Fierce rivals take top billing
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.
Central Indians batsman Cam Ingram lines up a shot against Greerton last season.