Gibson keeps TeA on top of contest
Local hero Jake Gibson scored 182 not out to keep Te Awamutu Sports on top of the Spark Premier Waikato Valley and Hamilton competition after three rounds.
Te Awamutu Sports travelled to O¯ torohanga on Saturday and batted first.
Gibson made his way to the crease after the loss of an early wicket and immediately made batting look easy.
Scoring with ease, Gibson kept the scoreboard ticking over as he and several of his team-mates formed partnerships.
As wicket fell at one end, Gibson continued to look assured and a class above as he bought up his second century of the season off 103 balls.
However, after reaching the landmark, Gibson took the handbrake off and started dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground.
His ability to get the back knee dirty was shown in the final over when he scored 28, including four sixes.
Te Awamutu finished with an imposing 339 runs on the board, Gibson scoring his 182 not out off 139 balls.
O¯ torohanga got of to a good start with the bat, however, they never really looked to challenge the total.
The home side batted out their 50 overs for 256/8, including 117 from Leighton Parsons. Wickets for Te Awamutu were shared equally.
A comfortable win for Te Awamutu Sports provides them with their second bonus point win, leaving them on top on the competition table.
This comes after a punishing win over Morrinsville in the first round.
Te Awamutu also topped 300, scoring 311 on the back of another Gibson ton (120) before bowling the visitors out for 82, which included a five wicket haul for spinner Steve Sistern-Tate.
Round two was abandoned due to rain. Attention now turns to this weekend’s home game against a Cambridge team looking to get their season back on track.
Te Awamutu Sports batsman Jake Gibson — two innings, two centuries.