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Posted: Sunday, 20 December 2020

Eves Realty Greerton wrapped up the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup title, in the last round of play, after defeating Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College on Saturday (19 December 2020).

The four wicket win at Greerton headquarters at Pemberton Park, was the clubs fourth Bay of Plenty Cup crown, since the one-day competition kicked off in the 2007/08 season. Saturday's, first past the post competition victory, was the second time that the Greerton premiers had gone through the Bay of Plenty Cup title race unbeaten.

Tauranga Boys opened the day’s proceedings, with the home side removing their near neighbours for 140. Current season Greerton new comer Mitchell Rush took four wickets, with current captain Lee Watkins returning figures of 3/15. Chris Mascall top scored for the visitors with a hard fought 30 runs. 

The early ascendancy in the Greerton reply lay with Tauranga Boys, who had the home team on the ropes, at four down with just 37 runs on the board. Batting at five, Umesh Ranaraja steadied the ship and took control to take his team home to victory with an unbeaten 73, with four wickets to spare.

Long serving Greerton Captain Shane Wineti, who was on the sideline due to injury, said "the latest Bay of Plenty Cup win was based upon great team work and the experience of players such as Dan Spencer, James Boyd, Tom MacRury and Brett Hampton when available, who have experienced previous multiple Bay of Plenty Cup success".

"We have built a great culture and bond in recent years and Lee Watkins has done a grand job stepping up to the plate as the team captain, after I was injured earlier in the season".

Flying Mullet Te Puke continued their grand run of winning form, posting their fifth successive victory and leapfrogging Bond & Co Mount Maunganui to finish second in the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup. Squaring off against Papamoa, Iman Singh batting at six top scored with 66 runs, with Gareth Wallace in good touch posting a half century, as Te Puke reached 240/9.

Tasman Carsons led his side to a big 135 run win with three wickets at a cost of 25 runs. Te Puke, can be well pleased with their 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup performances, with their only loss inflicted by Greerton in round four.

Bayleys Central Indians nailed a top four finish, when they defeated Element IMF Cadets, at Cadets home base at the Tauranga Domain. Cadets posted the visitors a substantial target in reaching 226/9, with all-rounder Donovan Deeble leading the way with 78, while Fergus Lellman posted a half century.

Former Northern Districts player Bharat Popli took charge of his sides reply in belting 108 not out. Popli and Julian Danby (45no) took the game away from Cadets as they strolled to a six wicket win.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo grabbed their first win of the Bay of Plenty Cup competition, with an emphatic victory against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Batting first, Lake Taupo reached 288/5 with skipper Habib Malik (90) and Caleb Bate (86) doing plenty of damage at the crease. Three wickets bags from Nathaniel Higgins and Aditya Chandelier, were major factors in Geyser being bowled out for 144, to give the Taupo side a 144 run victory.

Bay of Plenty Cup 19 December 2020

Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 140 (Chris Mascall 30; Mitchell Rush 4/50, Lee Watkins 3/15) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 141/6 Umesh Ranaraja 73no)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 288/5 (Habib Malik 90, Caleb Bate 86, Raymond How 45, Michael Mitchell 40) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 144 (Ben Astwood 33, Cohen Stewart 31; Nathaniel Higgins 3/17, Aditya Chandelier 3/18) 

Element IMF Cadets 226/9 (Donovan Deeble 78, Fergus Lellman 58; Stephen Nichols 4/35) lost to Bayleys Central Indians 227/4 (Bharat Popli 108no, Julian Danby 45no, Stephen Nicholls 39)

Flying Mullet Te Puke 240/9 (Iman Singh 66, Gareth Wallace 56, Hamish Wilde 38, Josh Earle 30) defeated Papamoa 105 (Scott Finlayson 30; Tasman Carsons 3/25)

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui the bye.

Points Table (Final) Greerton 55, Te Puke 48, Mount Maunganui 44, Central Indians 43, Tauranga Boys College 27, Cadets 24, Papamoa 24, Lake Taupo 16, Geyser 7.

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