Cricket: Geyser make it two from two

By Gary Hamilton-Irvine

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Bay of Plenty Indians bowler Roney Grewal bowls against Geyser 1 during the final of the Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade T20 final. Photo/Stephen Parker
Bay of Plenty Indians bowler Roney Grewal bowls against Geyser 1 during the final of the Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade T20 final. Photo/Stephen Parker

Geyser City Cricket Club have claimed their second piece of silverware this season after defeating the Bay of Plenty Indians in the final of the reserve grade T20 competition.

Geyser 1 were defaulted to in their third round match-up on Saturday and advanced straight to the final.

Meanwhile, Bay of Plenty Indians defeated Geyser Fossils to progress to the final on Saturday afternoon at Puarenga Park.

Batting first, Geyser 1 posted 178/8 in their 20 overs off the back of some great hitting by opener Mitch Farnell, who scored 56.

Captain Matt Collier (32) and Matt Mitchell (17) also added a good partnership near the end of the innings.

Rashpal Singh bowled well for the Indians, taking three wickets for 24 runs.

In reply, the Rotorua-based Bay of Plenty Indians lost too many wickets and were bowled out for 117.

Neeraj Kumar (48) top scored for the Indians but could not prevent his side from falling short in the final.

Geyser 1 bowlers Sam Murdoch and Hayden Mitchell took three wickets each with Collier taking two wickets.

"We are pretty stoked. It was an all-round good performance," Collier said.

"We are stoked to make it two trophies from two this season."

Geyser 1 also won the pre-Christmas 40-over competition in the Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade division.

Collier said he was proud of his team on Saturday.

"The guys were hungry. We wanted that win and we never gave up."

Rotorua/Taupo senior reserve grade T20 final on Saturday: Geyser 1 174/8 (Mitch Farnell 56, Matt Collier 32; Raj Kumar 1/29, Rashpal Singh 3/24) defeated BOP Indians 117 (Neeraj Kumar 48, Raj Kumar 17; Hayden Mitchell 3/26, Matt Collier 2/23, Sam Murdoch 3/17).

- Rotorua Daily Post

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