Two battle-hardened warriors of Baywide championship cricket, played a big part in Element IMF Cadets winning their 11th Williams Cup, when they defeated Bayleys Central Indians at the Bay Oval on Saturday 30 March 2019.
The Rotorua combined team won the toss and after electing to bat, got away to a grand start, losing their second wicket with 90 runs on the board. Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls led from the front and was rewarded with his sides top score of 36. The dismissal of Lovely Sandhu for 31, saw the Cadets bowlers then apply the pressure with good effect.
Cadets veteran and skipper, Jono Boult, removed the opposition middle order at little cost and finished with four wickets at a cost of 18 runs, to play a big hand in dismissing the Rotorua side for 172. Cadets young gun Fergus Lellman, also did damage with ball taking two for 29.
Bay of Plenty representative captain Joe Carter, who is another long serving Cadets player, anchored Cadets six wicket victory as he took control of his teams reply. Coming to the crease when the first wicket fell with just 9 runs on the board, Carter was part of four title-winning partnerships with Fergus Lellman, Sean Davey, Jono Boult and Marcel Collett. Carter was there when the games end came in the 35th over, with 82 runs to his name. His big score, came from a tad over a run a ball, with ten 4's and one six during his time in the middle.
Cadets are entitled to be ranked as one of the heavyweights of the long-time Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy title race, which dates back to the 1930's. Cadets eleventh Williams Cup title, cements second place behind Te Puke's sixteen Williams Cup crowns.
The Williams Cup Final, wrapped up the 2018/19 Bay of Plenty Cricket season, in which the Baywide premier championship honours were split between three Western Bay of Plenty clubs.
The Baywide Cup played in the first half of the season, was taken out by Greerton who defeated Cadets in an absolute thriller, with Greerton getting home with a solitary wicket to spare. Mount Maunganui went back to back in the Baywide Twenty 20 championship, chasing down Greerton’s total of 98 for the loss of just three wickets, with Cadets taking out the white-ball fifty overs per side Baywide finale.
The Western Bay of Plenty micro weather, played havoc with the Williams Cup semifinals on Saturday (23 March 2019), with the major semi-final at Blake Park at Mount Maunganui abandoned without a ball being bowled - while just a few short kilometres away at Pemberton Park in Greerton, the minor semi-final was completed albeit with just a short rain interrupted break.
Cadets and Central Indians could only sit and watch as the rain came down at Blake Park, frustrating any attempts for the top two qualifiers, to play the major semi-final. The umpires, who were acutely aware of the game at Pemberton Park was under way, finally pulled stumps when there was no chance of a match due to an extremely wet outfield.
The result of the abandoned major semi-final, sent administrators scurrying for the Williams Cup conditions of play, which has resulted in Cadets and Central Indians advancing to the title decider at the Bay Oval the next weekend.
The 2019 Williams Cup, set in the second half of the season that traditionally produces hard and fast batting blocks and lightning outfields, resulted in eleven centuries being blasted over the seven qualifying rounds leading to the playoffs.
Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie, smacked back to back tons against Cadets and Tauranga Boys College, with Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls bookending the preliminary rounds with scores of 100 and 126. Tauranga Boys College Taylor Bettleheim, who made his Bay of Plenty senior men’s debut during the season, posted the Williams Cup top score of 132 not out against Central Indians. Other Williams Cup batsmen to finish with the magical three figure score alongside their name, were Tai Bridgman-Raison, Lovely Sandhu, Trent Boult in a rare appearance for Cadets, Nick Hendrie and Henry Collier.
2019 Williams Cup Honours
Runs: 380 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians) 278 Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 273 Taylor Bettleheim (Tauranga Boys College)
Centuries: 132no Taylor Bettleheim (Tauranga Boys College) 128 Tai Bridgman (New World Te Puke) 126 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians) 123 Lovely Sandhu (Bayleys Central Indians) 121 Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 112 Blair McKenzie (New World Te Puke) 108no Trent Boult (Element IMF Cadets) 103 Nick Hendrie (Eves Realty Greerton) 102no Henry Collier (Eves Realty Greerton) 100 Stephen Nicholls (Bayleys Central Indians)
Wickets: 12 Nick Smith (Carrus Mount Maunganui) 12 Prabh Gill (Bayleys Central Indians) 11 Jono Boult (Element IMF Cadets) 11 Jake Rowe (Bayleys Central Indians) 11 Niven Dovey (Tauranga Boys College)
BOPCA Williams Cup Final 30 March 2019 - Results
Bayleys Central Indians 172 (Stephen Nicholls 36, Lovely Sandhu 31, Sahil Rana 26; Jono Boult 4/18, Fergus Lellman 2/29) lost to Element IMF Cadets 175/4 (Joe Carter 82no, Fergus Lellman 34)
BOPCA Williams Cup Semi-Finals 23 March 2018
Major semi-final: Element IMF Cadets v Bayleys Central Indians - game abandoned without a ball being bowled
Minor semi-final: Eves Realty Greerton 204 (N Hendrie 43, H Collier 39, D Spencer 35, U Ranaraja 27; P Drysdale 4/46, N Smith 2/19, D Swan 2/34, T Goodin 2/36) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 205/6 B Guild 91no, B Musgrave 37, B Pomare 25; S Wineti 2/22, M Rowland 2/31, J Boyd 2/57)
Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 16 March 2019
Williams Cup – Round Seven
Mount Maunganui 267/8 (B Guild 97, B Musgrave 62, T Goodin 30, B Pomare 26; N Dovey 3/44, J Gatenby 3/60) defeated Tauranga Boys College 114 (T Bettleheim 34, D Preston 22; D Swan 4/3)
Central Indians 334/7 (S Nicholls 126, L Sandhu 123, S Rana 23; I Singh 3/37, C MacDonald 3/67) defeated Te Puke 250 (C MacDonald 81, G Wallace 44. B McKenzie 39)
Greerton 224 (L Watkins 64, P Davenport 44; R Urbahn 4/41) defeated Lake Taupo CC 82 (S Wineti 3/18, U Ranaraja 2/5, Pip Thickpenny 2/11)
Element IMF Cadets the bye
Points Table (Final) Cadets 38, Central Indians 28, Greerton 28, Mount Maunganui 25, Tauranga Boys College 16, Te Puke 10, Lake Taupo CC 10.
Williams Cup (Round Six) Results 9 March 2019
Bayleys Central Indians 221/9 (S Nicholls 52, L Sandhu 49, S Gibbs 30no, T Pringle 3/20, J Gatenby 2/26, T Clarke 2/33) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 222/6 (T Bettleheim 132no, T Pringle 38; L Sandhu 2/45, A Gibbs 2/53)
New World Te Puke 143/9 (D Price 92; J Boyd 2/30) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 144/7 (L Watkins 45, S Wineti 31, U Ranaraja 25; C MacDonald 4/24, D Price 2/14)
Carrus Mount Maunganui v Element MF Cadets abandoned without a ball being bowled.
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC the bye.
Williams Cup Round Five - 2 March 2019
Eves Realty Greerton 198 (P Thickpenny 57, T Renouf 39, J Bates 33; J Boult 4/19) lost to Element IMF Cadets 199/8 (J Birchall 32no, Gurwinder Singh 29; U Ranaraja 3/55, M Rowland 2/26, J Bates 2/38)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 148 (N Dovey 40, J Spice 37, T Clarke 22; M Rivers 3/25, J Dolan 2/24, H Malik 2/24) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 115 (E Williams 45, J Wiggins 28; N Dovey 5/13, T Clarke 3/22)
Bayleys Central Indians 211/8 (N Smith 4/45) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 192 (G Signal 48, B Guild 48, M Golding 38, J Davis 21; P Gill 5/35)
New World Te Puke the bye.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 23 February 2019
Williams Cup – Round Four
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 171/7 (EW Williams 48, JW Wiggins 27, MM Mitchell 21; M Leef 2/40) defeated New World Te Puke 164 (G Wallace 49, M Leef 34, GS Samra 21; R Urbahn 2/25, J Dolan 2/33, H Malik 2/34, WP Perry 2/39,)
Element IMF Cadets 150 (J Logan 37, M Collett 36; J Rowe 3/12) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 114 (J Boult 3/15)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 191 (T Pringle 75, T Bettleheim 43, T Clarke 21; D Spencer 4/45, U Ranaraja 3/36) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 193/3 (H Collier 102no, L Watkins 47no, T Renouf 22)
Carrus Mount Maunganui the bye.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 16 February 2019
Williams Cup – Round Three
Eves Realty Greerton 259/7 (N Hendrie 103, P Thickpenny 58, L Watkins 39; H Conway 2/41, N Smith 2/61) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 154 (N Walker 37, M Golding 23; M Rowlands 4/28, J Bates 4/28)
New World Te Puke 283/3 (T Bridgman-Raison 128, B McKenzie 112) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 232 (N Dovey 62, T Bettelheim 54, C Templer 48, B Vyver 25; M Leef 3/46, R Crossley 2/26, H Wilde 2/36)
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 97 (S McLaughlin 3/19, J Boult 2/8, J Logan 2/17) lost to Element IMF Cadets 98/3 (J Logan 47)
Bayleys Central Indians the bye.
Williams Cup Results 9 February 2019
New Te Puke 231/9 (B McKenzie 121, M Leef 27, H Wilde 25, T Bridgman-Raison 21; K Bains 2/27, J Logan 2/28, M Collett 2/44) lost to Element IMF Cadets 232/9 (T Boult 110no)
Bayleys Central Indians 234/9 (S Nicholls 71, A Bennett 30, C Ingram 24; D Spencer 3/27, J Bates 3/50) defeated Eves Realty Greerton103/9 (T Renouf 25; S Nicholls 3/16, S Kaul 3/29)
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 162 lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 164/0 (P Drysdale 84no, M Golding 54no)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College the bye.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Results 2 February 2019
Williams Cup – Round One
Carrus Mount Maunganui 174/3 (N Smith 59no, N Walker 54no, M Golding 29)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 143 (N Dovey 66, T Clarke 25; F Lellman 3/35, J Boult 2/21, M Collet 2/2, J Logan 2/30) lost to Element IMF Otumoetai Cadets 144/4 (F Lellman 68no, M Collett 37)
Bayleys Central Indians 216 (Stephen Nicholls 100) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 163
Greerton the bye
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