Te Puke yet to get on board

Te Puke Times - - SPORT - CRICKET By BARRY LEABOURN

Te Puke have yet to post any com­pe­ti­tion points in this sea­son’s Bay­wide Cup.

Their clash with Greer­ton on Satur­day ended in a loss with less than half the al­lot­ted overs used.

Greer­ton won the toss and were in some trou­ble with just 30-odd runs on the board for the loss of four wick­ets.

Skip­per Shane Wineti stead­ied the ship be­fore fall­ing with 22 runs to his name. Bat­ting at eight, Jared Tutty fought a rear­guard ac­tion which saw him pro­duce his team’s best bat­ting per­for­mance of 24 runs.

Tutty pro­duced a handy ninth-wicket stand, but Greer­ton were bowled out for just 120 in the 28th over. Brody Gil­roy was the star of the Te Puke bowl­ing at­tack, grab­bing four top- and mid­dle-or­der bowl­ing scalps at a cost of 28 runs.

Dan Price was the only Te Puke bats­man to show any real de­fi­ance with a hard-fought 24 as the vis­i­tors were bun­dled out for 66 in the 20th over. With the win, Greer­ton also re­tained the WBOP Chal­lenge Tro­phy the Baker Cup.

The dis­trict’s other teams posted two wins and two losses on Satur­day.

De­fend­ing Re­serve Grade cham­pi­ons Te Puke made a win­ning start to their ti­tle de­fence af­ter sit­ting out the open­ing round with a bye last week­end.

Aquinas Col­lege faced a very big tar­get af­ter Te Puke fin­ished their 50 overs at 287/5. Hamish Wilde blasted the first Te Puke ton of the new sea­son, belt­ing an un­beaten 123. Wilde re­ceived plenty of sup­port from Chris Rowe (46) and Scott Stru­iksma (35). Led by three wick­ets from Cam Mur­ray, the de­fend­ing ti­tle­hold­ers re­moved Aquinas Col­lege for just 149 to take a solid 122-run win.

Pa­pamoa Wan­der­ers moved into the log­jam at the top of the B Grade leader­board, where six teams have two wins from the open­ing three en­coun­ters. Grasshop­pers reached 154/5 in their al­lot­ted 40 overs, with the Pa­pamoa side los­ing six wick­ets on their way to vic­tory.

Al­bion ripped up their sea­son­start form­book, where they had been rolled for 43 and 37 in their first two matches of the new cam­paign, when they gave Pa­pamoa Tan­garoa their first loss of the B Grade ti­tle race. Pa­pamoa Tan­garoa would have been smil­ing af­ter scor­ing 202/8, with Matt Short reach­ing the 80s. How­ever Al­bion were in grand touch in at­tain­ing the Tan­garoa tar­get with five wick­ets in hand.

Pa­paOMAs were set a daunt­ing tar­get of 295 by Cadets and the big tar­get proved too much, with Pa­paOMAs bowled out for 140 to give Cadets their first win of the sea­son.

Re­sults Bay­wide Cup

Eves Realty Greer­ton 120 (Jared Tutty 24, Shane Wineti 22; Brody Gil­roy 4/28, Mikaere Leef 2/7, Josh Earle 2/37) de­feated New World Te Puke 67 (Dan Price 24; Henry Col­lier 3/9, Dan Spencer 2/15). Points ta­ble (Pro­vi­sional) Cadets 12, Greer­ton 12, Cen­tral In­di­ans 6, Mount Maun­ganui 6, Te Puke 0, Lake Taupo 0.

WBOPCA Re­serve Grade

Te Puke 287/5 (Hamish Wilde 123no, Chris Rowe 46, Scott Stru­iksma 35) de­feated Aquinas Col­lege 149 (Finn Dempsey 42, Cam Mur­ray 3/17) Points Ta­ble (Pro­vi­sional) Greer­ton 40, Singh CC 40, Cadets 26, R&A Sangha 24, Te Puke 20, Mount Maun­ganui 20, Aquinas Col­lege 14, Greer­ton Sikh XI 12, Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege 10.

B Grade

Cadets 294/8 (An­drew Carter 94, Tom Pam­ment 62, Nathan Rei 35, Matt Page 36, Paul Dunn 5/42) de­feated Pa­paOMAs 140 (San­jeev Ra­madee 33, Sam O’Re­gan 3/27) Pa­pamoa Tan­garoa 202/8 (Matt Short 82, Richard Bal­som 39) lost to Al­bion 204/5 (Matt Som­merville 44, Jarod Ma­son 39) Grasshop­pers 154/5 lost to Pa­pamoa Wan­der­ers 156/6.

Points Ta­ble (Pro­vi­sional) Pa­paOMAs 12, Pa­pamoa Tan­garoa 12, Singh CC 12, Greer­ton 12, Mount Maun­ganui 12, Pa­pamoa Wan­der­ers 12, Cadets 6, Al­bion 6, Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege 0, Grasshop­pers 0.

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