The Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team came up against a Hamilton senior representative program, having a vintage season, when the Bay second eleven met their Waikato Capital City counterparts at the Bay Oval on Sunday (16 February 2020).
Hamilton won the toss and elected to bat at the Mount Maunganui international ground and went on to post a solid 267 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted fifty overs. The best of the Bay of Plenty bowling attack was Josh Earle, who returned figures of four wickets for 49 runs, to take his ND Development season wicket tally to ten. Bay debutant captain Niven Dovey also bowled with real enthusiasm to be rewarded with two wickets.
Bay of Plenty made a sterling start to chasing down the big target and when Jacob Logan was removed for 44, the home side had 81 runs on the board. Taylor Bettelheim continued on to be dismissed for 34, before the Hamilton bowlers tightened the screws.
At 116 for the loss of five wickets, the Bay side were finding runs hard to get, going on to be bowled out for 159 in the 44th over.
Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russ Williams said, “Hamilton came over with a good looking line up and they put our guys under pressure from the first over. We fought back and restricted them to a total that we should have been able to get but we simply didn’t do the job with the bat”.
While the team were naturally disappointed with the home-town loss, they came look back with pride on a nine game winning sequence that stretches back to December 2018. “Hamilton were too good on Sunday - simple as that. A lot of learning will be taken from the game and the guys will look to right some wrongs against Waikato Valley in two weeks time”.
The Basil McBurney Trophy defending champions aren’t out of the championship equation, with one game remaining against Waikato Valley. A victory against the Waikato region team and a Hamilton defeat in their match-up with Counties Manuaku, could take the 2019/20 ND Development title race down to the wire.
ND Development (Basil McBurney Trophy) @ Bay Oval 16 February 2020
Hamilton 267/8 (C Hill 62; Josh Earle 4/49, Niven Dovey 2/51) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 159 (Jacob Logan 44, Taylor Bettelheim 34)
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