Two Rotorua Baywide Cup contenders, a mid-week Twenty 20 competition round with the final under lights at the Bay Oval and a straight seven round qualifying shootout for the Williams Cup playoffs - headline the upcoming Baywide premier cricket season.
Bay of Plenty Cricket Development Officer Scott Steward has been busy during the winter months, meeting and consulting with the Baywide premier teams, before the unveiling of the revamped 2019 Baywide cricket format.
During the off-season, Geyser City Sports Club submitted an application to Bay of Plenty Cricket to enter a team into Baywide premier cricket for the 2019-2020 season.
The application was supported by strong organisational and governance templates, and a robust club player development pathway.
“After a detailed review of the Geyer City Sports application, Bay of Plenty Cricket has offered the Rotorua Club temporary Baywide premier club status, for the 2019 Baywide Cup competition," says Scott.
“Participation in the current season Baywide T20 and Williams Cup, is dependent upon performance and meeting Bay of Plenty Cricket objectives in the Baywide Cup.
“We welcome Geyser City Sports step-up to become the second Rotorua side in this year’s Baywide Cup and we receive the bonus of removing the competition bye.
“It is important to note that that the successful application is on a trial basis with the ball now firmly in the Geyser City camp."
After the Baywide Cup, attention swings to the Baywide T20 and the Williams Cup competitions, with a white ball in play, instead of the more traditional red ball of the Baywide Cup.
The white coating to the leather makes the ball smoother and changes the aerodynamics, making the white ball swing differently from its red counterpart, which means a altered approach from the batsmen.
A revamped Twenty 20 title race will bring two new innovations ramping up the ‘smash the ball to the boundary’ competition.
For the first time there will be a twilight mid-week qualifying round played on Wednesday January 15.
The Semi-Finals and Grand Final will be fought out at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui on Saturday January 19, with the title decider played under lights.
Considered the biggest prize in Baywide premier cricket, the Williams Cup which dates back to the 1930’s, kicks off on February 1, with the finale coming on the last day of the cricket season on Saturday 28th March 2020.
BOPCA Baywide Cricket Key Dates 2019
October 5 Baywide Cup Round One
December 7 Baywide Cup (& Plate) Finals
Baywide Twenty 20
December 14 Baywide T20 Round One & Two
January 15 Baywide T20 Mid-Week Round
January 19 Baywide T20 Semi-Finals & Final (Under Lights) @ Bay Oval
February 1 Williams Cup First Round
March 28 Williams Cup Final @ Bay Oval