Rain disrupts premier grade matches
The Duckworth Lewis (DL) method to calculate a target score was used to find a winner in two of the four Taranaki premier grade one-day cricket matches played on Saturday.
The system was introduced to the playing conditions of the Revital Fertilisers-sponsored competition this season. It requires both teams to face a minimum of 20 overs before being being used.
Inglewood and New Plymouth Boys' High School benefited from the DL system, picking up six points for the win instead of having to accept two for a rain-out.
Inglewood had luck on their side, holding a lead of 21 runs under the calculation when rain forced players from the field before what proved to be the last ball bowled in the match.
Batting first, Inglewood scored 208-8 in their 50 overs, with opener Paul Petrowski in good touch scoring 45 and Hayden McIntyre scoring a well made 52.
Helping build a competitive total was Matt Simpson, who finished unbeaten on 49.
Picking up three wickets for Woodleigh was former Taranaki spin bowler Andrew Mason (3-32 off seven overs), who was filling in for unavailable players.
Woodleigh were in trouble early in reply, losing three early wickets before launching a recovery to be 58-3 when rain stopped play.
New Plymouth Boys' High School claimed winning points in their match against Stratford at Stratford.
The home side were dismissed for 165 in 47 overs, with Scott Davidson top scoring for his side with 67. The main destroyer for Boys' High was leg spin bowler Liam Muggeridge (3-35).
The school side were 102-3 in 29 overs, with Ben Mitchell (40) and Dion Ebrahim (20no) when rain halted play, with Boys' High holding a 12 run-lead on the DL target.
The remaining two games were washed out, with teams being forced to settle for two points.
New Plymouth Old Boys batted first in their match against Hawera United at Hawera and put on a competitive total of 218-9 in their 50 overs.
Top scorer for Old Boys was new Australian recruit Brad Purcell with a half century, including five sixes, while John Dickson finished unbeaten on 42.
Old Boys were in trouble early, being 96-6 at one stage, but recovered well with Dickson and Purcell putting on 89 for the eighth wicket. Hawera's best bowler was Chris Hughes (3-55).
Hawera faced 13 overs, and when heavy rain stopped play were 58-2, with captain Chris Stephens scoring a quick 31 before being caught at square leg by Matt Binash.
Francis Douglas Memorial College showed it was going to be a force in the competition when scoring 206-5 in a game reduced to 38 overs after a late start to the match, followed by rain.
The star of the innings was teacher and former Black Cap Peter Ingram, who showed his class stroking the ball to all parts of the ground before being caught by Matt Sim on 94, including two sixes and 15 fours. Not far behind him was captain Sam Fastier, who was the leading run scorer for the school side last season. Batting at number four, Fastier looked solid, scoring an unbeaten 54.
Marist required 246 runs off 38 overs under the DL target and were 49-0 when rain forced players from the field. Teams hung around till after 6pm waiting for some improvement in the weather, but it failed to come.
HONOURS BOARD Premier grade: Batting: P Ingram (FDMC) 94 S Davidson (Stratford) 67 H McIntyre (Inglewood) 52 S Fastier (FDMC) 50no B Purcell (NPOB) 50
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