Wins and losses for PB cricket

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POVERTY Bay Cricket Association’s decision to drop the senior representative team into the Northern Districts second tier representative competition this season looks a good call after the Bay ended the three-day ND twenty20 tournament in Taupo without a win.

Losses to Fergus Hickey big guns Counties Manukau and Waikato Valley yesterday followed defeats to Northland on Sunday, and Hamilton, and Bay of Plenty on Monday.

Bollywood Stars Poverty Bay were never in the hunt against a powerful Counties batting top order who anchored a formidable 225-4.

Gisborne Boys’ High School student Paul Stewart will remember the game as the one in which he claimed his first wicket for the Bay senior team.

In the Bay’s run chase, Scott Tallott and Alex Gooding put on 46 runs for the opening partnership.

Gooding was dismissed for 18 in the eighth over and Tallott (21) departed two balls later.

From there, the Bay lost a further six wickets and struggled for runs to finish at 79-8.

In their second game yesterday, the Bay faced Waikato Valley, a team they had expectations of beating.

Batting first, they lost Gooding with only two runs on the board.

A second-wicket partnership of 102 between skipper Danny Gibbs and Craig Christophers revived the innings.

Gibbs scored 62 off 43 balls including seven fours. Christophers hit 39 off 45 balls when he was dismissed. Gibbs followed one run later.

From 105-2, the Bay limped to 126-6 in their 20 overs.

Waikato Valley were in trouble at 64-5, with Gooding and Richard Mills each taking two wickets.

However a sixth-wicket stand of 63 carried Valley to their target with three overs remaining.

POVERTY Bay Cricket Association’s decision to drop the senior representative team into the Northern Districts second tier representative competition this season looks a good call after the Bay ended the three-day ND twenty20 tournament in Taupo without a win.

Losses to Fergus Hickey big guns Counties Manukau and Waikato Valley yesterday followed defeats to Northland on Sunday, and Hamilton, and Bay of Plenty on Monday.

Bollywood Stars Poverty Bay were never in the hunt against a powerful Counties batting top order who anchored a formidable 225-4.

Gisborne Boys’ High School student Paul Stewart will remember the game as the one in which he claimed his first wicket for the Bay senior team.

In the Bay’s run chase, Scott Tallott and Alex Gooding put on 46 runs for the opening partnership.

Gooding was dismissed for 18 in the eighth over and Tallott (21) departed two balls later.

From there, the Bay lost a further six wickets and struggled for runs to finish at 79-8.

In their second game yesterday, the Bay faced Waikato Valley, a team they had expectations of beating.

Batting first, they lost Gooding with only two runs on the board.

A second-wicket partnership of 102 between skipper Danny Gibbs and Craig Christophers revived the innings.

Gibbs scored 62 off 43 balls including seven fours. Christophers hit 39 off 45 balls when he was dismissed. Gibbs followed one run later.

From 105-2, the Bay limped to 126-6 in their 20 overs.

Waikato Valley were in trouble at 64-5, with Gooding and Richard Mills each taking two wickets.

However a sixth-wicket stand of 63 carried Valley to their target with three overs remaining.

Mixed day for girls

POVERTY Bay girls had a win and a loss in their Northern Districts secondary schoolgirls tournament in Tauranga yesterday.

Batting first against Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay posted 149-7, Mia Reeves’ 70 off 54 balls the highlight

Jayxena Piwari and Bayleigh Colbert each picked up two wickets for eights runs as BoP were restricted to 33-8.

The Bay also batted first against Waikato Valley and made 128-5 in their 20 overs.

Tayla Hollis topscored with 44 and Jayxena Piwari made 34.

Waikato Valley reached their winning target for the loss of three wickets.

“We missed a chance or two, which possibly cost us the game, but also lost momentum in our batting when it looked like we could get 150 plus,” said Poverty Bay coach Mel Knight.

They faced Counties Manukau in a 30-overs game today.

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