Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls, has streeted the other Bay of Plenty Cup batsman in the batting stakes, after just three rounds of competition. The Rotorua combined side opener has blasted 272 runs in October, with the next best being 126.
Nichols opened his season onslaught, against eight times Baywide champion of champions Carrus Mount Maunganui with an unbeaten 126, followed by 78 not out in his sides match-up with new comers Geyser City. Last weekend he was dismissed for the first time this season, when was caught behind by Element IMF Cadets keeper Daniel Maathuis for 68.
This Saturday (26 October 2019) Central Indians are at home, when New World Te Puke pays a visit to Smallbone Park. The two sides are both at a critical juncture in their race for a semi-final berth, with two wins from their opening three matches.
Mount Maunganui, will go into their encounter with Geyer City at Blake Park, with a new addition to their quality bowling line-up. Northern Districts right-arm medium pacer Brett Randell, who has re-located to the Bay of Plenty from Northland, will join Chris Atkinson, Dale Swan and Tony Goodin in the Mount Maunganui front-line bowling attack.
Eves Realty Greerton who remain the only unbeaten team in the current Bay of Plenty Cup title race, will hit the road to the Great Lake region, to take on Generation Homes Lake Taupo at Owen Delany Park.
Both sides posses a potent strike weapon with the ball in hand, with their ranks. Lake Taupo attack bowler Roger Urbahn, leads the Bay of Plenty Cup bowling stakes with nine wickets, with a best of four wickets for 32 runs. Last Saturday, Graham Hudson announced his arrival at the Greerton club, when he took six wickets at a cost of 56 runs against Te Puke.
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, will be home at Nicholson Field for the first time this season, when they host Cadets in round four. Last weekend the Tauranga students hit their straps, when they dispatched Geyser City, after posting 187/8 and then bowling their opponents out for 91.
After two rounds of the Bay of Plenty Cup, Cadets sat in the uncommon position at the bottom of the standings, before defeating Central Indians in a cliff-hanger to move into contention. They are sure to be completely focused on progressing up the standings when they square off with Tauranga Boys.
BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 26 October 2019
Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Eves Realty Greerton, Owen Delany Park; Bayleys Central Indians v New World Te Puke, Smallbone Park; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v Element IMF Cadets, Nicholson Field; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Geyser City, Blake Park 3.
Points Table: Greerton 21, Central Indians 15, Te Puke 15, Tauranga Boys College 12, Mount Maunganui 12, Cadets 9, Lake Taupo CC 9, Geyser City 3.
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