puke High School, 1987/88 Te Puke/Greerton, 1988/89 Te Puke High School, 1989/90 Greerton Colts, 1999/91 Eastern Districts, 1991/92 Te Puke, 1992/93 Mount Maunganui, 1993/94 Te Puke.

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Inclement Weather Wins The Battle With Bay of Plenty Cup Games

Posted: Monday, 2 November 2020

The patience and persistence of the Bay of Plenty Cup cricket players had to bow to the elements on Saturday (31 October 2920), with all four matches eventually abandoned after the participants were on and off the field, before the wet weather prevailed.

Papamoa, batted first against Craigs Investment Partners Geyer in Rotorua, in an encounter where the visitors tail wagged. In real trouble with just 127 runs on the board, with the last two batsmen at the crease - Reece Shelton (25no) and Ben Goodall (23) put on a 50 run tenth wicket partnership, to take their side through to a respectable 177.

Geyser bowler Joe O'Donoghue, was in sizzling form on a wet pitch taking five wickets at a cost of 22 runs. The inclement conditions intervened before the home team could bat with the two sides splitting the points on offer.

Eve's Realty Greerton posted the highest total of the abandoned matches, when they were dismissed for 253 with four balls remaining in their innings, against Element IMF Cadets. Brett Hampton top scored with 48, while New Greerton keeper Tim Burke made a solid contribution with 45 runs.

An extended lunch break, saw Cadets make a solid start before the players were driven from the field with the hosts at 57/1.

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui batted first against Generation Homes Lake Taupo, at Owen Delany Park in Taupo. Two Mount long serving players in Nick Smith and Ben Musgrave both posted 29 runs, with the home side bowlers in good form in restricting the visitors to 165 for the loss of eight wickets.

Lake Taupo had some difficulty in dealing with the wet conditions and were in trouble at 34 for the loss of six wickets, when the game was abandoned. Chris Atkinson and Henry Conway took three wickets apiece.

Bayleys Central Indians batted first against Flying Mullet Te Puke, and reached 113 for the loss of six wickets, when the game ground to a final halt in the twenty-second over. Individual honours were recorded by Nandeera Nawela (39) and Ben Sandford (30), with Christian MacDonald, Tasman Carsons and Cameron Riley each taking two wickets.

Bay of Plenty Cup Results – 31 October 2020

Eve's Realty Greerton 258 (Brett Hampton 48, T Burke 45; Fergus Lellman 2/28) - Element IMF  Cadets 57/1 (Marcel Collett 24no) match abandoned

Papamoa 177 (Reece Shelton 25no, Ben Goodall 23; Joe O'Donoghue 5/22) - Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC 0/0 match abandoned

Bayleys Central Indians 113/6 (Nandeera Nawela 39; Christian MacDonald2/5, Tasman Carsons 2/42, Cameron Riley 2/44) - Flying Mullet Te Puke 0/0 match abandoned

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 165/8 (Ben Musgrave 29, Nick Smith 29; AJ How 2/14, Nathan Higgins 2/25) Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 34/6 (Chris Atkinson 3/18, Henry Conway 3/15) match abandoned

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College the bye

Points Table (Provisional) Central Indians 11, Cadets 11, Mount Maunganui 11, Greerton 11, Papamoa 4, Geyser 4, Lake Taupo 4. Te Puke 3, Tauranga Boys College 1.

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Super Smash Kicks Off in Four Bay of Plenty Regions

Posted: Saturday, 31 October 2020

Bay of Plenty cricket stars of the future, will have the opportunity to take their first steps in the Bay of Plenty cricket pathway, with Super Smash Junior Cricket programs kicking off in four Bay of Plenty regions in term four and term one of the school year.

Super Smash Cricket utilises the New Zealand Cricket Super Stars programmes, which are a set of junior training sessions, that teaches the fundamentals of batting bowling and fielding in a fun environment, with easy to understand lessons.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward said “The Super Smash programme continues to gain in popularity and grow across the region. This season we have Super Smash hubs in all corners of the region, from Taupo, to Whakatane to Rotorua and all across the Western Bay of Plenty”.

“Super Smash hubs are organised by our awesome sub-associations and our local clubs, and we are now starting to have schools inquire about having hubs run at their school, which is great. The programme focuses on having fun first and foremost, whilst also providing kids with the skills they need to play more cricket in the future”.

Designed for boys and girls in their first four years of school, the Bay of Plenty Cricket Super Smash program, will run for six weeks in the last school term of 2020 and the first term of the new school year in 2021.

The Super Smash Program, is one of four levels in the Bay of Plenty Cricket Junior Development programme. The regions youngsters start out with the BOPCA Cricket Awareness Program in schools, with Super Smash and the BOPCA Junior Cricket Festivals the next two levels, before many participants move on to junior cricket competition play.

Cricket is a great team sport with a wide variety of roles for all children, no matter what gender, age or ability. Through the Bay of Plenty Cricket Super Smash sessions, the youngsters will develop skills, movement and techniques to enjoy the game.

The local boys and girls will be learning the rules of the of the game, as well as picking up the skills of bowling, batting, fielding and wicket keeping – so that hitting sixes, taking wickets and holding on to catches, are within the grasp of all involved,

Fun skills such as Rock n Bowl (basic bowling skills) Yes No Wait (learning batting calls) Fill up the Bucket (fielding) and Tee Line Drive (hitting a ball of a tee), not only make the skills session’s great fun, but also provide learning outcomes.

Further information is as simple as ringing Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward, on 027 257 4164.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Super Smash 2020-2021

                                                            Term Four                               Term One

Rotorua – Smallbone Park                  Start 29 October 20                Start 12 Feb 21

Eastern BOP – Rex Morepeth Park    Start 30 October 20                Start 19 Feb 21

Taupo – Owen Delany Park                Start 30 October 20                Start 12 Feb 21

Western Bay of Plenty

Pemberton Park                                   Start 30 October 20                Start 19 Feb 21

Gordon Spratt Reserve                       Start 29 October 20                Start 16 Feb 21

Fergusson Park                                    Start 31 October 20                Start 20 Feb 21

Blake Park                                           Start 30 October 20                Start 16 Feb 21

Tauranga Domain                                Start 30 October                     Start 19 Feb 21

Te Puke Domain                                 Start 27 October                     Start 16 Feb 21

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BAY OF PLENTY CUP SHOWDOWN TO TAKE PLACE AT THE TAURANGA DOMAIN

Posted: Friday, 30 October 2020

The big Bay of Plenty Cup round two showdown, will take place at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday (31 October 2020), where Element IMF Cadets will host Eves Realty Greerton.

Both sides have won multiple Bay of Plenty club cricket silverware since the dawn of the new millennium, and the two weekend contestants will be eager to grab maximum points, in the opening two rounds of the Baywide premier competition.

Last weekend, Cadets New Zealand Under 19 representative Fergus Lellman was in sublime touch with the bat belting 93 runs, which included five big blows over the boundary ropes. Another Cadets batsman to make a statement with his willow weapon, was newly minted skipper Andrew Mascall who finished with a half century to his name.

The visitors to the Tauranga Domain will also have plenty of firepower in their ranks. Taylor Bettlelheim, top scored with 57 runs against Generation Homes Lake Taupo last week and also took four wickets for good measure. Nick Hendrie, who travels from Poverty Bay each weekend, is a batsman of rare ability becoming the first batsman to post a century in each of the three Baywide competitions, last season.

Flying Mullett Te Puke, make their Bay of Plenty Cup entrance after sitting out the bye last weekend, when they square off with Bayleys Central Indians at the Te Puke Domain. Stephen Crossan will again lead his Te Puke troops in what remains an unchanged lineup from twelve months ago.

The Rotorua combined team made a good start to their Bay of Plenty Cup campaign in the opening round, with a seven wicket win against Papamoa. Ex ND batsman Bharat Popli, made an excellent start in his new role with the Rotorua team top scoring with a crisp 59 runs.

Baywide champion of champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, hit the road for their annual visit to the Great Lake region, where they will square off with Lake Taupo CC at Owen Delany Park. The Mount side harbour ambitions to become the first side to take out all three Baywide competitions in one season, with victory in Taupo a small step on their season agenda.

The Taupo Baywide representatives have made solid progress since their Baywide entrance three years ago. Led by skipper Habib Malik the home side will be looking to cause a big upset on their home track.

The two latest Baywide entrants, in Craigs Investment Partners Geyser and Papamoa, will have plenty to play for at Smallbone Park in the Geyser City. The winner of the contest will bank their first Bay of Plenty Cup points and more importantly give their side a real confidence boost for their up-coming Baywide assignments .

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw – 31 October 2020

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

Points Table: Central Indians 8, Cadets 8, Mount Maunganui 8, Greerton 8, Papamoa 1, Geyser 1, Tauranga Boys College 1, Lake Taupo 1. 

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Bay of Plenty Cricket Under 15 Girls Tournament a Fantastic Success

Posted: Tuesday, 27 October 2020

The second annual Bay of Plenty Cricket Under 15 Girls Invitational  tournament, was played under the usual Western Bay of Plenty Labour weekend outstanding weather, at Gordon Spratt Reserve on Saturday and Sunday (24/25 October 2020).

Bay of Plenty Cricket Women’s Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said “Thanks to all the teams who travelled to Papamoa to participate this weekend. It was great to see five female teams playing some quality cricket and having a good time”.

“This Labour Weekend tournament is a fantastic way to kick off our BOPCA female cricket programme.  This year with five teams, the focus is less on finding a winner but providing more playing opportunities for these female cricketers and this was definitely achieved with five rounds of play.”

Bay of Plenty Team: Sadie Stewart (Rotorua) Brittany Jenkins, Mackenzie Grant, Rachel Wahab, Aimee Unwin, Tazmin Rowland, Sofia Phillips, Tegan Price, Mya Clarke, Elle Archer, Amelia Harvey (Western Bay of Plenty)

BOPCA Under 15 Girls Invitational tournament 24/25 October 2020 - Results

Round One

Manawatu Tui 108/7 (Penny Lovegrove 30 retired) lost to Waikato Combined 111/6 (Eve Wolland 46 retired; Summer Lovegrove 4/12)

Bay of Plenty 106/4 lost to Manawatu Kereru 108/4 (Phoebe Monk 30 retired)

Round Two

Waikato Combined 85/2 (Eve Wolland 30 retired; Rachel Wahab 3/10) lost to Bay of Plenty 86/1 (Amelia Harvey 31 retired, Mya Clarke 21 retired)

Manawatu Kereru 129/2 (Abby Treder 36 retired, Gemma Lovewell 31 retired) defeated Cornwall CC 112/8 (Holly Lightbourne 32 retired)

Round Three

Cornwall CC 145/4 (Anika Todd 32 retired, Isabelle O’Connor 28 retired, Abigail Healey 23 retired) defeated Bay of Plenty 103/6 (Amelia Harvey 27 retired, Elle Archer 23 retired; Anika Todd 3/13)

Manawatu Kereru 108/8 (Abby Treder 39 retired, Kaitlin Murphy 21; Bridie McFazdean 3/24) defeated Manawatu Tui 60/8

Round Four

Cornwall CC 88/7 (Isabelle O’Connor 26 retired, Anika Todd 25) defeated Waikato Combined 76/6

Manawatu Tui 78/6 (Bridie McFazdean 38 retired) lost to Bay of Plenty

Round Five

Manawatu Kereru 138/1 (Paige Stewart 37 retired, Phoebe Mark 31 retired) defeated Waikato Combined 87/7

Manawatu Tui 73/7 (Summer Lovegrove 21) lost to Cornwall CC 74/0 Maddie Highbree 30 retired, Isabelle O’Connor 22no)

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI LAY DOWN THE GAUNTLET TO THE OTHER BAY OF PLENTY CUP CONTENDERS

Posted: Sunday, 25 October 2020

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui laid down the gauntlet to the other contenders, in the opening round on Saturday (24 October 2020), when they comprehensively defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College.

Batting first on their home track at Blake Park, the hosts posted a very solid 225 for the loss of six wickets. Matt Golding who was captaining the Mount premiers for the first time, led from the front with a unbeaten 44 runs, with New Zealand Under 19 player Ben Pomare reaching 40 before being dismissed. Tauranga Boys bowler Riley Brady took two wickets for 24 runs.

Bay of Plenty quick Chris Atkinson, grabbed the first five wicket bag of the new Baywide season, taking five bowling scalps at a cost of just 10 runs. Tauranga Boys skipper Niven Dovey put up some dogged resistance for a time, with 30 runs, before his side was removed for 74 to hand the home side a big 151 run win.

Bayleys Central Indians, flew the flag victory for the two Rotorua teams in the competition, when they beat Baywide new entrants Papamoa by seven wickets. Papamoa batted first and were bowled out for 135, with former Black Cap Matt Horne top scoring with 25 runs. Aaron Bennett took three wickets for just 4 runs for the visitors.

Bharat Popli, who has returned to the Central Indians fold as player/coach led the way with a 59 runs, while skipper Steve Nicholls chipped in with a solid 34.

Eve's Realty Greerton, had a good tussle with Generation Homes Lake Taupo, before prevailing at home base at Pemberton Park. The Great Lake visitors batted first and were dismissed for 166. Batting at three, Michael Mitchell top scored with a gritty 60. Taylor Bettelheim showed that he is developing into a genuine all-rounder, grabbing four wickets at a cost of twenty runs, with long-time Greerton captain Shane Wineti taking three wickets.

A fighting knock of 57 from Taylor Bettelheim anchored the Greerton five wicket victory, while Tom MacRury smote a couple of big shots over the boundary in his 26 runs.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, put up a defiant performance against Element IMF Cadets at Smallbone Park before tasting defeat. Batting first, the Rotorua team reached 217 for the loss of seven wickets. Cody Fell who had his side’s Baywide captaincy role for first time, led his troops from the front with 73 runs, while James McCabe grabbed three wickets for the Western Bay of Plenty visitors.

Cadets were made to fight hard for the win points on offer, in losing seven wickets on the way to victory. Last season’s New Zealand Under 19 batsman Fergus Lellman was in magnificent touch, as he worked his way to the weekend’s top score of 93 runs. Cadets new skipper Andrew Mascall also worked hard to finish with a half-century to his name.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup 24 October 2020 – Round One Results

Papamoa 135 (Matt Horne 25; Aaron Bennett 3/ 4) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 136/3 (Bharat Popli 59, Steve Nicholls 34)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 218/7 (Cody Fell 73 Liam Kelly 37; James McCabe 3/27) lost to Element IMF Cadets 222/7 (Fergus Lellman 93, Andrew Mascall 56; Sathish Krishnamoothy 2/25)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 225/6 (Matt Golding 44no, Ben Pomare 40; Riley Brady 2/24) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 74 (Niven Dovey 30; Chris Atkinson 5/10)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 166 (Michael Mitchell 60, Caleb Bate 31; Taylor Bettelheim 4/20, Shane Wineti 3/34) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 167/5 (T Bettelheim 57, Tom MacRury 26; Moko Rivers 2/44)

Flying Mullett Te Puke the bye

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

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Bay of Plenty Host Four Visiting Under 15 Girls Representative Teams

Posted: Friday, 23 October 2020

Labour weekend heralds the start of the Bay of Plenty Cricket Girls representative program, with Bay Cricket hosting the second annual BOPCA Under 15 Girls tournament, at Gordon Spratt Reserve in Papamoa.

Last years runner-up Cornwall CC from Auckland, along with a combined Waikato team and two Manawatu sides will join the hosts in two days of Under 15 Girls Competition.

Two Junior Girls tournaments and the ND Secondary Schoolgirls tournament, set a busy start to the Bay of Plenty Cricket young women's representative program. Bay of Plenty Cricket Women's Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said "Our Junior girls have a busy start to the season, with most participating in the Labour Weekend invitational and then the ND Kaipara tournament in late November". "

"The Bay of Plenty Secondary School Girls are heading to Cambridge this year for their ND tournament, one that was traditionally held here in Tauranga.  A trip away will be a nice change for this group. Bay of Plenty has a good representation of players involved in the ND pathway and we hope that this will continue.” 

Twelve months ago, the Bay of Plenty representatives won the inaugural BOPCA Under 15 Girls tournament. In preliminary play, the home side posted three out of three wins before going on to defeat the Cornwall CC team in the title decider. This year with five teams, the focus is less on finding a winner, but more about providing playing opportunities for young female cricketers.

Last year the hosts were set a substantial target when the Auckland visitors posted 112 runs for the loss of five wickets. Undeterred by the large target, the Bay side settled to their task in earnest and got home for the loss of four wickets. Mya Clarke, who is returning for her second Papamoa representative tournament top scored with 34 runs.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Under 15 Invitational tournament 24/25 October 2020 @ Gordon Spratt Reserve

Teams: Bay of Plenty, Manawatu Tui, Manawatu Kereru, Cornwall CC (Auckland) Waikato Combined (Hamilton/Waikato Valley)

Bay of Plenty Team: Sadie Stewart (Rotorua) Brittany Jenkins, Mackenzie Grant, Rachel Wahab, Aimee Unwin, Tazmin Rowland, Sofia Phillips, Tegan Price, Mya Clarke, Elle Archer, Amelia Harvey (Western Bay of Plenty)

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PAPAMOA MAKE THEIR BAYWIDE ENTRANCE AT THE ALICE JOHNSTON OVAL ON SATURDAY

Posted: Thursday, 22 October 2020

The Alice Johnston Oval at the Gordon Spratt Reserve, will host the Papamoa grass wicket's first Baywide premier cricket match on Saturday (24 October 2020), when Papamoa makes its entrance in the Bay of Plenty Cup.

The Papamoa Cricket Club, have done the hard yards both on and off the field since they were established in 2017, to be promoted to Baywide cricket in just three seasons. The appointment of former Black Cap Matt Horne as player/coach, will give the new Baywide recruits a wealth of experience to draw on during the summer.

Squaring off with Papamoa are Bayleys Central Indians, who will hit the tar-seal from Rotorua to face the Baywide debutants. The combined side will again have hard hitting Steve Nicholls leading his troops from the front. Nicholls had a sterling 2019/20 season with the bat, as he blasted over 700 runs that included a highest score of 126 not out. The Rotorua skipper also showed his all round ability, taking 22 wickets with best bowling figures of 6/18.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Bond &Co Mount Maunganui, will have home track advantage when they meet Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College at Blake Park. The Mount side has had a change of captain, with 13 season Mount veteran Matt Golding taking over from long-time skipper Dale Swan.

Tauranga Boys, will again have former Bay of Plenty representative wicket keeper Tim Clarke continuing his role as player/coach, with fellow Tauranga Boys teacher Charles Williams returning to the First XI. Niven Dovey will captain the team in the first half of the season.

Eve's Realty Greerton, have their sights on the Baywide cricket first prize of the season, after finishing as the competition runner-up last season. There have been the some coming and goings in the player ranks, with ex Canterbury  Major Association batsman Tom MacRury back in the Greerton uniform.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo will make the first of their regular road trips to the Western Bay of Plenty, when they play Greerton at Pemberton Park. The Great Lake side made solid progress last season, with a top four spot in the Baywide T20 competition a team highlight.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC, who made their Bay of Plenty Cup entrance just twelve months ago, will be looking to consolidate their gains from their first season in the Baywide cricket ranks. They will host multiple Baywide titleholders Element IMF Cadets at Smallbone Park.

Cadets will have a new face lead them out on Saturday, with Andrew Mascall taking the reins from long-time Cadets stalwart Jono Boult.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw Round One – 24 October 2020

Papamoa v Bayleys Central Indians, Alice Johnston Oval; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC v Element IMF Cadets, Smallbone Park; Eves Realty Greerton v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Pemberton Park; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Blake Park; Flying Mullett Te Puke the bye.

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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Cricket’s Back at the Bay Oval a Huge Success

Posted: Monday, 19 October 2020

An enthusiastic bunch of young cricket stars of the future descended on the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui to celebrate "Cricket's Back", which was a New Zealand Cricket initiative to celebrate the arrival of the new cricket season, on Saturday (17 October 2020) afternoon.

The day was put together by Bay of Plenty Cricket with strong support from Northern Districts Cricket. Cricket stars profile was provided by the attendance of Black Cap Dean Brownlie and ND all-rounder Brett Randell, who were a hit with the youngsters signing autographs and helping out  at the activity stations.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward said “We wanted to celebrate summer and our cricket season by putting on a fun and exciting event for our community. We’ve had amazing support from ND Cricket, as well as New Zealand Cricket who have been supporting other Cricket’s Back events around the country. It was great to see so many enthusiastic kids and their families here taking part, enjoying themselves and going home excited about cricket. We hope it is just the start of a great summer of cricket in the Bay”.

The ND fan frame received plenty of attention with a line of youngsters waiting to have their photo taken. Another popular attraction, was the free raffle where the junior and potential cricket players had to bowl a ball into a net, to go in the draw for a Black Cap shirt and NZ Cricket giveaways.

The main attraction on the Bay Oval field was the blow-up cricket nets, where the youngsters were bowling to their contemporaries, who attempted to smash the ball out of the park. There was a ND speed radar operating for a while until disrupted by the wind.

Mount Maunganui Junior Cricket President Darryn Holmes who was on hand to assist at the nets said "there was a continuous line to have a go throughout the afternoon. I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the kids who hadn't played cricket before, who quickly picked up basic skills". "There was also plenty of talent on display from the young cricket players on hand".

Other activity stations included a Women's World Cup mini game promotion, along with a batting station. Colouring-in of cricket posters proved popular, with More FM promoting their companies involvement with the great game this summer.

Each young player and potential player, received a cricket goody bag which contained a activity booklet, cricket flyer and cricket stickers.

We will leave the last word to a helper on the day in Warren Leabourn, who summed up his reasons for the success of the day up in three words – enthusiasm, potential, skill.

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BAYWIDE CRICKET SEASON KICKS OFF WITH THE BAY OF PLENTY CUP

Posted: Sunday, 18 October 2020

The phony wars of pre-season matches are over and the Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide season finally springs into life, on Saturday 24th October 2020, when the opening round of the Bay of Plenty Cup kicks off.

The major casualty as nine Baywide teams start their 2020/01 season campaigns, are several of last years overseas players who are unable to return to pick up where they left off last season, due to Covid 19 entry restrictions.

All eyes will be on Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, who won the prestigious Hart Family trophy (Baywide champion of champions), after they nearly swept the board in three Baywide competitions.

Mount Maunganui success in the Bay of Plenty Cup and Baywide T20, saw the Baywide trifecta thwarted when the Mount side finished second on run-rate countback, when the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup playoffs were abandoned because of Covid 19.

A Mount Maunganui change of captaincy from longtime skipper Dale Swan to Matt Golding, won’t dilute the experience at the top, with Golding having been a Mount Maunganui premier player  for thirteen seasons. The Mount Maunganui coming and goings, will see David Hancock and Niven Dovey (mid-season) arrive and Dan Smith and Ben Guild move to new Baywide recruits Papamoa.

Snapping at Mount Maungani’s heels throughout last season, were Eves Realty Greerton, who chased the Blake Park based side home in the Bay of Plenty Cup and Baywide T20 competitions. The Pemberton Park based side won the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on count-back after Greerton, Mount Maunganui and Cadets were tied on equal points at the end of the regular season.

Three new Greerton recruits of Tim Burke (Auckland) Brandan Laurenzi (Auckland) and Mitchell Rush (Wellington), are expected to bring plenty of firepower to the team and counter the loss of Josh Bates, Tom Renouf, Henry Collier, Bruce Kerr and Pip Thickpenny.

Multiple Baywide champions Element IMF Cadets have rung the changes with several extremely promising youngsters, to counter the loss of Cadets legend Jono Boult and Jacob Logan. Andrew Mascall will step into the captains role vacated by Jono Boult, while second generation Cadets premier players Carson and Spencer Wills have joined the side.

Other new Cadets faces are Jamie McCabe from Ireland, along with Luke McConaghty from Palmerston North, with Dandre du Plessis returning to the Tauranga Domain.

Arguably the most improved side in Baywide cricket last season was Generation Homes Lake Taupo, who where the Bay of Plenty Plate runner-up and made the playoffs in the Baywide T20 finishing third equal. One Lake Taupo casualty has been last seasons star all-rounder, Drew Brierley, unable to return from the Northern Hemisphere because of Covid 19.

Habib Malik will continue to captain the team since being appointed in 2018, with several local players being given the opportunity to step up to the premier ranks for the first time.

Another to impress last season was Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. The Tauranga Boys side won the Bay of Plenty Plate and qualified for the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup playoffs. The Western Bay secondary schools highlight last season was making the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup top four, with this years agenda top four finish’s in all three competitions.

Tauranga Boys always face a mid-season challenge with term-four school leavers leaving vacancies on the TBC First XI pathway. Tim Clarke returns as Player/Coach and will have support from fellow TBC staff member Charles Williams and the occasional appearance from Jason Spice.

The Te Puke Cricket Club dates back to the early days of the sport in the Bay of Plenty, having been first established in 1887, with the first recorded match between Te Puke and Tauranga teams played in 1884.

Stability will be the key to success for The Flying Mullett Te Puke premier side this season, with Stephen Crossan again cemented as the teams captain and an unchanged line-up in the Te Puke First XI. The Te Puke side always target the time-honoured Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup as their primary target each year, with the Te Puke Domain based unit holding the record of 16 titles, since their first victory in the 1938/39 season.

The combined Bayleys Central Indians team, has deep roots that trace back to the Central CC formed in the late 1940s and the Indian Sports Club established in a similar vintage. The big news in their player ranks is the return of Bharat Popli to the team as player/coach.

Bharat Popli played 46 first class matches since his ND debut in December 2013, scoring 2779 runs with three centuries and a highest score of 172. While numerous accolades have flown thick and fast in his time in the middle, the 2015/16 season was his career highlight, being named the NZ Cricket Domestic Player of the Year. Some 1149 runs at an outstanding average of 65.78 testified to his outstanding season achievements.

Steve Nicholls will again lead the Rotorua combined side troops, with Dan Ford and Ryan Hill joining Bharat Popli as new team acquisitions, while Parv Mehta is the only player loss.

The Geyser Cricket Club made a solid start to their first season in the Baywide cricket competitions last season. Covid 19 claimed another overseas player with Sam Kershaw having to return home to England.

The progress that Geyser made during the summer, is shown by individual player performances in the season ending Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup. Sam Kershaw was the number one batsmen with 414 runs, which included two centuries. Other Geyser players to figure in prominent positions on the individual statistics, were Josh Simpson who took 15 bowling scalps with best figures of 5/42 and Joe O’Donoghue taking nine wickets.

Papamoa are the new boys on the block in making their Baywide competition debut in the new cricket year. A Papamoa Cricket Club spokesman, said history would suggest that most new teams take a couple of years to find their feet in Bay of Plenty premier cricket. The Papamoa expectations are centered on continually improving each week and being competitive against all other contenders.

Former Black Cap Matt Horne, who numbered 35 Tests and 50 ODI’s, will coach and play in the new Baywide side, with former Bay of Plenty representative players in Mitchell Sweetman and Mark Divehall also bringing experience in spades to the new team.

BOPCA BAYWIDE TEAM DETAILS 2020-2021

Element IMF Cadets

Home Ground: Tauranga Domain

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Bay of Plenty Cup third equal. Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup third place (on count-back due to Covid 19).

Player Gains: Carson Wills, Spencer Wills, Jamie McCabe (Ireland) Luke McConaghty (Palmerston North) Dandre Du Plessis (returning to Cadets)

Player Losses: Jono Boult, Jacob Logan

Captain: Andrew Mascall

 

Eves Realty Greerton

Home Ground: Pemberton Park

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Champions, Bay of Plenty Cup runner-up, Baywide T20 runner-up.

Player Gains: Tim Burke (Auckland) Brandan Laurenzi (Auckland) Mitchell Rush (Wellington) Tom MacRury returning from Christchurch.

Player Losses: Josh Bates, Tom Renouf, Henry Collier, Bruce Kerr, Pip Thickpenny

Captain: Shane Wineti

 

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui

Home Ground: Blake Park

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Baywide Champion of Champions, Bay of Plenty Cup Champions, Baywide T20 Champions, Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup runner-up (on count-back due to Covid 19).

Player Gains: Niven Dovey (After completing commitments with TBC) David Hancock

Player Losses: Daniel Smith (Papamoa) Ben Guild (Papamoa)

Captain: Matt Golding

 

Bayleys Central-Indians

Home Ground: Smallbone Park/Boord Park

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Bay of Plenty Plate third equal.

Player Gains: Bharat  Popli, Dan Ford, Ryan Hall

Player Losses: Parv Mehta

Captain: Steve Nicholls

 

The Flying Mullett Te Puke

Home Ground: Te Puke Domain

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Bay of Plenty Cup third equal, Baywide T20 third equal.

Player Gains: Nil

Player Losses: Nil

Captain: Stephen Crossan                                 Coach: Peter Swan

 

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College

Home Ground: Nicholson Field

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Bay of Plenty Plate Champion, Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup fourth place.

Player Gains: TBC Cricket Pathway

Player Losses: Kieran New

Captain:  Niven Dovey                                 Player/Coach: Tim Clarke

 

Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC

Home Ground: Owen Delaney Park

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Bay of Plenty Plate runner-up, Baywide T20 third equal.

Player Gains: Several local players stepping up to premier cricket.

Player Losses: Drew Brierley (last year overseas player unable to return because of Covid 19)

Captain: Habib Malik

 

Geyser City Sports

Home Ground: Smallbone/Boord Park

2019/20 Top Four Finishes: Bay of Plenty Plate third equal

Player Gains: Nil

Player Losses: Sam Kershaw (returned to England)

Captain: Cody Fell

 

Papamoa Cricket Club

Home Ground: Alice Johnson Oval @ Gordon Spratt Reserve

Playing Squad: Andrew Goldsmith, Ashish Dhameliya, Ben Guild, Dave Tuck, Deon van Blerk, George Howard, George Moore, Guy Wilkins, Mark Divehall. Matt Horne, Mitchell Sweetman, Paul Inglis, Reese Shilton, Ryan Balsom.

Captain: Paul Inglis                               Coach: Matt Horne

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CRICKET EXPRESS Lake Taupo T20 Tournament Returns to Owen Delany Park

Posted: Thursday, 15 October 2020

The highly anticipated Cricket Express Lake Taupo Spring Invitational is set to make a triumphant return this October as eight sides from around the North Island will collide at Owen Delany Park, for a weekend of action-packed T20 cricket. 

Following the uncertainty of the last few months, Generation Homes Lake Taupō Cricket Club is proud to announce the tournament will be going ahead this year, with a big player in the sports retail sector putting their name behind the tournament.  Lake Taupo CC Committee member, Blaine Inch, said after last year’s success, “the club was looking to promote the game in a positive manner by putting on a spectacle of cricket, as well as build long standing relationships with local businesses and cricket clubs from other associations that we normally don’t get the opportunity to meet up with.”

After the inaugural 4 team tournament held at Owen Delany Park last September, this year’s Cup will be bigger and better than ever. Not only have tournament organisers doubled the teams battling it out for the top prize, but they have also secured the support of sports retailer Cricket Express as their primary sponsors for the weekend tournament.

Cricket Express National Retail Manager, Jarrod Wrigley, said “We are very excited to be partnering with the Lake Taupo Cricket Club as Platinum Sponsor for this awesome new tournament and as avid supporters of grass roots cricket, We thank everyone involved and appreciate all of the time and effort that has been put into creating and building such a great tournament.”

This year, clubs from the Hawkes Bay, Bay of Plenty, New Plymouth, Hamilton and Counties Manukau are all confirmed to attend, including last year’s champions Taradale who were first to accept the invitation to return. Taradale captain Luke Kenworthy commented “ We are really looking forward to returning again this year. After last year’s experience, it’s something that has been in the works and on the calendar since then. T20 cricket is a great opportunity to get everyone into the season and it’s a format we play a lot of in Hawke’s Bay. A fun trip to Taupo is an awesome way to start the season and we’re hoping to put out another good performance this year!”

Lake Taupo CC is looking to also create exposure for players and local businesses that help sponsor the weekend spectacle. As Inch points out, “top-level cricket tournaments we host here in Taupo are usually held during the week which is not ideal for spectators or sponsors. This carnival-type weekend of cricket will have 12 games of premier grade action, so it’s an ideal spectacle for aspiring young Taupo cricketers.” 

“Lake Taupo Cricket Club have put a large emphasis on the pathway we have set for the youth cricketers coming the junior ranks as it’s the whole reason we formed this club four years ago. After gaining promotion to the Baywide Premier Grade in 2017, we can now give the talented kids of this town a pathway through to representative cricket. Not only can we do that by our involvement in coaching Taupo’s youth cricketers, but also through initiatives like this where we can offer these youngsters the unique opportunity to be involved in a top-level tournament.”

Cricket Express Lake Taupo T20 Tournament

Date: 17th/18th October

Venue: Owen Delany Park, Taupo

Start: 11am

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Big Hitters Take Centre Stage at BOPCA RYAN+ALEXANDER Golf Day

Posted: Thursday, 15 October 2020

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Ryan+Alexander Consultancy Ltd Golf Day played at the Te Puke Golf Club on Friday 9th October 2020, was a outstanding success, with a maximum field of 136 players lining up for the shotgun start.

The purpose of the day, was to raise funds to assist with the delivery of the Bay of Plenty Cricket junior cricket programs in the coming season. The money raised will help deliver the Superstars skills program, The GoGirl program and the hugely popular BOPCA Festival Days held in all four Bay of Plenty Cricket regions.

The field was made up a good mix of former and present players that included Black Caps Neil Wagner, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeet Raval, Dean Brownie along with former New Zealand stars in Gareth Hopkins, Daniel Flynn and Mathew Hart. Current and former Northern Districts players included Joe Carter, Brett Hampton, Brett Randell, Bharat Popli and Jono Boult.

Past Bay players were led off by centurions Mike Wright and Derek Beard, along with Paul Wills, Ben Christensen, Campbell Wilson, Daniel Hill, Tony Goodin and Andrew Hoogstraten.

A myriad of sponsors, cricket administrators and cricket fans completed the field and were amongst the keen bidders of the sporting memorabilia, which was auctioned off at the prizegiving to assist with the cause. The memorabilia auction included items signed by golfer Ryan Fox, All Blacks, Dan Carter, The Knights and Northern Spirit cricket teams, Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson and Neil Wagner.

Two big hitters of the cricket ball in Colin de Grandhomme and Brett Hampton took out the long drive competitions, with Ben Christensen and Janice Fraser winning the nearest the pin prizes.

The Seeka four-man team of Paul Crone, Hayden White, Marlon Cosmas and Heath Camins won the teams trophy, with Lawrence Young, Roy Davidson, Hamish Coleman and Mathew Johansen from Craigs Investment Partners finishing in second place.

The highly sort after Cricket Club teams trophy (and twelve months of bragging rights) was earned by the Mount Maunganui CC side of Daniel Hill, Tony Goodin, Andrew Hoogstraten and Matt Golding.

BOPCA Ryan+Alexander Consultancy Ltd Golf Day - Prize Winners

Bayleys Longest Drive: Colin De Grandhomme

Christies Flooring Longest Drive: Brett Hampton

Men’s Closest to the Pin: Ben Christensen 

Ladies Closest to the Pin: Janice Fraser

Team Winners: Seeka – Paul Crone, Hayden White, Marlon Cosmas, Heath Camins

Runners Up: Craigs Investment Partners – Lawrence Young, Roy Davidson, Hamish Coleman, Matthew Johansen

Cricket Club Team Trophy: Mount CC – Daniel Hill, Tony Goodin, Andrew Hoogstraten, Matt Golding.

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Tauranga Boys College Win Inaugural CHANCE CARS Geyser Cup

Posted: Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, won the inaugural Chance Cars Geyser Cup invitational cricket tournament played over the weekend (10/11 October 2020), when they defeated Bayleys Central Indians, in the title decider.

Tauranga Boys and Rotorua's Central Indians, were joined by Geyser Cricket Club and Hawkes Bay visitors Taradale, for two rounds of T20 competition at Smallbone and Boord Parks on day one.

The Tauranga students and Central Indians emerged with two wins apiece from the T20 shootouts, with the two victors moving directly to a 40 over final on day two. Geyser City and Taradale played off for third place in a 30 over encounter. 

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College with the inaugural Geyser Cup

Tauranga Boys won the toss and elected to bat, only to lose their first win with just one run on the board. At 20/3 they need stability at the wicket - which was provided by Tim Pringle and Tim Clarke, who put on a 79 run partnership. When Pringle was removed for 54, Clarke remained steadfast at the wicket to take his team to 212/9, with an unbeaten 93 runs off 71 balls.

The Rotorua combined sides reply got away to a good start and with 72 runs on the board for the loss of just two wickets, the game appeared up for grabs. Tauranga Boys piled some pressure on with the ball and were rewarded with three wickets. The visitors bowling blitzkrieg continued and at 127/9, the game seemed over.

However a fighting last wicket partnership between Andrew Gibbs and number eleven Neraj Kumar, produced a 53 run stand. Neraj Kumar launched a attack on the opposition bowlers, which produced a undefeated 42 runs of just 23 balls, including seven 4's and one big heave over the boundary ropes.

When Andrew Gibbs was dismissed in the 35th over, the combined side had gained genuine respectability in posting 180 runs, some 33 runs short of their target. Jack Jones bowled line and length to be rewarded with three wickets.

Geyser CC strode to the wicket in a confident manner against Taradale in the battle for third place. Ben Astwood top scored with 39 runs, receiving good support from Cohen Stewart and Cody Fell who both reached the twenties, as the home side posted 186 for the loss of eight wickets.

Taradale made a confident start, with Reece Henderson anchoring his sides turn at bat with a gritty half century. Cody Fell and Josh Simpson gave few runs away, with the pair taking two wickets, as Taradale were bowled out for 158 to give the Geyser representatives a 28 run win.

Day one action early action, saw Tauranga Boys blast 208/5 and then restrict Geyser to 127/8, with Central Indians beating the Hawkes Bay side by 81 runs.

The afternoon T20 encounters, resulted in a remarkable matchup between Taradale and Tauranga Boys College, where four hundred runs were blasted as just three wickets fell in the two innings. 

Taradale blasted 208 for the loss of a solitary wicket, with Callum Hewetson smashing a neat century and Harry Cooper belting 67, in a 164 run unbeaten partnership. 

The Western Bay side wasn’t fazed by the big target and took to the opposition bowling with real enthusiasm. Ben Vyver smacked 69 off 40 balls, while Niven Dovey took aim on the Taradale bowlers with 68 runs from 36 balls, as they got home with eight wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

Central Indians won the Rotorua local derby, after posting 145 for seven wickets, they then bowled Geyser out for 94.

Chance Cars Geyser Cup 10/11 October 2020 – Results

Final (40 Over) Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 213/9 (Tim Clarke 93, Tim Pringle 54; Andrew Gibbs 3/12) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 180 (Neraj Kumar 42no, Lovely Sandhu 33, Vinny Pathania 27; Jack Jones 3/24)

Third Place (30 Over) Geyser CC 186/8 (Ben Astwood 39, Cohen Stewart 27, Cody Fell 24; Charlie Geange 2/16, Ethan Madden 2/24) defeated Taradale CC 158 (Reece Henderson 52, Luke Kenworthy 29; Cody Fell 2/21, Josh Simpson 2/27)

Round Two

Central Indians 145/7 (Julian Danby 37, Lovely Sandhu 26; Matt Collier 2/26) defeated Geyser CC 94 (Ramneet Singh 21; Steve Nicholls 3/14)

Taradale 208/1 (Callum Hewetson 100no, Henry Cooper 67no) lost to Tauranga Boys College 211/2 (Ben Vyver 69, Niven Dovey 68no, Charles Williams 48)

Round One

Tauranga Boys College 208/5 (Ben Vyver 76, Niven Dovey 59; Joe O’Donoghue 2/18) defeated Geyser CC (Ben Astwood 34; Riley Brady 2/8, Liam Collett 2/10)

Central Indians 186/5 (Bharat Popli 85, Steve Nicholls 44; Harry Cooper 2/30)

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Geyser Cup Makes Its Entrance in Pre-Season Competition

Posted: Friday, 9 October 2020

Three Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide contenders, in Geyser City CC, Bayleys Central Indians and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, will be joined by Hawkes Bay cricket heavyweight Taradale, in the inaugural Chance Cars Geyser Cup this weekend.

The pre-season T20 tournament, hosted by the Geyser Cricket Club, will be played out at Smallbone and Boord Parks in Rotorua over the weekend of 10/11 October 2020, to give the four participating teams solid hit-outs before their season campaigns begin in earnest.

Geyer Cricket Club President Kane Vanner said “This is fantastic opportunity for all of these teams to get some quality cricket in before the season kicks off. We are hoping to build on this tournament to make it a regular fixture each year in our calendar and hope all involved enjoy the format. Crispian Stewart has done a great job putting it together and we are all looking forward to it getting underway”.

Taradale Cricket Club has a proud history dating back to their establishment in 1887. The Hawkes Bay Club is extremely proud of the number of Black Caps who honed their skills at the club, with the list including New Zealand cricket legend Martin Crowe, Ervin McSweeney, Craig Spearman, Ajaz Patel and Doug Bracewell.

The combined Rotorua Central Indians team, has deep roots that trace back to the Central CC formed in the late 1940s and the Indian Sports Club established in a similar vintage. They have flown the flag for Rotorua in Baywide competitions in recent seasons and were the beaten finalist in the time-honoured Williams Cup two years ago.

Tauranga Boys College are entitled to be ranked as one the finest nurseries of cricket in the country. Current Black Cap skipper Kane Williamson and New Zealand quick bowler Brendan Bracewell, head an impressive of first eleven graduates to play professional cricket. Last season Tauranga Boys won the Baywide Bay of Plenty Plate and were ranked in the top four of the unfinished Williams Cup competition.

Geyser Cricket Club are the current NZ Cricket Club of the Year, which was awarded for all- round excellence on and off the field in the 2019/20 season. Twelve months ago, the Rotorua team were preparing for their debut in BOPCA Baywide competition. They have come a long way after a season in the furnace of Bay of Plenty Cricket premier competition and are using the Geyser Cup, as the stepping stone for a big six months of cricket

In keeping with the tournament having a relaxed environment, bowlers will be restricted to three overs in each encounter - with a best of three,  paper, rock, scissors to decide the toss.

Chance Cars Geyser Cup 10/11 October 2020 – Draw

Day One (Saturday 10 October)

Round One: Geyser City Sports v Tauranga Boys College, Boord1; Central Indians v Taradale CC, Smallbone Park.

Round Two: Geyser City Sports v Central Indians, Boord1; Tauranga Boys College v Taradale CC, Boord1,

Day Two (Sunday 11 October)

Round Three: Geyser City Sports v Taradale CC, Boord1; Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians, Boord2;

Playoffs: First v Second, Boord1; Third v Fourth, Boord2.

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Exciting Changes Highlight the 2020/21 Baywide Premier Cricket Season

Posted: Friday, 2 October 2020

Exciting changes to the 2020/21 Baywide Premier cricket competitions, should up the ante to produce even more action packed cricket, with the regions top-level club batsmen going into head to head combat with opposition bowlers in weekly battles.

The big news in the new season, is the promotion of the Papamoa Cricket Club in to Baywide cricket for the first time. The Papamoa CC, put in place a comprehensive cricket development plan during their formation in 2018, which has seen the club progress to Baywide premier cricket in just three seasons.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward said “While Papamoa Cricket Club hasn’t been around for long, they have already done some great things for cricket in their community. This is evident in their strong junior programme and the recent results of the senior teams”.

“Papamoa submitted a very strong application for entry into the Premier Men’s Competition and I am confident that they will be competitive and add value to the competition. I wish them all the best for the upcoming season.”

A delayed (three week) start to the 2020/21 Bay of Plenty Cricket season, has been necessitated by a narrowed gap between winter and summer sport, as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.

“With a shortened season this year and an extra team in the competition, we have had to adapt and be creative with the draw, to ensure that we can still offer all three Baywide Premier Competitions” said Scott Steward.

“Midweek T20 cricket was well received last year, so the T20 competition will now run mid-week pool games and will culminate in a Friday night final under lights at The Bay Oval, which is exciting. The clubs have been very supportive of the changes to the competition formats”.

The Bay of Plenty Cup leads off the premier club competitions, with a Labour weekend (24th October 2020) kick-off. The first of the Baywide titles to be decided is a straight shoot-out to the line, with the competition points leader on the 19th December 2020, taking out the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup. The second placed team will receive the Bay of Plenty Plate.

There have been innovative changes made to accommodate the Baywide T20, in a congested Bay of Plenty Cricket calendar. Three pools of three teams, will play mid-week twilight matches either side of the Christmas holiday season break. 

Baywide T20 semi-final action will take place on Sunday 31st January 2020, before the top two contenders square of under lights at the Bay Oval on Friday 5th February 2021, in the Baywide T20 title decider

The Baywide premier cricket year will finish off with the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, which is considered the big prize in Baywide Premier cricket. The Williams Cup has been contested under several different formats, since the City Cricket Club was the first name engraved on the trophy in the 1932-33 season.

The Versatile Williams Cup opening round, will open the second half of the season on the 9th January 2021, with the (season) curtain coming down with the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final on 27th March 2021.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide Premier Cricket Calendar 2020/21

2020 Bay of Plenty Cup: Start 24th October – Final Day 19th December 2020.

2020/21 Baywide T20: Start 3rd December – Finals Day Friday 5th February 2021

2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup: Start 9th January 2021 – Finals Day 27th March 2021

BOPCA Baywide Premier Teams 2020/21

Element IMF Cadets, Bayleys Central Indians, Eves Realty Greerton, Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Geyser City Sports, Papamoa CC. Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Flying Mullet Te Puke.

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Appointed Board Directors – Northern Districts Cricket Association

Posted: Monday, 28 September 2020

ND Cricket seeking applications for Board positions

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 five (5) 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 Maori.

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

Please note two (2) Board Members are standing for re-election.

Ideal Applicant Description

  • A minimum of one (1) female director
  • A minimum of two (2) directors having strong legal, health and safety, and risk management experience in the sporting organisation or not-for-profit sector.
  • A minimum of one (1) director having strong high-performance sport knowledge (cricket preferred)
  • A minimum of one (1) director having strong accounting/finance or fundraising experience
  • A minimum of one (1) director having strong Marketing/Comms or Digital Media/Tech experience
  • A minimum of one (1) director having strong organisational change/Human Resource experience
  • A minimum of one (1) director having community sport knowledge

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

Applications close 5:00pm, Friday 16 October 2020

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

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BOPCA RYAN+ALEXANDER Golf Day to Raise Funds for Bay of Plenty Junior Cricket Programs

Posted: Friday, 25 September 2020

The big hitters of Bay of Plenty cricket have the chance to make their early season mark, with the second staging, of the Ryan+Alexander Professional Recruitment Golf Day.

An expected full field, will line up for 12 noon shotgun start at the Te Puke Golf Club at Paengaroa on Friday 9th October 2020. The choice of the central Bay of Plenty venue, of the Te Puke Golf Club at Paengaroa, provides easy travelling from the four corners of the Bay of Plenty Cricket region.

The Bay of Plenty Cricket Golf tournament, has a two-fold purpose of re-introducing some of the local cricket community prior to the 2020/2021 cricket season - and more importantly raising funds for the BOPCA Junior Cricket programs in the new season.

Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Manager Scott Steward said “Last year’s Ryan+Alexander golf day raised over six thousand dollars for our junior cricket development programs, which we aim to better with a capacity field this year". 

"Last year’s tournament profit, assisted the BOP Schools Cricket Awareness program, Superstars skills program, GoGirl program and the hugely popular BOPCA Festival Days held in all four Bay of Plenty Cricket regions"

A change of format this year will see teams of four compete in a 18 hole Ambrose competition. The Ambrose competition format, is ideally suited to players of all golf abilities, who can combine in competitive competition. All four players tee off, with the best shot setting the mark for all four second and subsequent shots. Individual honours will be catered for with longest drive and nearest the pin (on par 3's) prizes.

Another new innovation is the entrance of a (Cricket) Club team trophy, which is likely to produce a good battle for club bragging rights. The generosity of the many sponsors will provide a prize-table of considerable volume.

The golf day also gives the players a opportunity to rub shoulders with a number of New Zealand's best professional cricket players, including several current and former Black Caps and a number of ND players, who have signed up for the golf action.

Just a few vacancies remain in the field, which can be promptly secured by contacting tournament coordinator Scott Steward on 027 257 4164 or scott@bopcricket.co.nz

BOPCA Ryan+Alexander Professional Recruitment Golf Day @ Te Puke Golf Club Friday 9 October 2019 

12pm shotgun start       Entry: $120 teams of four

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Vale Alan Cotter and Alan Long

Posted: Friday, 25 September 2020

There was extreme sadness in the wider Bay of Plenty cricket community, with the passing of two Bay of Plenty Cricket Life Members within three days of each other, in September 2020.

On Tuesday 15th September 2020, Alan Cotter passed away in Papamoa, followed just three days later by Alan Long on the 18th September 2020 in Rotorua.

Bay of Plenty Cricket which became affiliated to New Zealand Cricket in 1932, has been extremely sparing in awarding BOPCA Life Membership, with just four presentations since establishment. The honour has been reserved for outstanding contributions that have stood head and shoulders above all others, over a long period of time.

John Alan Long became the first BOPCA Life Member when the honour was conferred in February 1990. Words don't do credit to the contribution of Alan Long to Bay of Plenty and Rotorua Cricket.  Alan first played senior cricket for the Rotorua RSA team, which later became the Central Cricket Club, in 1947 as a thirteen year old. Alan finally put away his bat in 2003 at the age of 69 - a truly remarkable record. Alan was presented with a New Zealand Cricket certificate that recognised his 50 year contribution as a player.

However it was that administration of the game that Alan Long truly made his mark. Life membership of Bay of Plenty Cricket, Rotorua Cricket Association and the Central Cricket Club, illustrates the contribution he made to the game in the Bay of Plenty region.

Alan was President of the Central CC for forty years. He was BOPCA Chairman for 19 years before stepping down. Alan returned as BOPCA President when Bay of Plenty junior and senior cricket merged. Alan also served as a Northern Districts Board member for seven years.

Rotorua cricket administrator and player Kane Vanner said “Alan was such a huge contributor to cricket in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty over such a long period of time. When I joined the Central Cricket Club back in the early 2000’s, Alan was the President and although a great administrator and leader, what stood out most was his love and passion for the game”.

“After Alan hung up his boots, his enthusiasm and drive to keep being involved in cricket never faded. He was not only a driving force behind the Central Club and the Bay of Plenty and Rotorua Associations, but was a genuinely great person and a mentor to us all”.

Alan Everard Cotter had a passion for cricket that dates back to his playing days well over half a century ago. The first name that comes to people’s minds about Te Puke Cricket is Alan Cotter. Alan was a long time Te Puke Cricket Club administrator and was one of the prime movers in upgrading of the clubhouse and facilities at the picturesque Te Puke Domain. He also played a big role in the Te Puke CC 120th and 125th jubilee celebrations in the new Millennium.

The long-time Te Puke CC secretary picked up the administration reins at Bay of Plenty Cricket, when the organisation moved to amalgamate with junior cricket, in the 1990’s. Alan faithfully recorded the key facts and decisions around amalgamation and he published the major discussion documents, which came from the various think-tanks that allowed Bay of Plenty Cricket to move forward. Alan was also involved in the BOPCA Umpires Association for many years.

Long-time friend and former Te Puke Cricket Club President Gary Hart said “The cricket world was saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Cotter. He made a lifelong contribution to cricket both as a player and administrator. He had lengthy spells as secretary of Bay of Plenty Cricket Association, Te Puke Cricket Association and the Te Puke Cricket Club. In addition he served as secretary of Bay of Plenty Umpires Association. He was awarded life membership of Te Puke Cricket Club in 2006 and of Bay of Plenty Cricket in 2016”.

“Even after Alan stepped down from formal roles he would frequently wander down to the Te Puke Domain to check that all was well, and he continued to attend Te Puke Club committee meetings where his attention to detail was acute”. “He had a long playing career which often involved being the team organiser as well. All this is only a very brief synopsis of the many hours Alan contributed to cricket. He will be sadly missed”.

Alan undertook multiple roles in the Te Puke Community with service to St John’s, Toy Library, Night Owls and other community organisations and was recognised with a Trustpower Community Services Award. He was involved with a number of school committees.

Alan Cotter lived by the philosophy "that if everyone does their bit in the community then the community is a better place for it".

Vale Alan Cotter and Alan Long

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Hard-Ball Head Start Training To Open Female Pre-Season Preparations

Posted: Friday, 18 September 2020

Two Female Head Start Training Days and a visit from Takapuna Grammar, will open the female pre-season preparation for the 2020/2021 cricket season.

The Tauranga Domain, is the venue for the Bay of Plenty Cricket Head Start Programme, which caters for girls who play hardball cricket. BOPCA Women's Cricket Officer Rebecca Yee said "This is the third season we have run female specific sessions and with three girl’s tournaments on the horizon this season, we would like to give all female players a good foundation leading into the new season". 

The first Head Start session, will be run on Saturday 19th September 2020 with the second training day following On Sunday  11th October 2020.

Participants on the first day, won't have to look very far for inspiration and progression along the women's cricket pathway, with young Northern Spirit all-rounder Nensi Patel assisting Rebecca with the day's tuition. 

Nensi burst in to NZC Major Association cricket spotlight, as a fourteen-year-old in the 2016/17 season, while still at Tauranga Intermediate School. Patel, who wears Number 15 on her Northern Spirit playing shirt with absolute pride, has played 29 MA matches with a limited over strike-rate of 41.09 and has taken 22 wickets with best bowling figures of 4/19.

Among the accolades gathered by the Western Bay of Plenty player, were ND Women's Young Player of the Year, in the 2017/18 season.  Nensi announced her entrance into Major Association cricket in style, taking the wicket of White Fern Anna Peterson, on her debut against Auckland during November 2016.

The Bay of Plenty Junior Girls side, will have an ideal buildup for their first representative outing at the ND Kaipara Junior Girls tournament in November, when the BOPCA Labour Weekend Invitational will be held for its second year.

The Bay of Plenty representatives will have a good idea where they sit with fitness and skills, leading into the BOPCA Junior Girls Invitation tournament 24/25 October 2020, after the Head Start sessions.

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Behind The Stumps – With Ollie Cuomo

Posted: Wednesday, 9 September 2020

The Bay of Plenty Cricket senior representative team have a new physio - in the first edition of Behind the Stumps in the new season, we chat to Ollie Cuomo who moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2019, where he joined the Proactive team in Papamoa.

Where were you born and what schools did you attend?

I was born in Derbyshire, UK and attended my local junior schools before attending Friesland Secondary School. I moved down to London when I was eighteen to complete my undergraduate degree at Brunel University.

Tell us about your early involvement in sport

I was heavily involved in sport at school including cricket, athletics and mainly football (soccer).
I played football for my school, region, university and a couple of semi-professional clubs prior to moving across to NZ. I also played academy football whilst at school for Championship clubs Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

What are your sporting interests today?

Liverpool is my team, so I try to watch them as much as I can, but I’ll watch any football that’s on. I follow the cricket back in the UK as best I can and I have developed a love for the Blackcaps in my adopted home, after watching them a few times at the Bay Oval last year.

How and why did you choose physiotherapy as a career?

I have always had a passion for sport and the injuries I’ve picked up playing meant I’d seen various different Physios. I did some work-shadowing when I was at school and I became really interested in pursuing it as a career. It’s a really sought after skill, which has given me the opportunity to work with some amazing people and very talented athletes all across the world.

What brought about the big move to the other end of the world in New Zealand and how did you land in the Western Bay of Plenty.

New Zealand has always been one of the places on my bucket list and has a reputation as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. My girlfriend and myself, wanted to get away from the hectic lifestyle in the UK and Tauranga was recommended to me by a Physio that I worked with in the UK. An opportunity came up to join the Proactive team in the Bay of Plenty and I interviewed with Roger Athy-Knibbs, who’s got a great reputation in the Physio world (don’t tell him I said that!). He really sold it to me, so the move made sense from a professional and personal level.

Tell us about the differences, as you see them, between where you lived in the UK and Tauranga City. 

The weather is the biggest difference! Also the beach and the lifestyle is much more relaxed out here. I was living Brighton just before we moved over having spent a few years in London prior to that. It’s much busier over there with more people and more going on. There’s much more of a community feel here, particularly in Papamoa where everybody knows everybody. Plus the traffic is much better here, I’ve heard people moan about driving through Tauranga and I can assure you it’s nothing like on the M25.

What areas do you specialise in physiotherapy 

I specialise in musculoskeletal injuries and I have a specialist interest in ankles and shoulders. I am currently doing my Masters degree which I will specialise in one of the two - I just haven’t decided which yet.

What are the benefits of regular contact between a physio and an athlete who wishes to improve and succeed at their chosen sport?

It’s really important in getting on top of niggles early on, so we can have the best outcomes for getting players back on the pitch. The earlier we can see somebody, the sooner we can get on top of it and prevent it becoming a longer term issue. We are also heavily involved in the strength and conditioning programmes, the boys follow through the season and spotting areas of weakness can be really important. We can address these potential issues and keep players out of the treatment rooms and out on the pitches.

What are your current sporting activities?

I play football 2-3 times per week and try to get in the gym as often as possible. I am also a bit of a fair weather surfer and I do enjoy running as well.

How much involvement have you had in cricket?

I played at school and loved to play park and beach cricket growing up. On a professional level, Proactive have strong links with cricket right the way up to the national team, so I have had the opportunity to work with quite a few of the Bay of Plenty players over the past 18 months.

What are your expectations of working with the Bay of Plenty flagship cricket team?

Since coming on board the coaches and the players have been incredibly welcoming and great to work with. I’ve been really impressed with the level of professionalism and commitment from the players and I am really excited to be a part of the team. 2020 has been a difficult year for everybody, so hopefully this will be a great way to finish it off.

And now for a plug for your employers – tell us a little about the services offered by the Proactive team in Papamoa

Proactive is New Zealand’s premier provider of all thing’s injury rehabilitation, wellbeing and occupational health. When you are recovering from an injury, looking after your health, or getting back to sports and work it can often be a daunting process. At Proactive, we get this. We look after your recovery by seeing you as a whole – not just an injury.

Whether you are working with one of our physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, doctors or one of our many other healthcare providers, we take a wellbeing based approach to help you to come out the other side of any set back not only fully recovered, but better placed to manage your overall health and your performance at work or sports.

Tell us a little more about Ollie Cuomo

What music do you listen to - I am a bit of a Hip hop fan, although I have been converted recently to a couple of Kiwi bands, I quite like Six60.

What was the last book that you read – The Chimp Paradox: Mind Management.

Favourite movie – Forrest Gump

Favourite TV program – Money Heist

Favourite meal – Roast Lamb

Favourite drink – I’m a big fan of Single Malts – probably Talisker

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Blast From The Past - Leicester Spring

Posted: Friday, 21 August 2020

Leicester Spring Makes His Mark In the 1930’S And 1940’S In Bay Of Plenty Cricket

The name of LR Spring (who played just nine games for Bay of Plenty), in the Bay of Plenty Cricket playing records, doesn't tell the story of a very gifted all-rounder who earned representative selection until middle age. 

Bay of Plenty games were few and far between, in the ten year period, from Leicester Spring’s debut against Waikato in December 1938 and his last game for the Bay against Fiji in 1948 – with Bay of Plenty playing just 12 representative matches. 

Leicester Russell Spring (BOPCA Player Number 31) was born in Waipawa in 1908 and was selected to represent Manawatu from 1926 to 1931. During February 1930, Leicester posted 106 runs for Manawatu against Southland in a Hawke Cup match and in tandem with Maurice O'Keefe (62no) set a 10th wicket record partnership. 

Spring played cricket in Canterbury for two seasons before transferring to Auckland in December 1933. On 14 December 1936 Spring was selected in the all-conquering Auckland Plunket Shield team. After the team played Canterbury at Christmas, it was reported in the media, “Spring has a excellent chance to represent New Zealand to tour England in March 1937 under T C Lowry, in company with certainties H G Vivian, P E Whitlaw, W Cowie, M Wallace and W N Carson all of Auckland”. A shoulder blade injury resulted in the talented batsman remaining at home. 

In July 1938, Spring arrived in Whakatane after purchasing a local accountancy firm. Joining the Whakatane United Cricket Club, the new recruit went on a batting and bowling blitz. During the 1938/39 season he blasted 706 runs with a highest score of 148 (including 9 sixes) and took 67 wickets with the ball. 

Bay of Plenty representation came quickly, with selection to captain the Bay against Waikato in a Hawke Cup challenge on the 3rd December 1938. Captaincy again followed against Sir Julian Cahn’s English touring side in Rotorua. His third Bay of Plenty appearance came in a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Manawatu in 1940, where he became just the third Bay bowler to take six wickets (or better) returning six wickets at a cost of 55 runs.

World War Two put Bay of Plenty representative cricket on hold until 1944, when Bay of Plenty played Poverty Bay, in two late season representative fixtures. The Whakatane all-rounder posted 38 runs in the first encounter and took four wickets for 79 runs in the second game. Further Bay of Plenty representation came against Waikato and Poverty Bay in the 1945/46 season, with encounters against Waikato and Fiji the following season. The 1948 Waikato match produced his highest Bay score of 76, with 48 runs against the touring Fijians.  

January 1949 saw Leicester Spring back in representative action in a New Zealand Minor Association possibles verses probables match. At the conclusion of his career he had played in seven Hawke Cup Direct Challenge matches (five for Manawatu and two for Bay of Plenty) scoring a total 250 runs and taking ten wickets in the two Bay of Plenty games. Leicester was anall-rounder of rare ability, with a century for Manawatu and a six wicket bag for Bay of Plenty to his name. 

However for all his cricket feats, Leicester Spring is best known in thoroughbred racing where he owned champion New Zealand racehorse Rising Fast. In the spring of 1954, Rising Fast achieved the elusive Caulfield/Melbourne Cup double and raced on before retirement beckoned,having earned some sixty-six thousand pounds, a small fortune in the 1950's

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Seeking Expressions of Interest for Senior Rep Selection Roles

Posted: Friday, 7 August 2020

Expressions of Interest for Selection Roles

Senior Representative Selector

Bay of Plenty Cricket are seeking expressions of interesting for the following roles: 

Bay of Plenty Men’s and Development Men’s – Selectors

POSITION             Senior Representative Selector (Men & Development Men’s teams)

REPORTS TO        BOPCA Pathway Manager

KEY TASK             The main role is to select the BOP Men and Development Men’s teams 

SELECTION RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Take an active interest in local cricket across the region to identify potential players for senior representative teams.
•    Be proactive and engaged in selection discussions (and willing to voice views) 

SELECTION

A combination of the following should give the selectors an in-depth knowledge of the players in contention for selection:

•    Liaising with key, trusted people in clubs (i.e. feedback on other team’s players).
•    Attending key matches to observe specific players.
•    Take a keen interest in performances in the Baywide Premier Competition     
•    Communicating closely with Men’s and Development Team coach

 For more information or to express an interest, email tai@bopcricket.co.nz

This is an unpaid position. 

Closing Date:  21st August, 2020

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Graeme Aldridge Shines The Spotlight On The BOPCA Coaching Pathway

Posted: Thursday, 6 August 2020

Appointed As ND Coach For 2020-21 Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blast From The Past - MCC Visit The Tauranga Domain

Posted: Monday, 3 August 2020

MCC Pay a Visit to the Tauranga Domain in 1961

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bay Of Plenty Cricket Appoint 2020/21 Season Representative Coaches

Posted: Saturday, 25 July 2020

Daniel Flynn and Russell Williams Appointed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: Wednesday, 15 July 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

The dawn of Friday 11 October 2019, brought thoughts of despair to the organisers of the Ryan + Alexander Consultancy Bay of Plenty Cricket golf day, scheduled for a 12 noon start at the Te Puke Golf Club.

Driving rain, that showed no signs of abating during the morning, saw cancellation of the tournament becoming an imminent prospect. However the weather gods smiled late in the morning, with the superb drying qualities of the Te Puke Golf Club greens and fairways allowing a shotgun start at 1pm. 

It would have been unfortunate if the golf day hadn’t proceeded, as all profits on the day were directed to the further development of the BOPCA junior cricket and age-group programs.

Bay of Plenty Cricket has emerged as the leading NZ Cricket Minor Association in the country in the last decade, with winning the Hawke Cup on two occasions and defending the prestigious prize nine times, the most visible sign of success. The Bay of Plenty success story has been built upon the junior and age-group pathways put in place some twenty years ago.  

Icing on the cake, has been provided by the elevation of Mathew and Robbie Hart, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Daniel Flynn and Graeme Aldridge to Black Cap honors and the number of Bay players making the jump up to professional cricket. The flag bearer for women's cricket in the region, has been current White Fern Anna Peterson, who is another graduate of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway. 

The golf day players dug deep on the day, to raise a considerable amount of money to ensure that the promising youngsters of today have the opportunity to become the cricket stars of tomorrow.

Former hard-hitting age-group batsman Josh Evemy showed he could hit a golf ball with the same power as a cricket ball, taking out the gross prize. Another to impress with his golf clubs, was former Bay of Plenty representative Mark Divehall, who is in a select group who have blasted a double century in premier club cricket, with Mark winning the division two stableford category. 

Other major winners on the day were Glen Keaney (Div One Stableford), Paul Ford (Div Three Stableford) and Stuart McFayden, Stefan Ford, Paul Hill and Dave Andrew who took out the coveted team prize. 

 

Ryan + Alexander Consultancy Ltd Bay of Plenty Cricket Golf Day - Results

 

Gross: Josh Evemy

Division One Stableford: Glen Keaney

Division Two Stableford: Mark Divehall

Division Three Stableford: Paul Ford

Team: Stuart McFayden, Stefan Ford, Paul Hill, Dave Andrew

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RPO Drysdale Joins The 100 Bay Games List

Posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

To put his achievement in perspective, Peter numbers amongst 551 players that have worn the blue and gold provincial cricket colours, since Bay of Plenty made their NZ Cricket minor association debut against South Auckland at Seddon Park in Hamilton in 1932.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA Centurions

105      Derek (DA) Beard – BOPCA Player Number 345

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

102      Michael (MJE) Wright - BOPCA Player Number 249

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

Posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

September 2020, was a big month for Anna, who re-earned a White Ferns contract and was appointed the Auckland Hearts Captain for both the 2019/20 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and Super Smash campaigns.

While the Anna Peterson cricket journey started as a five year old at the Takapuna Cricket Club in Auckland, a family shift to Tauranga, saw the aspiring cricketer come under the umbrella of the Bay of Plenty Cricket age-group pathway.

In the last couple of decades, the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway has seen Mathew and Robbie Hart along with Daniel Flynn, Kane Williamson, Graeme Aldridge and Trent Boult selected for the Black Caps, with Anna Peterson making her White Ferns debut against England in 2012.

The real success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket passageway, in addition to the Bay New Zealand representatives, is the myriad of players who have gone on to play professional and senior representative cricket. 

Anna joined the Mount Maunganui Cricket Clubs junior program, on arrival in the Western Bay of Plenty, with her junior representative career beginning with selection in Bay of Plenty and ND Girls Under 14 teams. This was followed by her selection in Bay and ND Secondary School sides. 

The (then) Year 12 Aquinas College student, made her senior debut in the ND Women's Development team before making her Northern Spirit debut in the 2007/08 season. In 2015, an employment opportunity resulted in Anna relocating to New Zealand's biggest city and making her Auckland Hearts debut.

Anna's White Ferns debut came against England on the 1st March 2012.  She has gone to play 65 matches for the New Zealand Women's team, scoring 371 runs in ODI and International Twenty 20's and capturing 45 wickets in the two forms of the game.

Anna Peterson will be forever remembered in the telling of New Zealand Cricket history. A stunning last over hat-trick, took the White Ferns to victory in a Twenty 20 clash with Australia, on the 12 February 2017. Anna became the first White Fern to take an international T20 hat-trick and just the fourth in International Women's T20. The magic spell of bowling came from the first three balls of the final over with Australia needing 11 runs for victory.

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

Posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

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

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

Since returning home from the international series Lellman franked that form with both bat and ball. A top score of 82 runs, for Bay of Plenty against Northland in November, propelled the Bay side to the first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of the new season - with two hat-tricks in the Bay of Plenty Cup premier cricket competition shining the spotlight on his abilities with the ball.

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

Mount Maunganui batted first in the Battle of the Bridge game and were removed for 200 in the 48th over. Cadets made a solid start to their reply at 42 for the loss of two wickets. Enter the Mount Maunganui skipper, who then proceeded to destroy the Cadets innings. Four LBW decisions, two balls that spread the stumps and a caught and bowled along with a catch picked out by Tony Goodin, resulted in Cadets being dismissed for 119. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month

October    Fergus Lellman (New Zealand Under 19)

November    Dale Swan (Mount Maunganui Cricket Club)

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

January     Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)

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

March     Taylor Bettelheim (Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)         

Highly Commended: Nick Hendrie (Greerton CC)

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Mount Maunganui Win 2020 ND Club Championships

Posted: Monday, 22 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Posted: Monday, 22 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

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

 

Williams Cup Milestones 2020

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

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

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

 

Centuries:

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

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

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

127       Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 14 March

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

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

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

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

104       Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Results

Versatile Tauaranga Williams Cup 1 February 2020 

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

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

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

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

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 8 February 2020

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

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

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

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

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 16 February 2020

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

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

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

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

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 22 February 2020 

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

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

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

Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bayleys Central Indians - game abandoned

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 29 February 2020 

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

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

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

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

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 7 March 2020 

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

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

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

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

 

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 14 March 2020 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Hart Family Trophy Baywide Champion of Champions: Carrus Mount Maunganui

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Geyser City Cricket Club receive Club of the Year Award

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Geyser City Cricket Club - NZC Club of Year 2020

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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BOPCA Seeking Expressions of Interest for Coaching Roles

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Expressions of Interest for Coaching Roles

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

Bay of Plenty Men’s 1st XI

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

 

The primary responsibilities for both coaching roles are:

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

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

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


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

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

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

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: Thursday, 11 June 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

The Genera Biosecurity financial support was instrumental in helping to deliver the hugely popular and successful Junior Cricket Festival days, which are delivered in the four Bay of Plenty Cricket regional centres.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition to the two hundred youngsters taking part, many family and friends sat on the sidelines giving plenty of vocal support. To celebrate the historic occasion, tickets to the Black Caps verses England encounter were given to the youngsters to experience the live action of test cricket, at the conclusion of the Super 6’s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Genera Biosecurity Junior Cricket Development Program – Festival Days Prizegiving

Genera Rotorua Festival Day – 5 November 2019

Fairplay Awards – Aorangi School & St Michaels School

 

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

Most Improved Team:            Gate Pa School (Afghanistan)

Best Dressed:                          Selwyn Ridge (New Zealand)

Sportsmanship Award:           Tahatai Coast (Namibia)

Spirit of Cricket Award:         Matua (Australia)

 

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

Genera Eastern Bay of Plenty Festival Day - 20 November             

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Genera Western Bay of Plenty Rainbow Cup - 11 March 2020

Best Dressed                           Matua School & Pyes Pa School

Most Improved                       Pongokawa School

Best at Practice                       Tauranga Primary School

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

Spirit of Cricket Award          Brookfield School

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

 

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

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

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

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Nine Bay Of Plenty Girls Earn Slection In Northern Districts Teams

Posted: Friday, 29 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA Northern Districts Selections

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

ND Under 19: Holly Topp (Captain) Brianna Perry

 

ND U17 v Auckland @ Auckland 6-8 January 2020

ND Under 17: Sarah Jane Stone, Tash Wakelin

 

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

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

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

Posted: Friday, 29 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

The two teams of Bay of Plenty Primary School players, who started a cricket journey in the ND Primary Championship competition, could eventually lead some of the youngsters to senior representative and top level cricket careers in the future.

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

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

 

BOPCA Primary Teams 2019

 

Bay of Plenty Lakeland Primary Team

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

Non-Travelling Reserves: Harry Cheesman, Ryan Lloyd.

Coach: Dean Finlay                Manager: Mat Staddon

 

Bay of Plenty Coastland Primary Team

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

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

Coach: Tai Bridgman-Raison             Manager: Shaun Riley

 

ND Invitational Team: Callum Cornelius, Asa Banbury.

 

BOPCA Primary Individual Awards

Lakeland MVP – Ben Clarke

Coastland MVP – Gus Tustin

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

ND Primary Tournament 2019

ND Primary Tournament @ Cambridge 25-27 November 2019

Day Three (27 November)

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

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

 

Day Two (26 November)

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

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

 

Day One (25 November)

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

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

 

Round Two 17 November

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

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

 

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

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

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

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

 

BOPCA 2019/20 Baywide T20 Milestones

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

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

Catches: 9 Blair McKenzie (Te Puke)

 

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

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

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

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

 

Carrus Mount Maunganui grabbed their third straight Baywide T20 title, after a hard fought battle under lights at the Bay Oval on Sunday 19th January 2020. Batting first in the early evening start, Mount Maunganui lost their first wicket with 25 runs on the board. Peter Drysdale then took control of the Mount fortunes, launching an attack on the Greerton bowlers to belt 76 runs off 54 balls, with Mount Maunganui 110/5 when the Mount master blaster was removed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA Baywide T20 Final 19 January 2020

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

 

Baywide T20 Semi-Finals

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

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

 

Baywide T20 18 January 2020

Round Six 

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

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

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

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

Round Seven

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Baywide T20 - Round Five Wednesday 15 January 2020

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

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

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

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

 

Baywide T20 11 January 2020

Round Three

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

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

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

Element IMF Cadets defeated Bayleys Central Indians

Round Four

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

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

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

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

 

Baywide T20 Results 14 December 2019

Round One

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

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

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

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

Round Two

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA Twenty 20 Champions

2019/20 Mount Maunganui 2018/19 (Mount Maunganui) 2017/18 (Mount Maunganui) 2016/17 not played - 2015/16 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2014/15 (Rotorua Central) 2013/14 (Rotorua Central) 2012/13 (Tauranga Boys College) 2011/12 (Tauranga Boys College) 

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

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Milestones 2020

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cadets made a solid start to their reply at 42 for the loss of two wickets. Enter the Mount Maunganui skipper, who wears his 200 premier game cap with absolute pride, then proceeding to destroy the Cadets innings. Four LBW decisions, two balls that spread the stumps and a caught and bowled along with a catch picked out by Tony Goodin, resulted in Cadets being dismissed for 119. The last Baywide eight wicket bag was taken by Black Cap Trent Boult in February 2013 returning figures of 8/37.

For the second October in a row, Brett Hampton gave a master-class in batting as he powered Eves Realty Greerton to victory against Element IMF Cadets, in a Bay of Plenty Cup game on Saturday (12 October 2019), in a rain shortened match reduced to 26 overs per side.

Cadets had early success grabbing their first wicket with the second ball of the game. Greerton new recruit Bruce Kerr then took control belting 65 runs off 37 balls. Coming in at four, Hampton took aim on the boundary ropes to blast 119 off just 48 balls, in a whirlwind innings that produced sixteen 6's. The ND batsman put on a similar performance on the opening day of last season, belting 155 in a Twenty 20 encounter, scoring 102 runs over the boundary ropes.

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Final 7 December 2019

Carrus Mount Maunganui 200/7 (Tim Tomlinson 36, Dominic Crombie 32; James Boyd 2/25, Lee Watkins 2/43) defeated Eve's Realty Greerton 117 (Taylor Bettelheim 51, Umesh Ranaraja 31; Dale Swan 4/18, Chris Atkinson 4/34)

 

Bay of Plenty Plate 7 December 

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup Semi-Finals 30 November 2019

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

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

 

Bay of Plenty Plate Semi-Finals

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

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 16 November 2019 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 9 November 2018 Results

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

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

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

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

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 2 November 2019

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

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

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

Eve's Realty Greerton 308/6 (Brett Hampton 88, Taylor Bettelheim 74, Umesh Ranaraja 51, Bruce Kerr 47; A Gibbs 2/55) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 121

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 26 October 2019

Geyser City 101 (Sam Kershaw 37, Daniel Fisher 20; Brett Randell 4/13) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 103/2 (Ben Pomare 78no)

Eve's Realty Greerton 227/4 (Ben Lind 80, Umesh Ranaraja 51, Pip Thickpenny 51; Will Perry 3/46) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 45 (Jared Tutty 2/3, Lee Watkins 2/12)

Bayleys Central Indians 124 (Lakhwinder Bhatti 22; Daniel Alyashiv 5/25, Tasman Carsons 3/27) lost to New World Te Puke 127/5 (Mikaere Leef 43, Tai Bridgman-Raison 27; Andrew Gibbs 3/28)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 158 (Ben Vyver 37, Tim Clarke 31, Cameron Templer 22; Fergus Lellman 5/28, Michael Barbeau 3/24) lost to Element IMF Cadets 162/5 (Gurwinder Singh 56, Jono Boult 30, Andrew Mascall 27)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 19 October 2019

New World Te Puke 105 (Stephen Crossan 27; Graham Hudson 6/56) lost Eves Realty Greerton 109/2 (Taylor Bettleheim 43no, Bruce Kerr 37, Nick Hendrie 22)

Carrus Mount Maunganui 256/9 (Peter Drysdale 91, Ben Musgrave 80, Ben Guild 24) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 76 (Dale Swan 4/12, Tony Goodin 2/15)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 187/8 (Tim Clarke 78, Tim Pringle 29, Blake Pentecoat 25; Dane Sorrenson 2/37) defeated Geyer City 91 (Tim Pringle 3/26, Kieran New 2/11, Cameron O'Dea 2/22)

Bayleys Central Indians 226 (Sahil Rana 65, Stephen Nicholls 57, Ben Sandford 37, Andrew Carter 3/42) lost to Element IMF Cadets 229/8 (Joe Carter 89, Andrew Mascall 32, Jono Boult 22, Daniel Maathuis 20no; S Nicholls 2/21, Andrew Gibbs 2/37)

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 12 October 2019

New World Te Puke 196/9 (Stephen Crossan 67, Blair McKenzie 36; AJ How 3/44, Roger Urbahn 2/32, Habib Malik 2/42, Drew Brierley 2/47) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 123 (H Malik 33, D Brierley 22; Iman Singh 3/38, Christian MacDonald 3/20, Cam Riley 2/31) - 34 over match

Eves Realty Greerton 254/5 (Brett Hampton 119no, Bruce Kerr 65, Pip Thickpenny 34; Jacob Logan 2/55) defeated Element IMF Cadets 175/8 (J Logan 37, Joe Carter 29, Lee Te Hurne 27, Mayura Galappaththi 23; Umesh Ranaraja 2/19, Jared Tutty 2/28, Josh Bates 2/29) – 26 over match

Geyser City 168 (Sam Kershaw 73, Dane Sorrenson 25; Parv Mehta 4/38, Andrew Gibbs 3/37, LS Bhatti 2/25) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 170/4 (Stephen Nicholls 76, Aaron Bennett 30, Ben Sandford 20no; S Kershaw 3/35)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Carrus Mount Maunganui – match abandoned without a ball being bowled.

 

Bay of Plenty Cup 5 October 2019

Bayleys Central Indians 241/7 (Stephen Nicholls 126no, Ben Sandford 29, Lovely Sandhu 23; Chris Atkinson 3/37) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 154 (Ben Musgrave 46, Nathan Walker 30 Parv Mehta 3/19, Prabh Gill 3/39)

Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 216/9 (Niven Dovey 55, Tim Clarke 39, Dillon Preston 26; Roger Urbahn 4/32, John Dolan 2/46) lost to Generation Homes Lake Taupo 221/5 (Michael Mitchell 66, Roger Urbahn 58no, Jack Wiggins 49; Isaac White 2/32)

Geyser City 104/9 (Sam Kershaw 39, Lee Watkins 2/19, Shane Wineti 2/23) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 105/6 (Nick Hendrie 78no; Satpal Singh 4/47)

Element IMF Cadets 214 (Andrew Mascall 64, Jono Boult 53; Christian MacDonald 3/50, Iman Singh 2/33, Mikaere Leef 2/61) lost to New World Te Puke 217/2 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 86no, Dan Price 52, Blair McKenzie 44no)

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Katikati Cricket History Continues To Unfold

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

Grass Wicket For Season 2020/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mount Maunganui And R&A Sangha Share 2020 Mcnaughton Trophy

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2020 McNaughton Trophy Results

McNaughton Trophy Semi-Finals 23 February 2020

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

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

 

McNaughton Trophy Quarter-Finals 1 February 2020

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

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

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

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

 

McNaughton Trophy Round One Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA McNaughton Trophy Winners

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

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Bay Of Plenty Batsman Posts Unbeaten Hawke Cup Century On Debut

Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2020

BOPCA Season Review 2019/20

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

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

Northland batsman Thorn Parkes took his team to the cusp of victory, with Northland needing one run to tie and two for victory, with Parkes sitting on 129 not out. Bay of Plenty spin-bowler Peter Drysdale then weaved magic with the ball to grab the wicket of the Northland centurion, who finished a defiant innings stranded on 129 runs, with Bay of Plenty posting a dramatic victory to earn the NZC Zone One 2020 Hawke Cup Direct Challenge spot.

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

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

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

Played                               34

Won                                  16

Lost                                   17

Abandoned                        1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Hawke Cup Centuries on Debut

223      AZ Lees                      v Counties/Manukau (2017)

194      BR Hampton               v Hamilton (2013)

187      JF Carter                     v Hamilton (2013)

108no  TJ Bettelheim              v Hamilton (2020)     

108      DM Deeble                 v Counties Manukau (2017)

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

Posted: Friday, 8 May 2020

BOPCA Annual Review 2019-20

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

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

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

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

Bay of Plenty took out the tournament, winning there three preliminary games and defeating the Cornwall Cricket Club representatives in the title decider. A feature of the tournament, was the highly competitive totals that were posted throughout the T20 competition. 

The tournament winners posted four strong batting performances, setting solid targets in their three preliminary games. “There were several close games that went down to the wire, including the final, where Bay of Plenty chased down their target with just three balls to spare” said Rebecca Yee at the conclusion of the tournament. One Bay player to an indelible impression was Bay of Plenty wicket keeper Amelia Harvey was in top form with the gloves with six catches and one stumping. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOPCA Girls Representaive Results 2019/20

BOPCA Girls Under 15 Invitation Tournament 26/27 October 2019

Day One 26 October – Round One

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

Round Two

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

Day Two 27 October – Round Three 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Day One – 2 December 2019 (T20)

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

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

Day Two – 3 December 2019 (T20)

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

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

Day Three – 4 December 2019 (30 over games)

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

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

Posted: Friday, 8 May 2020

2019-20 Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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