For the second October in a row, Brett Hampton gave a master-class in batting as he powered Eves Realty Greerton to victory against Element IMF Cadets, in a Bay of Plenty Cup game on Saturday (12 October 2019), in a rain shortened match reduced to 26 overs per side.
Cadets had early success grabbing their first wicket with the second ball of the game. Greerton new recruit Bruce Kerr then took control belting 65 runs off 37 balls. Coming in at four, Hampton took aim on the boundary ropes to blast 119 off just 48 balls, in a whirlwind innings that produced sixteen 6's. The ND batsman put on a similar performance on the opening day of last season, belting 155 in a Twenty 20 encounter, scoring 102 runs over the boundary ropes.
Greerton finished their turn at bat at 245 for the loss of five wickets, setting their opponents a target of over nine runs an over. Jacob Logan was the best of the Cadets bowlers taking two wickets for 55 runs.
Jacob Logan led the way for the Cadets reply with 37 runs. While Joe Carter, Lee Te Hurne and Mayura Galappaththi got into the twenties, the lack of any substantial partnerships resulted in Cadets being restricted to 175/8.
The second rain affected match in the Western Bay of Plenty also produced a solid target. New World Te Puke batted first in their home ground match-up with Generation Home Lake Taupo, to post 196/9 in their allotted 34 overs. Skipper Stephen Crossan top scored with 67 runs, with AJ How taking three wickets for the visitors.
Two three wicket bags from Iman Singh and Christian MacDonald, did most of the damage as Lake Taupo were removed for just 123, to hand Te Puke a 73 run win.
Bayleys Central Indians moved into a share of the competition lead, after a good tussle with Geyser City in a Rotorua local derby. Geyser City took first use of the batting strip at Boord Park, producing a good sized target after they were bowled out for 168. Batting at three Sam Kershaw anchored the Geyser innings with 73, with former Bay of Plenty representative Dane Sorrenson chipping in with 25 runs. Parv Mehta continued his good form with the ball taking four wickets for 38 runs.
Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls, picked up from last weeks century, to again lead his side to victory with a patient 76 as the combined side got home with six wickets to spare.
A sodden outfield at Waipuna Park, resulted in the encounter between Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College and Carrus Mount Maunganui, being abandoned without a ball being bowled.
BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Results 12 October 2019
New World Te Puke 196/9 (Stephen Crossan 67, Blair McKenzie 36; AJ How 3/44, Roger Urbahn 2/32, Habib Malik 2/42, Drew Brieley 2/47) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 123 (H Malik 33, D Brieley 22; Iman Singh 3/38, Christian MacDonald 3/20, Cam Riley 2/31) - 34 over match
Eves Realty Greerton 254/5 (Brett Hampton 119no, Bruce Kerr 65, Pip Thickpenny 34; Jacob Logan 2/55) defeated Element IMF Cadets 175/8 (J Logan 37, Joe Carter 29, Lee Te Hurne 27, Mayura Galappaththi 23; Umesh Ranaraja 2/19, Jared Tutty 2/28, Josh Bates 2/29) – 26 over match
Geyser City 168 (Sam Kershaw 73, Dane Sorrenson 25; Parv Mehta 4/38, Andrew Gibbs 3/37, LS Bhatti 2/25) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 170/4 (Stephen Nicholls 76, Aaron Bennett 30, Ben Sandford 20no; S Kershaw 3/35)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Carrus Mount Maunganui – match abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 13, Central Indians 13, Te Puke 13, Lake Taupo CC 7, Tauranga Boys College 4, Mount Maunganui 4, Cadets 1, Geyser City 1.
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