The opening round of the WBOPCA Colts Primary, Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary competition was played on Sunday.

Players contest the three-round encounters under the banner of four local clubs as part of the WBOPCA age-group development pathway.

Cadets and Greerton took out the junior and senior secondary matches, with Mount Maunganui and Cadets winning the primary games.

The highest score of the opening round was posted by Mount Maunganui in the primary division, who chased down the Te Puke total of 178/6 to grab a four-wicket victory. Mount batsman Ben Vyver hit a half century for the winners.


Cadets were also in good form in the primary grade, with Liam Collett top scoring with 53 runs as his side were dismissed for 177, before bowling Greerton out for 158. Cadets bowler Connor Smyth bowled line and length to be rewarded with five wickets.

Greerton junior secondary opening batsman Taylor Bettleheim blasted the highest score of the opening round with an unbeaten 81 against Te Puke.

The Te Puke side were removed for 126 with spin bowler Braxton Fisher returning 4/17, with Greerton getting home with seven wickets to spare.

Cadets cruised to an eight-wicket win over Mount Maunganui after bowling the Mount team out for 111. Mount batsman Niven Dovey posted the encounter's highest total with 47 runs.

Cadets senior secondary side had a solid win against Te Puke. Cam Riley top scored for Te Puke with 41 runs, while Tom Renouf played a big part in the Cadets victory with 43 runs to his name.

Mount Maunganui posted 141 all out in the match-up with Greerton, before the Pemberton Park-based side took out a five-wicket win. Sean Wakelin produced the best bowling figures of the opening round grabbing six wickets for just 15 runs. Josh Ormrod top scored for the victors with an unbeaten 49.

WBOPCA Colts Opening Round Results

Te Puke 178/6 (Matt Ward 30, Jordy Smith 29) lost to Mount Maunganui 180/6 (Ben Vyver 50, Harrison Leach 48, Kieran Donovan 36)
Cadets 177 (Liam Collett 53, Josh Manners 25) defeated Greerton 158 (Ben McCurran 40, Isaac White 29 no, Connor Smyth 5/11)
Junior Secondary
Mount Maunganui 111 (Niven Dovey 47, Rhys Donaghy 3/13) lost to Cadets 112/2 (Lachie Jeffrey 27)
Te Puke 126 (Tim Pringle 38, Braxton Fisher 4/17) lost to Greerton 127/3 (Taylor Bettelheim 81 no)
Senior Secondary
Te Puke 168/8 (Cam Riley 41, Andrew Randrup 38) lost to Cadets 169/5 (Tom Renouf 43, Max Delaney 28 no)
Mount Maunganui 141 (Louis Robinson 38, Sean Wakelin 6/15) lost to Greerton 145/5 (Josh Ormrod 49 no, Andy Mascall 36)

Senior reserve and B Grade
Inclement weather on Saturday played havoc with Western Bay of Plenty cricket with just three games producing results.

Reserve Grade
Whakatane United 54 (Roger Urbahn 7/16) lost to Lake Taupo CC 55/7
Te Puke 9/3 v Cadets - game abandoned
Aquinas College v Mount Maunganui, Greerton v R&A Sangha, Katikati v Sikh Sports, Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City - all abandoned.

Points Table (Provisional) Lake Taupo CC 40, Greerton 30, R&A Sangha CC 30, Whakatane United 23, Aquinas College 20, Tauranga Boys College 20, Katikati 20, Mount Maunganui 20, Te Puke 2, Geyser City 16, Sikh Sports 13, Cadets 12.

B Grade
Albion 83 (Neri Hutchings 4/19) defeated Wanderers 72 (Shane Espitalier 3/18, Rod Henderson 3/25)
Tauranga Boys College 3rd XI 146/6 (Scott Ellerington 39, Jacob Logan 36, Eddie Johnson 3Ono) defeated Grasshoppers 14O (Wiremu Leef 3/25)
Singh XI 31/5 v Mount Maunganui abandoned after 13 overs.

Points Table (Provisional) Tauranga Boys College 12, Singh XI 9, Grasshoppers 6, Albion 6, Mount Maunganui 3, Wanderers 0.