Bay of Plenty Times

‘Wags’ from the tail help BOP get points

North­land set a daunt­ing tar­get but new coach Flynn is off to good start in Rose­bowl

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Bay of Plenty opened their North­ern Dis­tricts Fer­gus Hickey Rose­bowl cam­paign with a hard-fought first in­nings points win against North­land.

Fer­gus Hickey rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket pro­vides North­ern Dis­tricts mi­nor as­so­ci­a­tion play­ers with the op­por­tu­nity to play two-day games, where the teams have time to build sub­stan­tial in­nings and at­tack with var­i­ous bowl­ing op­tions.

Two no­table mile­stones were recorded at the Tau­ranga Do­main at the week­end.

Stal­wart Peter Drys­dale took over the man­tle of the most games in the Bay of Plenty uni­form, in his 106th match, af­ter shar­ing the record with Derek Beard over the win­ter break.

And Black Caps bowler Neil Wag­ner be­came Bay of Plenty rep­re­sen­ta­tive player num­ber 552.

The team from the far north won the toss and elected to bat. North­land opener Henry Cooper an­chored his team’s day one per­for­mance with 116 runs as his side reached 302/8.

Cooper re­ceived plenty of as­sis­tance from Thorn Parkes (53) and James Ban­ice­vich (35).

Day two saw the North­land tail con­tinue to wag be­fore be­ing re­moved for 350, set­ting the­home­side a sub­stan­tial tar­get to take out first in­nings points.

Drys­dale took three wick­ets for 53 runs while Wag­ner, Chris Atkin­son and Brett Hamp­ton fin­ished with two wick­ets apiece.

Bay of Plenty were 100 for the loss of three wick­ets when Black Cap Dean Brown­lie ar­rived at the crease.

The Bay No 4 was joined by Brett Hamp­ton, with the pair putting to­gether a 142-run part­ner­ship, with both bats­men re­moved for iden­ti­cal top scores of 94.

North­land ap­peared in con­trol, with the hosts at 244 for six wick­ets, when New Zealand un­der-19 wick­et­keeper Ben Po­mare strode to the crease. He took a re­spon­si­ble ap­proach to his team’s quest for the first in­nings points on of­fer, be­fore hit­ting out. The Bay keeper smacked 77 runs in an in­nings con­tain­ing nine fours and three shots over the bound­ary ropes.

The dis­missal of Po­mare brought Wag­ner and Do­minic Crom­bie to­gether and they got their team over the line with the first ball of the 85th over.

The North­land en­counter pro­duced an­other sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone, with Bharat Po­pli’s 30 runs tak­ing him past the 3500 run mark to edge closer to Mike Wright’s all-time record of 3950 runs.

The Fer­gus Hickey Rose­bowl first in­nings points win was a no­table start for new Bay of Plenty rep­re­sen­ta­tive coach and for­mer Black Cap Daniel Flynn in his first game in charge.

 ?? Photo / File ?? Black Caps star Neil Wag­ner played for Bay of Plenty at the week­end.
Photo / File Black Caps star Neil Wag­ner played for Bay of Plenty at the week­end.

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