Bay of Plenty representative cricket is in good hands, with three young batsmen blasting centuries over the weekend, in the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge and a ND Development Championship match.
Coming in at four, in the high profile Hawke Cup Direct Challenge against Hamilton,played 31 January – 2 February 2020, in Waikato territory. - Taylor Bettelheim 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.
Taylor became just the fifth Bay batsman to score a Hawke Cup Direct century on debut, since Bay of Plenty’s first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge in 1932, following in the footsteps of an elite group of Bay batsman in Alex Lees. Brett Hampton, Joe Carter and Donovan Deeble.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Pathways Manager Tai Bridgman-Raison said “It’s great to see the progress from successful schoolboy cricketers to players capable of scoring hundreds at district representative level”. “Taylor, Jacob and Daniel are part of a crop of players, we have coming through at the moment, who we expect to be the core of our senior men’s side for a number of years”.
The score book will show that Bay of Plenty won the toss in the Hawke Cup challenge and batted, reaching 234 for the loss of five wickets at stumps on day one.Bharat Popli was in good touch with 67 runs before being dismissed, with Peter Drysdale (31) and Daniel Flynn (27) making good starts.
Bay of Plenty were removed for 271, in 122 overs, with Hamilton at 162 for six wickets at the conclusion of day two. Hamilton defied all attempts to bowl then out on the final days play, reaching 306/8, to retain the Hawke Cup by way of taking first innings points from the match.
Two further Bay of Plenty young men stepped up to the plate, with the ball, with Tim Pringle taking three wickets in a marathon 41 overs and Dominic Crombie returning 2/44.
The Bay of Plenty Development road trip to square off with Counties Manukau on Sunday (2 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 for 42. 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.
However Counties Manukau weren’t deterred by the mammoth target of 328 and to their credit, turned the game into an absolute run-fest. However led by Lake Taupo CC bowler Habib Malik (3/56) and Jacob Logan (2/53), the Bay side bowled Counties out 24 runs short of victory with just one ball remaining in the encounter.
Hawke Cup Direct Challenge @ Galloway Park Hamilton 31 January/2 February 2020
Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty 271 (Taylor Bettelheim 108no, Bharat Popli 67, Peter Drysdale 31, Daniel Flynn 27; MR Dodunski 4/37, JD Baker 3/86)
Hamilton 306/8 (BJ Hatwell 78no, FL Walker 64; Tim Pringle 3/77, Dominic Crombie 2/44, Peter Drysdale 2/67)
Result: Hamilton retained the Hawke Cup by way of first innings points.
ND Development Competition @ Karaka Oval 2 February 2020
Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty Development 327/8 (Daniel Price 116, Jacob Logan 115; Andrew Mascall 42) defeated Counties Manukau 304 M Marconi 88; Habib Malik 3/56, Jacob Logan 2/53)
Hawke Cup Centuries on Debut
223 AZ Lees v Counties/Manukau (2017)
194 BR Hampton v Hamilton (2013)
187 JF Carter v Hamilton (2013)
108no TJ Bettelheim v Hamilton (2020)
108 DM Deeble v Counties Manukau (2017)
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