It didn't take long for fireworks to light up the 2020 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, on the opening day of the competition, with two centuries and another Baywide batsman falling just three runs short of the magical number.
Williams Cup debutants Geyer City, grabbed their first win of the current Baywide season when they upset Generation Homes Lake Taupo, courtesy of an unbeaten century belted by Sam Kershaw. The Taupo side batted first and set Geyser City a solid target reaching 225 for the loss of eight wickets. Michael Mitchell (88) and Ray How (76) made significant contributions with the bat, with Josh Simpson taking four wickets for the Rotorua side.
Coming in at three, Kershaw anchored his team’s victory at a tad under a run a ball to post 101 not out, in a innings that contained nine 4's and a big heave over the boundary. Cameron Ingram also played a big part in the Geyser five wicket win with a gritty 41 runs.
Ben Vyver led from the front to anchor Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College hard-fought nine run win, over Bayleys Central Indians. Batting first, Tauranga Boys posted 225/7, with Vyver in grand touch smacking 112 runs with 72 runs coming from boundaries. Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls was the best of his sides bowlers, taking four wickets for 35 runs.
Nicholls, stood out like lighthouse beacon in his teams turn at bat, before being caught and bowled by Tim Clarke for 97. Kieran New was the pick of the Tauranga Boys bowlers with three wickets, as the home side got home in the 46th over.
Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets had a solid battle with New World Te Puke, before returning home with the win points on offer. Bowling first, Cadets had Te Puke in early grief at 38/5, before Tasman Carsons (39) and Dillon Preston (34) assisted their team through to 169/9. Jacob Logan Joe McCluskie and Jono Boult, all took three wickets apiece.
A hard fought 45 runs from keeper Taylor Douglas and Cadets captain Jono Boult chipping in with a vital 22 runs, played big part in the Cadets four wicket victory. Reinhardt Kruger was rewarded with some good bowling with four wickets for the home side.
Eves Realty Greerton defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui, for the first time, in their five encounters this season. Mount Maunganui batted first and put 204 runs for the loss of nine wickets, in the scorebook. Individual honours belonged to Tony Goodin who top scored with 48 runs and a five wicket bag taken by Lee Watkins.
Greerton made a flyer, with opener Nick Hendrie smashing 58 off 40 balls. Bruce Kerr top scored with 61 with Ben Lind posting a dogged 52 not out, in the hosts seven wicket win.
Versatile Tauaranga Williams Cup 1 February 2020 - Round One Results
Carrus Mount Maunganui 204/9 (Tony Goodin 48, Matt Golding 41; Lee Watkins 5/34) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 205/3 (Bruce Kerr 61, Nick Hendrie 58, Ben Lind 52no; Daniel Smith 2/17)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 225/7 (Ben Vyver 112, Tim Clarke 31; Stephen Nicholls 4/35) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 216 (Stephen Nicholls 97, Vinay Pathania 25; Kieran New 3/43)
New World Te Puke 169/9 (Tasman Carsons 39, Dillon Preston 34; Jacob Logan 3/8, Joe McCluskey 3/28, Jono Boult 3/39) lost to Element IMF Cadets 170/6 (Taylor Douglas 45; Joe McCluskie 30no; Reinhardt Kruger 4/36)
Generation Homes Lake Taupo 225/8 (Michael Mitchell 88, Ray How 76; Joshua Simpson 4/75) lost to Geyser City 226/5 (Sam Kershaw 101no, Cameron Ingram 41; Habib Malik 2/52)
Points Table (Provisional) Cadets 6, Geyser City 6, Greerton 6, Tauranga Boys College 6, Central Indians 0, Lake Taupo 0, Mount Maunganui 0, Te Puke 0.
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