Defending ND Development Champions Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty, made the best possible start to defending the Basil McBurney Trophy, when they defeated Northland at the neutral venue of Bledisloe Park in Pukekohe on Sunday (17 November 2019).
Bay of Plenty won the toss, in their first ND Development competition game of the season and elected to bat. New Zealand Under 19 representative Fergus Lellman was in good touch and stroked 47 runs of 68 balls, in a patient innings that included four boundaries. Batting in the middle order, Marcel Collett and Niven Dovey kept their side’s turn at bat ticking over.
When Niven Dovey was dismissed, the Bay had some work to do being six down with 140 runs on the board. Captain Dominic Crombie and Cameron Ingram who was making his Bay second eleven debut, both made useful contributions down the order, as Bay of Plenty were removed for 189 with one ball to spare in the regulation fifty overs.
Bay of Plenty opening bowler Fergus Lellman, put the Northland reply on the back foot, taking the first three wickets with just 22 runs on the board. When opener Bert Horner was adjudged IBW to the bowling of Iman Singh, the team from the far north was on the ropes at 105/7.
Batting at eight, Mark Andrianatos belted the ball with defiance to post his team’s top score of 54 not out, with Northland removed for 155 - to hand the Bay of Plenty representatives a 34 run victory.
Fergus Lellmen, finished the match with bowling figures of three wickets at a cost of 22 runs, with Jacob Logan and Iman Singh taking two wickets apiece.
Revenge will be on the Bay of Plenty Development side, on Sunday 1st December 2019, when they host Poverty Bay, who beat the Bay by a paper-thin margin of three runs last season.
ND Basil McBurney Trophy @ Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe 17 November 2019
189 (Fergus Lellman 47, Niven Dovey 27, Marcel Collett 21; H Kidd 3/24) defeated Northland 155 (M Andrianatos 54no, B Horner 53; Fergus Lellman 3/22, Jacob Logan 2/19, Iman Singh 2/30)
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