Hampton smashes Te Puke for six
Northern Districts all-rounder Brett Hampton showed he is ready to fire rockets in the upcoming ND white-ball campaign when he hammered the highest ever Baywide Twenty 20 score on the first day of the season.
In the opening stanza of the Baywide T20 competition, the Eves Realty Greerton master blaster smashed 155 runs of around 70 balls against New World Te Puke. The Te Puke fielders could only stand and watch as Hampton blasted a remarkable 17 sixes, which gave him a tally of a century (102) smashed over the boundary ropes at Boord Park in Rotorua.
Greerton went on to post 244 for the loss of five wickets, with Pip Thickpenny making a solid contribution of 47. Te Puke were removed for 111 by the Greerton bowling attackas Greerton laid down the gauntlet to the other Baywide T20 championship contenders.
Three scores in the thirties by Captain Jono Boult, Jacob Logan and George Catto took Element IMF Cadets to an easy victory over Bayleys Central Indians in round one. Carrus Mount Maunganui posted a very solid 177/8 against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys’ College, then bowled their opponents out for just 69 to claim a 108-run win. The highlight of the encounter was a 101-run partnership between Mount openers Peter Drysdale (65) and Ben Musgrave (36).
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC started their second Baywide season with a flourish when they easily accounted for Tauranga Boys’ College in late-afternoon action. Batting first, the students posted a creditable 136/7 in their 20 overs. Tauranga Boys’ newcomer Dillon Preston topscored with a hard-fought 47, with Roger Urbahn taking four wickets at a cost of 35 runs.
The team from the Great Lake region cruised to a nine-wicket victory, with A J How leading the way with a gritty 60, while fellow opener Michael Mitchell posted an unbeaten 48.
Greerton kicked on from their Herculean first-round performance, defeating arch- rivals Cadets in round two. Brett Hampton picked up where he had left off in game one with 80 runs to his credit in the scorebook, with Umesh Ranaraja and Pip Thickpenny reaching the twenties.
Cadets were removed for 105, to give Greerton an unbeaten start to the season, with Sean Davey the best of Cadets’ batting line-up with 36 runs.
Mount Maunganui joined Greerton as the two unbeaten sides on opening day when they claimed a nine-wicket victory over Te Puke. RESULTS
BOPCA Baywide Twenty 20, October 6 Round One Eves Realty Greerton 244/5 (Brett Hampton 155 (including 17 sixes), Pip Thickpenny 47) defeated New World Te Puke 111 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 23, Dion McCall 2/11) Element IMF Cadets 146/5 (Jono Boult 37, Jacob Logan 30 George Cato 30) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 100 (Sam McLaughlin 2/10)
Carrus Mount Maunganui 177/8 (Peter Drysdale 65, Ben Musgrave 36, Ben Guild 22; Tim Pringle 3/25) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 69 (Tom Friskney 28; Chris Atkinson 3/10, Peter Drysdale 2/4, Dominic Crombie 2/21) Round Two Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 136/7 (Dillon Preston 47, Tom Friskney 20; Roger Urbahn 4/35, John Dolan 2/22) lost to GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 137/1 (AJ How 60; Michael Mitchell 48no)
Eves Realty Greerton 183/4 (Brett Hampton 80, Umesh Ranaraja 27, Pip Thickpenny 25) defeated Element IMF Cadets 105 (Sean Davey 36; D Collier 3/20, Paddy Davenport 2/2, Shane Wineti 2/17)
New World Te Puke 64 lost to Carrus Mount Maunganui 65/1
Points Table (Provisional) Greerton 12, Mount Maunganui 12, Cadets 6, Lake Taupo CC 6, Te Puke 0, Central Indians 0, Tauranga Boys College 0.