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Taylor Bettelheim Wins Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year

Taylor Bettelheim Wins Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year

Posted: Thursday, 8 April 2021

The recent Bay of Plenty Cricket Prizegiving saluted the achievements of players and officials during the 2020-21 cricket season.

Taylor Bettelheim, was presented with the Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year, for his achievements with his willow weapon during the season. Taylor became just the third (and youngest) player since Bay of Plenty affiliated to New Zealand Cricket in 1931, to break through the 200 run barrier, when he smashed a unbeaten 211 against Waikato Valley.

The double century followed, 133, against arch-rivals Hamilton just four weeks previously. Bettelheim was the leading run scorer in the ND Fergus Hickey Rosebowl competition and has belted four centuries in just 16 Bay of Plenty appearances. For good measure he also posted a NZC Provincial A three figure score.

The BOPCA First Class Player of the Year was awarded to Black Cap Captain Kane Williamson, for the sixth successive year. Some of the Black Cap skippers achievements in the last twelve months, included two double hundreds, ICC Number One ranked batsman and leading New Zealand to the ICC World Test Championship Final.

Taylor Bettelheim, took out the BOPCA Mike Wright batting award with 474 runs and two centuries to his name. Peter Drysdale, who leads the Bay of Plenty appearance with 115 games has developed over the years into a genuine spin bowling option, was awarded the BOPCA Derek Beard bowing trophy taking 18 wickets.

Bay of Plenty Development honours, were taken out by Michael Mitchell with 289 runs and Finn Dempsey taking eight wickets including a highly sought after six wicket bag.

Niven Dovey was presented with the Brendan Bracewell Most Promising Player trophy, with the citation saying that Niven was recognised for leading the Bay of Plenty Development team, to win the ND Development competition prize of the Basil McBurney Trophy. His ability was recognised outside the region with selection in the ND Under 19 team, with the undoubted highlight being 106 against Otago, at the National age-group tournament.

2020/21 Bay of Plenty Cricket Awards                               

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Year       Taylor Bettelheim       

Bay of Plenty First Class Player of the Year  Kane Williamson                                                                                                                                                                   

BOPCA Senior Men’s Representative Team                          

Mike Wright Batting Trophy                             Taylor Bettelheim 474 runs     

Derek Beard Bowling Trophy                           Peter Drysdale 18 wickets                                             

BOPCA Development Team  

Development Team Batting Trophy               Michael Mitchell 289 runs                  

Development Team Bowling Trophy             Finn Dempsey 8 wickets                                              

Brendan Bracewell Most Promising Player    Niven Dovey

Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month Awards 2020/21

November 2020: Tom MacRury (Greerton CC Premier team) - 114 v Central Indians, 110 v Geyser CC.

December 2020: Nathan Hall (Central CC Resere Grade team) - 250no v Taupo Old Boys

January 2021: Cameron Neal (Greerton Cricket Club) – 202no v Mount Maunganui

February 2021: Taylor Bettelheim (BOPCA Representative Team) – 211no v Waikato Valley

March 2021: Bharat Popli and Blair McKenzie (BOPCA Representative Team) - B Popli 191 & B McKenzie 165no v Counties Manukau 

Significant Representative Milestones (Centuries & Five Wickets or better)


211no  Taylor Bettelheim v Waikato Valley

191      Bharat Popli v Counties Manukau

165no  Blair McKenzie v Counties Manukau

133      Taylor Bettelheim v Hamilton


6/48     Tim Pringle v Hamilton

6/32     Finn Dempsey v Hamilton Development

5/42     Peter Drysdale v Counties Manukau

BOPCA Service Awards: Colin Rampling, Crispian Stewart, Jake Ryan, Stu Martin, Grant Manners.

Hart Family Trophy (Baywide Champion of Champions) – Mount Maunganui CC

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup (Baywide Premier One-Day Championship) – Mount Maunganui CC

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate – Te Puke CC

Bay of Plenty Cup (Baywide First Round) – Greerton CC

The Havana Eatery (Baywide Twenty 20 – Mount Maunganui CC

McNaughton Trophy (Baywide Reserve Grade Championship) – R&A Sangha CC

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