The big prize in Bay of Plenty premier club cricket is up for grabs on Saturday (27 March 2021), when the 2021 Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Championship title will be fought out at the Bay Oval.
Bay of Plenty Williams Cup cricket dates back to the early days of Bay of the Plenty Cricket Association in the 1930's. The first name engraved on the time-honoured cricket silverware, was the City Cricket Club in the 1932/33 season.
This years Williams Cup title decider, will see Bond & Co Mount Maunganui and Element IMF Cadets, engage in a head to head battle to lift aloft the Baywide big prize in victory on early Saturday evening.
Both contenders have impressive Williams Cup winning credentials in the past. Cadets have won the trophy on eleven occasions, since their first success in 1995, that kicked off with five Williams Cups in a row. The Mount Maunganui name has been engraved on the silverware, on six occasions, dating back to 1988.
Both team captains in Cadets Andrew Mascall and the Mount's Matt Golding, are leading their troops in to Williams Cup battle for the first time.
Andrew Mascall said "Our expectations are to go out there on Saturday and continue our form and momentum, we have built up in this years Williams Cup campaign". "The strength of our side is our batting depth in that we bat right down to number 11. Our team is a young enthusiastic side mixed in with a couple of experienced old heads"
Matt Golding came back with "We are expecting to put up a strong performance in the final as we have done most of the season". "Our team bats a long way down and our first, second and third change bowlers are very strong in their own rights. Experience is a big key for us, with bucket loads of club cricket games in the bank and hopefully we can call on some of that experience, in tough times on Saturday".
Looking at the quality of the opposition the Mount captain said "Cadets have some serious quality through their side with (Donovan) Deeble, (Jono) Boult, (Tim) Pringle and (Fergus) Lellman who are four of the best all-rounders in the Bay. Any of those four are capable of carrying their side a long way to victory on Saturday".
Andrew Mascall replied "The Mount are a very well balanced team with a very good seam attack and a strong top order". “A Williams Cup victory for our club would be massive, as we came into the current season with a new look young side, with which no one gave us a chance of success. The lads have put in plenty of work and developed as cricket players and into great blokes".
Matt Golding summed up saying "The Williams Cup is without doubt the pinnacle of Bay of Plenty Club cricket. I know that it means a lot, especially to some of the older guys in the team. Opportunities to win it are essentially why some of the older guys still play the game. Victory on Saturday would taste sweet out of the 'Old Bill".
The inaugural Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate, will be fought out at the Te Puke Domain, between Flying Mullet Te Puke and Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College. Last weekend Te Puke beat Papamoa in the semi-finals, while Tauranga Boys won a nail-biter by just four runs, in their encounter with Generation Homes Lake Taupo.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Final 27 March 2021
Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Element IMF Cadets, Bay Oval.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Plate
Flying Mullet Te Puke v Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College.
Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup Titles
Otumoetai Cadets (11) 1995, 1996. 1997. 1998. 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2017. 2019.
Mount Maunganui (6) 1988, 1992, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2015,
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