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Two Baywide Master Blasters Star on Bay of Plenty Cup Opening Day

Two Baywide Master Blasters Star on Bay of Plenty Cup Opening Day

Posted: Thursday, 10 October 2019

12 October Preview

Two Baywide premier master-blasters from last season, picked up where they left off, in the opening round of the Bay of Plenty Cup last weekend.

Bayleys Central Indians skipper Stephen Nicholls, blasted 126 not out against Carrus Mount Maunganui, to lead his troops to an 87 run win over the eight-time Baywide champion of champions. Last season, Nicholls smashed 459 runs in the three Baywide competitions, including two centuries with a highest score of 126.

Long-time New World Te Puke batsman Tai Bridgman-Raison, played a big role in his sides eight wicket defeat of Element IMF Cadets on the season opening day. Bridgman-Raison was patience personified as he crafted an unbeaten 86 off 128 balls. The Te Puke elder statesman carried on from the previous cricket year, where he had belted 542 runs and ran his Te Puke centuries to a club record of fifteen.

A local Rotorua derby, headlines the Bay of Plenty Cup in the Sulphur City this Saturday (12 October 2019), where Central Indians square off with newcomers Geyser City at Smallbone Park.

Geyser City bowler Satpal Singh played havoc with the ball against Eves Realty Greerton last week, grabbing four wickets in a bowling spell that included three ducks, as Greerton had to work hard for the win points on offer.

Joint 2018/19 Baywide champion of champions Cadets, will want to reverse last weekend’s opening day defeat, when they travel the short distance to Pemberton Park from their Tauranga Domain headquarters. However standing in their way are the defending Bay of Plenty Cup titleholders in Greerton.

Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC, will fancy their chances when they play Te Puke at Blake Park on Saturday. A hard fought first-up win over Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, will give the side from the Great Lake region plenty of confidence as they make the road-trip north on the weekend.

For the second week in a row, Mount Maunganui will be at home at Blake Park, when Tauranga Boys College pays a visit to the Mount Maunganui Park. Both sides will be desperate to bank their first win points of the season, with a battle to late in the day likely to take place.

BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw 12 October 2019

New World Te Puke v Generation Homes Lake Taupo CC, Te Puke Domain; Eves Realty Greerton v Element IMF Cadets, Pemberton Park; Bayleys Central Indians v Geyser City, Boord Park; Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Waipuna Park 2.

Points Table: Greerton 7, Central Indians 7, Te Puke 7, Lake Taupo CC 7, Tauranga Boys College 1, Cadets 1, Mount Maunganui 1, Geyser City 1.

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