WTTU well placed for key game
The Kelvin Scoble Trophy combined one-day club cricket series takes a break this weekend as the Nelson clubs continue their respective quests for local supremacy.
Harrington's Beer Cafe Waimea Toi Toi United head the Nelson Cricket Association championship ladder with a maximum 10 points following two bonus point wins.
Car Company Stoke-Nayland and Athletic College Old Boys each have four points with a game in hand, while Taylor's Contracting Wanderers, Sprig and Fern Tavern Motueka and Randles Cafe and Bar Wakatu have yet to record a win in the local competition. Wanderers and Motueka have only played one game each while Wakatu have suffered two losses.
WTTU will retain their lead irrespective of the outcome of tomorrow's key match against Stoke-Nayland at the Marsden Rec, while ACOB have the capacity to end Wanderers' title aspirations when they meet at Brightwater.
WTTU, fresh from last weekend's Central Districts one-day championship tournament in Palmerston North, and Stoke-Nayland will be back to full strength with an in-form Stoke-Nayland bowling attack looking to apply some genuine pressure to some potentially high-scoring WTTU batsmen.
Seam bowlers Marty King (5-51) and Mitchell Ross (6-38) have both taken significant hauls in their respective recent outings against Canterbury Country and Canterbury Country Emerging Players, although the return of Greg Hay and Ricky Edwards will considerably enhance WTTU's batting.
Wanderers will be boosted by the return of Nelson representatives Dan Cooper, Connor Neynens and Joe O'Connor and ACOB will have Simon McGowan, B J Barnett and Marty Kain back on deck, provided Kain has recovered from the shoulder injury that forced him out of last weekend's Hawke Cup loss to Canterbury Country.
There doesn't appear to be much for Wakatu to play for against Motueka at Memorial Park following two straight defeats.
However, they still represent a serious threat to Motueka's hopes of progressing, given Motueka's own unconvincing form in recent weeks.
Wakatu will at least have representative batsman Matt Macquet back to bolster their allround resources.
All three games are scheduled to start at 11am.
The Nelson Mail