The hot and dry summer conditions, should play into the hands of the batsmen in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup in the coming weeks. The opening round of the Baywide one-day competition started with a bang, as two batsmen smashed their way to three figure scores.
Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College opening batsman Ben Vyver took a patient approach against Bayleys Central Indians, before opening his shoulders to smack 112 off 120 balls. There were plenty of high fives, after Sam Kershaw took Geyser City to their first Baywide cricket victory, with a hard fought 101 runs in a innings that contained nine 4's and a six.
This Saturday (8 February 2020), the Williams Cup spotlight will shine on Blake Park, where Carrus Mount Maunganui will host New World Te Puke. Both sides have a mix of experienced old hands, complemented by a crop of youngsters who want to make their mark in Baywide cricket.
Peter Drysdale and Matt Golding have been in terrific form with bat in recent weeks,while skipper Dale Swan and Nick Smith, both wear their Mount Maunganui 200 game caps with absolute pride. Henry Conway and Mitchell Fergus, are amongst a Mount group of young men that look to have promising future in Bay of Plenty premier cricket.
Te Puke captain Stephen Crossan and Tai Bridgman-Raison, who holds the record for the most Te Puke centuries, are the two rocks that their young team is built around. Daniel Price has a wise head on young shoulders and showcased his batting talent for the Bay of Plenty Development team last weekend, smashing 116 off just 88 balls.
Defending Williams Cup titleholders Element IMF Cadets, are on the road to Smallbone Park in Rotorua to square off with Central Indians. The Tauranga Domain based side knows plenty about Williams Cup success, with 11 championship titles in the last three decades.
The combined Central Indians side also has plenty of cricket history to draw on. Rotorua Central was established at the conclusion of WW2, with the Bay of Plenty Indian Sports Club, fielding cricket teams over many decades.
Tauranga Boys College will be full of confidence, after banking the win points on offer last weekend and will want to go back to back against Generation Home Lake Taupo. The Taupo side won't lack their own self-belief with a Baywide T20 top four finish just two weekends ago.
Eve's Realty Greerton, will be heavily favoured to beat Geyser City when they pay a visit to Pemberton Park on Saturday. Geyser City, has made steady progress in their first season in the Baywide ranks, which was capped off last weekend, when they defeated Lake Taupo.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 – 1 February Draw
Carrus Mount Maunganui v New World Te Puke, Blake Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Element IMF Cadets, Smallbone Park; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Owen Delany Park; Eves Realty Greerton v Geyser City, Pemberton Park.
Points Table: Cadets 6, Geyser City 6, Greerton 6, Tauranga Boys College 6, Central Indians 0, Lake Taupo 0, Mount Maunganui 0, Te Puke 0.
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