A thrilling two run win and a hat-trick from a bowler on debut, gave new Bay of Plenty Cricket Development coach Russell Williams.
It was the perfect start to his time in charge of the Bay of Plenty second eleven.
Facing arch rivals Hamilton at the Tauranga Domain, in the opening round of the Northern Districts Basil McBurney Trophy Development competition, on Sunday, the Bay side batted first posting a competitive target of 206/7 in fifty overs.
Tauranga Boys’ College First XI all-rounder Dominic Crombie, who was making his Bay Development debut, top scored with an unbeaten 53 runs.
Batting at five, Matt Golding forced the pace along until dismissed for 46.
Golding and Crombie produced a 71 run partnership, with Alastair Blackett and Marcel Collett putting on 30 runs in a third wicket stand.
Hamilton reached 60 runs without loss after fifteen overs.
The introduction of two further debutants in Craig Baldry (1/24) and Tim Pringle (2/35), put the Bay team back in the fight for first round honours.
Dominic Crombie, backed up his batting heroics, grabbing a hat-trick that dramatically turned the momentum of the match.
The game went down to the wire, with Hamilton needing six for victory off the last over.
A four from the last ball off the contest wasn’t enough, with the Bay side elated to grab a two run win.
"I was really proud how the youngsters stood up when needed. The team showed a real fighting spirit and it was great to see our young team gel together,” says Williams.
“Dominic and Matt were outstanding with the bat and a concerted bowling and fielding performance got us over the line."
The real significance of the win against Hamilton, is that it is the first Bay of Plenty victory over their Waikato counterparts since February 2010.
The Bay of Plenty Development side now have a short break, before squaring off with Waikato Valley, in the Western Bay of Plenty on Sunday November 19, 2017.
ND Development Competition - 5 November Result
Bay of Plenty 206/7 (Dominic Crombie 53no, Matt Golding 46; CB Rowell 2/30) defeated Hamilton 204/8 (SA Hill 37; Dominic Crombie 3/33 including a hat-trick, Tim Pringle 2/35)