A vital encounter in the last round of qualifying play in the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup, will be fought out at Owen Delany Park in Taupo on Saturday (16 November 2019), when Generation Homes Lake Taupo host Element IMF Cadets - with the winner grabbing a berth in the Bay of Plenty Cup semi-finals.
While the two sides are locked together on 23 points apiece, entering the contest in the Great Lake region, they come from completely different spectrums of Baywide cricket.
Cadets have become one of the heavyweights of Bay of Plenty premier club cricket, since they being established four decades ago. The Western Bay of Plenty club have won the Bay of Plenty Cup on three occasions and have triumphed in the time-honoured Williams Cup 11 times. The Tauranga Domain based club, has produced a myriad of ND and Bay of Plenty representatives, with Black Cap bowling star Trent Boult having played all his senior club cricket in the Cadets strip.
Lake Taupo have made big strides since joining the Baywide ranks in the 2017/18 season. Three 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup wins, have taken them to the cusp of making the Bay of Plenty Cup playoffs, contested by the top four from the qualifying rounds. Individual playing performances suggest that Bay of Plenty representative honours await the club in the future.
Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Eve's Realty Greerton, have already booked a home semi-final courtesy of their unbeaten record, albeit only just preserved against Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College last weekend. They are certain to receive a good workout in the penultimate qualifying round, when they visit Blake Park, to square off with long-time rivals Carrus Mount Maunganui.
The second semi-final venue has also been decided, with New World Te Puke having banked enough points to host a post-section game at the Te Puke Domain. The formbook would suggest, that Te Puke will pick up a further six points when they travel to Smallbone Park in Rotorua to play Geyser City.
Tauranga Boys College and Bayleys Central Indians, who meet at Tauranga Boys home base at Nicholson Field, look destined to meet-up in the Bay of Plenty Plate, which is contested by the second echelon from the qualifying rounds of play. Both sides have put up some strong performances and with a little luck could have squeezed a spot in the top four.
BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 16 November 2019
Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Element IMF Cadets, Owen Delany Park; Geyser City v New World Te Puke, Smallbone Park; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Eves Realty Greerton, Blake 3; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Bayleys Central Indians, Nicholson Field.
Points Table: Greerton 41, Te Puke 35, Mount Maunganui 26, Cadets 23, Lake Taupo CC 23, Central Indians 17, Tauranga Boys College 14, Geyser City 5.
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