Two Western Bay secondary schools have progressed through to the next rounds in the ND Gillette Cup 50 overs and Twenty20 qualifying competitions.
Tauranga Boys' College, who have made the Gillette Cup national finals on several occasions in the last decade, easily defeated Rotorua Boys' High School in the Bay of Plenty 50 over final.
Batting first, Tauranga Boys' showed the benefit of playing senior men's competition cricket, by blasting 336/3. Gareth Wallace led the way with a chanceless 107 not out, with Bay of Plenty Development batsmen Ben Musgrave in good touch scoring 77.
While Rotorua Boys' made a valiant attempt, they had to concede superiority to the Tauranga Boys' bowlers, who restricted them to 188/9.
Bethlehem College won the Twenty20 regional field day in Whakatane to progress to the next round. In the first game, Bethlehem removed Gisborne's Campion College for just 60, before cruising to an eight-wicket win. But they had to hit the winning run off the last ball to beat Otumoetai College. The Bay of Plenty Gillette Cup victories means that Tauranga Boys' advance to the next round of the 50 over fixtures, with Bethlehem College to play in another Twenty20 regional field day in Hamilton on Monday where the winner enters the ND 50 over playoffs.
Gillette Cup Bay of Plenty Regional Finals
50 Over Competition
Tauranga Boys' College 336/3 (G Wallace 107no, B Musgrave 77, G Kite 55, K Taylor 51) defeated Rotorua Boys High School 188/9 (R Gosai 48; M Kumar 3/29, B Noakes 2/23, Josh Oakley 2/36).
Campion College 60 (P Davenport 3/8, Dylan Ramohitaj 3/15) lost to Bethlehem College 61/2; Otumoetai College defeated Trident High School.
Final: Otumoetai 104/6 (Y Irani 20, N MacDonald 20; P Davenport 2/7) lost to Bethlehem College 105/6 (Mitchell Fairweather 39, Jack Preston 22).