Solid work but too little to win game
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.