Hamp­ton smashes Te Puke for six

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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.

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