Quiet satisfaction descended on the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Sunday (1 December 2019) afternoon, after the Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development team, had cruised to victory over Poverty Bay in their Basil McBurney Trophy match-up.
The Bay of Plenty second eleven, entered the ND Development contest against Poverty Bay, with two narrow losses in the last two seasons. Last season the Poverty Bay paper-thin three run defeat, was their only loss on the way to winning the ND Development competition.
Poverty Bay won the toss and backed themselves by taking first use of the Bay Oval strip, which looked to have plenty of runs in it. The visitors first wicket fell with just eight runs on the board, with the key wicket of Nick Hendrie caught behind by Cameron Ingram for 26, having Poverty Bay in real trouble at 41/4.
The Poverty Bay innings came to an end with the fourth ball of the 38th over, when they were removed for 111. Bay Development Captain Dominic Crombie led the way with ball taking three wickets at a cost of 20 runs, with Josh Earle and Daniel Price taking two wickets apiece.
"It was a fantastic bowling and fielding performance from our lads that set up a great win", said Bay of Plenty Development Coach Russell Williams.
Two of the young guns of Bay of Plenty Cricket, in Taylor Bettelheim and Fergus Lellman, strode to the wicket determined to waste as little time as possible in bringing home a Bay of Plenty victory. It took just eighteen overs for Bay of Plenty to take the competition win points on offer, without losing a wicket.
Fergus Lellman top scored with an unbeaten 55 at a tad better than a run a ball, in an innings that contained eight 4's and one shot over the boundary ropes. Taylor Bettleheim was as dominant as his partner at the batting crease, in posting 49 not out, which included six boundaries.
"Our two openers in Taylor and Fergus were very deliberate in their choice of shots in the run chase, which led to a very convincing win". "I was really happy with our all-round performance and how we are moving forward as a group', said Williams.
The Bay of Plenty second eleven now take a competition break until February 2020, when the they will endeavour to retain their unbeaten ND Development season record, against Counties Manukau, Hamilton and Waikato Valley.
ND Development Competition @ Bay Oval, 1 December 2019
Poverty Bay 111 (N Hendrie 26; Dominic Crombie 3/20, Daniel Price 2/20, Josh Earle 2/25) lost to Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development 115/0 (Fergus Lellman 55no, Taylor Bettleheim 49no)
Basil McBurney Trophy Schedule 2019/2020
2 February 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Counties Manukau, Karaka
16 February 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Hamilton, Bay Oval
8 March 2020 - Bay of Plenty Development v Waikato Valley, Bay Oval
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