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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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