Bay boys chasing upset win to get off their duck

Poverty Bay are staring up the face of a Himalayan mountain on a bad weather day.

Poverty Bay are staring up the face of a Himalayan mountain on a bad weather day.

FOUR games. Four losses. And the defending champions still to be played.

Poverty Bay are staring up the face of a Himalayan mountain on a bad weather day heading into their final Northern Districts Basil McBirney one-day competition clash in Hamilton on Sunday.

The Bay hit the road tomorrow bound for “the Tron” to take on a Hamilton side who could feature Northern Knights first-class and/or “A” squad players.

PB coach David McDonald does not know what line-up awaits but he is expecting a strong side hotly favoured to inflict a fifth consecutive defeat on the visitors.

McDonald describes their position on the table as “nowhere” although, results aside, sees positives.

“Some of the young guys have come on good,” he said, referring to the likes of Robbie Tallott and Thorn Parkes, who recently returned from Northern Districts duty at the national under-17 tournament at Lincoln.

Both had highlight performances in a two-day clash with Canterbury, Tallott scoring 91 not out in an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership of 206 after Parkes had made 43.

The tournament meant Gisborne Boys’ High first 11 skipper Tallott and King’s College student Parkes were unavailable for PB’s most recent one-day match against Bay of Plenty — a 130-run loss to in Gisborne.

The pair are back and no doubt hungry for runs.

Sunday will also see the Poverty Bay debut of all-rounder Gurprett Singh and the return of Tom Hayes. Both live in Hamilton and play for the Fraser Tech club.

Dane Thompson yet to be replaced

Dane Thompson was named in the 12 earlier this week but is unavailable and, as of this morning, was yet to be replaced.

Experienced Tauranga-based Josh Bates is regaining “a bit of form” according to McDonald, and the Bay would welcome that from a player who has played some fine knocks for his province.

He is probably due some luck as well after being dismissed in the cruellest of ways against BoP — a teammate’s drive ricocheted off the fingers of the bowler and on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Bates out of his crease.

A strong contribution from all-rounder Jono Purcell, in his first full rep season, would be reward for the positive attitude he brings to the team.

“I’m quite happy with how Jono’s been going,” said McDonald. “He’s starting to get to grips with cricket at this level. He’s a good team man and a very good fielder. He saves us a lot of runs. He bowls the odd loose ball, but more than makes up for it, and is positive to have around.”

Tauranga Englishman Alex Gooding, a past regular for the Bay, will play his first match for the province this season.

“He’s performed well for us historically,” said McDonald, whose side will be captained by allrounder Mitch Turner.

Tallott’s older brothers Scott and Sam and Hamilton draft player and opening batsman Matt Whitley complete the 11.

Round 4

A top-of-the-table clash between Kevin Hollis Glass Pirates and Landmark Homes Bain Construction OBR is the feature match of round 4 of the six-round DJ Barry Cup club competition tomorrow.

Defending champions Pirates (12 points) top the table, albeit with a game in hand on OBR and Tamarind HSOB (both on 8).

Both Pirates and OBR will be without their skippers — Mitch Turner (Pirates) and Jono Purcell (OBR) — who have representative commitments.

HSOB should be too strong for Gisborne Boys’ High (2) while Campion (4pts) and Horouta (0) face each other in what could ultimately decide the fourth spot in the semifinals.

FOUR games. Four losses. And the defending champions still to be played.

Poverty Bay are staring up the face of a Himalayan mountain on a bad weather day heading into their final Northern Districts Basil McBirney one-day competition clash in Hamilton on Sunday.

The Bay hit the road tomorrow bound for “the Tron” to take on a Hamilton side who could feature Northern Knights first-class and/or “A” squad players.

PB coach David McDonald does not know what line-up awaits but he is expecting a strong side hotly favoured to inflict a fifth consecutive defeat on the visitors.

McDonald describes their position on the table as “nowhere” although, results aside, sees positives.

“Some of the young guys have come on good,” he said, referring to the likes of Robbie Tallott and Thorn Parkes, who recently returned from Northern Districts duty at the national under-17 tournament at Lincoln.

Both had highlight performances in a two-day clash with Canterbury, Tallott scoring 91 not out in an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership of 206 after Parkes had made 43.

The tournament meant Gisborne Boys’ High first 11 skipper Tallott and King’s College student Parkes were unavailable for PB’s most recent one-day match against Bay of Plenty — a 130-run loss to in Gisborne.

The pair are back and no doubt hungry for runs.

Sunday will also see the Poverty Bay debut of all-rounder Gurprett Singh and the return of Tom Hayes. Both live in Hamilton and play for the Fraser Tech club.

Dane Thompson yet to be replaced

Dane Thompson was named in the 12 earlier this week but is unavailable and, as of this morning, was yet to be replaced.

Experienced Tauranga-based Josh Bates is regaining “a bit of form” according to McDonald, and the Bay would welcome that from a player who has played some fine knocks for his province.

He is probably due some luck as well after being dismissed in the cruellest of ways against BoP — a teammate’s drive ricocheted off the fingers of the bowler and on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end with Bates out of his crease.

A strong contribution from all-rounder Jono Purcell, in his first full rep season, would be reward for the positive attitude he brings to the team.

“I’m quite happy with how Jono’s been going,” said McDonald. “He’s starting to get to grips with cricket at this level. He’s a good team man and a very good fielder. He saves us a lot of runs. He bowls the odd loose ball, but more than makes up for it, and is positive to have around.”

Tauranga Englishman Alex Gooding, a past regular for the Bay, will play his first match for the province this season.

“He’s performed well for us historically,” said McDonald, whose side will be captained by allrounder Mitch Turner.

Tallott’s older brothers Scott and Sam and Hamilton draft player and opening batsman Matt Whitley complete the 11.

Round 4

A top-of-the-table clash between Kevin Hollis Glass Pirates and Landmark Homes Bain Construction OBR is the feature match of round 4 of the six-round DJ Barry Cup club competition tomorrow.

Defending champions Pirates (12 points) top the table, albeit with a game in hand on OBR and Tamarind HSOB (both on 8).

Both Pirates and OBR will be without their skippers — Mitch Turner (Pirates) and Jono Purcell (OBR) — who have representative commitments.

HSOB should be too strong for Gisborne Boys’ High (2) while Campion (4pts) and Horouta (0) face each other in what could ultimately decide the fourth spot in the semifinals.

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