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Posted: Friday, 30 October 2020

The big Bay of Plenty Cup round two showdown, will take place at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday (31 October 2020), where Element IMF Cadets will host Eves Realty Greerton.

Both sides have won multiple Bay of Plenty club cricket silverware since the dawn of the new millennium, and the two weekend contestants will be eager to grab maximum points, in the opening two rounds of the Baywide premier competition.

Last weekend, Cadets New Zealand Under 19 representative Fergus Lellman was in sublime touch with the bat belting 93 runs, which included five big blows over the boundary ropes. Another Cadets batsman to make a statement with his willow weapon, was newly minted skipper Andrew Mascall who finished with a half century to his name.

The visitors to the Tauranga Domain will also have plenty of firepower in their ranks. Taylor Bettlelheim, top scored with 57 runs against Generation Homes Lake Taupo last week and also took four wickets for good measure. Nick Hendrie, who travels from Poverty Bay each weekend, is a batsman of rare ability becoming the first batsman to post a century in each of the three Baywide competitions, last season.

Flying Mullett Te Puke, make their Bay of Plenty Cup entrance after sitting out the bye last weekend, when they square off with Bayleys Central Indians at the Te Puke Domain. Stephen Crossan will again lead his Te Puke troops in what remains an unchanged lineup from twelve months ago.

The Rotorua combined team made a good start to their Bay of Plenty Cup campaign in the opening round, with a seven wicket win against Papamoa. Ex ND batsman Bharat Popli, made an excellent start in his new role with the Rotorua team top scoring with a crisp 59 runs.

Baywide champion of champions Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, hit the road for their annual visit to the Great Lake region, where they will square off with Lake Taupo CC at Owen Delany Park. The Mount side harbour ambitions to become the first side to take out all three Baywide competitions in one season, with victory in Taupo a small step on their season agenda.

The Taupo Baywide representatives have made solid progress since their Baywide entrance three years ago. Led by skipper Habib Malik the home side will be looking to cause a big upset on their home track.

The two latest Baywide entrants, in Craigs Investment Partners Geyser and Papamoa, will have plenty to play for at Smallbone Park in the Geyser City. The winner of the contest will bank their first Bay of Plenty Cup points and more importantly give their side a real confidence boost for their up-coming Baywide assignments .

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw – 31 October 2020

Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Owen Delany Park; Element IMF Cadets v Eves Realty Greerton, Tauranga Domain; Craigs Investment Partners Geyser v Papamoa, Smallbone Park; Flying Mullett Te Puke v Bayleys Central Indians, Te Puke Domain; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College the bye.

Points Table: Central Indians 8, Cadets 8, Mount Maunganui 8, Greerton 8, Papamoa 1, Geyser 1, Tauranga Boys College 1, Lake Taupo 1. 

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