Exciting changes highlight cricket season
Exciting changes to the 2020/21 Baywide Premier cricket competitions should up the ante to produce even more action packed cricket, writes Barry Leabourn.
The big news in the new season is the promotion of the Papamoa Cricket Club in to Baywide cricket for the first time.
The Papamoa CC put in place a comprehensive cricket development plan during their formation in 2018.
This has seen the club progress to Baywide premier cricket in just three seasons.
“While Papamoa Cricket Club hasn’t been around for long, they have already done some great things for cricket in their community," says Bay of Plenty Cricket development manager Scott Steward.
"This is evident in their strong junior programme and the recent results of the senior teams.
“Papamoa submitted a very strong application for entry into the Premier Men’s Competition and I am confident that they will be competitive and add value to the competition. I wish them all the best for the upcoming season.”
A delayed (three week) start to the 2020/21 Bay of Plenty Cricket season has been necessitated by a narrowed gap between winter and summer sport, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With a shortened season this year and an extra team in the competition, we have had to adapt and be creative with the draw to ensure that we can still offer all three Baywide Premier Competitions," says Steward.
“Midweek T20 cricket was well received last year, so the T20 competition will now run mid-week pool games and will culminate in a Friday night final under lights at The Bay Oval, which is exciting. The clubs have been very supportive of the changes to the competition formats”.
The Bay of Plenty Cup leads off the premier club competitions with a Labour weekend kick-off.
The first of the Baywide titles to be decided is a straight shoot-out to the line, with the competition points leader on December 19, taking out the 2020 Bay of Plenty Cup.
The second placed team will receive the Bay of Plenty Plate.
There have been innovative changes made to accommodate the Baywide T20.
Three pools of three teams will play mid-week twilight matches either side of the Christmas holiday season break.
Baywide T20 semi-final action will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021, before the top two contenders square of under lights at the Bay Oval on Friday, February 5, 2021, in the Baywide T20 title decider
The Baywide premier cricket year will finish off with the Williams Cup, which is considered the big prize in Baywide Premier cricket.
The Williams Cup has been contested under several different formats, since the City Cricket Club was the first name engraved on the trophy in the 1932-33 season.
The Williams Cup opening round, will open the second half of the season on January 9, 2021, with the (season) curtain coming down with the Williams Cup Final on March 27, 2021.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Baywide Premier Cricket Calendar 2020/21
2020 Bay of Plenty Cup: Start 24 October – Final Day 19 December 2020.
2020/21 Baywide T20: Start 3 December – Finals Day Friday 5 February 2021
2021 Williams Cup: Start 9 January 2021 – Finals Day 27 March 2021
BOPCA Baywide Premier Teams 2020/21
Element IMF Cadets, Bayleys Central Indians, Eves Realty Greerton, Generation Homes Lake Taupo, Bond & Co Mount Maunganui, Geyser City Sports, Papamoa CC. Holland Beckett Law Tauranga Boys College, Flying Mullet Te Puke.