Taupo opener blasts a century in Williams Cup

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Generation Homes Lake Taupo all-rounder Drew Brierley continued his golden summer with the bat, when he blasted a century in his team’s victory over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys’ College, in Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup action yesterday.

The Taupo team batted first at their home base at Owen Delany Park, with Michael Mitchell joining Drew, in posting a 148 run second wicket partnership.

After Michael went for 65, the Lake Taupo opener continued on to belt 128 runs, with eleven 4's and one six in his time at the crease.

Lake Taupo set Tauranga Boys’ a very big target, when they finished at 279 for the loss of five wickets. Kieran New was the best of the visitors’ bowlers taking three wickets.

Drew demonstrated his all-round talent, grabbing four wickets, as Tauranga Boys’ College were bowled out for 143 to give the home side a 136 run victory. Drew Brierley's first season in Taupo has produced over 600 runs and 30 wickets, with seven weeks still remaining in the season.

Carrus Mount Maunganui got their chase for all three Baywide titles, back on track, when they beat New World Te Puke in an encounter where bat dominated ball. David March top scored with a gritty 41 runs, as Mount Maunganui were bowled out for 184.

Two wickets apiece from Nick Smith, Dale Swan and Henry Conway played a big part in Te Puke being removed for 138, to hand the home side the win points on offer. Christian MacDonald top scored for Te Puke with 47 runs.

Geyser City made Eve's Realty Greerton work hard to retain their unbeaten Williams Cup start. Greerton batted first and posted 206/9, led by a hard fought 61 from Pip Thickpenny. Geyser bowler Joshua Simpson, will long remember his team’s trip to the Western Bay of Plenty with five wickets, with Joe O'Donoghue taking three Greerton bowling scalps.

The Rotorua side were right in the match, before the home team bowlers tightened the screws to bowl their opponents out for 189. Sam Kershaw and Joe O'Donoghue both reached the thirties before being dismissed, with James Boyd taking three wickets for the winners.

Defending Williams Cup titleholder Element IMF Cadets repelled the challenge mustered by Bayleys Central Indians in the Sulphur City. Cadets set the combined side a target of 243 before bowling them out for 172. Cadets captain Jono Boult led the way with 62 runs with Mayura Galappaththi posting a half century.

Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 – February 8 Results

Carrus Mount Maunganui 184 (David March 41, Tim Tomlinson 36, Dale Swan 25; Christian MacDonald 3/25, Reinhardt Kruger 2/18, Adam Stringer 2/37) defeated New World Te Puke 138 (Christian MacDonald 47, Dillon Preston 32, Daniel Price 30; Nick Smith 2/19, Dale Swan 2/32, Henry Conway 2/42)

Eves Realty Greerton 206/9 (Pip Thickpenny 61, Lee Watki8ns 54, Jared Tutty 34; Joshua Simpson 5/42, Joe O’Donoghue 3/57) defeated Geyser City 189 (Sam Kershaw 33, Joe O’Donoghue 33; James Boyd 3/34, Lee Watkins 2/35)

Generation Homes Lake Taupo 279/5 (Drew Brierley 128, Michael Mitchell 65; Kieran New 3/61) defeated Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College 143 (Niven Dovey 34, Kieran New 28; Drew Brierley 4/23, Habib Malik 3/34)

Element IMF Cadets 242 (Jono Boult 61, Mayura Galappaththi 56) defeated Bayleys Central Indians 172

Points Table (Provisional) Cadets 12, Greerton 12, Geyser City 6, Tauranga Boys College 6, Lake Taupo 6, Mount Maunganui 6, Central Indians 0, Te Puke 0.

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