Te Puke pre­vail on wet day

Te Puke Times - - Sport -

Te Puke and Lake Taupo¯ were the only Bay­wide cricket teams to see ac­tion at the week­end, with all the other games can­celled.

New World Te Puke made the trip to Taupo¯ and came back with a vic­tory in a game re­duced to 35 overs per side.

The Western Bay vis­i­tors bat­ted first and scored at a brisk pace, reach­ing 205 for the loss of seven wick­ets.

Te Puke new re­cruit Blair Mcken­zie struck the ball with plenty of author­ity to be re­warded with his side’s top score of 85. Dan Price also made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion with 45 runs be­fore be­ing dis­missed.

Will Perry took his wicket tally for the sea­son to seven, bag­ging four wick­ets at a cost of 49 runs.

A de­ter­mined Lake Taupo¯ tar­get chase came up just a few runs short as the Taupo¯ side was re­stricted to 179/9.

Ewan Wil­liams moved into fourth place on the Bay­wide Cup bat­ting stand­ings with a hard-fought 40 runs. Chris­tian Mac­don­ald was the best of the Te Puke bowlers, re­turn­ing two wick­ets for 27 runs, with Iman Singh also grab­bing a brace of wick­ets.

With Te Puke re­ceiv­ing six points for their vic­tory and the other four teams shar­ing three points apiece the race for the two spots in the ti­tle de­cider on the De­cem­ber looks to be a three-horse race be­tween Greer­ton, Cadets and Te Puke.

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Te Puke bowler Chris­tian Mac­don­ald was his side’s best in the win at Taupo¯ on the week­end.

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