Win starts new sea­son

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - — Jerome Dyer

GM Pain­ters Lake Taupo¯ Cricket Club Premier have started the 2018/2019 Bay­wide sea­son in the best pos­si­ble way, claim­ing an em­phatic win in their first T20 against Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege Premier.

LTCC cap­tain Habib Ma­lik won the toss and sent Tau­ranga in to bat on the early sea­son ar­ti­fi­cial wicket in Ro­torua. Open­ing pace­man Roger Ur­bahn found his line and length after an early wob­ble and quickly sent the Tau­ranga open­ers back to the pavil­ion.

Bay of Plenty rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tim Pringle and Tim Clarke toiled away be­fore pres­sure bowl­ing from John Dolan and Ma­lik forced them into false shots with great catches from Will Perry and Jack Wig­gins. Tight bowl­ing in the mid­dle or­ders from Perry, Joshua McNeish and Ray­mond How kept the run rate in check. Ur­bahn picked up a cou­ple more late wick­ets to keep Tau­ranga re­stricted to 136 for the loss of 7 wick­ets. D Pre­ston was the pick of the bats­man with a gritty 47 not out. Taupo¯’s open­ing pair of Michael Mitchell and How bat­ted in­tel­li­gently and with­out risk to get LTCC within 20 be­fore How was un­done by Pringle on 60. Ur­bahn chimed in with a very quick 16 in­clud­ing a sprawl­ing lap shot over short fine leg. Mitchell stead­ied the ship with a very solid 48 not out with im­pres­sive run­ning be­tween the stumps guid­ing the team to a well-de­served vic­tory with two overs to spare.

An ex­cel­lent start to LTCC’s sec­ond sea­son in the Premier com­pe­ti­tion. UK re­cruits Mitchell and Ewan Wil­liams will fit nicely into the club’s cul­ture both on and off the field with some solid vo­cals shown in the van trip home.

LTCC Premier con­tinue with T20s against Cen­tral and Cadets in Tau­ranga next week­end while LTCC Re­serves kick off their sea­son in Ro­torua.

Re­sults: Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege 136/7 D Pre­ston 47, R Ur­bahn 4-35, J Dolan 2-22. Lake Taupo Cricket Club 137/1 R How 60, M Mitchell 48*, T Pringle 1-36.

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GM Pain­ters Lake Taupo¯ Cricket Club’s Premier team started their sea­son with a vic­tory.

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