Sudden death cricket this Saturday (30 November 2019) will sort out the four teams, which will fight out the Bay of Plenty Cup and Plate Finals, seven days later.
Defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders Eves Realty Greerton, earned the top spot in the qualifying round robin competition, and will host Element IMF Cadets in semi-final action at Pemberton Park. Both sides have a bowler apiece who have taken a coveted six wicket haul this season. Cadets skipper Jono Boult took six wickets for 18 runs against Geyser City, while Greerton attack bowler Jared Tutty grabbed six wicket in his side match-up with Central Indians.
Arguably the most improved team in Baywide premier cricket in the current season is New World Te Puke. Their second place finish in the round robin competition, has been rewarded with a home semi-final against Carrus Mount Maunganui.
Much of the Te Puke success, has been built upon their top order batting attack, with Tai Bridgman-Raison, Stephen Crossan and Blair McKenzie all scoring centuries. Mount Maunganui has a special attack weapon in Dale Swan, who is at the peak of his form after two hundred plus games in the green and gold strip. Eight wickets for just 19 runs against Cadets greatly contributed to Swan’s 19 wickets this season.
Generation Homes Lake Taupo, have made steady progress since joining the Baywide premier ranks three years ago. The side from the Great Lakes region finished the preliminary competition, as the top qualifier in the Bay of Plenty Plate playoffs and will meet Geyser City at Owen Delany Park.
Lake Taupo's Mark Mitchell and Roger Urbahn, who sit in prominent position on the batting and bowling stakes, are likely to spearhead their teams victory chase. Geyser City's Sam Kershaw has been a shining light in his teams batting line-up, with 294 runs to his name and is likely to have a prominent role in his teams performance.
The second Bay of Plenty Plate semi-final, sees Bayleys Central Indians at home at Smallbone Park to Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College. Central Indians captain Stephen Nicholls has dominated the Bay of Plenty Cup batting statistics, blasting 396 runs and posting the seasons highest score of 126 not out. Tauranga Boys bowler Kieran New has been in top form taking 13 bowling scalps.
BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Semi-Finals
Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets, Pemberton Park; New World Te Puke v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Te Puke Domain.
Bay of Plenty Plate Semi-Finals
Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Geyser City, Owen Delany Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College
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