May 2018, produced four centuries from Bay of Plenty players who have left the woes of a kiwi winter behind to ply their craft and skills overseas, during the New Zealand cricket off-season.
Bay of Plenty and Greerton opening batsman Tom MacRury, has broken from the tradition of journeying to the Northern Hemisphere, to take his attacking style of batting to the top end of Australia, to play in Darwin.
MacRury blasted the highest score of the NT A Grade competition this season, smashing his way to 160 off a neat one hundred balls. A massive thirteen 6’s accompanied by twelve 4’s - led Waratah to a six wicket victory against Palmerston who had set their opponents a target of 265 to win.
Tom is right in the frame to earn a place in the four team NT Winter T20 Strike League in July, where a number of the best Pro T20 players in Australia play with the pick of the NT amateur players, in front of the Big Bash selectors. This seasons Winter Strike League will have the added attraction of David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who are chasing cricket redemption.
Three Te Puke premier players have made their mark in England during May, reaching the magical three figures with their willow batting weapons. Bay of Plenty representative batsman Stephen Crossan who plays for the Flowery Field CC, which dates back to formation in 1838, was in sterling form for Flowery Field against Stretford in the Greater Manchester region competitions. Stephen belted 113 off just 84 balls, in an innings that included eleven 4’s and seven big shots over the boundary ropes.
Wearing the uniform of Old Williamsonian CC in Kent, against Dartford, Josh Earle smacked 104 runs in quick smart time. At the time of writing this report, Josh was his side’s top scorer with 243 runs at an average of 60.75, with two half-centuries and a ton to his name.
Rounding out the Te Puke players big scores, was Daniel Price who is representing Lindrum CC in the Lincolnshire region. Squaring of against Hartsholme, Daniel was in devastating touch in posting a unbeaten 146 off 128 balls, with the majority of his scoring shots coming by way of fourteen 4’s and four 6’s.
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