Cadets and Mount Maunganui sit in the box seat of the WBOPCA Reserve Grade First Round competition, with just two rounds remaining, sitting astride the top of the point's ladder.
Cadets batted first in their match-up with the Albion Singh XI and set their opponents a big challenge, posting 241/5.
Former Bay of Plenty representative batsman Ben Christensen was in solid form top scoring with 82 runs. Nick Rendall (72) and English visitor Sam Owen (38) also made solid contributions with the bat.
Led by Cadets skipper Cameron Dunn, who took three wickets at a cost of 42 runs, the visitors to the Tauranga Domain made a grand attempt for victory being bowled out just five runs short of their target. Jaideep Singh was in sterling form belting his sides top score of 84 not out, with Amritpal Singh reaching the 40s.
The best bowling figures of the current Western Bay season were produced by R&A Sangha player Varinder Sandhu, who picked up a seven wicket bag against Te Puke in a short and sharp affair The Indian side batted first and were removed for what looked to be a relatively modest 129. Enter Varinder Sandhu who scythed through the opposition batsmen to finish with figures of 7/25, as Te Puke were bowled out for 120.
Another match to finish relatively early in the day, was between Katikati and Tauranga Boys College at the Uretara Domain. Tauranga Boys bowler Niven Dovey grabbed three wickets for only 6 runs, as the hosts were dismissed for 104. Andrew Mascall anchored the Tauranga Boys six wicket win, with 39 runs. Mount Maunganui battled to a winning draw with Aquinas College, with Aquinas batsmen Louis Robinson and George Catto both reaching the seventies.
Greerton continued this run of form to defeat Mount Green and grab a B Grade semi-final berth next weekend. Greerton batsman Matt Short smacked the Western Bay Cricket weekends highest score with 121, while Danny Pokai posted a half century as their team reached 266/7. Four wickets to Jake Ryan greatly assisted in bowling the Mount Maunganui team out for 129.
Tauranga Boys College upset Mount Gold when they posted 165/8 in their forty overs and then bowled the Mount boys out for 136, to claim the win points on offer. Grasshoppers cruised to a seven wicket victory over Albion, with Cadets Punjab Warriors cementing their place at the top of the standings, when they defeated former competition front-runners Wanderers.
WBOPCA Reserve Grade Results
Cadets 241/5 (Ben Christensen 82, Nick Rendall 72, Sam Owen 38) defeated Albion Singh 236 (Amritpal Singh 40, Jaideep Singh 84no, Cameron Dunn 3/42)
R&A Sangha 129 (Vikas Mohan 31) defeated Te Puke 120 (Scott Stricksma 39, Varinder Sandhu 7/25)
Katikati 104 (Colin Chase 33, Niven Dovey 3/6) lost to Tauranga Boys 108/4 (Andrew Mascall 39)
Mount Maunganui 249/9 (Logan Carr 59, Nathan Walker 52, Finn Dempsey 3/51) winning draw with Aquinas College 245/9 (Louis Robinson 74, George Catto 75, Nathan Moffatt 4/38)
Greerton beat Whakatane by default; Greerton Sikh XI the bye.
Points Table (Provisional)
Cadets 120, Mount Maunganui 120, Greerton Sikh XI 110, Greerton 104, Tauranga Boys College 99, Albion Singh XI 80, Whakatane United 76, Aquinas College 72, Te Puke 69, R&A Sangha 68, Katikati 51.
WBOPCA B Grade
Greerton 266/7 (Matt Short 121, Danny Pokai 59, Paul Inglis 37) defeated Mount Green 129 (Jake Ryan 4/43)
Tauranga Boys College 165/8 (Josh Bartlett-Lister 59, Andrew Coogan 5/32) defeated Mount Gold 136 (Andrew Coogan 37, Cam Littlewood 5/25)
Albion 91 (Jas Singh 5/20, Jeff Holmes 3/22) lost to Grasshoppers 93/2 (Gary Rudolph 38)
Cadets Punjab Warriors XI 135 (Lovely Heera 33, Chris Uden 4/32, Sarn Lee 3/30, Ryan Foord 3/26) defeated Wanderers 118 all out (Lakha Sangtiwala 5/26)
Points Table (Provisional)
Cadets Punjab Warriors 36, Grasshoppers 33, Wanderers 24, Greerton 21, Mount Gold 18, Mount Green 15, Tauranga Boys College 12, Albion 9.