Baywide Premier Cricket takes at break for the Auckland Anniversary holiday weekend, before the Williams Cup which is often referred to as the Bay of Plenty Cricket Premier Championship, kicks off on the first Saturday in February 2019.
The Williams Cup was first presented in the 1932/33 season, when the City Cricket Club, took out the first Bay of Plenty Cricket championship title. In earlier decades the Williams Cup was a challenge trophy, with Taupo teams having a vice like grip on the Baywide trophy, for eight consecutive seasons in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Taupo Cricket Club reigned supreme from 1968 to 1970, with Taupo Old Boys holding the time-honoured cricket prize, from 1971 until 1976.
Over the years Te Puke lead the most wins list, with 16 Williams Cup crowns, with Otumoetai Cadets having won the Baywide big prize ten times since their first success in 1995.
Last season Eves Realty Greerton won their fourth Williams Cup since their first success in the 1983-84 season, when they defeated Element IMF Cadets in the Williams Cup Final
Cadets took first use of the wicket at the Bay Oval, with the Greerton bowlers grabbing the early ascendancy. At five down with just 38 runs on the board, Cadets were in strife. The arrival of Cadets keeper Daniel Maathuis to join Captain Jono Boult, got the Tauranga Domain based side back on track with the pair putting on a 117 run stand.
The introduction of Greerton change bowler Tom MacRury, put the momentum back with the Greerton eleven, as he removed both Boult (55) and Maathuis (56). Cadets lost their last five wickets for eight runs, finishing their innings, with 163 runs on the board. Jared Tutty grabbed a four wicket bag, with MacRury finishing with the excellent figures of three wickets for just 6 runs.
Tom MacRury and skipper Shane Wineti opened the Greerton reply. The Cadets bowling attack has some early success, with Greerton losing three wickets for 56 runs. MacRury anchored his sides victory, with a mixture of some defensive shots and big heaves over the boundary, to end his innings with 73 runs. Umesh Ranaraja finished off Greerton's five wicket win, with a four, to take him to an unbeaten 60 in the score book.
BOPCA Premier Calendar
26 January 2019 – No play
Williams Cup Draw 2019 (Home team first)
2 February (Round One) Bayleys Central Indians v GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, Carrus Mount Maunganui v New World Te Puke, Element IMF Cadets v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Eves Realty Greerton the bye.
9 February (Round Two) New World Te Puke v Element IMF Cadets, GM Painters Lake Taupo CC v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Eves Realty Greerton v Bayleys Central Indians, Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College the bye.
16 February (Round Three) Carrus Mount Maunganui v Eves Realty Greerton, Element IMF Cadets v GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v New World Te Puke, Bayleys Central Indians the bye.
23 February (Round Four) Element IMF Cadets v Bayleys Central Indians, Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Eves Realty Greerton, New World Te Puke v GM Painters Lake Taupo CC, Carrus Mount Maunganui the bye.
2 March (Round Five) GM Painters Lake Taupo CC v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets, Bayleys Central Indians v Carrus Mount Maunganui, New World Te Puke the bye.
9 March (Round Six) Eves Realty Greerton v New World Te Puke, Bayleys Central Indians v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Carrus Mount Maunganui v Element IMF Cadets, GM Painters Lake Taupo CC the bye.
16 March (Round Seven) Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College Carrus Mount Maunganui, New World Te Puke v Bayleys Central Indians, GM Painters Lake Taupo CC v Eves Realty Greerton, Element IMF Cadets the bye.
23/24 March – Playoffs
30 March – Williams Cup Final
Williams Cup Champions (2000 – 2018)
2018 (Greerton) 2017 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2016 (Te Puke) 2015 (Mount Maunganui) 2014 (Te Puke) 2013 (Mount Maunganui) 2012 (Greerton) 2011 (Mount Maunganui) 2010 (Cadets) 2009 (Tauranga Boys College) 2008 (Mount Maunganui) 2007 (Rotorua Central) 2006 (Cadets) 2005 (Cadets) 2004 (Te Puke) 2003 (Cadets) 2002 (Albion) 2001 (Te Puke) 2000 (AC United)
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