Carrus Mount Maunganui won the Eric Petrie Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the ND Club Championship for the fourth time, when they defeated Counties Manukau representatives Karaka by 75 runs on Sunday 25th March 2020.
Mount Maunganui qualified for the ND Club Championship after winning the Bay of Plenty Cup in the first half of the season.
Eric Petrie had strong links to Bay of Plenty Cricket, having played club cricket in the region and representing the province for five seasons in the mid 1960's. The 14 test New Zealand wicketkeeper, had the distinction of becoming just the third Bay of Plenty player to record a century, when he belted 119 runs against Thames Valley in the 1963/64 season.
Mount Maunganui reached the ND title decider, by way of the Hamilton representatives defaulting their semifinal appointment due to a congested cricket calendar.
The Bay of Plenty representatives batted first and posted a very solid target for their Counties opponents, reaching 277 for the loss of seven wickets. Ben Guild led the way with an extremely solid knock of 88 not out. Matt Golding continued his season golden run of form for the Mount premiers, reaching 80 before being dismissed.
Peter Drysdale and Nick Smith mesmerized the opposition with their twin mix of spin, taking three wickets as Karaka were bowled out for 202, to hand Mount Maunganui a big win.
The Eric Petrie match, will long be remembered by RPO Drysdale who brought up his 200th Mount Maunganui premier game. The big club milestone, follows hot on the heels of Pete bringing up one hundred games for Bay of Plenty in December 2019.
Eric Petrie Cup (ND Club Championship) Final 15 March 2020
Carrus Mount Maunganui 277/8 (Ben Guild 88no, Matt Golding 80) defeated Karaka 202 (Peter Drysdale 3/27, Nick Smith 3/33)
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