Te Puke get season off on right foot
TCRICKET e Puke’s premier side took out the pre-season Lake Taupo¯ invitational at the start of the month. Te Puke started the tournament against the hosts. After losing two early wickets, Blair Mckenzie put on a masterclass in batting for Te Puke, scoring 82 off 55 balls. The total of 161 proved too much for Lake Taupo¯ to chase down, falling short by 22 runs. In round 2 against Otumoetai Cadets, Tim Pringle shone for the Tauranga side, scoring 77 not out off 44 balls. Some solid contributions from Spencer Wills (22), Andrew Mascall (18) and Liam Collett (18) helped Cadets post a competitive score of 163. In similar fashion, Cameron Riley came out swinging for Te Puke, scoring 76 off 54 balls and, in the process, scored more than half of his side’s runs. It wasn’t enough with Pringle following on from his batting performance to take four wickets. On day 2 Te Puke posted an impressive 201/4 score for Taradale to chase. Mckenzie continued his form with 79 not out with Iman Singh joining him later in the innings for a quick 28 off 11 balls, at a strike rate of 255. The Te Puke bowlers shared the love with five of them coming away with two wickets each and restricting Taradale to 124. That set up a final against the hosts with Lake Taupo¯ winning the toss and electing to bat. Caleb Bate rose to the occasion and posted an impressive 108 off 64 balls before being bowled by Hamish Wilde in the 18th over. In response, Ben Vyer smashed six sixes in his 59 and a fantastic 31 off 12 balls late in the innings by Josh Earle secured the win for Te Puke. Te Puke begin their Baywide premier campaign on Saturday in T20 action. Two rounds are scheduled, although Te Puke sit out the early action with a bye, and will play Greerton at Blake Park at 3.30pm.