Cricket: Stalwarts solid for Te Puke

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Tai Bridgman-Raison, pictured playing against Greerton earlier this season, top scored with 41 as Te Puke reached the 2016 Williams Cup final.
Tai Bridgman-Raison, pictured playing against Greerton earlier this season, top scored with 41 as Te Puke reached the 2016 Williams Cup final.

The fickle Western Bay of Plenty weather on Saturday saw the Williams Cup major semifinal completed in Te Puke, while the minor semifinal at Mitchell Park in Tauranga was abandoned after just 13 overs of the first innings.

Carrus Mount Maunganui conceded home ground advantage against New World Te Puke after the post-section encounter was transferred from the grass at Blake Park to the artificial surface at the Te Puke Domain because of heavy overnight rain.

Te Puke batted first and were bowled out for 176 with premier team stalwarts in Tai Bridgman-Raison (41) and Stephen Crossan (37) leading the way with the bat. Northern Knights quick bowler Tony Goodin made a return to his club side to take four wickets at a cost of 27 runs with Dan Hill taking three Te Puke bowling scalps.

Mount Maunganui went out to bat with plenty of determination, however Christian MacDonald took career best premier bowling figures, grabbing a six wicket bag. While MacDonald bowls medium pace, he can swing the ball in either direction.

which proved a real handful for the Mount Maunganui batsmen.

Mount Maunganui were removed for just 115 to hand Te Puke the direct route to the Williams Cup Grand Final.

The minor semifinal between Element IMF Cadets and Eves Realty Greerton made a start, but an early lunch was taken when rain intervened with Cadets 50/3. Just when a return was about to take place, the heavens opened with the match abandoned.

Te Puke and Mount Maunganui will meet again at the Bay Oval on Good Friday.

BOPCA Williams Cup results:

Major semifinal: New World Te Puke 176 (Tai Bridgman-Raison 41, Stephen Crossan 37; Tony Goodin 4/27, Dan Hill 4/30) defeated Carrus Mount Maunganui 115 (Christian Macdonald 6/28)

Minor semifinal: Element IMF Cadets 50/3 after 13 over v Eves Realty Greerton - game abandoned due to rain.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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