Two further individual Bay of Plenty Development team performances, which stepped up in the face of adversity, took the Bay second eleven to victory in their ND Development game with Counties Manukau – and the current season ND Development title.
Bay of Plenty took first use of the batting strip at the Bay Oval, with the opposition bowlers having early reward, with the home side at five down for 63 runs. The arrival of Ben Pomare changed the momentum of the game, as he took control, to hammer 114 runs at a tad less than a run a ball.
Pomare put on two game winning partnerships, of 48 runs with Niven Dovey (25) and then a further 49 runs, with Bay number nine Dillon Preston (23). When Pomare was dismissed with the last ball of the Bay of Plenty turn at bat, the Bay had reached 258 all out.
Counties made a scintillating start to the reply and were 65 without loss. Bay of Plenty first change bowler Tim Pringle then entered the fray, to rip out the Counties top three for just three runs, to have the Bay team well and truly back in the match.
Pringle went on to remove the Counties middle order, to finish with the outstanding figures of seven wickets at a cost of 25 runs, as Counties Manukau were rolled for 122 to hand Bay of Plenty a 136 run win.
A Sunday evening phone call to Northern Districts competitions controller, confirmed that Bay of Plenty had won the ND Development competition prize of the Basil McBurney Trophy.
Sunday’s victory over Counties re-inked Bay Development Coach Russell Williams earlier statements, that the winning performances have been spread throughout the players in the team, who have stepped up with standout individual performances, in times of need.
The Bay of Plenty Development team finished their Basil McBurney Trophy campaign, with four wins from five matches and an additional victory over Hawkes Bay in a “friendly” encounter. They blasted a remarkable 1204 runs and took 47 wickets in their five ND second eleven competition matches.
ND Development Game @ Bay Oval 10 March 2019
Bay of Plenty 258 (Ben Pomare 114, Niven Dovey 25, Dillon Preston 23; SG Skinner 4/64) defeated Counties Manukau 122 (JM Keen 43; Tim Pringle 7/25)
Bay of Plenty Development Team 2018/19 Roll of Honour
114 Ben Pomare v Counties Manukau
110 Fergus Lellman v Waikato Valley
7/25 Tim Pringle v Counties Manukau
ND Development Competition 2018/19 (Basil McBurney Trophy)
Round One: Poverty Bay 239/9 (Craig Baldry 3/28) defeated Bay of Plenty 236 (Jacob Logan 72, Marcel Collett 59)
Round Two: Hamilton 245 (Mikaere Leef 4/41) lost to Bay of Plenty 249/7 (Fergus Lellman 66, Dan Price 49)
Round Three: Bay of Plenty 242 (Tim Pringle 48, Jacob Logan 45) defeated Northland 229 (Fergus Lellman 4/38)
Round Four: Waikato Valley 217/8 (Niven Dovey 3/41) lost to Bay of Plenty 219/3 (Fergus Lellman 110, Taylor Bettleheim 77)
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