Three centuries set the Bay of Plenty Cup alight on Saturday (7 November 2020) - with Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College all-rounder Tim Pringle leading the way, smashing 118 runs, as his team reached 261/5 against Generation Homes Lake Taupo.
Batting first at home base at Nicholson Field, the Tauranga students lost two early wickets with just 15 runs on the board, bringing Pringle and Niven Dovey together. The two top order batsmen went to work on the visitors bowling attack and when Dovey fell with 69 runs to his name, the pair had put on 191 runs for the third wicket.
Pringle, who was selected for the New Zealand Under 19 team against Australia last season, continued on to reach 118 before being removed. He was at the crease for 137 minutes, in an innings that produced eleven 4's and two big heaves over the boundary.
The Tauranga Boys century-maker showcased his all rounds talent, taking three wickets at a cost of 27 runs, as Lake Taupo were bowled out for 180. Caleb Bate was the best of the Great Lake region batting attack in top scoring with 54 runs.
Flying Mullet Te Puke keeper Blair McKenzie, posted the second three figure score of the weekend, with an unbeaten 115 against Craigs Investment Partners Geyser. Batting at four, McKenzie was in sublime touch as his side set the Rotorua team a substantial target, reaching 294 for four wickets.
Geyser were never in the hunt, with Sathist Krishnamootly top score of 35 runs standing out like a bacon, as the visitors to the Te Puke Domain were removed for 106. The Te Puke wickets were shared around with Hamish Wilde producing the best return of 3/23.
Eve's Realty Greerton lost the toss and were asked to bat first in their match-up with Papamoa. Greerton opener Taylor Bettelheim controlled his sides momentum, carrying his bat in posting 107 not out, in his teams total of 220 for the loss of six wickets. Bettelheim took few risks in his turn at crease, with his three figure score coming from 157 balls.
Papamoa opening batsman Andrew Goldsmith kept the reply ticking over before being removed for 55, with player/coach Matt Horne adding 40 runs, before his side was bowled out for 176. Greerton new recruit Mitchell Rush grabbed four wickets for 48 runs.
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui joined Greerton on top of the standings when they defeated Element IMF Cadets by three wickets. Cadets batted first and posted 191 for the loss of nine wickets with skipper Andrew Mascall top scoring with 55 runs.
Mount opener Peter Drysdale gave his side a good start with a half century with Ben Musgrave batting at three top scoring with 84 runs. Donavan Deeble making return to Baywide cricket was the best of Cadets bowlers with four wickets as Mount Maunganui got home with eight over to spare.
Bay of Plenty Cup Round Three Results - 7 November 2020
Flying Mullet Te Puke 294/4 (Blair McKenzie 115no, Gareth Wallace 76; Josh Simpson 2/75) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC 106 (Sathist Krishnamoothy 35; Hamish Wilde 3/23)
Eves Realty Greerton 220/6 (Taylor Bettelheim 107no; Paul Inglis 3/41) defeated Papamoa (Andrew Goldsmith 55, Matt Horne 40; Mitchell Rush 4/48)
Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College 261/5 (Tim Pringle 118, Niven Dovey 69, Tim Clarke 23no, Liam Collett 24no) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC 176 (Caleb Bate 54, Moko Rivers 38; Tim Pringle 3/27, Darcy Collett 2/33)
Element IMF Cadets 191/9 (Andrew Mascall 55, Donovan Deeble 47; Dominic Crombie 3/34) lost to Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 198/7 (Ben Musgrave 84, Peter Drysdale 56; Donovan Deeble 4/36)
Bayleys Central Indians the bye.
Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 18, Mount Maunganui 18, Central Indians 12, Cadets 12, Te Puke 10, Tauranga Boys College 7, Geyser 5, Lake Taupo 5, Papamoa 5.
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