The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 final, to be fought out at the Bay Oval on Friday 5 February 2021, is a repeat of the 2020 contest between Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Eves Realty Greerton, in which Mount Maunganui squeezed home by just four runs.
Greerton repelled a spirited challenge, from Generation Homes Lake Taupo to make the Baywide T20 title decider, in semi-final action. The Taupo sides visit to the top qualifiers headquarters at Pemberton Park, saw them take the game to the current Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup and Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders, from the opening ball.
At four down with 90 runs on the board, Lake Taupo upped the ante and posted a solid 170 for the loss of seven wickets. Ray How top scored with a hard fought 60 with Michael Mitchell (28) and Joe O’Donoghue (21no) providing good support.
The Greerton wickets were shared around with some outstanding work in the field producing three run-outs.
The Greerton reply got away to a shaky start with the Lake Taupo bowlers having the hosts in early trouble at 2/16. Taylor Bettelheim went after the opposition bowlers, to belt 59 off 39 balls, getting Greerton back on track with the arrival of Brett Hampton at the crease.
Hampton was quickly off the mark going on to smack an unbeaten 77, with Lee Watkins hitting 23 not out, in his side seven wicket win.
Mount Maunganui cruised into the Baywide T20 title decider, when they removed Bayleys Central Indians for 85 runs and got home with eight wickets to spare. The Mount Maunganui removal of the Rotorua side’s master blaster Bharat Popli for eight, and the (joint) highest score of just 17 runs, ensured that the visitors to the Sulphur City faced a modest target for victory.
Former ND attack bowler Tony Goodin, was the most economical of the Mount attack with three wickets for 12 runs, with Dale Swan and Craig Baldry also taking three wickets.
Mount Maunganui openers Ben Musgrave and Peter Drysdale set the platform for victory, before Musgrave was dismissed with 27 runs to his name. Drysdale continued on to take his side to the Baywide final with 35 not out.
The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Final @ Bay Oval 5 February 2021 – 6pm start
Eves Realty Greerton v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui
The Havana Eatery Baywide T20 Semi-Final Results
Generation Homes Lake Taupo 170/7 (Ray How 60, Michael Mitchell 28, Joe O’Donoghue 21) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 171/3 (Brett Hampton 77, Taylor Bettelheim 59, Lee Watkins 23no; Roger Urbahn 2/35)
Bayleys Central Indians 85 (Tony Goodin 3/12, Dale Swan 3/15, Craig Baldry 3/18) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 91/2 (Peter Drysdale 35no, Ben Musgrave 27)
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