Coastlands too good for PB in rep year-ender

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Poverty Bay boys’ primary cricket team lost their last representative game of 2017 to Bay of Plenty Coastlands by 109 runs on Sunday.

On a high-bouncing artificial wicket at Nelson Park, the visitors made 209-6 in 35 overs.

Opening batsmen Dylan Fletcher (51) and Jordan Smith (35) shared an 86-run stand and wicket-keeper/No.3 batsman Jonty Bidois led all scorers with a busy 65 off 61 balls.

Poverty Bay seamer Luke Fisher (one wicket for 21 runs off four overs) had Smith caught by mid-on Cohen Loffler at the start of the 13th over, before leg-spinner Liam Barbier (3-25 off six) and off-spinner Jaycob Haynes (2-33 off) took charge.

“Jaycob’s tall, he got bounce and jagged the ball back,” said Poverty Bay game-day coach Malcolm Trowell.

“Liam confused them a bit. Both of those boys turn the ball.”

Poverty Bay’s Jack Whitehead-McKay, in his first showing as a ‘keeper at Northern Districts tournament level this season, had a great game standing up to the stumps.

He held three remarkable catches — Fletcher off the bottom edge trying to cut a Barbier leg-break, captain Spencer Wills off the back of his bat trying to pull a wrong ‘un from the leggie, and Liam Keaney (7) from an unplayable ball from Haynes that stuck in the gloves in the 25th over.

Coastlands offie Darcy Collett (2-13 off five) gave his team the perfect start with the wicket of Poverty Bay captain Nathan Trowell for a duck in the first over of the second innings.

Wills (2-25 off six) was the central figure downwind. His right-arm inswing at good pace went between bat and pad and over the bails eight times.

Collett bowled well, as did Nico Brown, whose unrewarded 0 for 7 off two overs, including a maiden over.

Poverty Bay No.5 Daniel Watts (27 from 25) hit five boundaries and second-drop Loffler struck four fours in his 26 from 33.

They put on a 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket — the home team’s most productive stand.

No.8 Sebastian Wilson (13 not out off eight balls) was the last man standing as Poverty Bay was bowled out for 100 in exactly 24 overs.

Trowell junior, who led his team to victory against Bay of Plenty Lakelands, took positives out of the game.

“We were committed in the field. Sebastian ran back and around from mid-wicket to mid-on to catch Harsh (Patel, BOPC’s hard-hitting no.5) off Jaycob’s bowling and Cohen held on to a good catch off Luke to get Jordan (Smith).

“All our boys enjoyed playing for Poverty Bay and they did that with real heart.”

Poverty Bay boys’ primary cricket team lost their last representative game of 2017 to Bay of Plenty Coastlands by 109 runs on Sunday.

On a high-bouncing artificial wicket at Nelson Park, the visitors made 209-6 in 35 overs.

Opening batsmen Dylan Fletcher (51) and Jordan Smith (35) shared an 86-run stand and wicket-keeper/No.3 batsman Jonty Bidois led all scorers with a busy 65 off 61 balls.

Poverty Bay seamer Luke Fisher (one wicket for 21 runs off four overs) had Smith caught by mid-on Cohen Loffler at the start of the 13th over, before leg-spinner Liam Barbier (3-25 off six) and off-spinner Jaycob Haynes (2-33 off) took charge.

“Jaycob’s tall, he got bounce and jagged the ball back,” said Poverty Bay game-day coach Malcolm Trowell.

“Liam confused them a bit. Both of those boys turn the ball.”

Poverty Bay’s Jack Whitehead-McKay, in his first showing as a ‘keeper at Northern Districts tournament level this season, had a great game standing up to the stumps.

He held three remarkable catches — Fletcher off the bottom edge trying to cut a Barbier leg-break, captain Spencer Wills off the back of his bat trying to pull a wrong ‘un from the leggie, and Liam Keaney (7) from an unplayable ball from Haynes that stuck in the gloves in the 25th over.

Coastlands offie Darcy Collett (2-13 off five) gave his team the perfect start with the wicket of Poverty Bay captain Nathan Trowell for a duck in the first over of the second innings.

Wills (2-25 off six) was the central figure downwind. His right-arm inswing at good pace went between bat and pad and over the bails eight times.

Collett bowled well, as did Nico Brown, whose unrewarded 0 for 7 off two overs, including a maiden over.

Poverty Bay No.5 Daniel Watts (27 from 25) hit five boundaries and second-drop Loffler struck four fours in his 26 from 33.

They put on a 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket — the home team’s most productive stand.

No.8 Sebastian Wilson (13 not out off eight balls) was the last man standing as Poverty Bay was bowled out for 100 in exactly 24 overs.

Trowell junior, who led his team to victory against Bay of Plenty Lakelands, took positives out of the game.

“We were committed in the field. Sebastian ran back and around from mid-wicket to mid-on to catch Harsh (Patel, BOPC’s hard-hitting no.5) off Jaycob’s bowling and Cohen held on to a good catch off Luke to get Jordan (Smith).

“All our boys enjoyed playing for Poverty Bay and they did that with real heart.”

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