NPMU OFF TO PERFECT START
NPMU V STRATFORD
New Plymouth Marist United sounded a warning to the rest of the sides in the Revital Premier one day competition with a comprehensive win over Stratford in round one.
NPMU won the toss and elected to bat first and it was NPMU’s new recruit from Stratford Dean Robinson who set up the innings with a patient 90 off 134 balls. At 152 for 3 after 35 overs the game was evenly poised, enter former Taranaki representative Josh Barrett who individually took the game away from Stratford with 100 off 55 balls including three boundaries and 10 sixes. Barretts innings allowed NPMU to put on 172 in the final 15 overs and finish on 324 for 6. The pick of the bowlers was Nathan Trumper with 1 for 30 off his 10 overs. In reply Stratford got off to a solid start with Paul Lightoller (20) combining with Liam Muggeridge (67) in a half century opening stand. The scoreboard pressure finally took its toll and with six batsman struggling to make double figures and it was left to Neil Harper who was the last man dismissed for 61 to put some respectability in the score. Robson Chapman and Kurt Leuthart both picked up 3 wickets apiece.
INGLEWOOD V HAWERA
In other matches Inglewood proved too strong for Hawera, Inglewood made 226 with Aaron Zame top scoring with 62, Cody McGrath picking up 4 wickets. Hawera United were never in it being bowled out for 89. Jason Dombroski picking up 4 for 29.
FDMC V WOODLEIGH
As predicted FDMC struggled to compete with Woodleigh being dismissed for 120, Mattie Allen one of two batsman to score double figures with 45. Taylor Williams and Nick Standen picking up 3 wickets each. Woodleigh only needed 20 overs to pick up the winning runs with Phil Barraclough ending on 55 not out.
NPBHS V NPOB
NPBHS put up a good fight against NPOB however NPOB proved too strong, chasing down NPBHS 182 for 9 inside 38 overs. Ryan Gilmour top scored for NPBHS with 36 while Taranaki captain Mattie Thomas picked up 4 wickets, NPOB new recruit Ross Bryans anchored the innings with 61 not out and was joined by Matt Shaw (52 not out) in an unbeaten 105 partnership.