Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College and Generation Homes Lake Taupo, who sit on the cusp of qualifying for the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup playoffs, both face stern challenges on Saturday (7 March 2020).
With just two rounds of qualifying play before the semi-finals, both Tauranga Boys and the team from the Great Lake region have the opportunity to stand up as genuine Williams Cup contenders, if they can defeat more fancied rivals in round six.
Lake Taupo has home track advantage, when Carrus Mount Maunganui pays a visit to Owen Delany Park on the weekend. The home sides ace card, is their overseas player in Drew Brierley, who has been in outstanding form with his willow weapon. Brierley leads the Williams Cup batting stakes, with 315 runs at average of 78.75, including two centuries.
When the going gets tough for Mount Maunganui they turn to experience in their ranks. Skipper Dale Swan along with Nick Smith, Peter Drysdale and Matt Golding, have weathered multiple successful Baywide cricket campaigns. All four Mount Maunganui stalwarts, have played a big part in the Mount winning the Hart Family Trophy (Baywide Champions of Champions) on eight occasions in the last twelve seasons.
Tauranga Boys College have an equally stern challenge to front up to on Saturday, when they travel the short distance down Cameron Road, to meet Element IMF Cadets at the Tauranga Domain. However they have two batsmen who are game winners when on song - in player/coach Tim Clarke who has a 2020 Williams Cup ton to his name and Bay Development century-maker Niven Dovey.
Cadets current season, has seen the emergence of several young men who look to have a big future in Baywide premier cricket and beyond. Andrew Mascall, Finn Dempsey and Spencer Wills have all made their Cadets first team debuts in the current season.
In other Williams Cup weekend action, Eves Realty Greerton will be heavily favoured to dispatch Bayleys Central Indians who sit at the bottom of the standings. New World Te Puke, have a slim theoretical chance to make the playoffs, but must beat Geyser City and Tauranga Boys in the last two weekends of the regular season and hope that other results go their way.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 7 March 2020 - Draw
Generation Homes Lake Taupo v Carrus Mount Maunganui, Owen Delany Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Eves Realty Greerton, Smallbone Park; New World Te Puke v Geyser City, Te Puke Domain; Element IMF Cadets v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga Domain.
Points Table: Cadets 32, Mount Maunganui 26, Greerton 26, Tauranga Boys College 22, Lake Taupo 20, Te Puke 13, Geyser City 6, Central Indians 4.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board
143 Tim Clarke (Tauranga Boys College v Geyser City) 22 February
131no Nick Hendrie (Greerton v Te Puke) 29 February
128 Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February
124 Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Central Indians) 29 February
112 Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February
101no Sam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February
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