Three Bay of Plenty representative batsmen, will be presented with the January and February BOPCA Player of the Month awards at the annual prize giving to be held in early April 2020.
Eighteen year old Taylor Bettelheim, wasn't fazed by the pressure of the high profile Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton, when he became the fifth Bay of Plenty batsman to blast a century on Hawke Cup debut. Coming in at four, Taylor never looked like surrendering his wicket, as he blasted 108 not out, in the Bay of Plenty total of 271 all out. The Western Bay of Plenty young man showed maturity beyond his years, as faced 257 balls in his 322 minutes at the crease.
Playing in the Bay of Plenty team alongside such cricket luminaries as former Black Cap test star Daniel Flynn, ND batsman Bharat Popli and Bay one-hundred game veteran Peter Drysdale, the youngster looked extremely comfortable in the furnace of Hawke Cup cricket. His century on debut followed in the footsteps of an elite group of Bay batsman in Alex Lees. Brett Hampton, Joe Carter and Donovan Deeble.
The Bay of Plenty top order batsman gave a preview of the Bay first eleven three figure score to come, when he posted a neat century for the Bay of Plenty Development team, in an inter-provincial fixture with Hawkes Bay on the 11th January 2020.
Chasing a very competitive target of 237, Taylor Bettelheim and Jacob Logan put on an opening partnership of 116, to put Bay of Plenty in the box seat. When Jacob was removed, Taylor continued on to post an unbeaten 100 from 135 balls, in an innings that contained eleven 4's.
The Bay of Plenty Development road trip to square off with Counties Manukau on Sunday 2nd February 2020, produced a Bay of Plenty second eleven batting record score, in a game where an incredible 600 runs were posted.
Bay of Plenty won the toss and went in to bat, with openers Jacob Logan and Andrew Mascall putting on an opening stand of 104, before Andrew was dismissed. The action was just hotting up, when Daniel Price joined Jacob Logan in a third wicket partnership.
The Bay pair put on 144 runs in an action-packed alliance, before Jacob was the first to go with 115 runs to his name, which included fifteen 4's. Daniel continued his whirlwind attack on the opposition bowlers, to smash 116 off just 88 balls, with nine 4's and five mighty 6's.When Price was dismissed, the Bay of Plenty Development representatives had reached 322/7, with four balls remaining in their turn at bat.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month
January 2020 Taylor Bettelheim (Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Senior Representative Team)
February 2020 Jacob Logan/Daniel Price (Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development Team)
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