Solid work but too lit­tle to win game

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - — Blaine Inch

An­other solid per­for­mance from GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ Cricket Club Premiers in last Satur­day’s Bay Cup fix­ture against Te Puke wasn’t enough to take the points at Owen De­lany Park.

With all other Bay­wide fix­tures can­celled due to rain, it was in­evitable that a ball wouldn’t be bowled when the wet stuff set in at the start of play. Two hours later, the sun shone through and the game got un­der­way, re­duced to 35 overs per side.

LTCC skip­per Habib Ma­lik won the toss and elected to field, with Roger Ur­bahn and Will Perry tak­ing the new ball for the home side. Ur­bahn got the prized scalp of Bay­wide record holder Tai Bridg­man-Rai­son in the ninth over, giv­ing the home side the mo­men­tum, how­ever a bril­liant part­ner­ship of 91 be­tween Dan Price and Blair Macken­zie wres­tled the con­test in favour of the vis­i­tors and set them up as the rain re­turned. Play con­tin­ued through heavy rain for an hour, leav­ing the home side bat­tling to con­trol a sod­den ball on a greasy out­field. The LTCC bowlers toiled hard to re­strict the vis­i­tors from launch­ing, with spin twins Moko Rivers and Ma­lik giv­ing up just 46 runs be­tween them off their al­lot­ted 14 overs, but the wet ball proved the down­fall of the Taupo¯ seam­ers and Te Puke were able to post a for­mi­da­ble 205/7 from 35 overs. Perry was the pick of the Taupo¯ bowlers with four wick­ets, mean­while McKen­zie blazed 82 runs in his sides turn at bat.

The lo­cal lads got off to a solid start with open­ing bats­men Perry and Ewan Wil­liams com­bin­ing for an open­ing part­ner­ship of 36 off 7 overs. United King­dom im­ports Michael Mitchell and Wil­liams then bat­ted well, putting the Te Puke bowlers and field­ers un­der im­mense pres­sure as the LTCC score ticked to­wards 100. The demise of Mitchell and Wil­liams halted the home side’s progress, how­ever some mid­dle or­der hit­ting from Steve Howard, Ray How and Ur­bahn en­sured LTCC kept in touch with the run rate. Reg­u­lar wick­ets again con­tained the LTCC chase and as the mid­dle or­der fell, the rate was too much for the lower or­der to keep up with and the home side fell 35 runs short.

New World Te Puke Premiers 205/7. B McKen­zie 82, D Price 45, W Perry 4/47 de­feated GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ Cricket Club Premiers 170/9 E Wil­liams 40, M Mitchell 37, I Singh 2/25.

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