Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, grabbed the last Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup post section spot up for grabs, when they defeated New World Te Puke on Saturday (14 March 2020).
Entering the last round of the Williams Cup regular season, Tauranga Boys, Generation Homes Lake Taupo and Te Puke were locked together in the race for the fourth semi-final position. With Eves Realty Greerton batting Lake Taupo out of contention, the encounter at the Te Puke Domain turned into a winner take all contest.
The home team batted first and posted a defendable target of 181 for the loss of eight wickets. Cameron Riley top scored with 39 runs, while Hamish Wilde and Stephen Crossan made useful contributions. Tauranga Boys spinner Tim Pringle led his sides wicket tally with 3/51, while Niven Dovey took two wickets for 19 runs.
Led by a lightning 77 off just 51 balls, from Niven Dovey, the Tauranga students cruised home to victory for the loss of just two wickets. Tauranga Boys First XI mentors Tim Clarke and Charles Williams both made solid contributions in reaching the forties.
Tauranga Boys College will now join Carrus Mount Maunganui, Element IMF Cadets and Greerton, in fighting out the 2020 Williams Cup, in the last two weekends of the current cricket season.
Cadets lost their first Williams Cup match of the season, when they were beaten by Mount Maunganui at Mount headquarters, at Blake Park. The visitors won the toss and went into bat, with Gurinder Singh and Taylor Douglas posting identical scores of 38, as the visitors were bowled out for 144. Mount stalwart Nathan Walker was rewarded for line and length bowing with four wickets.
Ben Guild anchored Mount Maunganui to the victory with an unbeaten 51, as the got home with five wickets to spare. Ben Pomare and Logan Carr also played a big part in the Mount win with 26 runs apiece.
Greerton blasted Lake Taupo's hopes of a playoff spot away, when the Western Bay hosts posted a massive 314 for the loss of five wickets. They reached the 200 run mark with nine wickets in hand, with Nick Hendrie and Tom MacRury in superlative touch with their willow weapons. Hendrie belted his fourth century of the season, reaching 127 before being dismissed, while MacRury battered the visitors bowling attack with nine 6's in his total of 96 runs.
Lake Taupo were bowled out for 147, with Mark Mitchell top scoring with 54 runs, while Umesh Ranaraja, Lee Watkins and Jared Tutty took two wickets apiece for the winners.
Geyser City overseas batsman Sam Kershaw, posted his second Williams Cup ton as he took his side to victory against Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua combined team set their opponents a very solid target reaching 245/9, with Jeff Simmons and Nadeera Naweela posting half centuries.
Kershaw belted 112 runs, at a run a ball, in an innings that contained 15 boundaries as Geyser City took out their second Williams Cup win, which consigned Central Indians to the competition wooden spoon.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 14 March 2020 - Results
New World Te Puke 181/8 (Cameron Riley 39, Hamish Wilde 36no, Stephen Crossan 32; Tim Pringle 3/51, Niven Dovey 2/19) lost to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 184/2 (Niven Dovey 77no, Tim Clarke 49no, Charles Williams 40)
Element IMF Cadets 144 (Gurinder Singh 38, Taylor Douglas 38; Nathan Walker 4/35) lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 146/5 (Ben Guild 51no, Ben Pomare 26, Logan Carr 26; Michael Barbeau 2/21)
Eves Realty Greerton 314/5 (Nick Hendrie 127, Tom MacRury 96, Bruce Kerr 55; John Dolan 2/66) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 147 (Mark Mitchell 54; Umesh Ranaraja 2/11, Lee Watkins 2/29, Jared Tutty 2/33)
Bayleys Central Indians 245/9 (Jeff Simmons 56, Nadeera Nawela 52, Stephen Nicholls 47, Joe O'Donoghue 3/25, Sam Kershaw 3/53) lost to Geyser City 246/5 Sam Kershaw 112, Shaquille Graham 43, Cody Fell 32; Virin Patel 2/37, Nadeera Nawela 2/37)
Points Table: Cadets 38, Mount Maunganui 38, Greerton 38, Tauranga Boys College 28, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 19, Geyser City 12, Central Indians 4.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board
143 Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February
131no Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February
128 Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February
127 Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Lake Taupo) 14 March
124 Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February
113 Michael Mitchell (lake Taupo v Mount Maunganui) 7 March
112 Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February
112 Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Central Indians) 14 March
104 Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March
101no Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February
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