Bayleys Central Indians will have the hometown advantage when they face off against Eves Realty Greerton in this weekend's Baywide competition.
The Central Indians made solid progress last season, reaching the playoffs of the Williams Cup in the second half.
And standing in the way of a Central Indians home-town victory this weekend is Eves Realty Greerton who have posted a winning one-day sequence, which stretches back to the start of the Williams Cup in early January of this year.
Others hoping to use their home-ground advantage this weekend will be five-time Baywide Cup champions Carrus Mount Maunganui against New World Te Puke at Blake Park on Saturday.
Mount Maunganui has plenty of Baywide premier cricket experience, with skipper Dale Swan, Peter Drysdale, Ben Musgrave, Tony Goodin, Matt Golding, Chris Atkinson and Nick Smith in their ranks.
Two new recruits who have travelled along the Tauranga Boys' College pathway are the future of the club. Wicketkeeper Ben Pomare is a steady pair of hands behind the stumps and a more than useful batsman, who was the top run-scorer for the Bay Development side last season. Fellow 2017/18 Development team bowler Dominic Crombie led the Development wickets tally and is a strike bowler of real promise.
Two Te Puke youngsters in Josh Earle and Cameron Riley are likely to open the Te Puke bowling attack and could really trouble the Mount top and middle order. A further pair of Te Puke cricketers in Iman Singh and Daniel Price, played for the Bay Development team in the 2017/18 season while still attending secondary school.
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC is at home at Owen Delaney Park, when Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College pay a visit to the Great Lake region on Saturday. The two sides sit winless at the bottom of the standings and are likely to have a good scrap to bank the win points on offer.
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Baywide Cup Draw, November 10, 2018:
Bayleys Central Indians v Eves Realty Greerton, Smallbone Park
GM Painters Lake Taupo CC v Bond & Co Tauranga Boys College, Owen Delaney Park
Carrus Mount Maunganui v New World Te Puke, Blake Park
Element IMF Cadets the bye.
Points Table: Cadets 14, Greerton 14, Mount Maunganui 8, Central Indians 7, Te Puke 1, Tauranga Boys College 0, Lake Taupo 0.