Bayleys Central Indians laid down the gauntlet to the other Williams Cup contenders, when they destroyed defending Williams Cup titleholders Eves Realty Greerton by 131 runs on Saturday (9 February 2019), at Greerton HQ in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Greerton won the toss and asked the Rotorua visitors to bat first, reaching the 55 run mark before Cam Ingram was dismissed for 24. Stephen Nicholls, who blasted a century last weekend, carried on his attack on the Greerton bowlers going on to top score with 71 runs. The Rotorua combined side were in a solid position of 142 for the loss of four wickets, when Nicholls was removed.
Batting at six Aaron Bennett added an extremely useful 30, with the sides tail adding nearly forty runs, the visitors posted a very solid 234/9. Dan Spencer and Josh Bates were the best of the Greerton bowlers with three wickets apiece.
The Central Indian bowlers never let the current Williams Cup champions settle in. At 5/62, the hosts were in real trouble which became even worse at 7/69. Batting just ten batsmen due to injury, the hosts were removed for 103 to hand Central Indians a very big scalp. Skipper Stephen Nicholls took three wickets for 16 runs with Swayam Kaul also taking a three wicket bag.
Two centuries at the Tauranga Domain, inked the highlights, in the clash between long-time rivals Element IMF Cadets and New World Te Puke. Te Puke batted first with Blair McKenzie posting his first premier century for the club, with 121 runs off 153 balls, which included six 4’s and six shots blasted over the boundary ropes.
Te Puke set Cadets a big target, when they finished their turn at bat at 231 for the loss of nine wickets. Kamal Bains, Jacob Logan and Marcel Collett all bowled well to be rewarded with two wickets apiece.
Cadets made a good start before the Te Puke bowlers hit their stride. Enter Black Cap Trent Boult, who joined Cadets while at Otumoetai College, batting at seven. Answering a call to duty, Boult blasted his third Cadets premier century, to finish on 110 not out, with the home side getting home with one wicket to spare.
Carrus Mount Maunganui joined Cadets and Central Indians at the top of the leader board, after coasting to a ten wicket win against GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, in the Great Lake region. Taupo were bowled out for 162, with Mount Maunganui getting home without losing a wicket. Mount stalwart Peter Drysdale top scored with an unbeaten 84 with Matt Golding 54 not out.
Williams Cup Results 9 February 2019
New Te Puke 231/9 (B McKenzie 121, M Leef 27, H Wilde 25, T Bridgman-Raison 21; K Bains 2/27, J Logan 2/28, M Collett 2/44) lost to Element IMF Cadets 232/9 (T Boult 110no)
Bayleys Central Indians 234/9 (S Nicholls 71, A Bennett 30, C Ingram 24; D Spencer 3/27, J Bates 3/50) defeated Eves Realty Greerton103/9 (T Renouf 25; S Nicholls 3/16, S Kaul 3/29)
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 162 lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 164/0 (P Drysdale 84no, M Golding 54no)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College the bye.
Points Table (Provisional) Mount Maunganui 12, Cadets 12, Central Indians 12, Te Puke 0, Tauranga Boys College 0, Lake Taupo CC 0, Greerton 0.
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