Eves Realty Greerton faces one of their biggest games of their season this Sunday (24 February 2019), when they contest the ND Club Championships Final, against Kamo Cricket Club from Northland.
The annual ND Club Champs brings together the top-dog from each of the Northern Districts Cricket Associations. The big prize for the winner is a berth in the New Zealand Club Championships, played at Cornwall Park in Auckland, at the end of the season.
Otumoetai Cadets, are the only Bay of Plenty Club to annex the National Club Champs title, winning the symbol of the top club cricket side in the country, in 2003.
Greerton will have no illusions about the challenge facing them, when the team from the far north pays a visit to Pemberton Park on Sunday. In 2015 and 2016, Greerton earned the right to represent the Bay of Plenty in the ND Club Champs, courtesy of winning the BOPCA Baywide Cup.
February 2015, saw Greerton win the Eric Petrie Cup awarded to the winner of the ND Club Champs title, when they dispatched Northland side Maungakaramea in the title decider. The Eric Petrie trophy, recognizes the New Zealand wicket keeper, who also played five seasons for the Bay of Plenty representative cricket team from the 1963/64 season to 1967/68.
Greerton has plenty of batting and bowling firepower - with their greatest strength, the number of all-rounders in the line-up. Nick Hendrie, Tom Renouf and Pip Thickpenny are likely to bat at the top of the order, with all-rounders in Henry Collier, Shane Wineti, Lee Watkins, Umesh Ranaraja and Jared Tutty following in the middle order. The bowling attack will be led by Daniel Spencer, Mike Rowland and Josh Bates.
The Bay of Plenty representatives reached the ND final, after defeating Hamilton representatives Hamilton Old Boys, in the semi-finals during January 2019. Greerton batted first and were removed for gettable total, being bowled out for 179. Nick Hendrie top scored with 68 with skipper Shane Wineti (35) and quick bowler Campbell Thomas (21) making useful contributions.
Hamilton Old Boys top score of 31, told the tale of a team playing catch-up during the game. However they were right in the contest as the overs ticked over, with the Greerton bowlers finally removing their opponents for 166, to claim a hard fought 13 run victory.
Henry Collier was the best of the Bay of Plenty representatives bowling attack with three wickets for 24 runs. Shane Wineti and Umesh Ranaraja both bowled with enthusiasm to be rewarded with two wickets apiece.
ND Club Championships Final 24 February 2019 @ Pemberton Park
Eves Realty Greerton (Bay of Plenty) v Kamo (Northland)
Greerton: Shane Wineti (C) Nick Hendrie, Henry Collier, Tom Renouf, Pip Thickpenny, Umesh Ranaraja, Lee Watkins, Josh Bates, Michael Rowland, Daniel Spencer, Jared Tutty.
ND Club Championships Semi-Finals 2019
Greerton 179 (Nick Hendrie 68, Shane Wineti 35, Campbell Thomas 21) defeated Hamilton Old Boys 166 (Henry Collier 3/24, Umesh Ranaraja 2/21, Shane Wineti 2/23)
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