The Bay of Plenty senior representative team returned home from the far north of the country, after just falling short of grabbing first innings points from Northland, in their first ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl game of the season.
Northland won the toss and elected to bat on very flat wicket. The home side got away to a grand start with the Bay opening bowlers leaking too many runs. Bay of Plenty debutant Dan Smith, who has come north from Southland, broke through taking the big wicket of Northland danger man Henry Cooper. Fifteen year old Tim Pringle, who was also on debut, was unlucky not to take a wicket in his first over.
Sean Davey and Brett Hampton were far more threatening in their second spells, with Davey grabbing the big scalp of Brad Kneebone, caught at fine leg from a top-edged hook shot.
Alastair Blackett showed his skill with the ball, getting it to swing from the onset of his spell, finishing with the Bay of Plenty best bowling figures of two wickets for 20 runs. Dan Smith and Tim Pringle also took two wickets apiece.
Bay of Plenty Coach Charles Williams said “After 102 overs of toil on a very flat track, we managed to bowl Northland out for 337 in the final moments of the first day. It was impressive to see the energy our boys were still showing after 102 overs in the field”.
“Going out to bat on the second day, we knew we would have to bat all day to take points home from the encounter”. However two Bay wickets with not many runs on the board, quickly had the visitors on the back foot.
Tom MacRury dug in and with the assistance of Sean Davey got Bay of Plenty back in contention. MacRury was on his way to a big score, when he mistimed a ball to be dismissed for 60.
With just 125 runs on the board, for the loss of five wickets, the Bay of Plenty representatives were in deep trouble. Enter veteran Bay all-rounder Jono Boult, who went on to top score with a measured and mature batting display that produced 81 runs.
Two Boult partnerships, with Ben Musgrave and then keeper Tim Clarke, got the Bay team back into contention. Clarke hit some sublime boundaries on his way to posting 67 runs. In spite of a grand fightback, the Bay of Plenty representatives fell 19 runs short of taking first innings points from the match.
“Unfortunately we fell short and probably the most disappointing part was getting so close only to be denied at the end. Obviously we have work to do, before the rest of the Fergus Hickey two-day games in the second part of the season, however there were also plenty of positives to take away from the match”.
“We put a lot of responsibility on the senior players and although individual performances may not have been ideal, the leadership shown from key members was certainly evident”. “We now look forward to the Brian Dunning Twenty 20 tournament in Taupo in a couple of week’s time and we will train accordingly for the change in format”.
Fergus Hickey Rosebowl 11-12 November 2017 @ Cobham Oval Whangarei - Result
Northland 336 (B Hyde 71; Alastair Blackett 2/20, Dan Smith 2/48, Tim Pringle 2/66)
Bay of Plenty 317 (Jono Boult 81, Tim Clarke 67, Tom MacRury 60, Sean Davey 42; H Cooper 4/71)
Result: Northland took first innings points.
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