Element IMF Cadets premiers provided the entree for the club's 40th jubilee dinner on Saturday evening, when they engaged in a run fest against Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys' College in a Baywide Cup game at the Tauranga Domain.
Cadets were asked to bat first after losing the toss and went on the rampage, reaching 332 for the loss of eight wickets.
Bay of Plenty representative batsman Joe Carter blasted an unbeaten 137 off just 106 balls, smacking eleven 4's and five 6's in his innings. Otumoetai College student Tim Pringle belted six 4's in his total of 55 runs with Ruben Clinton also posting a half century. Rhys Mischewski was the best of the Tauranga Boys' bowlers, taking three wickets.
The Tauranga Boys' First XI made a valiant attempt to chase down the very big target, before being dismissed for 178. Matt Golding anchored his teams reply with a solid 71. Cadets skipper Jono Boult posted his team's best bowling figures of 3/29, while his Blackcap brother Trent, who was in town for the jubilee celebrations also grabbed three wickets.
A reasonably short and sharp encounter took place at Smallbone Park in Rotorua, between Bayleys Central Indians and Western Bay visitors Eves Realty Greerton. The home team took first use of the batting strip and were bowled out for 132. Ajay Kumar top scored with 36, with Dion McCall doing plenty of damage with the ball taking four wickets for just nine runs.
Josh Healey-Ormrod lead his teams charge for victory with 34 not out, with Greerton new recruit Umesh Ranaraja posting 26 runs, in his teams five wicket win.
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, who were playing at home at Owen Delaney Park for the first time this season, were forced to wave the white flag of surrender against New World Te Puke. The hosts were removed for a modest 121, with Te Puke chasing down the required runs with seven wickets to spare. Lake Taupo captain Roger Urbahn top scored with 37 not out, while Christian MacDonald and Cam Riley grabbed three wickets apiece. Two 40s from the bats of Dan Price and Tai Bridgman-Raison were the main contributors to the Te Puke win.
Just two rounds remain before the top-two shootout to decide the 2017 Baywide Cup, with Cadets at the top of the standings with Greerton and Te Puke in close attendance.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Results
Element IMF Cadets 332/8 (Joe Carter 137no, Tim Pringle 55, Ruben Clinton 53, Scott Steward 38; Rhys Mischewski 3/36) defeated Cooney Lees Morgan Tauranga Boys' College 178 (Matt Golding 71; Jono Boult 3/29, Trent Boult 3/30)
Bayleys Central Indians 132 (Ajay Kumar 36, Ben Sandford 35; Dion McCall 4/9, Josh Healey-Ormrod 3/30) lost to Eves Realty Greerton 135/7 (J Healey-Ormrod 34no, Umesh Ranaraja 26; Andrew Gibbs 2/38)
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC 121 (Roger Urbahn 37no; Christian Macdonald 3/10, Cam Riley 3/25) lost to New World Te Puke 125/3 (Dan Price 44; Tai Bridgman-Raison 41)
Carrus Mount Maunganui the bye.
Cadets 22, Greerton 19, Te Puke 16, Mount Maunganui 13, Tauranga Boys' College 10, Lake Taupo CC 9, Central Indians 6.