Revital Taranaki go into round 3 of the Furlong Cup desperate for a good showing and picking up some much needed points, after a 1st innings loss against Manawatu in round one, the team didn't even travel to Wairarapa in round 2 with the game called off on the Thursday prior.
This week sees Taranaki host Hawkes Bay at Pukekura Park, a Hawkes Bay team that includes CD Stags Christian Leopard and Brad Schmulian, former NZ U19 rep Todd Watson and a host of other current or former CD age group players.
Taranaki go into round 3 sitting 6 points off the lead held by Manawatu, with two rounds to play after this weekend this match could be make or break for their future in the competition.
The selectors have been able to name a strong side themselves, a side that will be captained by Icons Sports Bar Mattie Thomas, in form opener Taranaki Associated Cleaners Dean Robinson and India Today's Ryan Watson will take the new ball.
The full teams:
Taranaki: Dean Robinson, Jesse Vertongen, Shaun Sullivan, Liam Muggeridge, Matt Allen, Phil Barraclough, Mattie Thomas (c), Ryan Watson, Josh Barrett, Davis Mills, Ben Frewin, Daniel Bernet.
Hawkes Bay: Jake Smith (c), Liam Dudding, Matt Edmondson, Joey Field, Jayden Lennox, Christian Leopard, Angus Schaw, Brad Schmulian, Ben Stoyanoff, Dominic Thompson, Todd Watson, Bayley Wiggins