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Posted: Thursday, 22 October 2020

The Alice Johnston Oval at the Gordon Spratt Reserve, will host the Papamoa grass wicket's first Baywide premier cricket match on Saturday (24 October 2020), when Papamoa makes its entrance in the Bay of Plenty Cup.

The Papamoa Cricket Club, have done the hard yards both on and off the field since they were established in 2017, to be promoted to Baywide cricket in just three seasons. The appointment of former Black Cap Matt Horne as player/coach, will give the new Baywide recruits a wealth of experience to draw on during the summer.

Squaring off with Papamoa are Bayleys Central Indians, who will hit the tar-seal from Rotorua to face the Baywide debutants. The combined side will again have hard hitting Steve Nicholls leading his troops from the front. Nicholls had a sterling 2019/20 season with the bat, as he blasted over 700 runs that included a highest score of 126 not out. The Rotorua skipper also showed his all round ability, taking 22 wickets with best bowling figures of 6/18.

Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Bond &Co Mount Maunganui, will have home track advantage when they meet Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College at Blake Park. The Mount side has had a change of captain, with 13 season Mount veteran Matt Golding taking over from long-time skipper Dale Swan.

Tauranga Boys, will again have former Bay of Plenty representative wicket keeper Tim Clarke continuing his role as player/coach, with fellow Tauranga Boys teacher Charles Williams returning to the First XI. Niven Dovey will captain the team in the first half of the season.

Eve's Realty Greerton, have their sights on the Baywide cricket first prize of the season, after finishing as the competition runner-up last season. There have been the some coming and goings in the player ranks, with ex Canterbury  Major Association batsman Tom MacRury back in the Greerton uniform.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo will make the first of their regular road trips to the Western Bay of Plenty, when they play Greerton at Pemberton Park. The Great Lake side made solid progress last season, with a top four spot in the Baywide T20 competition a team highlight.

Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC, who made their Bay of Plenty Cup entrance just twelve months ago, will be looking to consolidate their gains from their first season in the Baywide cricket ranks. They will host multiple Baywide titleholders Element IMF Cadets at Smallbone Park.

Cadets will have a new face lead them out on Saturday, with Andrew Mascall taking the reins from long-time Cadets stalwart Jono Boult.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw Round One – 24 October 2020

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

Bay of Plenty Cup Champions

2019/20 (Mount Maunganui) 2018/19 (Greerton) 2017/18 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2016/17 (Mount Maunganui) 2015/16 (Greerton) 2014/15 (Greerton) 2013/14 (Mount Maunganui) 2012/13 (Mount Maunganui) 2011/12 (Otumoetai Cadets) 2010/11 (Mount Maunganui) 2009/10 (Mount Maunganui) 2008/09 (Mount Maunganui) 2007/08 (Otumoetai Cadets)

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