The big match-up in the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup on Saturday (22 February 2020) will take place at the Tauranga Domain, where the current titleholders Element IMF Cadets will square off with Eves Realty Greerton.
The two Western Bay of Plenty cricket heavyweights have won the oldest prize in Baywide cricket on five occasions in the last decade. Cadets skipper Jono Boult and Greerton captain Shane Wineti, both know the feeling of exhilaration, in holding the Bay of Plenty Cricket trophy aloft in triumph.
Both the Cadets and Greerton team leaders are crucial in their sides quest to win the trophy, which was first presented in the 1932/33 season. Jono Boult, is a run accumulator who can also mesmerise the opposition batsmen with his spin bowling,while the Greerton skipper is equally adept with both bat and ball.
Carrus Mount Maunganui will have home ground advantage when Bayleys Central Indians pay a visit to Blake Park on the weekend. In the last couple of decades, Mount Maunganui has become the team to beat in Baywide competition, having won the Hart Family Trophy awarded to the Baywide champion of champions on eightoccasions.
The combined Central Indians team are an enigma who live on a rollercoaster ride of triumph and defeat. Last season they made it to the Williams Cup Final before finishing second to Cadets, while twelve months later, they sit winless at the bottom of standings. However there is plenty of fighting spirit in the side with the visitors sure to push the home team hard for the win points on offer.
New World Te Puke hit the highway to the Great Lake region to meet Generation Homes Lake Taupo at Owen Delany Park. Both sides, who sit with a solitary win (from three encounters) on the standings, will be desperate for victory to move into playoffs contention.
The surprise package this season have been Bond &Co Tauranga Boys College, who won the Bay of Plenty Plate and relieved Greerton of the WBOPCA challenge prize of the Baker Cup last Saturday, to sit in second equal place on the points ladder. Standing in the way of Tauranga Boys third win of the title race is Geyser City who host the Western Bay side at Smallbone Park.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 - 22 February Draw
Carrus Mount Maunganui v Bayleys Central Indians, Blake 2; Generation Homes Lake Taupo v New World Te Puke, Owen Delany Park; Element IMF Cadets v Eves Realty Greerton, Tauranga Domain; Geyser City v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Smallbone Park.
Points Table: Cadets 18, Greerton 12, Tauranga Boys College 12, Mount Maunganui 12, Geyser City 6, Lake Taupo 6, Te Puke 6, Central Indians 0.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup 2020 Honours Board
128Drew Brierley (Lake Taupo v Tauranga Boys College) 8 February
112Ben Vyver (Tauranga Boys College v Central Indians) 1 February
101noSam Kershaw (Geyser City v Lake Taupo) 1 February
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