Coming to the crease when the first wicket fell with just 9 runs on the board, Carter was part of four title-winning partnerships with Fergus Lellman, Sean Davey, Jono Boult and Marcel Collett. Carter was there when the games end came in the 35th over, with 82 runs to his name.
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His big score, came from a tad over a run a ball, with ten 4's and one six during his time in the middle. Cadets are entitled to be ranked as one of the heavyweights of the long-time Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy title race, which dates back to the 's. The Baywide Cup played in the first half of the season, was taken out by Greerton who defeated Cadets in an absolute thriller, with Greerton getting home with a solitary wicket to spare.
Both Western Bay of Plenty representatives finished the tournament with a two win — one loss record. Two Bay of Plenty players led the way for their teams, with outstanding individual batting performances, which topped the tournament batting list. Aquinas vice-captain Fergus Lellman carried his bat to post a neat one hundred runs off 88 balls, against Kamo High School on day one. Both Western Bay teams opened their Gillette Cup campaigns with a victory apiece.
Aquinas College posted a hard fought 27 run win over St Peters College on day three. Cameron Templer 33, Tim Pringle The formation of Otumoetai Cadets forty-one years ago, kick-started a Cadets vice like grip on the Baywide trophy, with the Tauranga Domain based premier team winning the Williams Cup five times from to Since the dawn of the new Millennium, Cadets have added another five Williams Cup titles to their trophy list.
Central CC started life under the banner of the Rotorua RSA, with the formation of the Central Club, coming about a when a rule was proposed that players had to be returned servicemen. Cadets and Central Indians made the Williams Cup title decider, after their major semi-final was abandoned last Saturday, which propelled the two top qualifiers to go into battle for the edition of the Williams Cup. The two finalists met in the round four of the Williams Cup qualifying competition, with Cadets coming home from Smallbone Park in Rotorua with the win points on offer, after a low scoring battle of attrition.
Central Indians bowler Jake Rowe took four wickets and two catches. The home side were then bowled out for , with Lovely Sandhu top scoring with a 37 runs and Cadets skipper Jono Boult taking three wickets. St Peters Cambridge won the toss and asked Aquinas to bat first, with the Western Bay side making another solid start before losing their first wicket at the 57 run mark. Fergus Lellman again opened his sides batting attack to post his sides top score of At 94 for the loss of four wickets, Aquinas looked on target for a big score, however the Cambridge School bowlers fought back to remove their opponents for Toby Taylor and Finn Dempsey both made solid contributions to the Aquinas total.
The Waikato School side batted first and were restricted to for the loss of nine wickets, with Liam Collett the best of the Tauranga Boys bowlers with three wickets for 37 runs. Tauranga Boys College captain Taylor Bettelheim opened his teams batting attack and was a rock at one end, as his teammates came and went at the crease. The Tauranga Boys team leader, put on a 52 run partnership with Niven Dovey, before Dovey was bowled for Bettleheim continued to defy the opposition attempts to remove him, putting together a number of valuable partnerships, including a ninth wicket stand of 33 with Mitchell Kale In a case of history repeating itself, Tauranga Boys College and Aquinas College will play off for third place in the NZ Cricket National Finals qualifying competition for the second successive year, on day four.
In the autumn of , Cadets became the first and only ND club to take out the prestigious club tournament title. The Pemberton Park based side won an absolute cliffhanger with Cadets, chasing down for the loss of nine wickets. Greerton batted first and were bowled out for Tom Renouf top scored with 61 runs with Nick Hendrie posting a half-century. Kamo were in good shape with 52 runs on the board for the lost of two wickets. Greerton then tightened the screws and removed their opponents for , to claim the Eric Petrie Cup, for the second time in four seasons.
Batting first Whangarei Boys were removed for just , with Tauranga Boys new ball attack removing the openers with just five runs on the board. A middle order fight-back got them back in the game, reaching 87 for the loss of four wickets. However the team from the far north lost their last six wickets for just 17 runs, with the Tauranga Boys bowlers taking few prisoners with six Whangarei batsmen dismissed for ducks.
Niven Dovey continued his sterling form with the ball throughout the current season, taking four wickets for 21 runs, while Isaac White backed up his four-wicket haul on the first day with three bowling scalps. Dillon Preston also played a big part in the Tauranga Boys victory, posting 35 runs as his team got home with four wickets in hand in the 28th over. Fergus returned figures of nine overs - two maidens - five wickets for 21 runs, as the Hamilton School were bowled out for The Aquinas top order made a useful start to their run chase and at for the loss of four wickets, the Western Bay team were in the game.
The two opening batsmen again got their side away to a good start with a 51 run partnership. Joel Hayes was the first to go for 31, with Fergus Lellman getting through to 42 before dismissal. Batting at three, Spencer Wills 28 continued to accumulate runs. Aquinas College made a winning start to the ND Gillette Cup playoffs being played in Rotorua this week March , when they chased down a revised target, which utilized the Duckworth-Lewis method of achieving a result in a rain affected match. The Kamo batsmen got away to a good start, before the introduction of Aquinas first change bowler Cypress Purden-Winters, who removed the opposition middle order taking four wickets for 30 runs.
Toby Taylor also did plenty of damage with three wickets. After Hayes went for 44, Fergus continued the attack on the Kamo bowlers. While wickets fell at one end, the Aquinas opener continued on, before combining with number ten batsman Harrison McGregor to take their team past the required target. Lellman carried his bat to post a neat one hundred runs off 88 balls with McGregor finishing with 22 not out.
Tauaranga Boys College, also got off to a successful start to the four-day tournament, with an eight wicket win over St Peters College. The Tauranga Boys openers got away to a flyer and were 48 without loss after nine overs, when the rain intervened. With a revised target of off 42 overs - the returning batsmen set out to get the runs as quickly as possible with more rain on the horizon, getting home in the 21st over.
Skipper Taylor Bettleheim carried his bat with an aggressive 77 runs with Cameron Templer 33 and Tim Pringle 20 making solid contributions. The Western Bay of Plenty micro weather, played havoc with the Williams Cup semifinals on Saturday 23 March , with the major semi-final at Blake Park at Mount Maunganui abandoned without a ball being bowled - while just a few short kilometres away at Pemberton Park in Greerton, the minor semi-final was completed albeit with just a short rain interrupted break. Element IMF Cadets and Rotorua team Bayleys Central Indians could only sit and watch as the rain came down at Blake Park, frustrating any attempts for the top two qualifiers, to play the major semi-final.
The umpires, who were acutely aware of the game at Pemberton Park was under way, finally pulled stumps when there was no chance of a match due to an extremely wet outfield. The result of the abandoned major semi-final, sent administrators scurrying for the Williams Cup conditions of play, which has resulted in Cadets and Central Indians advancing to the title decider at the Bay Oval next weekend.
Cadets and Central Indians who finished one-two in the qualifying competition, then automatically advanced to the Williams Cup Final. While the minor semi-final between Eves Realty Greerton and Carrus Mount Maunganui was completed, it was for nought, with the rules ending the winners chance of advancing to a repechage game on Sunday.
Greerton batted first and were bowled out for , with eight balls remaining in their turn at bat. Neil Hendrie and Henry Collier got their side away to a flyer with an 83 run opening stand. Mount part time bowler Peter Drysdale was the best of his sides bowling attack, taking four wickets at a cost of 46 runs. Ben Guild continued his sterling run of form, since returning to Mount Maunganui from a long injury break, as he got to the nineties for the second successive weekend, belting an unbeaten There were muted celebrations from the Mount team as they got home with four wickets to spare.
Bay of Plenty cricket attention now turns to the last day of the season next Saturday 30 March , when Cadets and Central Indians go into head to head battle to decide where the Williams Cup will spend the winter cricket sojourn. Tauranga Boys and Aquinas Colleges, have re-inked their credentials as amongst the top-flight cricket secondary schools in the country, with their participation in the ND Gillette Cup Finals in Rotorua next week. Aquinas College has made impressive progress since introducing a school cricket pathway a few seasons ago.
Their fourth place finish twelve months ago, is testament to the emergence of a number of players who have been awarded Bay of Plenty representative honours. Tauranga Boys College and Aquinas College met to battle out third place, on day four, of the National Finals qualifying tournament. Aquinas College batted first and led by a Fergus Lellman century were removed for Iman Singh and Rhys Donaghy both took four wicket bags.
Tauranga Boys Taylor Bettleheim took control of his sides turn at bat to smack an unbeaten , as Tauranga Boys got home with eight wickets to spare. Openers Mark Divehall and Aaron Barbour got their side away to a flyer, blasting 39 without loss, in the first five overs. Divehall was the first to go for The dismissal of Goldsmith in the 32nd over, saw the Sikh bowlers apply the brakes a little to the Papamoa attempts to hit out. It was left to Aaron Barbour to anchor his sides total, of for the loss of three wickets, with the Papamoa opening batsmen carrying his bat to 67 not out off balls.
The Greerton batsmen strode to the wicket with real purpose, needing 5. Amrit Singh took up the challenge to belt 54, at a tad over a run a ball, before the Papamoa bowlers tightened the screws, to dismiss the Singh XI for with four overs to spare. Aaron Barbour backed up his batting heroics to take three wickets for 38 runs, sitting on a hat-trick, at one stage in his eight overs. The Williams Cup top batsman and a wily veteran bowler, could play leading roles in propelling their team directly to the Williams Cup Final, thereby avoiding the repechage route to the title decider.
The winner takes a direct route to the final, the following weekend, with the loser having to back-up the next day Sunday 24 March against the winner of the minor semi-final, to find the second finalist. Central Indians Captain Stephen Nicholls has led from the front with his willow weapon, throughout the Williams Cup, to sit at the top of the batting stakes.
Two centuries are included, in his runs, with a highest score of The combined side opener has an impressive average of The Rotorua side also contains two of the form bowlers of the Williams Cup competition. Veteran Cadets spin bowler Jono Boult, knows plenty about the challenges of finals cricket, having played in a number of Cadets ten Williams Cup victories. The former Northern Districts professional player, has more than a few tricks up his sleeve when he is introduced into his sides bowling attack.
Boult has taken eleven wickets in the current Williams Cup competition, at an outstanding economy rate of 2. Two youngsters, who still attend secondary school, could play a big role in propelling Cadets to the final. Fergus Lellman blasted a Bay Development team century in recent weeks, while Jacob Logan has developed into a genuine all-rounder in the past six months. While the sudden-death encounter puts extra pressure on both sides, both teams have several game winners in their ranks. Ben Guild has blasted runs in just two Williams Cup matches and is a genuine match winner when on song.
The Greerton top order pair of Henry Collier and Nick Hendrie, will lead their sides batting attack, with Lee Watkins and Pip Thickpenny in good recent form in the middle order. Greerton new recruit Michael Rowland has impressed with the ball with Daniel Spencer opening his sides new ball attack with plenty of success.
The kind support and approval from the Bay Oval Trust management, will see the first ball of the McNaughton Final bowled at 4pm on Thursday 21st March , at the Mount Maunganui ground. The origins of the Baywide Reserve Grade prize, come from the donation by the McNaughton Family in Te Puke, of a trophy for competition between second tier teams from the Tauranga and Te Puke sub-associations.
While the McNaughton Trophy dates back several decades, the two finalists are recent newcomers in Western Bay of Plenty grade cricket. Papamoa has even more recent history, after the Papamoa Cricket Club was established at the start of the current season. The Club has fielded three B Grade sides this season, with a combined squad drawn from throughout the Papamoa Club ranks, coming together to square off with the Greerton Sikh XI. Both finalists have made the McNaughton Final, from the long route of having to win three games, after not drawing a bye in round one.
Papamoa defeated Mount Maunganui by 10 runs in quarterfinal action. Papamoa made the McNaughton title decide after defeating Aquinas College. The Aquinas students were bowled out for 96, with Regan Collins grabbing four wickets for 15 runs.
Andrew Goldsmith anchored the Papamoa seven wicket victory with a unbeaten 60 runs. A Greerton derby decided the other finals berth, with the Sikh boys meeting the other Greerton Reserve Grade team. The Greerton Indian representatives were taken to the wire before getting home with just three wickets to spare. Mount Maunganui batted first, with their first wicket falling with the opening ball of the encounter. Ben Guild and Ben Musgrave then put their home team in the box seat, putting on a very big partnership of runs, before Musgrave fell for Guild continued his sides charge for a big score, before being stumped with 97 runs to his name.
Ben Pomare and Tony Goodin made useful contributions as Mount Maunganui posted for eight wickets. The Mount bowlers took charge and had the Tauranga Boys top four batsmen dismissed with 66 runs on the board. The introduction of spinner Dale Swan upped the ante, with the hosts skipper taking four wickets for just 3 runs as Tauranga Boys were removed for , to hand the Mount a big run win and a place in the Baywide playoffs. Bayleys Central Indians posted a massive total in their match-up with New World Te Puke, as they head to a top-two major semi-final place.
The visitors made a strong attempt to reel in the very big target, before being bowled out for Christian MacDonald backed up his three wickets with his sides top score of Gareth Wallace and Blair McKenzie also made very useful contributions to their sides run chase. Batting first the visitors were removed for , before going on to bowl the Lake Taupo side out for Individual Greerton honours belonged to Lee Watkins who top scored with 64 and Shane Wineti taking three wickets for 18 runs.
Lake Taupo bowler Roger Urbahn took four wickets. Greerton will play long-time rivals Mount Maunganui at Pemberton Park, with the victor backing up against the major semi-final loser the following day, to find the second finalist. B McKenzie A Baywide match-winning five wicket bag and back to back premier centuries, were rewarded with the Bay of Plenty Cricket January and February Player of the Month awards. Craig Baldry picked up the ball at the first change of bowlers with devastating effect. Baldry was one of a group of youngsters, to make their Bay of Plenty First XI debut during the current season.
In the advent of tied points after round seven, Central Indians would take out second place in the final qualifying standings, courtesy of beating Greerton in round robin play. Tauranga Boys came from well down the standings last weekend, to upset Central Indians and earn a shot at a post section play. Rising young star Taylor Bettleheim, led his side to victory, carrying his bat to post an unbeaten runs in his sides scorebook. The four point differential between Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Boys, will be irrelevant at Blake Park on Saturday, with the winner going on to play post section cricket while the vanquished reflects on what might have been.
Both hosts Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Boys, will bring plenty of players with plenty recent good form in Baywide and Bay representative cricket, to the crease at Blake Park. The Green and Gold brigade of Mount Maunganui, have plenty of battle hardened veterans of Baywide championship cricket in their ranks. Bay of Plenty Cricket representative teams, have won another four pieces of Northern Districts Cricket Silverware in the season, to rubber-stamp their credentials as the leading NZ Cricket Minor Association in the country.
The Bay of Plenty success is built upon player and coaching pathways that have been in operation for over two decades. The CoachForce position was funded by Sport Bay of Plenty, with the purpose of providing coaching support to the players and cricket coaches in the region. Bay of Plenty controlled all five matches and were never seriously troubled over the three days of play at Owen Delaney Park. The Bay Development side blasted a remarkable runs and took 47 wickets in their five ND second eleven competition matches. Bay of Plenty Coastland lifted aloft the Alan Whimp Trophy in triumph, at the end of the ND Senior Secondary cricket tournament played in Gisborne 10thth December , after annexing the ND age-group title for the sixth time since Jacob Logan walked off with an unbeaten 49 runs in the book.
Four wickets to Isaac White, did plenty of damage, as Hamilton were removed for 88 to hand the Bay side a 45 run win. Bay of Plenty Coastland kept their tournament unbeaten record intact, when they defeated the ND Invitation XI by four wickets on the last day of play, in the stand-alone fifty over matches. There is no better testament to success of the Bay of Plenty Cricket pathway, than the emergence of another group of stars of the future during the season.
Two further individual Bay of Plenty Development team performances, which stepped up in the face of adversity, took the Bay second eleven to victory in their ND Development game with Counties Manukau — and the current season ND Development title. When Pomare was dismissed with the last ball of the Bay of Plenty turn at bat, the Bay had reached all out.
Pringle went on to remove the Counties middle order, to finish with the outstanding figures of seven wickets at a cost of 25 runs, as Counties Manukau were rolled for to hand Bay of Plenty a run win. They blasted a remarkable runs and took 47 wickets in their five ND second eleven competition matches. Tauranga Boys won the toss and backed their bowlers by electing to field, at Smallbone Park in the Sulphur City, in a game restricted by weather to 44 overs per side. Skipper Stephen Nicholls opened his side innings and set a good platform, before he was caught of the bowling of Taylor Bettleheim, for Tim Pringle, who has recently earned selection for the New Zealand Under 19 team, was the best of the visitors bowling attack taking three wickets for 20 runs.
Taylor Bettleheim, was in magnificent touch as he carried his bat to not, with his charges getting home with four wickets to spare. Batting at three, Tim Pringle blunted the combined sides bowling attack to post a solid 38 runs. Te Puke batted first, with Dan Price arriving at the crease when his side lost their first wicket with just 8 runs on the board. Christian MacDonald was the best of the Te Puke bowlers with four wickets at a cost of 24 runs. The match-up between Williams Cup front-runners Element IMF Cadets and long-time rivals Carrus Mount Maunganui, was abandoned without a ball being bowled, after a substantial amount of water got on to the pitch.
The Tauranga Boys College defeat of Central Indians at the weekend has introduced several scenarios to the Williams Cup playoffs in two weeks time. The Rotorua combined team must beat Te Puke next week, to join Cadets in the coveted top two, to have two bites of the cherry in the playoffs. The form book would suggest that third placed Greerton will beat Lake Taupo CC to book a semi-final berth.
With six points up for grabs, the final semi-final spot will likely be decided, by a winner-take-all battle between Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Boys College at Blake Park. The Rainbow Cup, where many of the teams dress up in different colours reflecting the rainbow, is the culmination of the GoGirl Cricket program delivered by Bay of Plenty Cricket in Bay Schools, during term four and term one of the school year. In addition six Taupo region Schools have participated in the GoGirl program in the first term of the new school year.
The Rainbow Cup gives the GoGirl graduates the opportunity to utilize their new-found cricket skills in fun non-competitive environments. Thirty-two girls teams from twenty Western Bay Schools are set to take centre stage at Blake Park next Wednesday, in a day where laughter and having a fun time are more important than scoring runs and taking wickets.
The Rainbow Cup at Blake Park next week, is strongly focused on participation, enjoyment and fair play, with no outright winner declared on the day. The most sought after award is the best dressed, which last year was taken out by the Selwyn Ridge Unicorn Mermaids. Bay of Plenty has won three games from four ND Development encounters, along with a heartbreaking four-run loss to Poverty Bay. The Bay side has been the form team of the ND competition, posting runs and taking 37 wickets. The winning team culture has been built upon individual players stepping up with the bat and ball.
It is crunch time, for both defending Williams Cup title holders Eves Realty Greerton and Carrus Mount Maunganui, with just two qualifying rounds remaining before the Baywide Championship playoffs. Both teams need the win points on offer this Saturday 9 March in the Williams Cup round six encounters, to cement their places in the top four.
Standing in the way of a Mount Maunganui victory, is competition leaders Element IMF Cadets, who sit at the top of the standings with an unbeaten record. A key part of Cadets winning run, has been wicket keeper Daniel Maathuis who has been in sterling form behind the stumps. Two Baywide cricket veterans, could play a big part with the ball, in the proceedings at Blake Park.
Cadets spinner Jono Boult has lost none of his touch and sits top equal of the Williams Cup bowling stakes with 11 wickets. Another long time Mount premier player in Matt Golding is having an extremely solid Baywide season with his willow weapon. Golding has belted runs in Williams Cup action with a top score of 56 not out. A Te Puke victory, would open the door for the team from the Western Bay extremities, to have a shot at a playoffs berth in the last round of the qualifying competition. While the formbook suggests a hometown win, the Tauranga youngsters have plenty of talent in their ranks with both bat and ball.
While the razz-a-mataz of international cricket between the Black Caps and India and Sri Lanka in January , are fading into our memory bank — there is still plenty of cricket action to come at the Bay Oval in the next three weeks. It is likely that the few second tier cricket players in the country, get to play on hallowed turf such as the Bay Oval, with the Bay players in the McNaughton title-decider having the added bonus of playing under the powerful Blake Park floodlights.
The Bay Development boys take three win and one heartbreaking four-run loss into their last Basil McBurney Trophy match of the season. Success on Sunday would see the Bay of Plenty second eleven, take out the ND Development Championship for the second time in three seasons. Coach Russell Williams has mentored a very youthful outfit, which includes several secondary school students, into a winning combination who have excelled with both bat and ball. The Bay Oval will close off a long and successful season of cricket, with a match that has the oldest trophy contested in Bay of Plenty Cricket, at stake.
On Saturday 30th March , the edition of the Williams Cup will be decided on the Blake Park ground, with celebrations for the winner traditionally going on late into the night. Bay of Plenty openers Peter Drysdale and Henry Collier got the visitors away to a outstanding start, to blunt the Waikato Valley bowling attack — with Collier the first to go for 56 with runs on the board. The Rotorua team batted first on their home turf and posted for the loss of eight wickets, with a number of the home sides batsmen making good starts.
Nick Smith was the best of the Western Bay of Plenty sides bowling attack, taking five wickets for 35 runs.
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Mount Maunganui made a solid bid for the win points on offer, with Ben Guild and George Signal who was promoted from the Mount second eleven, both scoring 48 runs apiece. Matt Golding was also in good touch with 38 runs. The damage with the ball was done by Prabh Gill, who took a five wicket bag, as the victors were bowled out for to give Central Indians a 19 run victory. Greerton batted first on their home ground at Pemberton Park. Cadets skipper Jono Boult continued his impressive season form with the ball, to take four wickets at a cost of just 19 runs, as the hosts were bowled out for A Pip Thickpenny half-century was the best of the Greerton batting attack.
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The Greerton bowlers had the early momentum with the ball. It was left to Cadets bowler James Birchall to get his side home to a narrow two wicket win, as he hit an unbeaten 32 runs. Gurwinder Singh reached the twenties before being dismissed. Umesh Ranaraja was the best of the home sides bowlers with three wickets.
Tauranga Boys took first use of the home wicket and were removed for , with Niven Dovey top scoring with 40 runs. Taupo made slow progress, before being bowled out for with the last ball of the 43rd over. Dovey took the first wicket with the third ball of the innings, before finishing with five wickets for just 13 runs. The end of the Williams Cup days play, saw Cadets at the top of the standings with Central Indians also seemingly booking a playoff berth, in three weeks time.
The battle real battle will be for the third and fourth spots in the semi-finals, with the weekend defeat of both Greerton and Mount Maunganui, opening the door a little for the three other contenders. Two Bay of Plenty young players will be taking more interest than most of the Bangladesh tour of the country, after earning selection for the New Zealand Under 19 team to tour Bangladesh during April The Kiwi Under 19 side will play a warm-up 50 over encounter, followed by five 50 over internationals against their Bangladesh Under 19 counterparts.
In a nod to the anticipated conditions in Bangladesh, the squad includes four frontline spinners and two emerging spin bowlers, which has opened up a place for Tim Pringle who bowls quality off-spin. Ben Pomare is wicket-keeper of rare quality with hands like glue behind the stumps. Tim holds the record of being the youngest Bay of Plenty player on debut, aged 15 years and 92 days, from current Black Cap skipper Kane Williamson who was 15 years days in his first Bay match.
Ben Pomare earned player number ,when selected to play Northland in November While the Northland match was rained off, because the toss was undertaken, the selected players on debut were awarded Bay caps. Element IMF Cadets who sit astride the current Williams Cup standings, two wins clear of the chasing pack, have almost certainly booked a berth in the playoffs. Cadets skipper Jono Boult is certain to be eyeing the top spot at the end of the qualifying competition, which not only earns two chances of making the title decider, but has the extra bonus of a home semi-final on offer.
Greerton hit a speed bump in their first Williams Cup outing, when they were given a cricket lesson by Bayleys Central Indians, being beaten by runs. Greerton captain Shane Wineti is the current longest serving Baywide team leader and knows all about marshalling his troops, when the pressure is applied by opposition sides. Carrus Mount Maunganui and Central Indians are locked together on two wins apiece, with the winner of the clash between the two contenders, taking a significant step to finishing in the top two.
The Rotorua combined team will have home track advantage, with the match to be played at Rotorua Cricket headquarters at Smallbone Park. The Williams Cup champions, have had a solid season, with a fourth equal finish in the Baywide Cup and third place in the Baywide Twenty 20 championship. Mount Maunganui has a proud record in Baywide cricket over the last five decades. He is another with a glue-like grip in the field. An impressive debut against Counties Manukau, has resulted in Fergus Lellman being promoted up the order to bat at six.
Ben Musgrave had been handed the captaincy reins in the absence of regular captain Joe Carter. Blair McKenzie who scored an outstanding century for Te Puke against Cadets in the Williams Cup, a couple of weeks ago, will bat at four. After three rounds of qualifying play to find the two sides to contest the final, the organizers were sent scurrying for their calculators, with Bethlehem, John Paul and Mount Maunganui tied in first equal place with two wins apiece.
After playoff calculations were confirmed, Bethlehem College and John Paul College secured a finals berth courtesy of superior run rates. JPC bowler Harrison Hill took three wickets at a cost of 31 runs. Mount Maunganui College received some consolation for missing the Super Smash title decider, when they won the battle for third place, defeating Otumoetai College. Mount Maunganui were bowled out for , with Stefan Heuberger posting a half century, while D Hill took a remarkable six wicket bag. The two finalists were found in the semi-final action played out on Sunday 24th February , at Fergusson Park.
Darcy Hosking was the best of the Aquinas students batting line-up with 15 runs, as they were dismissed for Regan Collins was the pick of the Papamoa combined sides bowlers taking four wickets for 15 runs. Guy Wilkins captured three bowling scalps at a cost of 15 runs.
Papamoa lost three wickets at the 21 run mark, before the arrival of Andrew Goldsmith at the wicket. The Papamoa batsman went on the rampage to take his side to victory, smashing an unbeaten 60 of just 28 balls. Batting first, Greerton made slow work of batting first and were restricted to , for the loss of eight wickets, in their allotted forty overs. Matt Earl was the only batsmen to reach to twenties, with three Sikh bowlers taking two wickets apiece. The Greerton Indian representatives had to work hard for their passage to the McNaughton Grand Final, with victory coming in the 34th over for the loss of seven wickets.
Amritpal Singh top scored with 27, while Rashpal Cheema took his team to the title decider with an unbeaten 26 runs. The Waikato region side won the toss in the Basil McBurney Trophy match and backed themselves to set a competitive total, by sending the opposition into the field first.
The pair defied the Bay bowlers attempt to bowl the Valley out, putting on a unbeaten 9th wicket stand of , with Houston finishing two short of a century. Two of the Bay of Plenty Development young guns in Fergus Lellman and Taylor Bettelheim, who are both Year 13 secondary school students, simply blasted the game away from Waikato Valley. The pair put on an opening stand of before Taylor fell on The Bay of Plenty victory came with one ball remaining in the 35th over, with seven wickets to spare.
The Waikato valley victory continues a Basil McBurney season where the Bay second eleven have averaged runs per game, in posting three solid victories and a heartbreaking four run loss. Play got under way, in the ND Club Championships Final between Northland representatives Kamo and Eves Realty Greerton from the Bay of Plenty on Sunday 24 February , in spite of hovering rain clouds around the Tauranga periphery - with Kamo winning the toss and electing to field.
Some outstanding work in the field, resulted in the team from the far north effecting three run-outs of the last three Greerton batsmen, with the Bay of Plenty representatives being removed for Taupo won the toss and elected to bat first at their home base at Owen Delaney Park and made a positive start to reach 50, for three wickets. The Taupo tail wagged as they reached for the loss of seven wickets, in the encounter reduced to 44 over per side, because of inclement weather. Mikaere Leef was the best of the Te Puke bowlers with two wickets at a cost of 40 runs.
Batting at four, Gareth Wallace stemmed the tide as he worked his way to his sides top score of When Wallace was caught in the field by Habib Malik, Te Puke were in trouble at 99 with just three wickets in hand. Mikaere Leef 34 and GS Samra 21 continued to hit out to keep their team in the match. The Taupo bowlers held their nerve, to bowl Te Puke out for , to claim an extremely hard fought seven run victory.
Element IMF Cadets won the battle between the two unbeaten sides in the Williams Cup, when they defeated Bayleys Central Indians, in another match where the weather had a say. Batting first in the 30 over per side encounter, the Western Bay of Plenty visitors to the Sulphur City, were bowled out for Led by skipper Jono Boult, who took three wickets at a cost of just 15 runs, the combined team were removed for , to hand Cadets a 36 run win. Cadets fourth straight victory have almost certainly booked them a berth in the Williams Cup playoffs in late March. After Bettelheim was removed for 43, Pringle carried on to top score with 75 runs.
The loss of their last seven wickets for just 29 runs, resulted in Greerton facing a target of for victory. The Greerton opener received plenty of assistance from Lee Watkins, who was also there when victory came with an unbeaten 47, as the home team posted a seven wicket win. Counties Manukau are likely to have nightmares about their last two visits to the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, with Bay of Plenty players going on the rampage with both bat and ball on both occasions. Their visit on the 16th - 17th February, to Bay of Plenty Cricket headquarters, produced three Bay of Plenty representative milestones and a bowling performance that had them on the back foot from the opening ball of the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl match.
Counties Manukau were quickly ruing batting first, after winning the toss at the Bay Oval. The Bay of Plenty bowlers had the visitors in disarray, losing their first four wickets with just two runs on the board. At six down for 21 runs, Counties Manukau were in dire straits, however a ninth wicket stand that produced 89 runs, gave the visitors some respectability before they were removed for Bay of Plenty bowling honours belonged to Chris Atkinson who captured the first three wickets and Cam Riley, who took three wickets for 33 runs. Riley was making his playing debut, after being selected for the Northland game that was eventually abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Batting at the top of the order, Peter Drysdale became just the third Bay of Plenty batsman to post runs, in his score of 94 runs. The previous time that Counties Manukau came to play at the Bay Oval, in January , they won the toss and put the home side in to bat - with disastrous consequences. Bay of Plenty blasted in the Hawke Cup Direct Challenge, which equaled their previous record of the same score against Hamilton, when they took the Hawke Cup away from the Waikato side in Visiting Yorkshire professional Alex Lees, blasted the Bay of Plenty highest score with runs, with Bay number eight Donovan Deeble belting his maiden representative century.
Central Indians made the other Williams Cup contenders sit up and take notice, when they provided defending champions Eves Realty Greerton with a cricket lesson, in round two. Stephen Nicholls top scored with 71 runs with Swayam Kaul and Nicholls taking three wickets apiece. One of the success stories of Baywide Cricket this season, has been the emergence of Cadets secondary school student Jacob Logan as a real force in premier cricket. Last weekend Bridgman-Raison brought up his 15th premier century, while McKenzie scored his second successive ton.
Greerton play Tauranga Boys College, at Pemberton Park, on a wicket which has favoured the team batting first in recent premier games. Aquinas College opponents in the semifinal action, are a Papamoa combined side drawn from the Papamoa Clubs three B Grade teams. The start of the current season, saw the establishment of the Papamoa Cricket Club, although individual teams have worn the Papamoa cricket name over the years.
Aquinas batsman Louis Robinson, has been in sterling form with his bat in the Reserve Grade competition, to hold the Western Bay seasons highest score of runs. Former premier player Mark Divehall could star for the Papamoa side, sitting in fourth place on the McNaughton batting stakes list.
Friendships will be left on the sideline when the two Greerton sides meet in the other semifinal on Sunday. The Greerton elevens have met twice this season, with the score one win apiece. Each team has a player in their ranks, who sits in the top three of the Western Bay Reserve Grade individual standings. Sikh XI batsmen JP Singh has blasted runs with highest total of , while Greerton bowler Mikey Brown has taken 22 bowling scalps with a best of five wickets for 28 runs. The big prize for the winner is a berth in the New Zealand Club Championships, played at Cornwall Park in Auckland, at the end of the season.
Otumoetai Cadets, are the only Bay of Plenty Club to annex the National Club Champs title, winning the symbol of the top club cricket side in the country, in Greerton will have no illusions about the challenge facing them, when the team from the far north pays a visit to Pemberton Park on Sunday. Greerton has plenty of batting and bowling firepower - with their greatest strength, the number of all-rounders in the line-up. Greerton batted first and were removed for gettable total, being bowled out for Nick Hendrie top scored with 68 with skipper Shane Wineti 35 and quick bowler Campbell Thomas 21 making useful contributions.
Bay of Plenty missed by just one wicket, in grabbing a outright victory over Counties Manukau in their Fergus Hickey Rosebowl encounter over the weekend February — in which the Bay completely dominated from the opening ball. The Bay of Plenty bowlers had the visitors in disarray, losing their first four wickets with just two runs on the board, with Chris Atkinson capturing the first three wickets.
The two Bay batsmen who head the all-time most centuries list, posted their 11th and 8th three figure score, respectively. When Marcel Marconi was dismissed, for his sides top score of 77, the visitors were fighting for survival. Tai Bridgman-Raison and Blair McKenzie, produced an opening stand of runs, to anchor their sides total of for the loss of three wickets. Bridgman-Raison belted runs while keeper Blair McKenzie, who finished with his second three figure score in eight days, hit runs.
While the Te Puke bowlers won the battle between willow and leather, Tauranga Boys got through to before defeat. Niven Dovey and Taylor Bettleheim continued their sterling run of form to post half centuries, with Cameron Templer reaching the forties. Pip Thickpenny posted 59 runs with Lee Watkins chipping in with a handy Recent Greerton arrival Michael Rowlands celebrated his first team debut, taking four wickets for 28 runs, with Josh Bates returning identical bowling figures.
Mount Maunganui were removed for , to give Greerton a big run victory. Nathan Walker top scored for the Mount with a gritty 37, with Matt Golding reaching the twenties before dismissal. Cadets bowler Sam McLaughlin, made the most of his call-up from his clubs second team to take three wickets, as the home side were bundled out for The Taupo bowlers enjoyed some success taking three wickets, before Cadets kept their winning start to the Williams Cup intact.
Cadets youngster Jacob Logan top scored with 47 runs. Last weekend the defending Williams Cup titleholders opened their title defence, after sitting out the first round bye, when they were outplayed by Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua side set the home team a big target, when they reached for the loss of nine wickets, before removing the hosts for to claim a run win. Mount Maunganui, will only have to go back just four week, for any extra incentive they might need to defeat their long-time rivals. The Mount bowlers led by Peter Drysdale and skipper Dale Swan, who both took three bowling scalps apiece, removed Greerton for just 98 before their side got home with seven wickets to spare.
Both sides have a batsman in their ranks, that have made cricket fans sit up and take notice in recent weeks. The Tauranga Domain based side sit at the top of the standings, with an unbeaten start to the Williams Cup competition, along with Mount Maunganui and Central Indians. No lack of motivation will exist for the Bay side, as they cast their minds back twelve months, to when Counties Manukau took the Hawke Cup off Bay of Plenty in the first Hawke Cup Direct Challenge of last season. There is no more experience in the Bay side than Peter Drysdale, with 94 games, in the Blue and Gold uniform.
Lurking just of the magical 50 milestone is Ben Musgrave with 46 Bay of Plenty appearances. Greerton won the toss and asked the Rotorua visitors to bat first, reaching the 55 run mark before Cam Ingram was dismissed for Stephen Nicholls, who blasted a century last weekend, carried on his attack on the Greerton bowlers going on to top score with 71 runs. The Rotorua combined side were in a solid position of for the loss of four wickets, when Nicholls was removed. Dan Spencer and Josh Bates were the best of the Greerton bowlers with three wickets apiece.
The Central Indian bowlers never let the current Williams Cup champions settle in. Batting just ten batsmen due to injury, the hosts were removed for to hand Central Indians a very big scalp. Skipper Stephen Nicholls took three wickets for 16 runs with Swayam Kaul also taking a three wicket bag. Te Puke set Cadets a big target, when they finished their turn at bat at for the loss of nine wickets.
Cadets made a good start before the Te Puke bowlers hit their stride. Answering a call to duty, Boult blasted his third Cadets premier century, to finish on not out, with the home side getting home with one wicket to spare. Taupo were bowled out for , with Mount Maunganui getting home without losing a wicket. Mount stalwart Peter Drysdale top scored with an unbeaten 84 with Matt Golding 54 not out. Life on the road is becoming second nature to the Bay of Plenty Development team, who play Northland at a neutral venue in Manurewa on Sunday 10 February Northland always provides a real challenge for Bay of Plenty Development Team.
The Bay of Plenty Development team philosophy has always been about promoting promising youngsters to higher honours. Russell Williams mentoring during the last two seasons, has seen a considerable number of secondary school players make their senior representative debut. Now that we have a taste of success, we just need to keep building as a group. Craig Baldry has had great season in Baywide club cricket and has been crucial to our team with his spin attack.
Success in the Williams Cup is often the reward coming from premier club stalwarts that perform on the field of play, season after season. Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls, posted the highest score in the Baywide big prize twelve months ago with against Taupo. Nicholls opened the current Williams Cup, with another three figure score against the team from the Great Lake region. Another to star twelve months ago, was Greerton batsmen Pip Thickpenny, who played a big part in his team lifting aloft the Williams Cup in triumph at season end.
The former Eastern Bay of Plenty age-group cricket star, became the second Williams Cup batsman to break through the run barrier. The encounter matches up, Bridgman-Raison and the Te Puke batting lineup - against Cadets skipper Jono Boult who is a maestro with his right-armers. However the home side, who have lost just one match in the last twelve months, have a strong batting list that includes Thickpenny, Nick Hendrie, skipper Shane Wineti and Henry Collier.
Carrus Mount Maunganui make their annual road-trip to Taupo, to play GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, in a game in which they will be heavily favoured to return home with the win points on offer. Heading for the first Fergus Hickey game of the season, the Bay team was very excited to play some two-day cricket again, especially against our old rivals Hamilton. With a number of changes to the team this year we were a mixture of youth and experience. All had earned their spots because of consistent performances for their clubs over the last six months.
Looking at our team on paper, would have given Bay of Plenty Cricket fans a feeling of confidence. However we knew that meant nothing unless we performed out on the field. We knew the weekend would be a chance to test ourselves against a quality side. Hamilton won the toss and chose to field on what looked like a very good pitch. Overhead conditions, a pitch that had a bit of grass left on it and their very talented bowling line up meant that batting would be difficult early on.
All of this was discussed and we knew what was needed from our top order. We lost early wickets, with Steve Crossan, Drysdale and Carter all being bowled through the gate. Popli steadied the ship with Ben Musgrave, for a while, before both of them were removed, Musgrave chasing a wide delivery and giving the keeper an easy catch and Popli uncharacteristically cashing a wide delivery and giving cover a catch. Sean Davey played a couple of nice shots but he too was removed before he could settle in and the pattern continued with Collier, Pomare and Tim Pringle unable to steady the ship.
In the end we lost our ten wickets for a very disappointing 68 runs. We obviously had a huge mountain to climb and in very hot conditions, our seamers set about getting us back in the contest. Chris Atkinson took the first two wickets and was cherishing having the new ball in his hands.
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We steadily chipped away at their batsman and at the end of the day had them six down for runs. The Walker brothers batted very well, with both of them going past the 50 run mark. Captain Joe Carter, had a master stroke for the last over of the day, bringing on part timer Bharat Popli to bowl some of his leg spin. Nobody really knew what to expect but his first two balls were on the money. His third ball of the over pitched on about leg stump and spun sharply across ex ND player Brook Hatwell, grabbing the edge of his bat and giving Chris Atkinson a catch at first slip.
A good way to end what was a tough day. Dominic Crombie capped off a fantastic first game taking the final three wickets, meaning we took some momentum into our second turn at bat, even though Hamilton were over runs ahead of us. The plan was simple, we had to bat the rest of the day. Pete Drysdale and Stephen Crossan used the momentum we had and started very positively. Drysdale solid in defence and Crossan attacking with some solid boundaries. Joe Carter was removed with an amazing catch on the boundary and although Popli hung around for awhile and looked set for a big innings he was undone by Joe Walker, when attempting to use his feet down the wicket.
Ben Musgrave was also very positive hitting some sublime cut shots to the boundary, but was undone, when his favourite cut shot was attempted on a ball that was far too close to his body. Ben Pomare was very unlucky when a sweep shot was missed and the ball hit the back of his bat ballooning up to first slip. One silver lining was the discipline and grit shown by Henry Collier and Dan Smith who was injured from the day before and could barely run.
It showed that application, determination and discipline were the keys to batting against this attack on that pitch. Henry Collier looked at ease at the crease and on another day, where Smith could have run, he would have scored a lot more runs. Hopefully our batsmen use this blueprint of how to bat in two-day cricket, when we face Counties Maukau in two weeks time at the Bay Oval. Louie Robinson who opened the Aquinas innings, top scored with a well worked 52 runs. Sangha team stalwart GS Gagan took three wickets for 40 runs. Aquinas first change bowler Toby Taylor, did plenty of damage capturing four wickets for 28 runs, with Louie Robin backing up his batting feats with three wickets.
The Rotorua representatives batted first and set their Western Bay of Plenty opponents a solid target, when they were bowled out for Four pole positions this year, and now four wins and a second place. The young lad had to push his car to the limit for over 40 laps to defend his lead once jumped everyone at the pitstops.
The two cars fought for the lead in the final stint, and were nose-to-tail every inch of the way till the chequered flag fell. Jenson Button, who started fifth, uniquely ran a three-stop strategy to finish third, while Mark Webber, starting on pole position, lost two places at the start when he spent too much time defending from Vettel and was stuck behind Alonso for a long time. The Red Bulls went on a rampage in the qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix, with a massive one second advantage to the McLarens, and a two second gap to the other teams.
They were comfortably through into Q2 despite using only the harder tyres, and flexed their muscle in Q3 taking away what little hope their rivals had of beating them this weekend. Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel decimated the competition and blazed their way to a in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix today. They were miles ahead of the opposition — the margin to the McLarens was one full second and the others were almost 2 seconds adrift. Saturday practice at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain gave an indication of just how far ahead Red Bull are in terms of performance.
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were much quicker than their rivals expected, lapping in the s while others barely made the s mark. And once again, Sebastian is psychologically pounding his team mate into the ground.
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A statement to Webber that he, Sebastian, cannot be beaten. This time, Lewis Hamilton split the two Red Bulls with a lap that was just 0. For most of the session, it appeared to be the Vettel show, with a lap that was over a second faster than anyone else at that time. But once the other drivers also bolted on the soft tyres, it appeared to evenly matched.