East Coast Bays completed a successful Premier Reserve One Day campaign by crushing Takapuna in the final on Sunday with a 104 run victory.
Both sides would have entered the final confidently, with East Coast Bays undefeated in the competition having won their 8 previous contests this season, and Takapuna the current leaders of the Premier Reserve Major Competition.
On a glorious day with a large crowd, Takapuna won the toss on a wicket with a green tinge to it, and inserted East Coast Bays. East Coast Bays started positively, with Tyron Lagerwall (33) and Craig Elliott (21) putting on 51 before the first wicket was snared thanks to an outstanding catch from Mike Tillett.
After Scott Mackenzie removed Shaun Wijnstok with a magnificent yorker first ball, it was game on again. Ray Vincent kept the East Coast Bays innings going with a classy 50, but his dismissal led to a dramatic collapse, as East Coast Bays imploded from 134/4 to be 154 all out.
Andy McDonald was the chief destroyer, picking up three quick wickets in his second spell for match figures of 3/40 (10). Ex East Coast Bays speedster Mark Norman (3/21 off 6), and Takapuna stalwarts Scott Mackenzie (2/23 off 9) and Mike Tillett (1/26 off 10) also bowled well, ensuring Takapuna left the field confident.
Takapuna’s run chase never got off the ground. Mark Farmer was dismissed third ball of the innings thanks to an excellent Carl Brungar delivery and a good catch from Paul Watson. 3 overs later it was 3/6 and the Takapuna dressing shed would definitely have been a nervous place, with Brungar and Tom O’Neill bowling superbly.
Jono Sole and Laurie Agnew offered some temporary relief as they took the score along to 3/25, but when Sole departed to a poor shot off Brungar, the floodgates opened. O’Neill then removed Luke Nash, Max O’Dowd and Scott MacKenzie in the space of 7 balls, and the run chase looked doomed at 7/27.
So it proved, as Chris Walsh chimed in with 2 wickets and O’Neill picked up his 6th and Takapuna’s last, going straight through Mark Norman for a duck, to the delight of the parochial home crowd, sparking wild scenes at Windsor Park.
East Coast Bays 154 (46.4 overs-Ray Vincent 50, Tyron Lagerwall 33, Mark Norman 3/21, Andy McDonald 3/40) defeated Takapuna 50 (19.4 overs- Tom O’Neill 6/24) by 104 runs.