Victory not enough for finals berth
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.