College‘s encounter with the Singh XI

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Tauranga Boys' College Second XI Reserve Grade encounter with the Singh XI on Saturday was a thriller that went down to the wire, before the Singh team got home with just two wickets to spare.

Tauranga Boys batted first and set their opponents a respectable target, after they were removed for 173.

Matt Ward top scored with 55 runs, with Varinder Sandhu the best of the Singh bowlers taking three wickets for 34 runs.

The Tauranga Boys bowlers had early success, taking the first two Singh wickets with just 14 runs on the board.

At 120/5, the match was delicately paused before the Singh tailenders got their side home.

Amrit Sandhu top scored with 43 runs, while Varinder Sandhu backed up his bowling figures with a handy 29 runs,

Greerton Kings bowler Mike Rowlands, wrote his name into the current season Western Bay cricket honours again with his second six wicket bag, in his sides matchup with Mount Maunganui.

The vital top four clash saw Greerton bat first and reach 175/9 in the allotted fifty overs. Gurtej Billing was in good touch with 47 runs to his name.

Mike Rowlands played havoc with the ball, removing six Mount batsmen for just 11 runs, as Mount Maunganui were bowled out 38 runs short of their target.

Mitchell Dickson, club stalwart Jason Luke and Kade Smit, all got into the thirties before being dismissed.

Sikh Sports posted 322 against Aquinas College and then bowled the Aquinas students out for 135.

Harkaran Gurjal belted 86 runs for the winners, with Aquinas bowler Jordy Smith grabbing a five wicket bag. R&A Sangha cruised to a eight wicket victory against Cadets, after bowling them out for a modest 118.

Mount Maunganui Inanga and Tauranga Boys College White, had a highly entertaining B Grade encounter, in which 468 runs were belted in the forty over per side game. Mount Maunganui Inanga batted first and reached 270 for the loss of four wickets.

Cole Aitcheson top scored with 78 with Toby Weiss retiring with 70 runs in the book. A slower run rate resulted in Tauranga Boys finishing on 198 for the loss of just two wickets. Luke Spargo anchored his sides reply with 94 not out.

Competition leaders Papamoa Wanderers, bowled defending titleholders Greerton out for just 106, before having to dig deep to get home with three wickets to spare. PapaOMA's made it two from two for the two Papamoa CC contenders, when they got past a solid challenge from Albion.

Tauranga Boys College Blue moved up the standings with a good win over long-time B Grade contenders Mount Maunganui, with Jack Jones and Utsav Kumar scoring half centuries for the winners.

Grasshoppers moved into a share of second place on the standings after defeating Katikati.




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