A big summer with the bat could be just what Dave Meiring needs to push his claims of playing first-class cricket in the future.
The batsman is in the Manawatu lineup for their Tararua Shield game against Hutt Valley in Wellington on Sunday and would love to find form this weekend.
He was at a Central Districts Twenty20 camp in Napier last week and has been on the periphery of the Stags team in the past, having played three seasons for the CD A side.
Meiring was at the CD camp along with Roald Badenhorst, Bevan Small and Dane Cleaver, and got a chance to show what he could do.
"I batted at three in both of the games," Meiring said.
"I made 10 in the first one and 34 in the second one. I felt quite good and hopefully if I can keep that going, there'll be some runs."
Meiring spoke to CD coach Alan Hunt who was happy with how he had played and told him to keep doing what he was doing.
CD have a reasonably settled batting lineup with a few young faces in there but Meiring still has the desire to play for the Stags one day.
"That's my ultimate goal. I wouldn't play the sport if I didn't want to play the next level up. That's what I drive towards."
He was keen to make it back into the CD A team to show he can cut it at that level.
Meiring said it had been a difficult season to get into this year with the weather interrupting a lot of club and rep cricket.
The 26-year-old is still not at 100 per cent after a serious shoulder injury 18 months ago, when he tore his bicep tendon and ripped the labrum cartilage in his shoulder socket when diving for a ball.
He can field and bat normally but is not able to bowl yet, so he was hoping physio should have it sorted before the end of the season.
Manawatu player-coach Mike Mason is sitting this game out against Hutt Valley so he can have a proper look at the players.
Medium-pacer Nick Simon retains his spot, not having had a chance to impress in Manawatu's flogging of Taranaki in the Hawke Cup two weeks ago.
Weather permitting, two Palmerston North Boys' High School students will make their debut in seamer Navin Patel and wicketkeeper-batsman Hayden Hill.
Hutt Valley has named an unchanged lineup from the side that thrashed Wairarapa by 216 runs two weeks ago.
- Manawatu Standard
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