Victory not enough for fi­nals berth

Te Puke Times - - Sport -

Te Puke did what they had to do on Satur­day by beat­ing Cen­tral In­di­ans, but other re­sults went against them in their quest for a place in the Baywide Cup fi­nal.

Te Puke had a the­o­ret­i­cal chance of mak­ing this week­end’s ti­tle de­cider if they beat Cen­tral In­di­ans, but their chances were elim­i­nated when Cadets ac­counted for Mount Maun­ganui.

Te Puke bat­ted first at home, with Bay of Plenty rep­re­sen­ta­tive bowler Iman Singh show­cas­ing his bat­ting tal­ents with 75 runs, in his teams to­tal of 224 for the loss of seven wick­ets.

Cen­tral In­di­ans’ over­seas all-rounder Jake Rowe ar­rived at the crease when the Ro­torua com­bined team were in some trou­ble at 57/4. Rowe first stead­ied his sides re­ply be­fore lash­ing out to hit an un­beaten 101. Rowe’s three fig­ure score came from 111 balls and in­cluded nine 4s and two 6s, as the vis­i­tors fell a hand­ful of runs short of victory.

The Te Puke pre­mier can be well pleased with their Baywide Cup per­for­mances after los­ing their first two matches. Te Puke fin­ished in third place in the qual­i­fy­ing stages of the com­pe­ti­tion and will play Mount Maun­ganui in the third and fourth place play­offs om De­cem­ber 15.

Greer­ton made rel­a­tively easy work of book­ing a Baywide Cup home fi­nal berth after dis­patch­ing Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege on Satur­day.

Poverty Bay rep­re­sen­ta­tive bats­man Nick Hen­drie led the way for Greer­ton with 68 runs, as the vis­i­tors posted 235 for the loss of seven wick­ets. Pip Thick­penny re­turn­ing from in­jury posted an un­beaten 59, with Charles Wil­liams the best of the Tau­ranga Boys’ bowl­ing at­tack with three wick­ets for 26 runs.

Greer­ton quick bowler Dan Spencer was in good form in tak­ing three wick­ets as Tau­ranga Boys’ were re­moved for 104, to give Greer­ton a solid 131 run win. Cameron Tem­pler was the best of the Tau­ranga Boys bats­men top scor­ing with a hard fought 23 runs.

Greer­ton fin­ished the Baywide Cup qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion with an un­beaten record and also re­tained the Western Bay Cricket chal­lenge prize of the Baker Cup, after defeat­ing the Tau­ranga stu­dents.

De­fend­ing Baywide Cup ti­tle­hold­ers Cadets earned the other Baywide Cup Fi­nals berth, when they out­stayed Mount Maun­ganui in an en­counter that went into the early evening be­fore a re­sult was de­clared.

Cadets bat­ted first and set their long­time ri­vals a big tar­get after reach­ing 245/7. Bat­ting at four, Sean Davey an­chored his sides big score with 91 runs. Skip­per Jono Boult (56) and Mar­cel Col­lett (48) also made big con­tri­bu­tions to the Cadets to­tal. Do­minic Crom­bie grabbed three wick­ets for Mount Maun­ganui.

Mount Maun­ganui set about the run chase with solid de­ter­mi­na­tion and were right in the game, be­fore the Cadets bowlers fought back, to bowl the Mount out a few runs short of victory. Ben Mus­grave and Dan Smith both posted half cen­turies, with Jono Boult and Sean Davey back­ing up their bat­ting hero­ics with three wick­ets apiece.

Baywide Cup Round Seven re­sults

Eves Re­alty Greer­ton 235/7 (N Hen­drie 68, P Thick­penny 59no, D Mccall 24; C Wil­liams 3/26) de­feated Bond & Co Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege 104 (C Tem­pler 23; D Spencer 3/18, J Boyd 2/14)

El­e­ment IMF Cadets 245/7 (S Davey 91, J Boult 56, M Col­lett 48; D Crom­bie 3/47, P Drys­dale 2/51) de­feated Car­rus Mount Maun­ganui 236 (B Mus­grave 57, D Smith 56; J Boult 3/27, S Davey 3/28)

New World Te Puke 224/7 (I Singh 75, D Price 50, C Mac­don­ald 26) de­feated Bay­leys Cen­tral In­di­ans 217 (J Rowe 101, S Ni­cholls 28; J Earle 3/52, C Ri­ley 2/26, B Gil­roy 2/56) GM Painters Lake Taupo CC the bye. Points Ta­ble (Fi­nal) Greer­ton 37, Cadets 32, Te Puke 28, Mount Maun­ganui 15, Cen­tral In­di­ans 15, Tau­ranga Boys Col­lege 14, Lake Taupo 3.

Josh Earl took three wick­ets for 52 as Te Puke beat Cen­tral In­di­ans on Satur­day.

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