Redemption will be on the agenda of Eves Realty Greerton, when they play Carrus Mount Maunganui, in the third round of the 2019 Williams Cup at Pemberton Park on Saturday (16 February 2019).
Last weekend the defending Williams Cup titleholders opened their title defence, after sitting out the first round bye, when they were outplayed by Bayleys Central Indians. The Rotorua side set the home team a big target, when they reached 234 for the loss of nine wickets, before removing the hosts for 103 to claim a 131 run win.
Huge pride in their club that was first established in the early 1960’s, will ensure that the premier unit reflect on last week and focus on nothing but defeating Mount Maunganui on Saturday.
Mount Maunganui, will only have to go back just four week, for any extra incentive they might need to defeat their long-time rivals. This weekend’s combatants at Pemberton Park, squared off in the Baywide Twenty 20 title decider on the 19th January 2019 at Fergusson Park
The Mount bowlers led by Peter Drysdale and skipper Dale Swan, who both took three bowling scalps apiece, removed Greerton for just 98 before their side got home with seven wickets to spare. Umesh Ranaraja and Henry Collier, who stood out like beacons in the vanquished Greerton batting line-up in the T20 title decider, won’t need reminding of the Mount victory.
To give the Baywide encounter an extra edge, the Western Bay of Plenty Challenge prize of the Baker Cup will be on the line. Greerton have held the former Tauranga Cricket Championship trophy, since relieving Element IMF Cadets of the prize twelve months ago.
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College and New World Te Puke meet at Tauranga Boys headquarters at Nicholson Field. Both sides have a batsman in their ranks, that have made cricket fans sit up and take notice in recent weeks. Tauranga Boys all-rounder Tim Pringle belted an unbeaten 101 for his school in Super Eight School cricket - with Te Pukes Blair McKenzie blasting 121 against Cadets last Saturday.
Cadets will have their annual road trip, when they hit state highway one to play GM Painters Lake Taupo CC at Owen Delaney Park in Taupo. The Tauranga Domain based side sit at the top of the standings, with an unbeaten start to the 2019 Williams Cup competition, along with Mount Maunganui and Central Indians
BOPCA Williams Cup (Round Three) – 16 February 2019
Eves Realty Greerton v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Pemberton Park; GM Painters Lake Taupo CC v Element IMF Cadets, Owen Delaney Park; Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College v New World Te Puke, Nicholson Field; Bayleys Central Indians the bye.
Points Table: Mount Maunganui 12, Cadets 12, Central Indians 12, Te Puke 0, Tauranga Boys College 0, Lake Taupo CC 0, Greerton 0.
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