Black Cap Trent Boult gave a master-class in pace bowling, for his club Element IMF Cadets, when they provided Eves Realty Greerton their first loss of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on Saturday (13 March 2021).
Playing alongside elder brother, Jono Boult, the world cricket star took the opportunity of time-out from New Zealand duty, to turn out for Cadets whom he first joined a decade and a half ago.
Cadets batted first at Greerton headquarters at Pemberton Park and set a reasonably sized good target, after being removed for 182. Jono Boult top scored with 47 runs with Chris Mascall chipping in with a handy 33.
Trent Boult opened the Cadets bowling, taking his first wicket with his fourth ball and grabbing four of the first five wickets, to have the home side in desperate trouble at 31 for the loss of five wickets.
Mitchell Rush (30) and Brendan Laurenzi (25) steadied the ship somewhat. Jono Boult chipped in with two bowling scalps, before Trent returned to finish his spell with five wickets at a cost of 38 runs, as Greerton were rolled for 109.
Generation Homes Lake Taupo, would have fancied their chances of upsetting Bond & Co Mount Maunganui at Blake Park, after the Great Lake region side bowled the home side out for 145. Conor Well was the best of the Mount batting attack with 32 runs, with the Lake Taupo wickets shared around.
Long serving Mount bowler Dale Swan, weaved more magic with the ball, with a match winning performance of five wickets at a cost of just 8 runs, Brett Randell also did plenty of damage with three wickets, as the Taupo side were dismissed with just 85 runs on the score board.
Craigs Investment Partners Geyser, made a valiant attempt to chase down the Bayleys Central Indians total of 250/4. Nadeera Nawela top scored for the combined side with 84. Gordon O’Donoghue led the chase with a half century, as the Geyser reply fell just fell 28 runs short of their target.
Flying Mullet Te Puke won the encounter with near neighbours Papamoa, after Te Puke posted 272/6. Stephen Crossan, Jamie Oakley and Tai Bridgman-Raison all reached the sixties with Ben Goodall taking a four wicket bag for the home side. Papamoa were dismissed for 194 to hand Te Puke a solid 78 run victory.
The final qualifying round of the 2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup, has resulted in Greerton hosting Mount Maunganui in the preliminary final, where the winner takes a direct path to the title decider. Cadets travel to Rotorua to play Central Indians in the qualifying final.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 13 March 2021
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui 145 (Conor Wells 32) defeated Generation Homes Lake Taupo 85 (Dale Swan 5/8, Brett Randell 3/15)
Element IMF Cadets 182 (Jono Boult 47, Chris Mascall 33) defeated Eves Realty Greerton 109 (Mitchell Rush 30; Trent Boult 5/38)
Bayleys Central Indians 250/4 (Nadeera Nawela 84, Lovely Sandhu 59, Stephen Nichols 37, Jeff Simmons 35no) defeated Craigs Investment Partners Geyser 223/9 (Gordon O’Donoghue 51, Scott McKnight 34)
Flying Mullet Te Puke 272/6 (Stephen Crossan 69, Jamie Oakley 68no, Tai Bridgman-Raison 62; Ben Goodall 4/64) defeated Papamoa 194 (Paul Inglis 55no, Ashish Dhameliya 39; Bibin Babu 3/32)
Points Table (Final) Greerton 49, Mount Maunganui 47, Central Indians 43, Cadets 37, Te Puke 30, Tauranga Boys College 23, Lake Taupo 19, Papamoa 17, Geyser 0.
2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Playoffs 20 March 2021
Major Semi-Final: Eves Realty Greerton v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui
Minor Semi-Final: Bayleys Central Indians v Element IMF Cadets
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