A battering ram attack, took Eves Realty Greerton to 339 for the loss of five wickets against Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, in Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup action at Blake Park on Saturday (23 January 2021).
Batting at four, Cameron Neal turned the encounter on its head, when he hammered a chanceless 202 not out. Neal, who has recently returned to the Greerton club after four years of playing cricket Auckland, took no prisoners with his huge total coming from 126 balls.
A massive sixteen 6's, were accompanied by twelve 4's, as Neal fired some of the biggest blows ever seen at Blake Park. Neal and Umesh Ranaraja put together a 183 run third wicket partnership, before Ranaraja fell with 55 runs in the scorebook.
The 202 runs, eclipsed the previous double century marks posted by Cadets Jono Boult (200no) and Mark Divehall (200) from Mount Maunganui, in the first decade of the new millennium.
While Mount Maunganui made a valiant attempt to chase down the mammoth target, they were bowled out for 204. Niven Dovey belted a half century with David Hancock adding a useful 33 runs.
Papamoa continued on its giant-killing path in their first Baywide season, dispatching Element IMF Cadets, at Alice Johnson Oval. The visitors batted first and were removed for 162, with Marcel Collett top scoring with a hard fought 82. Ashish Dhameliya took three wickets for 22 runs.
A gritty 51 from Finn Watson combined with 40 runs from Ashish Dhameliya took Papamoa to a four wicket victory.
Generation Homes Lake Taupo had a fruitless trip to the Western Bay of Plenty, when they lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke at the Te Puke Domain. The Taupo sides batsmen failed to put together any significant partnerships and were bowled out for 157.
However the Lake Taupo bowlers gave their side some hope, with early wickets, before the home side grabbed the win points on offer with five wickets to spare. Blair McKenzie was in good touch top scoring with 68 runs while Christian MacDonald compiled a handy 40 runs.
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, batted first in their match-up with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, setting their opponents a gettable target. Charles Williams reached the sixties before dismissal, with Sathish Krisnamoorthy taking four wickets for the Rotorua side.
Tauranga Boys third change bowler Jack Jones, had a match that he will remember for a long time, taking a five wicket haul as Geyser were dismissed 38 runs short of their target.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 23 January 2021
Element IMF Cadets 162 (Marcel Collett 82; Ashish Dhameliya 3/22) lost to Papamoa 163/6 (Finn Watson 51, A Dhameliya 40)
Generation Homes Lake Taupo 157(Iman Singh 3/30) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 160/5 (Blair McKenzie 68, Christian MacDonald 40; Habib Malik 3/39)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 168 (Charles Williams 61, Liam Collett 39; Sathish Krisnamoorthy 4/13) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 131(Dane Sorrenson 53, Ben Astwood 34; Jack Jones 5/27)
Eves Realty Greerton 339/5 (Cameron Neal 202no, Umesh Ranaraja 55, Tom MacRury 48) defeated Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 204 (Niven Dovey 54, David Hancock 33)
Bayleys Central Indians the bye.
Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 20, Cadets 14, Central Indians 14, Te Puke 8, Lake Taupo 8, Mount Maunganui 7, Tauranga Boys College 6, Papamoa 6, Geyser 0
2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Milestones
202no Cameron Neal (Greerton v Mount Maunganui) 23 January
174 Tim Pringle (Cadets v Geyser) 9 January
144 Bharat Popli (Central Indians v Papamoa) 16 January
137 Tom MacRury (Greerton v Tauranga Boys College) 16 January
111 Taylor Bettelheim (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January
103no Fergus Lellman (Cadets v Te Puke) 16 January
7/10 Daniel Spencer (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 9 January
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