Old Boys remain unbeaten, Coastal finally win
The BYC Bash continued on Monday with wins to Old Boys in dramatic fashion, and Coastal in far less dramatic fashion.
Old Boys 166-5 (20) beat Ngakawau 163 all out (19.5) by three runs. Old Boys batted first in the most classic game of T20 seen yet in the BYC with big scores and a close game. Cameron Hill got Old Boys off to a fast start before mistiming a pull shot and being caught on 29. Three more quick wickets gave Ngakawau hope of knocking Old Boys over quickly. Devlin Pratt scored a very responsible 61 not out, but the glue of the innings came from the unheralded Tomo Stanger who lasted 12 overs for his 29 and without him Pratt may have had no one left to bat with much more quickly.
In reply Ngakawau also got off to a fast start thanks to a quickfire 23 from Brock Johnson and a booming 30 from Daniel Beveridge including a huge six that measured 82 metres. Beveridge departed leaving the score 117-2 with plenty of time to spare. In the meantime also opening the batting was Year 7 student Blake Jack who just needed someone to stick around with him as wickets kept falling including two runouts. Taine Forsyth was that man, but unfortunately Jack departed for a excellent 48. Forsyth continued on to 27 before being run out himself. That left Zin Halsall and Ethan Hart to get six off the last over, but unfortunately a lot of swinging and missing led to the fourth run out of the innings and the game over with one ball remaining.
Coastal 206-5 (20) gained a winning draw over Athletic 112-6 (20). The first round fixture between these two teams was essentially a game within a game, Sam Jope vs Josh Roche as both scored hundreds in a close game. The first half of the game saw the same story unfold with Coastal scoring a massive 206 on the back of a Jope 146 not out innings. Jamie Kerr contributed 17 Matt Cunneen chipped in with 10, and Year 8 student Ben Duncan also scored some solid runs with a 17 not out. The question now became can Roche respond, or at least score enough to make a game of it with what is a deeper batting lineup that Athletic has. The answer was a resounding no with Roche’s 111 and Luke Henderson’s 50 from last time becoming 37 and 16 this time. Athletic can still be proud for putting a reasonable performance together by scoring 112 and not being all out. By gaining a losing draw they effectively only lost two points out of six by preventing Coastal from being on the same points as them while gaining two of their own.
This weeks results means that Old Boys are guaranteed a spot in the final with two rounds to go.
Standings – Old Boys 24, Ngakawau 12, Athletic 8, Coastal 4.
Next week’s draw: Coastal vs Ngakawau (Craddock 1), Athletic vs Old Boys (Craddock 2).
BHS Gillette Cup fixture postponed
Owing to Cyclone Gita this weeks Canterbury Country-West Coast regional final in the Gillette Cup has been postponed. It is now likely the game will take place next Friday March 2nd.