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TWO DAY CRICKET TO COMMENCE

For half of teams this weekend will see their mindset shift from the white ball to the red as Round 1 of the Fertilisers Premier Two Day competition commences.

New Plymouth Marist United will host Stratford who have struggled in the one day format so they will be hoping for a change of fortune.

Inglewood have given up home ground advantage due to the state of the Karo Park wicket and will travel South to Hawera.

New Plymouth Old Boys and New Plymouth Boys High School will see the traditional day, this is an annual event when these two sides meet on day one of the two day competition.

In the final match Woodleigh who were the surprise omission from the one day semi finals will look to get their season back on track as they meet Francis Douglas at Sutherland Park.

For four of the teams day one will be used as a warm up to Sundays One Day semi finals.

Top seeds New Plymouth Marist United will host the surprise package in New Plymouth Boys High School, the school side coming off three straight wins to reach the semis. Their work will be cut out for them as the NPMU side has gone through the preliminary rounds unbeaten. NPMU have four players inside the top 10 runscorers list, Josh Barrett (141) sits on top closely followed by the in form Dean Robinson (136), Jarrod Cunningham and Kurt Leuthart are the others inside the top 10. Robinson will be missing from the NPMU line up as he has had the call up for CD ‘A’. This will cause a change at the top of the order for NPMU that NPBHS will look to capitalise on, especially Tyler Slingsby who has bowled with the new ball sitting 2nd on the wickets list with 10.

In the other match New Plymouth Old Boys will play Inglewood at Western Park, like NPMU, Old Boys will be without their skipper Mattie Thomas who will be away with CD ‘A’. The Inglewood line up has had a familiar look to it all season and they will be a tough nut to crack for the New Plymouth side. Ross Bryans has been the pick of the NPOB players so far this season with both bat and ball, if Inglewood can negate his talents they will go very close.