New World Te Puke, have kept their slim chances of qualifying for the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup playoffs alive, after the penultimate round of the qualifying competition on Saturday (7 March 2020).
Te Puke batted first against Geyser City at home at the Te Puke Domain and reached 230/9, in their allotted overs. Openers Tai Bridgman-Raison (45) and Stephen Crossan (55) got their side away to a solid start, with a 95 run opening stand. Batting at three,Cam Riley kept the solid tempo going to top score with 61 runs. The visitors bowlers then fought back, with Joshua Simpson taking three wickets for 33 runs.
Geyser City made a valiant attempt to haul in the solid target, but were bowled out for 213. Shaquille Graham led the way with 59 runs, with Tasman Carsons and ChristianMacDonald taking three wicket bags for Te Puke.
An Eves Realty Greerton century, led the way to the Western Bay side booking a semi-final berth, after they comfortably defeated Bayleys Central Indians at Smallbone Park. The Western Bay visitors posted 232 for the loss of six wickets with Pip Thickpenny smacking 104 runs. Thickpenny and Lee Watkins (82) set up the solid target, with a 162 run partnership.
Central Indians had trouble keeping up with required run rate from the start and were bowled out for 151, to hand Greerton an 81 run victory, Ben Sandford reached the thirties for the home side, with Greerton captain Shane Wineti returning bowling figures of three wickets for 18 runs.
Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets, continued to lead the qualifying rounds of play, after disposing of the challenge of Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. Cadets were bowled out for 172, before turning around to remove Tauranga Boys 36 runs short of their target.
Individual game honours were picked up by Cadets batsman Joe McCluskie with 45 runs, with Tauranga Boys bowler Kieran New and the Cadets pair of Finn Dempsey and Cam O'Dea, all finishing with three wicket hauls.
A century from Generation Homes Lake Taupo batsman Michael Mitchell, wasn’tenough to stave off defeat in his teams match-up with Carrus Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui reached 214/6, with Matt Golding continuing his golden run of form with the bat with 62 runs. John Dolan was the best of the home sides bowlers,finishing his spell, with three wickets at a cost of 49 runs.
Michael Mitchell's 113 not out, in an innings that contained fourteen 4's and a six, wasn't enough to take his home to victory. Jack Wiggins was also in good form with 46 runs but the Mount slow bowlers slowed the home sides momentum to restrict them to 200 for the loss of six wickets.
The situation entering next Saturday's final round robin stanza, is that Cadets, Mount Maunganui and Greerton, have already booked semi-final berths. There are just threepoints separating Lake Taupo, Tauranga Boys College and Te Puke - with Greerton heavily favoured to beat Lake Taupo, the fourth semi-final spot could go to the winner of the Te Puke verses Tauranga Boys College encounter at the Te Puke Domain.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 7 March 2020 - Results
Carrus Mount Maunganui 214/6 (Matt Golding 62, Tim Tomlinson 48: John Dolan 3/49) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 200/6 (Michael Mitchell 113no, Jack Wiggins 46; Henry Conway 3/29)
Eves Realty Greerton 232/6 (Pip Thickpenny 104, Lee Watkins 82; Andrew Gibbs 2/29) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 151 (Ben Sandford 33, Nandeera Nawela 26; ShaneWineti 3/18)
New World Te Puke 230/9 (Cam Riley 61, Stephen Crossan 55, Tai Bridgman-Raison 45; Joshua Simpson 3/33) defeated Geyser City 213 (Shaquille Graham 59; Tasman Carsons 3/13, Christian MacDonald 3/42)
Element IMF Cadets 182 (Joe McCluskie 45, Jono Boult 44; Kieran New 3/13) defeated Bond& Co Tauranga Boys College 147 (Isaac White 27; Finn Dempsey 3/21, Cam O'Dea 3/49)
Points Table: Cadets 38, Mount Maunganui 32, Greerton 32, Tauranga Boys College 22, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 19, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board
143Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February
131noNick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February
128Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February
124Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February
113Michael Mitchell (lake Taupo v Mount Maunganui) 7 March
112Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February
104Pip Thickpenny (Greerton v Central Indians) 7 March
101noSam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February
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