In spite of the wet weather lurking around the periphery of the region, all three Baywide Cup games scheduled for Saturday produced a result, albeit with minor rain delays.
Defending Baywide Cup champions Carrus Mount Maunganui received a setback to their defence of the trophy, when they were defeated by New World Te Puke at Blake Park.
Te Puke teenage seamer Josh Earle did the damage, removing five Mount batsmen at a cost of just 11 runs, as Mount Maunganui were bowled out for 78. Te Puke skipper Stephen Crossan led his team to an easy eight wicket victory, with an unbeaten 45.
Bayleys Central Indians posted their first win of the Baywide Cup in emphatic style, beating GM Painters Lake Taupo CC by 140 runs, at Smallbone Park in Rotorua. The home side took first use of the wicket, with Jake Rowe controlling the tempo of his sides innings before being dismissed one short of his century.
Stephen Nichols (57) and Shonit Chandra (38) also made solid contributions to their side's total of 275/9. Moko Rivers and Roger Urbahn were the major wicket takers for the Taupo team.
Central Indians medium pace bowler Andrew Gibbs led his side's charge for victory, grabbing four wickets, as the Lake Taupo representative were bowled out for 130. Central veteran Mark Chapman, showing he had lost none of his tricks of the trade returned figures of 2/25, with Habib Malik the best of the visitors batting attack with 39 runs.
The clash at Pemberton Park, between hosts Eves Realty Greerton and Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys' College was a high scoring affair, with nearly five hundred runs scored in the match. Batting first, Tauranga Boys' set Greerton an extremely solid target posting 243/7. Ben Pomare top scored with 70 with Matt Golding also in good touch with 61 runs.
Greerton lost two early wickets, before Umesh Ranaraja (55) and skipper Shane Wineti (47) came together to put on a 111 run partnership. Tommy Clout then put the boundaries of the Greerton suburban park under fire, as he hammered an unbeaten 63 which included five 6's, with the home side posting a hard fought four wicket win.
Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys College 243/7 (Ben Pomare 70, Matt Golding 61; Umesh Ranaraja 2/39) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 246/6 (Tommy Clout 63no, U Ranaraja 55, Shane Wineti 47, Iman Singh 2/43)
Carrus Mount Maunganui 78 (Josh Earle 5/11, Christian MacDonald 2/18, Cam Riley 2/20) lost to New World Te Puke 79/2 (Stephen Crossan 45no)
Bayleys Central Indians 275/9 (Jake Rowe 99, Stephen Nicols 57, Shonit Chandra 38; Moko Rivers 4/54, Roger Urbahn 3/56) defeated GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 130 (Habib Malik 39; Andrew Gibbs 4/40, Mark Chapman 2/25)
Points Table (Provisional)
Greerton 13, Cadets 10, Tauranga Boys College 10, Te Puke 10, Mount Maunganui 7, Central Indians 6, Lake Taupo CC 3.