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What's happening at Bay Oval in March and April

BUSY MONTH COMING UP AT THE BAY OVAL

Disappointment at the transfer of the Black Cap and White Ferns double header at the Bay Oval, has been tempered by a number of top quality cricket matches, at the Blake Park international ground in the next month.

Saving the best for last, a world superstar is likely to be in action when the Australian Women's team pays another visit to the Bay Oval, to square off with the White Ferns.

Australian Women's Captain Meg Lanning, needs no introduction to world cricket fans as a world class batter. The Australian superstar has hammered fourteen WODI centuries, with a highest score of 152 not out.

Lanning, has showcased her outstanding prowess with the bat on previous visits to the Western Bay of Plenty ground. Meg holds the record of three centuries at the Bay Oval, from both her male and female counterparts, with 127 and 114no in 2016 followed up by 104 not out just twelve months later.

Another world class women's player likely to have fond memories of the Blake Park wicket, is Jess Jonassen, who took a five wicket bag in her teams trip in 2016.

At stake during the three WODI series in April 2021, is the trophy now simply know as The Rosebowl. Formerly attached with a sponsors name, a spell in the wilderness saw the Trans-Tasman trophy reintroduced with a simple title.

The season ending encounters at the Bay Oval, kick off this Thursday (18 March 2021) with a four-day Plunket Shield match, between Northern Districts and Wellington. The ND side will have plenty of their Black Cap stars likely to be in action, with Tim Siefert, BJ Watling, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner all having played in the recent clash with Canterbury.

A real treat is in store for two teams of Western Bay of Plenty grade cricket players, on Thursday 25th March 2021, when they go in to battle under lights, for the Bay of Plenty Cricket Reserve Grade McNaughton Trophy. Few second echelon sides in the country, get to play on an international cricket ground, with the goodwill of the Bay Oval management making the game possible.

Baywide premier cricket returns to the Bay Oval, on Saturday 27 March 2021, with the final of the Versatile Tauranga Williams Cup being fought out on the last day of the current season.

Greerton, Mount Maunganui, Rotorua representatives Central Indians and Cadets have reached the first stage of the playoffs this weekend, with the two combatants to battle to lift the Williams Cup aloft in triumph, emerging from the qualifying group

Bay Oval Fixtures March-April 2021

18-21 March      Plunket Shield - Northern Districts v Wellington

25 March.          McNaughton Trophy Final 

27 March.          Williams Cup Final

4,7,10 April.        New Zealand White Ferns v Australia Women.

 


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