Fierce ri­vals take top billing

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A clash be­tween New World Te Puke and Eves Realty Greer­ton, who share a ri­valry that dates back to the mid 1980s, will be one of the high­lights of this week­end’s Bay­wide Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion in Ro­torua.

While both sides have won plenty of Bay­wide sil­ver­ware over the years, nei­ther side has won the T20 com­pe­ti­tion since it was in­tro­duced in 2011.

Last sea­son’s T20 cham­pi­onship was taken out by Car­rus Mount Maun­ganui af­ter they came back from be­ing bowled out for just 76 by El­e­ment IMF Cadets only seven days be­fore the ti­tle de­cider.

Bat­ting first, Mount Maun­ganui gave them­selves a good shot at win­ning the T20 crown for the first time when they posted 176/6. Bay of Plenty rep­re­sen­ta­tive skip­per Peter Drys­dale was in sterling form with his wil­low weapon, top scor­ing with 92 runs. Nick Smith made a solid im­pres­sion lower down the order with a hard fought 38. Cadets all-rounder Sean Davey was the best of his side’s bowl­ing at­tack with three wick­ets at a cost of 31 runs.

The de­fend­ing ti­tle hold­ers needed nearly nine runs an over and made a blaz­ing start, with Sean Davey go­ing on to top score with 42 runs.

A stun­ning catch on the bound­ary by Do­minic Radich re­moved Jono Boult when he was look­ing to hit out. Drys­dale backed up his bat­ting hero­ics by hold­ing two catches in the deep as Cadets were re­moved for 134 to give Mount Maun­ganui their first Bay­wide T20 ti­tle.

Other early af­ter­noon games at Bo­ord Park in Ro­torua see Bay­leys Cen­tral In­di­ans play Cadets, and Bond and Co Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege take on Mount Maun­ganui.

GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ CC Taupo CC, Eves Realty Greer­ton v El­e­ment IMF Cadets, New World Te Puke v Car­rus Mount Maun­ganui, Bay­leys Cen­tral In­di­ans the bye. Pre­vi­ous win­ners ,2011/12: Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege, 2012/13: Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege, 2013/14: Ro­torua Cen­tral, 2014/15: Ro­torua Cen­tral, 2015/16: O¯ tu¯moetai Cadets, 2016/17: Not played, 2017/18: Mount Maun­ganui make their sea­son en­trance in the late af­ter­noon se­cond round, af­ter sit­ting out the bye in round one, where they will square off with Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege.

The Taupo¯ team found out about the re­al­i­ties of Bay­wide pre­mier club cricket in their in­au­gu­ral Bay­wide sea­son 12 months ago. But, with some qual­ity new re­cruits and a sea­son of Bay­wide bat­tles be­hind them, the team from the mid­dle of the North Is­land is ex­pected to be com­pet­i­tive this sea­son.

Greer­ton and Cadets will both want to lay down the chal­lenge to the other sides when they meet in round two, with Te Puke and Mount Maun­ganui round­ing out the week­end’s open­ing day.

PHOTO / FILE

Cen­tral In­di­ans bats­man Cam In­gram lines up a shot against Greer­ton last sea­son.

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