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