Renwick a chance to go top

CLAY WILSON
Last updated 14:10 06/12/2012

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The only side without representative team members, Guthrie Bowron Renwick, has the chance to go to the top of a Marlborough senior ladder for the first time when it takes on Grove Tavern Wairau in the Mitre 10 Mega Twenty20 competition at Horton Park tomorrow night.

With the Marlborough rep side away in Greymouth for a two-day Hawke Cup fixture against West Coast this weekend, Wairau, Biddy Kates Celtic and Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley are all down on strength for the round two matches.

However, Renwick, who joined the senior ranks only at the start of last season, have no players in the rep side heading away. And after their first win of the season against Celtic last Friday, tomorrow night's match on the No 1 ground presents a small window of opportunity for them to take the competition lead.

Although they have no rep players to lose, Renwick do have one significant loss for the match.

Last week, in-form but injured English opener George Marshall played his last game of the season before heading home. Off-spinner Paddy Dawkins comes in to fill the void in a side whose confidence will be buoyed by its six-wicket victory over Celtic.

Wairau are without four players because of the rep match, spinner Nick d'Auvergne, batsman Colin Wood, bowler Chris Pope and all-rounder Ben Stark.

Wood and d'Auvergne also missed round one and the good news for Wairau is they have found two more-than-able replacements for Pope and Stark.

Leon MacDonald and Geoff Barnett come in for their first games of the season and both offer plenty with bat and ball.

On the No 3 ground, Celtic and Valley go head to head in search of their first win of the competition.

Valley have captain Tim Abrahams and Greg and Matthew Stretch away with the reps. Hard-hitting batsman Richard Franklin and young seam bowler Zac Harrison-Jones are the two replacements, Abrahams not playing in his side's four-run loss to Wairau last week.

With up to five players a chance to be with the Marlborough side, the losses could be even greater for Celtic.

Captain and opening bowler Ben McLennan and all-rounders Josh Poole, Sean Neal and Greg Knowles should all be in the rep team, while seamer Ben Blackman is likely to carry out 12th man duties.

Celtic were unable to confirm replacements players yesterday afternoon.

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- The Marlborough Express

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