Reigning champs seek better form
Stoke-Nayland face a tough opening assignment against Waimea Toi Toi United tomorrow as they prepare to defend their Car Company Nelson club Twenty20 title.
Car Company Stoke-Nayland beat Taylor's Contracting Wanderers by 10 runs in last season's T20 decider, although the defending champions will be hoping for a distinct change in this season's fortunes when they take on a formidable WTTU side in tomorrow's opening round of the abridged format.
Stoke-Nayland finished bottom of the Nelson two-day club series, despite having three of the four leading run-scorers in their ranks, with WTTU fresh off their win in the two-day club final.
A new T20 format this season sees Nelson College and Waimea College included in the draw, which now involves two pools of four teams.
If college players are already playing for senior teams, they have the option of playing either for their senior team or for their college.
Pool A includes Stoke-Nayland, WTTU, Post Boy Hotel Wakatu and Nelson College, with pool B comprised of Wanderers, RWCA Athletic College Old Boys, Sprig and Fern Motueka and Waimea College.
Pool play will culminate in semifinals on January 30, followed by the final at Saxton Oval on February 13.
In tomorrow's opening round, Stoke-Nayland play WTTU at Greenmeadows No 2 and Wakatu play Nelson College at Greenmeadows No 4.
In pool B, Wanderers and ACOB meet at Greenmeadows No 6 and Motueka play Waimea College at Lower Ngawhatu. Games are scheduled to start at 5.30pm.
The Nelson Mail