Bridgman-raison tops Western Bay ton-up club
Te Puke master batsman Tai Bridgman-raison set a new record for Western Bay of Plenty premier club centuries with an unbeaten 104 against Tauranga Boys’ College at the Te Puke Domain on Saturday.
Bridgman-raison entered the season tied with former Black Cap Llorne Howell for the most Western Bay tons, but now stands on top of that particular record table with 14.
The veteran Te Puke batsman also leads illustrious company on the Te Puke Honours Board, ahead of players of the quality of Andy Roberts, Lance Cairns and Robbie and Mathew Hart. Te Puke bowled first on their home track and had early success and at 51/4 were in charge. Tauranga Boys’ teacher Charles Williams anchored the fightback to post a half century, with Dillon Preston batting at seven top scoring with a hardfought 62 runs off 75 balls.
Tauranga Boys’ reached 191 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted overs, with Brody Gilroy the best of the Te Puke bowlers with 3/31.
Bridgman-raison and skipper Stephen Crossan worked the ball around the Te Puke Domain with patience to set up an opening partnership of 114, before Crossan was bowled by Charles Williams for 56. Bridgmanraison kept the runs ticking over, with victory coming in the 48th over for the loss of just two wickets. RESULTS Baywide Cup Round Four GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 147 (W Perry 37, E Williams 23, M Mitchell 22; U Ranaraja 3/17, J Boyd 2/15) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 150/4 (N Hendrie 60, B Lind 36, H Collier 24; J Dolan 2/34) Bayleys Central Indians 128 (J Rowe 21no, C Tupea 20; J Logan 3/15, S Davey 3/19) lost to Element IMF Cadets 129/6 (M Galappaththi 35no, F Lellman 29; P Gill 4/35)
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 191/9 (D Preston 62, C Williams 51; B Gilroy 3/31, J Earle 2/35) lost to New World Te Puke 194/2 (T Bridgmanraison) 104no, S Crossan 56; C Williams 2/14)
Carrus Mount Maunganui the bye.
Points table: Greerton 26, Cadets 20, Te Puke 14, Mount Maunganuui 9, Central Indians 8, Tauranga Boys College 7, Lake Taupo 0.