WEATHER WINS AGAIN
For the second straight week the weather defeated everyone with the entire round of Revital Fertiliser Premier grade club cricket being abandoned. Not only was club cricket washed away the scheduled first round of the Mike Shrimpton Trophy for the Taranaki Women’s team was abandoned the night before. With the forecast improving for the weekend we look forward to hearing some leather on willow.
The Revital Taranaki team begin their campaign to defend the Furlong Cup and earn another shot at the Hawke Cup come end of season.
A number of players are missing from the squad that competed last season including former Black Cap Peter Ingram, James McDougall, Moritz Hartmann and Callum Stuart, with those players missing along with Bailey Wisnewski, Davis Mills, Kaylum Boshier, Shaun Sullivan and Jackson Braddock Pajo all unavailable for this round Coach Debu Banik and selectors have named a very young and inexperienced team.
There is no less than five debutants including Jessie Vertongen, Mattie Allen, Daniel Bernet, Michael Blanks and Ben Frewin.
Taranaki will be looking to their senior players to stand up especially Taranaki Associated Cleaners Dean Robinson at the top of the order along with Liam Muggeridge who is coming into his 5th season at representative level and selectors will be looking for him to deliver on the promise he has shown.
With the ball India Today Ryan Watson will once again spearhead the attack and will be joined by fellow NPMU club member Josh Barrett, Barrett last played 5 years ago in the 2012/13 season.
Icons Sports Bar Mattie Thomas will once again lead the side.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 10:30 Saturday at Pukekura Park, live scoring can be found via TCA’s website.
REVITAL FERTILISER PREMIER GRADE
With the last two rounds being washed out it has played into the hands of the top four with only six teams now having a mathematical chance of reaching the semi finals going into round six this weekend.
Top of the table NPMU take no Inglewood who will fancy their chances to topple the favourites with a number of players on representative duty from NPMU.
NPOB will travel to Stratford and should be too strong for their central Taranaki counterparts, Hawera will host Woodleigh down South and in the match of the round its battle of the school yard as NPBHS host FDMC.
This game basically shapes as a quarter final for both of these teams with the winner keeping their slim hopes alive and the loser looking towards the two day competition.
NPBHS has been building into their season with a couple of solid performances before a morale boosting win over Hawera, none of the NPBHS batsman has set the competition on fire yet but Tyler Slingsby has led the bowling unit with 7 wickets at an average of 8.43.
On the other hand FDMC got off to a terrible start to the season hitting rock bottom in round 2 when they were bowled out for 34, however one week later they got the win over Stratford which has kept their hopes alive.
Skipper Mattie Allen has proved he is a quality player leading the team and averaging 58 with the bat, he will be sorely missed this weekend as he debuts for Taranaki and with that in mind my money is on NPBHS.
Games start at 11am and live scoring can be found on TCA’s website.