Eves Realty Greerton got one hand on the Bay of Plenty Cup, with one round remaining in the first past the post competition, when they won a battle of attrition against Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, where all twenty wickets fell in the match.
Greerton won the toss and batted first on their home pitch at Pemberton Park, on Saturday (12 December 2020). The Mount bowlers put plenty of pressure on the Greerton top order, and with 99 runs on the board for the loss of five wickets, the hosts were in some trouble.
Batting at seven, Umesh Ranaraja dug deep into his batting arsenal to hit his sides top score of 59, with Brandon Laurenzi contributing 34 runs, as the home side were bowled out for 202. Mount veteran Peter Drysdale, pulled some more rabbits out of his hat of experience, grabbing five wickets at a cost of 28 runs.
Ben Musgrave anchored the Mount Maunganui reply with a hard fought 44 runs. Three further Mount batsmen got promising starts reaching the twenties, without going on, as the Greerton bowlers started to take control. A five wicket bag from James Boyd, did plenty of damage, as Mount Maunganui were removed 22 runs short of their target.
With Mount Maunganui sitting out the last round bye, the only theoretical challenger to stop Greerton taking out the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup title, is Flying Mullet Te Puke - who would have to comprehensively defeat Papamoa to pick up bonus points and then hope the Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College upset Greerton.
Te Puke took out their fourth straight win after they held off the challenge from Element IMF Cadets. Two Te Puke lower order batsmen in Josh Earle (41) and Iman Singh (39), played prominent roles in the Te Puke total of 173 for nine wickets. Fergus Lellman and Mayura Galappaththi took three wickets apiece in the Cadets bowling attack.
The encounter at the Te Puke Domain was up for grabs throughout most of the Cadets reply, before the visitors were removed for 163, to give the home side a narrow ten run winning margin. Fergus Lellman was a rock at one end and top scored with 74 off 132 balls.
A neat century from Bayleys Central Indians Captain Stephen Nicholls, led his side to a match winning 242 for the loss of seven wickets, against Generation Homes Lake Taupo. Daniel Ford was also in good touch with the bat with 69 runs, with Roger Urbahn taking four wickets.
The Central Indians total, proved a bridge too far for the Lake Taupo team, as they were dismissed 74 runs short of their target. Jack Wiggins was the best of the Taupo teams batting with 68 runs, while the Rotorua's sides wickets were shared around
Tauranga Boys College had little trouble dispatching Craigs Investment Partners Geyser at Nicholson Field in the Western Bay of Plenty. Two cheap wickets apiece, from Tim Pringle, Charles Williams, Tim Clarke and Darcy Collett, had Geyser back in their dressing room with just 105 runs on the score board. Tauranga Boys then cruised to an eight wicket win, with Tim Pringle leading the way with an unbeaten 47 runs.
Bay of Plenty Cup 12 December 2020 – Round Eight
Flying Mullet Te Puke 173/9 (Josh Earle 41, Iman Singh 39; Fergus Lellman 3/32, Mayura Galappaththi 3/41) defeated Element IMF Cadets 163 (F Lellman 74; Ryan Crossley 3/24)
Bayleys Central Indians 242/7 (Stephen Nicholls 100, Daniel Ford 69; Roger Urbahn 4/52) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 171 (Jack Wiggins 68)
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC 105 lost to Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 106/2 (Tim Pringle 47no)
Eve's Realty Greerton 202 (Umesh Ranaraja 58, Brandon Laurenzi 34; Peter Drysdale 5/28, Henry Conway 3/32) defeated Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 181 (Ben Musgrave 44; James Boyd 5/30)
Papamoa the bye.
Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 48, Mount Maunganui 44, Te Puke 41, Central Indians 35, Tauranga Boys College 25, Papamoa 24, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo 9, Geyser 7.
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