For the second week in a row, the Bay of Plenty Cup sides look to have another battle with inclement weather conditions, after last weekends four games were eventually rained out.
Weather forecasts suggest that regions premier club players will spend plenty time on the sidelines on Saturday (7 November 2020), waiting for the weather to run its course.
The forecast rain could end one of the heavyweight contests of Baywide cricket, with Bond & Co Mount Maunganui scheduled to square off with arch-rivals Element IMF Cadets, at Blake Park.
Last season the two sides met on three occasions, with a dramatic tie grabbing the headlines, and Mount Maunganui taking out the two other encounters.
Cadets batted first when the two sides met in the preliminary T20 competition action, and posted their opponents a solid target, when they reached 148 for the loss of 5 wickets. Long-serving Mount Maunganui all-rounder Peter Drysdale anchored his sides reply, with a hard fought 84 runs, with the two teams being unable to be separated when Mount Maunganui posted 148/6.
Flying Mullet Te Puke will be hoping to get a turn at bat this weekend, after sitting out the first round bye, and then being denied a bat by the wet weather last week. Round three matches them up with Craigs Investment Partners Geyser CC, with the match scheduled for the Te Puke Domain.
Eves Realty Greerton, who has won three of the Bay of Plenty Cup titles since the Baywide prize was instigated in 2007, will be keen to take out the win points on offer when Papamoa pay a visit to Pemberton Park on Saturday. The premier team from the Tauranga City extremities has made a promising start to their inaugural Baywide season, with the weather gods likely to deny them further progression in round three.
Generation Homes Lake Taupo accept regular road trips as part and parcel of their Baywide campaigns, and will again hit the tar seal this weekend, when they travel to meet Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College in The Western Bay of Plenty.
Tauranga Boys enjoy the luxury of their own ground in the heart of Tauranga and the picturesque site, which is bordered with trees on one side, provide plenty of sheltered viewing during the summer heat.
BOPCA Bay of Plenty Cup Draw – 7 November 2020
Flying Mullet Te Puke v Craigs Investment Partner Geyser, Te Puke Domain; Eves Realty Greerton v Papamoa, Pemberton Park; Bond & Co Mount Maunganui v Element IMF Cadets, Blake1; Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College v Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Nicholson Field; Bayleys Central Indians the bye.
Points Table: Mount Maunganui 12, Central Indians 12, Greerton 12, Cadets 12, Geyser 5, Lake Taupo 5, Papamoa 5, Te Puke 4, Tauranga Boys College 1.
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