Bay of Plenty signed off their 2019/20 ND Development campaign in spectacular fashion, when they set Waikato Valley a almost impossible target at the Tauranga Domain on Sunday (1March 2020).
Few could have imagined the devastation that Bay captain Niven Dovey and Daniel Price, would cause with their willow weapons, when the pair came together with the home team at 40 for the loss of two wickets.
A remarkable 290 run partnership, batted their opponents out of the encounter, with both young men going on to big centuries. Niven Dovey produced a genuine captain’s knock, with 145 runs at a strike rate of 122 (per one hundred balls) which included 18 boundaries.
Dan Price was in equally dominant form blasting 137 at a little better than a run a ball, with seven 4's and seven big heaves over the boundary, in his turn at bat. Price's three figure score was his second for the Bay Development side this season, after he belted 116 against Counties Manukau.
Andrew Mascall produced a handy 32, with the Bay of Plenty second eleven posting a massive 373 for the loss of eight wickets.
The Waikato Valley highest score of 49 runs, told the tale of the demise of the visitors batsmen as they attempted to chase down the monumental target, being removed for 230. The Waikato region team biggest rally came with the last two batsmen at the crease with the pair putting on an 84 run tenth wicket partnership.
The Bay of Plenty bowlers bowled good line and length from the start of the visitors innings, to remove the Valley with the first ball of the 37th over, to claim a very big 153 run win. Habib Malik was the best of the Bay bowlers taking three wickets for 57 runs with Josh Earle finishing with 2/35.
Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams said “Niven and Daniel, simply took the game away from Waikato Valley with an outstanding partnership, which set a new Bay of Plenty partnership record”.
“While we had one slip-up on the way, it was a very positive way to end our season”. “I am really happy with where we are at with the team growing in strength throughout the season, with all the new players who debuted for the team continuing to improve, which is all that we can ask for”.
The Bay of Plenty big win has seen them finish in second place on the season standings, behind Hamilton, who were the only team to defeat them in the race for Basil McBurney Trophy.
ND Development Competition @ Tauranga Domain 1 March 2020
Bay of Plenty 373/8 (Niven Dovey 145, Daniel Price 137, Andrew Mascall 32; K Thomas 5/52) defeated Waikato Valley 230 (Habib Malik 3/57, Josh Earle 2/35)
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