Brilliant Bay of Plenty weather welcomed in the first two rounds of the Baywide T20 competition played in Rotorua on Saturday.
Defending T20 champions Tauranga Boys' College, posted an unbeaten record on the opening day of the T20 competition, albeit with a first up tie against Cadets. Batting first, Tauranga Boys' were dismissed for 128 with Tom MacRury (30) and Alex Oakley (22) the best of the students' batsmen, while Josh Christensen took three wickets for Cadets.
Cadets went into the last over needing just five runs for victory with eight wickets in hand. Tauranga Boys bowler Tom MacRury grabbed two wickets and a run out saw Cadets finish at 128 for 8, resulting in a rare tie.
Te Puke posted 168-8 against East Bay United with Mitch McCann and Tai Bridgeman-Raison both belting half centuries. East Bay United were bowled out for 60. Tom Yates top scored with 27 not out, with Charles Williams and Sean Gibson taking three wickets apiece.
Cameron Neal top scored with 47 as Greerton made 150-7 against BOP Indians and then bowled the Rotorua side out for 74.
In an intercity battle, Mount Maunganui chased down Rotorua Central's 135 for the loss of five wickets.
No player made a more spectacular entrance into the first day of the Baywide T20 competition than Te Puke bowler Sean Gibson.
After taking three wickets in the early afternoon game, Gibson went ballistic against BOP Indians, taking six wickets for just 4 runs.
Te Puke batted first and posted a solid 176/6, with Mitch McCann top scoring for the second time in the day with an unbeaten 77.
The Indian team challenge was swept aside when they were removed for 60, with Jeremy Bates taking three for six to add to the six-wicket bag by Gibson.
Tauranga Boys' College upset Mount Maunganui after they posted 120-6. Gareth Wallace top scored with a solid 43 with Alex Oakley chipping in with a very handy 34 runs.
Tauranga Boys' mentor Mark Orchard was the star of the show, taking two wickets and grabbing four catches in the field. Greerton joined Te Puke in posting two wins, when they easily got past East Bay United after the Eastern Bay side were removed for 96. Cadets defended a relatively modest 115-7 against Central when they restricted the opposition to 102/9.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Results, November 24
Baywide T20 Round One
Tauranga Boys' College 128 (T MacRury 30, A Oakley 22; J Christensen 3-35, B Christensen 2-17, J Birchall 2/22) tied with Cadets 128 (J Shaw 70; T MacRury 2-20)
Te Puke 168-6 (M McCann 68, T Bridgeman-Raison 51; M Carter 2-21) defeated East Bay United 60 (T Yates 27no; C Williams 3-7, S Gibson 3-13)
Greerton 150-7 (C Neal 47, K Hodder 20) defeated BOP Indians 74 (S Drabble 3-7, M Jarvis 2-10, M Earl 2-11)
Central 135 (P Woods 38, C Payne 35; D Swan 3-27, M Jones 2-16) lost to Mount Maunganui 136-5 (B Guild 50, J Thompson 33)
Tauranga Boys' College 120-6 (G Wallace 43, A Oakley 34; M Jones 3-22) defeated Mount Maunganui 109 (D Hill 34, D Swan 25; M Orchard 2-4, J Hope 2-15)
Te Puke 176-6 (M McCann 77no, M Dwight 26) defeated BOP Indians 60 (S Gibson 6-4, J Bates 3-6)
Cadets 115-7 (J Birchall 27) defeated Central 102-9
East Bay United 96 (M Carter 26) lost to Greerton 99-1