Old Boys finish first round on top of BYC Bash
Coastal 79 all out lost to Old Boys 80-5 by five wickets.
Old Boys continued their domination of the BYC Bash although in a harder than expected game against Coastal. With the prize wicket of Sam Jope going for a golden duck from a screamer of a catch by Tomo Stanger, Coastal’s chances seemed doomed, although a good partnership between Caleb Aldridge (22) and Finn Forsyth (15) ensured Coastal still had a defendable total. Devlin Pratt, Blythe Dent and Nathan Palmer each picked up two wickets. A good start from Coastal was needed but the pace of Sam Jope vs the hand-eye of Nathan Palmer meant the first over went for 14 including a big six.. Ben Duncan made the game interesting ripping out three quick wickets. However this brought Cam Hill and Devlin Pratt to the crease and with 20s each it was game over.
Ngakawau 119 all out beat Athletic 100 all out by 19 runs.
In a much closer game Ngakawau got off to a great start with 25 to Brock Johnson and 61 for Daniel Beveridge. Other than 10 from Zin Halsall in his first bat for two years the rest of the wickets fell quickly. Athletic has plenty of batting talent but has yet to put a whole team performance together. Josh Roche chipped in a good 28 and Alan Paterson 18, but nobody else could contribute of significance as Athletic fell just short.
Overall the competition continues to grow as both games were 10 a-side. This means the competition will run for four more weeks with a second round and a final. The current standings are: Old Boys 18, Ngakawau 12, Athletic 6, Coastal 0.
Next weeks draw: Old Boys vs Ngakawau, Craddock 2 (M Anderson). Athletic vs Coastal, Craddock 1 (Umpire tba).
Last Man Standing Update
All six teams were in action on Tuesday trying to dodge the rain. This week the competition started a new format of playing 10 overs per side as the 6 overs per side games had been finishing too quickly. In the first game at 6pm Dothracki put up a competitive 80 against Nice Gary, Bas Forsyth the only retiree of the innings smashing a powerful 20. Unfortunately it wasn’t nearly enough with Nice Gary chasing it down after 7 overs thanks to a Kyle Roberts 20.
In the other 6pm game WestIndia scored an impressive win putting up 70 against the Boomfa Boys. In reply only Sam Jope and Ethan Slee made double figures with the Boomfa Boys out for 59.
At 7pm, with the weather closing in and only five players each Where’s Wassa and the Spraycandos agreed on five overs per side. The Spraycandos eeked their way to 45 and in reply Where’s Wassa overhauled the total with ease in four overs.
Next weeks draw is still to be decided due to no high school players being available who will be playing away at Rangiora High School.