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BEYOND THE BAY OVAL LIGHTS - Looking Back
While the next cricket season is somewhere in the future, we will use the break to look back at past matches and activities at the Bay Oval, on ‘Beyond the Bay Oval Lights’ weekly winter editions.
Tuesday 21st October 2014, was the day that the Bay Oval burst on to the radar of worldwide cricket fans, when the Black Caps played at the Mount Maunganui cricket ground for the first time.
In less than a decade, the Bay Oval had been transformed from a wasteland of scrub and trees into an international cricket venue, with the Black Caps and South Africa showcasing the arrival of two of the big guns of the worldwide game in the Western Bay of Plenty, to a worldwide television audience.
Live pictures screened around the world of the game and the majestic backdrop provided by Mauao, as the crowds came in their thousands to witness Bay of Plenty cricket history being made.
While this was not the first ODI played at the Bay Oval, with that honour belonging to Canada and The Netherlands who met in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifying tournament in January 2014, this was the first time that our national representatives had played at the Blake Park ground.
The New Zealand side had a strong Bay of Plenty presence with our two homegrown Black Caps in Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, making their Bay Oval international debut. Further Bay of Plenty interest, was provided by Cory Anderson who then resided in the Western Bay of Plenty and had turned out for Otumoetai Cadets in local club cricket.
Batting first, the Black Caps made a reasonable start, however the South Africa bowlers struck with the score on 68, with three quick wickets without a run being added. The New Zealand representatives were in a perilous state, when number eleven batsmen Trent Boult came to the crease.
Having reached 156, with just one wicket in hand, Luke Ronchi and Trent Boult set about rescuing the New Zealand innings. A big six from Boult, saw the last two kiwi batsmen settle down and add 74 runs to the Black Cap total. When Ronchi was agonisingly dismissed on 99, the Black Caps had posted a target of 231. The 11th wicket, 74 run partnership between Ronchi and Boult, set a new Black Cap ODI record against all countries with Trent posting his highest ODI score of 21 not out.
A fiery start from Trent Boult saw him grab two early wickets. When South Africa were 47/4, the Black Caps were in the match, however a unbeaten stand between AB de Villiers (89no) and JP Duminy (58no) took their team to a six wicket win with 11 balls remaining.
Three days later, South Africa wrapped up the first ANZ ODI Series of the summer. In a game where the visitors dominated proceedings for the majority of both innings – the Black Caps gave their fans something to cheer about, in the closing stages of the South Africa turn at bat and when the New Zealand tail hit out late in the match.
However the big winners on the day, were the five thousand plus cricket fans who turned out to support and wear the colours of their favourite team. The Bay Oval outfield was in majestic order, with South Africa showing that the wicket can provide an avalanche of runs as well as giving the bowlers plenty to work with.
South Africa were asked to bat first, after losing the toss in the second ANZ series match at the Bay Oval. Match day fans, were treated to a scintillating display from one of the world’s premier batsmen, in Hashim Amla, who blasted the first ODI century at the countries latest international venue. The South African opener built an innings of patience, before hitting out to finish with 119 runs after dismissal in the 44th over.
The South Africans were in a strong position, when Amla was removed at 257/4. However there was some joy for the Black Cap fans in the last couple of overs, with the New Zealand bowlers taking four wickets for 3 runs, to see South Africa finish at 282/9.
The Black Cap reply stuttered from the start, with the Black Caps in deep trouble at six down for just 90 runs. However the tail wagged again, with game one Black Cap top scorer Luke Ronchi again in fine touch with the bat. Batting at seven, Ronchi took most of the strike and reached 79 before he was dismissed. More importantly he put on a 76 run ten-wicket partnership with Mitchell McClenaghan (34no), to add to his 74 run record collaboration with Trent Boult in game one. The South Africans wrapped up the ANZ series with a 72 run victory.
ANZ International Series @ Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui - 21st & 24th October 2014
New Zealand 230 (LJ Ronchi 99, TWM Latham 29, DG Brownlie 24, TA Boult 21no; Imran Tahi 2/37, VD Phillander 2/38, M Morkel 2/39) lost to South Africa 236/4 (AB de Villiers 89no, JP Duniny 58no, HM Amla 38; T Boult 2/40)
Result: South Africa won by six wickets
ANZ International Series: Black Cap v South Africa 2014 – 24 October 2014 review
South Africa 282/9 (HM Amla 119, F de Plessis 67, AB de Villiers 37; CJ Anderson 2/30, MJ McClenaghan 2/49, TG Southee 2/50, TA Boult 2/70) defeated New Zealand 210 (LJ Ronchi 79, MJ McClenaghan 34no; VD Philander 2/27, AB de Villiers 2/28, Imran Tahi 2/32, DW Steyn 2/35)
Result: South Africa won by 72 runs