A Plunket Shield match at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui this week (21-24 March 2017), will bring the curtain down on an outstanding season of International and Major Association games at the Blake Park ground.
The four-day encounter between the Northern Knights and the Wellington Firebirds at the ND sides alternate home ground, sees the ND team sitting in third place on the standings, just five points clear of the Wellington representatives.
The Bay Oval has garnered a reputation as a ground that rewards batsmen who hit quality scoring shots as well as giving bowlers plenty of opportunity to take wickets.
During the course of the season there has been an avalanche of runs produced at Bay of Plenty Cricket headquarters.
Wellington Firebirds Stephen Murdock posted the first century of the season at the Bay Oval, when he blasted 109 against the Auckland Aces, in a Plunket Shield encounter during October 2016. The match was unique, in that with Wellington’s home ground unavailable, the Firebirds had home ground advantage. Aces quick bowler Lockie Fergusson grabbed some headlines taking a five wicket bag in the game.
The Northern Knights Plunket Shield match-up with Auckland turned into a run fest in November. Knights batsmen Dean Brownlie top scored for his team with a sparkling 143, with Western Bay resident Corey Anderson posting 130 runs. However the highest individual score of the match came from the bat of Black Cap master blaster Martin Guptil with 151.
The first International T20 between New Zealand and Bangladesh, belonged to Black Cap batsmen Colin Munro, who smashed his way to 101 off just 54 balls. His big knock included seven 4’s and seven big shots over the boundary ropes.
Australian batswoman Meg Lamming, will have fond memories of the Western Bay of Plenty ground after she posted an unbeaten 104, as Australia retained The Rose Bowl during February. It was Lamming’s third three figure score at the Bay Oval, following two centuries against the White Ferns last season.
Plunket Shield 21-24 March 2017 @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui – 10.30am start each day
Northern Knights v Wellington Firebirds
International/Major Association Games @ Bay Oval 2016/17 season
Plunket Shield 22/25 October 2016
Auckland Aces 269 & 278 lost to Wellington Firebirds 273 (SJ Murdock 109: LH Fergusson 5/44) & 275/4
Plunket Shield 14/17 November 2016
Northern Knights 417/7 (Dean Brownlie 143, Cory Anderson 130) &110/5 took first innings points from
Auckland Aces 348 (MJ Guptil 151)
McDonalds Super Smash 18 December 2016
Knights 157/5 lost to Otago Volts 158/2 (NT Broom 54no)
McDonalds Super Smash 27 December 2016
Auckland Aces 142/6 lost to Knights 143/1 (Dean Brownlie 54, BJ Watling 53no)
McDonalds Super Smash 29 December 2016
Canterbury Kings 127/6 lost to Knights 129/4 (BJ Watling 52no)
T20 International @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui 6 January 2017
New Zealand Black Caps 195/7 (Colin Munro 101, Tom Bruce) defeated Bangladesh 148
T20 International @ Bay Oval Mount Maunganui – 8 January 2017
New Zealand Black Caps 194/4 (Corey Anderson 94no, Kane Williamson 60) defeated Bangladesh 167/6
The Rose Bowl 2017 – Game Two 2 March
New Zealand White Ferns 253/8 (AE Satherwaite 85) lost to Australian Women 256/6 (AJ Blackwell 65, AC Kerr 4/54)
The Rose Bowl 2017 – Game Three 5 March
New Zealand White Ferns 270/9 (RH Priest 77, KJ Martin 77) lost to Australia Women 273/5 (MM Lamming 104no, BL Mooney 69)
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