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Posted: Monday, 23 November 2020

Papamoa made their breakthrough first win in the Bay of Plenty Cup on Saturday (21 November 2020), after earning admission to Baywide cricket at the start of the 2020/21 season.

Papamoa won the toss and elected to bat, against Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, at TBC headquarters at Nicholson Field. Papamoa openers Matt Horne and Andrew Goldsmith, got their side away to a good start with the first wicket falling with 40 runs on the board. Horne went on to post 34 runs before being dismissed - however it was the arrival of Ben Guild at the crease that set up the Papamoa victory.

Guild steadily built an innings that finished with an unbeaten 114 runs in the scorebook, which included eight 4's. Liam Collett was the best of the Tauranga Boys bowlers taking three wickets at a cost of 40 runs.

While Isaac White, Charles Williams and Liam Collett all reached the thirties before being dismissed, the Papamoa bowlers prevailed to remove their opponents for 181, to claim their first Baywide win. Reece Shelton took 3/34 for the victors.

A batting blitzkrieg, from Eves Realty Greerton master blaster Tom MacRury, took his side to an emphatic seven wicket victory against Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua combined team batted first and were bowled out for 182, with skipper Stephen Nicholls top scoring with a hard fought 63. Greerton bowler Lee Watkins impressed with four wickets for 21 runs.

Tom MacRury simply took control from the opening ball he faced, to blast 114 from just 59 balls, at an outstanding strike rate of 192 (per 100 balls). His assault on the home sides bowling attack contained twelve 4's and seven mighty heaves over the boundary. The Greerton opener received plenty of support from Brandon Laurenzi who posted 44 runs.

Bowlers from both sides dominated proceedings at Blake Park, where Flying Mullet Te Puke chased down the small target set by Bond & Co Mount Maunganui. Joint competition leaders Mount Maungnui, were bowled out for just 87 runs with David Hancock (24) the only batsman to reach the twenties. Cameron Riley was in top form with the ball grabbing four wickets for 18 runs.

The fall of the first wicket with just one on the board, brought Blair McKenzie to the crease, who proceeded to anchor the successful Te Puke reply. When McKenzie departed with 38 runs on the board, his team needed just four runs for the win points on offer, which took them to the cusp of the top four.

Element IMF Cadets had a successful road trip to the Great Lake region, where they dispatched Generation Homes Lake Taupo, by 71 runs. Cadets batted first and posted a solid target for the home side reaching 278 for the loss of six wickets. Marcel Collett led the way with 89 runs with Donovan Debble notching up a half century.

Lake Taupo top order batsman Michael Mitchell, who is currently in fine form at the batting crease top scored with 82. Three wicket hauls bags from Josh Dempsey and Cameron O'Dea did the damage as the Taupo representatives were bowled out for 207.

Bay of Plenty Cup Results - 21 November 2020

Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 87 (David Hancock 24; Cameron Riley 4/18) lost to Flying Mullet Te Puke 89/6 (Blair McKenzie 38; Craig Baldry 2/1)

Papamoa 231/7 (Ben Guild 108no, Matt Horne 34; Liam Collett 3/40) defeated Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 181 (Isaac White 38, Charles Williams 34, Liam Collett 33; Reece Shelton 3/34)

Bayleys Central Indians 182 (Stephen Nicholls 63, Daniel Ford 37, Lee Watkins 4/21) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 184/3 (Tom MacRury 114, Brandon Laurenzi 44; Sam Lund 2/24)

Element IMF Cadets 278/6 (Marcel Collett 89, Donovan Deeble 53; Nathaniel Higgins 2/56) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 207 (Michael Mitchell 82; Josh Dempsey 3/31, Cameron O'Dea 3/41)

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser the bye

Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 33, Mount Maunganui 27, Cadets 20, Central Indians 20, Te Puke 19, Tauranga Boys College 16, Papamoa 12, Lake Taupo 6, Geyser 6.

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