Mount, Greerton into final
Bowlers rule as champions edge Cadets to seal spot
Rounds five and six of the Baywide Twenty20 Championship produced some thrilling encounters and now we have our finalists. Defending champions Carrus Mount Maunganui booked their spot when they beat long-time rivals Element IMF Cadets in round six on Saturday afternoon.
After sitting out the round five bye in the morning, the Mount side struggled with the opposition bowling on what turned out to be a bowlers’ paradise, being removed for just 56. Dan Smith was the only Mount Maunganui batsman to reach the 20s. Cadets captain Jono Boult took aim with his off-breaks to claim five wickets for 22 runs while Kamal Bains and Jacob Logan took two cheap wickets each.
Cadets were then bowled out for 46, off the second ball of the eighteenth over, as the Mount Maunganui bowlers successfully defended what looked to be a very modest total. The Cadets’ top score of 14 showed the dominance of the Mount’s slow bowlers. Craig Baldry, who joined Mount Maunganui from Tauranga Boys’ College at the start of the season, wove his magic with the ball to take five wickets at a cost of just 10 runs.
Mount Maunganui will take on Eves Realty Greerton in the title decider next weekend. The Pemberton Park-based side were never troubled in their two games at Fergusson Park, winning both with seven wickets to spare.
In round five Greerton beat GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ CC, bowling them out for just 75. Taupo¯ skipper Hashim Malik top-scored with 24, while Lee Watkins and Dan Spencer took three-wicket hauls. The Baywide and Williams Cup title holders cruised home, with new club recruit Henry Collier there at the end with an unbeaten 60 runs.
Bayleys Central Indians batted first in their round-six encounter with Greerton and posted a respectable 121/8. First innings honours belonged to Lovely Sidhu with 33 runs and Josh Ormrod and Henry Collier with three wickets apiece.
Shaun Mccarthy anchored the Greerton victory with an unbeaten 33, while Lee Watkins and Pip Thickpenny also made useful contributions.
The final round of qualifying play on Saturday will be the entree to the T20 title decider. February 2-3: Denny Hulme Trophy – Bruce Mclaren Motorsport Park, Taupo¯ . Do you have an event you would like included in What’s On? Please email details through to [email protected]
Jono Boult is bowled during a Twenty20 match against Mount Maunganui.
Nick Smith bowls for Mount Maunganui against Cadets.