ND by 8 wick­ets

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CRICKET: Northern Dis­tricts hold an in­terim ad­van­tage on the Plun­ket Shield leader­board after pick­ing up the open­ing out­right win of the first-class sum­mer at Mount Maun­ganui’s Bay Oval yes­ter­day. ND col­lected 16 of the pos­si­ble 20 points for an eight-wicket vic­tory over the Otago Volts, with a day and a half to spare. Black Caps cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson (83) shared a 139-run part­ner­ship for the sec­ond wicket with North­land bats­man Henry Cooper, who re­mained un­beaten on 66. Round one of eight will be com­pleted in Nel­son and Welling­ton to­day, with both the re­main­ing matches hav­ing been stalled yes­ter­day by rain. Tan­ta­lis­ing en­counter as un­beaten Greer­ton and Mount do bat­tle

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The big match-up in the Bay­wide Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion to­day is likely to take place in round four, where the two un­beaten sides in last week’s sea­son open­ers square off.

Eves Realty Greer­ton and Car­rus Mount Maun­ganui emerged from the first two rounds of the Bay­wide T20 cham­pi­onship at the top of the standings. Bar­ring the Mount be­ing beaten in round three, with Greer­ton draw­ing the bye, a bat­tle of at­tri­tion should take place to de­cide the com­pe­ti­tion’s re­main­ing un­beaten team.

Greer­ton are likely to have Northern Dis­tricts’ Brett Hamp­ton avail­able again, fresh from ham­mer­ing 17 sixes in a whirl­wind in­nings that pro­duced 155 runs against Te Puke last Satur­day.

An­other Greer­ton bats­man to make a big im­pres­sion was Pip Thick­penny, who scored 47 and 25 last week­end.

Long-time Mount Maun­ganui pre­mier stal­wart Peter Drys­dale is an­other who likes to at­tack the bound­ary ropes, with his two turns at bat last week­end pro­duc­ing a neat 100 runs.

Drys­dale opened with 65 off just 35 balls and then helped take his side to a nine-wicket win over Te Puke, with an un­beaten 35 from 19 de­liv­er­ies.

Mount’s new re­cruit, Ben Po­mare, who has moved across town from Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege, fin­ished his first day in green and gold with 30 not out. Fer­gus­son Park Round Three New World Te Puke v Bond & Co Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege; Car­rus Mount Maun­ganui v Bay­leys Cen­tral In­di­ans; El­e­ment IMF Cadets v GM Pain­ters Lake Taupo CC; Eves Realty Greer­ton the bye. Round Four Car­rus Mount Maun­ganui v Eves Realty Greer­ton; El­e­ment IMF Cadets v Bond & Co Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege; GM Pain­ters Lake Taupo CC v Bay­leys Cen­tral In­di­ans; New World Te Puke the bye. Points Greer­ton 12, Mount Maun­ganui 12, Cadets 6, Lake Taupo CC 6, Te Puke 0, Cen­tral In­di­ans 0, Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege 0.

The two other round-four en­coun­ters see El­e­ment IMF Cadets favoured to dis­patch Bond & Co Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege and a Lake­land derby be­tween GM Pain­ters Lake Taupo CC and Bay­leys Cen­tral In­di­ans.

There should be a good scrap in the early-af­ter­noon round be­tween New World Te Puke and Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege with the win­ner claim­ing their first points of the T20 com­pe­ti­tion.

Mount Maun­ganui will be odds-on to de­feat Cen­tral In­di­ans and Lake Taupo would have to pro­duce a ma­jor sur­prise to lower the colours of Cadets.

PHOTO / BEN FRASER

Cen­tral In­di­ans bowler Prabh Jot Gill in ac­tion dur­ing the open­ing rounds of the Bay­wide Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion.

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