Te Puke fight­back falls short against Cadets

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De­fend­ing Bay­wide Cup hold­ers El­e­ment IMF Cadets had to over­come a tailend fight­back from New World Te Puke at the Tau­ranga Do­main be­fore se­cur­ing a 21-run vic­tory on Satur­day.

Gur­winder Singh, who heads the Cadets bowl­ing at­tack, showed his skills with the bat to top score with a fine 56 not out, as his side were re­moved for 198.

North­ern Dis­tricts all­rounder Sean Davey got Cadets away to a good start at the top of the in­nings with 47 runs. Chris­tian Mac­Don­ald was the best of the Te Puke bowlers, with four wick­ets at a cost of 33 runs.

Te Puke Cap­tain Stephen Crossan (46) was in solid form at the top of his side’s in­nings, as wick­ets fell at the other end. The Cadets bowlers then ramped up the ac­tion with Te Puke in real trou­ble, be­fore Brody Gil­roy (45) and Iman Singh (30) put to­gether an 80-run stand for the eighth wicket.

How­ever, Cadets pre­vailed to pick up the win points on of­fer, with Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege stu­dent Ja­cob Lo­gan im­press­ing with four wick­ets.

Te Puke’s Re­serve Grade side sat out the week­end with a bye.

Three Pa­pamoa teams in the B Grade ti­tle race were in­volved in two run­fests, which saw a cen­tury apiece posted by two Pa­pamoa bats­men.

Alice John­son Re­serve was the venue of the Pa­pamoa derby where Pa­paOMAs and Pa­pamoa Wan­der­ers went head to head. Pa­paOMAs bat­ted first and posted a big tar­get, when they fin­ished their 4 overs at 262 for the loss of six wick­ets.

An­drew Gold­smith was in su­perb touch, blast­ing an un­beaten 171 as he carved up the bound­aries at the Pa­pamoa

ground.

Three-wicket bags from Pa­paOMAs bowlers Ge­orge Howard and Marc Rolle­ston did the dam­age as Wan­der­ers were bowled out for 184 to give the Pa­paOMAs an un­beaten start to the sea­son.

Aaron Bar­bour led Pa­pamoa Tan­garoa to an eight-wicket win against long­time B Grade con­tenders Grasshop­pers at Mitchell Park. Hop­pers set their Pa­pamoa op­po­nents a solid tar­get when they were re­moved for 204. Bar­bour opened his side’s re­ply to carry his bat with 137 not out, with vic­tory com­ing in the 34th over.

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Te Puke bowler Chris­tian Mac­Don­ald was his side’s best on Satur­day, tak­ing four wick­ets for 33.

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