The Bay of Plenty Senior Men’s team lifted aloft the Brian Dunning Trophy in triumph, at the ND Twenty 20 tournament played in Taupo, Sunday to Tuesday (16-18 December 2018) winning all five games.
The Bay of Plenty representatives controlled all five matches and were never seriously troubled over the three days of play at Owen Delaney Park.
Bay of Plenty Coach Charles Williams said “The most pleasing aspect of the tournament win, was that not only did we execute the key skills of batting, bowling and fielding well, we also did the little things better than our oppositions and we did them consistently well during some of the hottest and physically draining conditions we have faced in Taupo”.
After easily sweeping Poverty Bay aside by eight wickets on the opening day, the Bay of Plenty first big challenge came in the early encounter against Northland on day two. A big 83 run victory was rich reward, following last season’s solitary run loss to Northland, which gifted the team from the far north the T20 title. Bay of Plenty batted first and reached 196/7 after a few early hiccups on the way, with skipper Jono Boult top scoring with 68 while ND all-rounder Brett Hampton hit a quick-fire 41 runs. Northland were bundled out for 113, with the only Northland danger of Chris Page, dismissed by Craig Baldry who was making his Bay of Plenty debut. Peter Drysdale and Jono Boult also took two wickets apiece in the big Bay of Plenty win. Counties Manukau, were on the back foot from the opening ball in the day two afternoon encounter, with the Bay of Plenty bowlers restricting their opponents to 108 for the loss of 9 wickets. Bay of Plenty opener Stephen Crossan led the way, top scoring with 39 runs as the Bay side cruised to an eight wicket win. Arch-rivals Hamilton were the Bay of Plenty opponents in the early game on day three, with the Waikato City side expected to provide the Bay biggest challenge, with both sides entering the contest with unbeaten tournament records. Bay of Plenty continued their steam-roller approach to the tournament, giving Hamilton a cricket lesson. The Bay side posted 185 for the loss of eight wickets before rolling Hamilton for just 118, to claim a 67 run victory. Individual highlights belong to Peter Drysdale who top scored with 47 runs and Henry Collier who grabbed four wickets for just 11 runs.
The new ND Twenty 20 champions, finished their tournament campaign in style, with another big win against Waikato Valley. The Bay side again set a nine runs an over plus target, when they reached 198/7, then removed Waikato Valley for just 89 to claim their biggest win of the tournament. Peter Drysdale again top score with 52 and then backed up his batting exploits with two wickets for just 4 runs.
The Bay of Plenty dominance of the ND Twenty 20 tournament was shown in the margins of their eight wickets, 83 runs, eight wickets, 67 runs and 109 run victories over Poverty Bay, Northland, Counties Manukau, Hamilton and Waikato Valley respectively.
“Our batting was a standout but this was also equaled by our bowling and fielding throughout the five games. At one stage the captain had nine bowling options in a game”.
“The icing on the cake was certainly our fielding. The attitude the side brought in this area was very professional and it showed with the amount of chances we were able to create and the pressure we were able to put on our opponents”. “Key moments in all our games, were decided by the consistent high level of our fielding”, said Coach Williams.
There were four special moments in the tournament, with three individual players bringing up Bay of Plenty Cricket milestones. On day one, Brett Hampton brought up the magical mark of 100 wickets in the Blue and Gold uniform.
Three further Bay of Plenty Cricket milestones were posted on day two. Sean Davey brought up 50 games for the Bay of Plenty First XI, with Brett Hampton adding to his 100 wicket milestone on day one, bringing up 2000 runs against Northland. Jono Boult reached the 150 wicket milestone, to sit in fourth place on the all-time wicket tally, behind Derek Beard (204) Mathew Hart (168) and Tony Goodin (168).
ND Twenty 20 Tournament @ Owen Delaney Park, Taupo 16-18 December 2018
Day Three (18 December)
Round Five – Bay of Plenty 198/7 (Peter Drysdale 52, Bharat Popli 43, Brett Hampton 42, Sean Davey 26) defeated Waikato Valley 89 (Peter Drysdale 3/8, Brett Hampton 2/13, Jono Boult 2/14)
Round Four – Bay of Plenty 185/8 (Peter Drysdale 47, Stephen Crossan 36, Blair McKenzie 23) defeated Hamilton 118 (Henry Collier 4/11, Sean Davey 2/30, Brett Hampton 2/33)
Day Two (17 December)
Round Three – Counties Manukau 108/9 (Dan Smith 3/12, B Hampton 3/18) lost to Bay of Plenty 109/2 (Stephen Crossan 39, Sean Davey 35no, B Hampton 31)
Round Two – Bay of Plenty 196/7 (Jono Boult 68, Brett Hampton 41, Peter Drysdale 27, Henry Collier 23) defeated Northland 113 (C Page 35; P Drysdale 2/4, J Boult 2/19, Craig Baldry 2/26)
Day One (16 December) – Round One
Poverty Bay 92/7 (B Kerr 27; Chris Atkinson 2/12, Henry Collier 2/22) lost to Bay of Plenty 94/2 (Bharat Popli 60no)
50 Games Sean Davey v Counties Manukau 17 December 2018
2000 Runs Brett Hampton v Northland 17 December 2018
150 wickets Jono Boult v Northland 17 December 2018
100 wickets Brett Hampton v Poverty Bay 16 December 2018
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