Cricket: Bowler and batsman recognised


The Bay of Plenty Cricket Player of the Month honours for November and December have been awarded to a new Te Puke premier bowler and a Rotorua youngster who blasted a big century in an intercity representative fixture.

Seven years ago Bay of Plenty Cricket introduced the BOP Cricket Player of the Month Award. The purpose of the award is to recognise excellence in Bay of Plenty cricket during each month of the playing season.

No player made a more spectacular entrance into the first day of the Baywide T20 competition during November than Te Puke bowler Sean Gibson. After taking three wickets in the early afternoon game, Gibson went ballistic against BOP Indians, taking 6 wickets for just 4 runs.

Te Puke batted first and posted a solid 176/6 in their 20 overs. Sean picked up the ball on the first bowling change and simply ripped apart the Rotorua side's middle and lower order, as the opposition were removed for 62. In just 3.5 overs, the Te Puke quick grabbed the last six BOP Indian batsman, with the last three falling without troubling the scorer.

Following in the footsteps of Kane Williamson, a young Rotorua junior cricket player blasted an unbeaten 172 runs, in the annual HRV Trophy junior cricket representative fixtures played at Ferguson Park in Tauranga on Sunday December 2.

Hayze Perham simply smashed Tauranga bowlers out of the game with 172 runs in his sides 335/7.

The youngster hit an incredible 16 sixes and 11 fours in his whirlwind innings. Two weeks earlier he starred at the ND Primary three-day series in Hamilton where he top scored in his side's defeat of Waikato Valley South with 57 runs, then blasted 101 as BOP Lakeland beat Counties Manukau.

BOPCA Player of the Month

November Sean Gibson (Te Puke CC)

December Hayze Perham (Rotorua age group representative)

- Bay of Plenty Times

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