The Baker Cup (WBOPCA Challenge Trophy) changed hands at Pemberton Park on Saturday in an action-packed match where more than 400 runs were scored and 18 wickets fell.
Baker Cup holders Eves Realty Greerton batted first against New World Te Puke and posted 219/9. Josh Bates, batting at six, top scored with 32, skipper Shane Wineti posted a solid 30, while keeper Kent Hodder chipped in with a handy 25 runs. Brody Gilroy, who made his Bay of Plenty representative debut in Gisborne last weekend, was the best of the Te Puke bowling attack taking four wickets.
Te Puke got away to a flyer reaching 100 for the loss of just two wickets. Tai Bridgman-Raison top scored with 44 runs. Greerton bowlers fought back with the visitors requiring 15 runs in the last four overs with just one wicket in hand. The Te Puke victory came with four balls to spare in the last over, with the Baker Cup heading for the Te Puke trophy cabinet.
Element IMF Cadets batsmen Morton Freer smashed his maiden premier century of 101 against Bayleys Central at the Tauranga Domain. Cadets reached 250/6 with Northern Knights Jono Boult scoring a solid half century. Graeme Whiles was the best of the Rotorua side's bowlers, taking three wickets.
Freer then grabbed three Central wickets at a cost of just nine runs, as the Rotorua team were dismissed for 111 to give Cadets a big 139-run victory.
Central skipper Jason Trembath posted a half century.
Carrus Mount Maunganui continue to make the early running in the 2016 Williams Cup, winning their third match on the trot. Against Bay of Plenty Indians at Blake Park, Mount opener Peter Drysdale smashed his second century in three weeks to be 108 not out.
Mount bowlers reeled in the Rotorua batsmen as they were removed for 136. Long-time Mount premier bowler Dale Swan took four wickets.
Carrus Mount Maunganui 248/5 (Peter Drysdale 108no, Ben Musgrave 72; Mukund Ranchood 2-39, Himesh Gosai 2-59) defeated Bay of Plenty Indians 136 (Yohann Irani 27; Dale Swan 4-26, Luke Tatley 2-19, Nick Smith 2-32)
Eves Realty Greerton 219/9 (Josh Bates 32, Shane Wineti 30, Kent Hodder 25; Brody Gilroy 4-71, Christian MacDonald 2-20) lost to New World Te Puke 220/9 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 44, Stephen Crossan 37; James Boyd 3-26, Harrison Perry 2-56)
Element IMF Cadets 250/6 (Morton Freer 101no, Jono Boult 57, Donovan Deeble 33, Joe Carter 25; Graeme Whiles 3-50, Andrew Gibbs 2-62) defeated Bayleys Central 111 (Jason Trembath 52; M Freer 3-9)
Williams Cup points:
Carrus Mount Maunganui 18, Element IMF Cadets 12, New World Te Puke 12 , Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys' College 6, Eves Realty Greerton 6, Bayleys Central 0, Bay of Plenty Indians 0.