Chance for lower grade players

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 20/10/2012

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Some Taranaki teams will have their player-depth tested today when missing their rep players for round three of premier grade one-day cricket.

The Taranaki team is out of town playing the annual Chapple Cup limited-overs fixture, leaving the lower grade cricketers in club ranks to plug some of the gaps.

The first two rounds of the Revital Fertilisers-sponsored competition have been seriously disrupted by weather and clubs will be hoping to strike more favourable conditions today.

Only three matches are due to be played today, with the New Plymouth Old Boys v Stratford game at Vogeltown Park switched to Monday, with Stratford vice-captain Grant Commerford due to tie the knot this afternoon.

There has been a venue change to another match, with New Plymouth Boys' High School playing Hawera United at Vogeltown Park.

A new artificial pitch has been laid on the Boys' High Webster field and it is waiting to be signed off by Taranaki Cricket officials.

"They want to see a lower grade match played on the surface before a premier game," Boys' High spokesman Rob Wisnewski said.

The other two matches see Francis Douglas Memorial College host neighbours Woodleigh, and New Plymouth Marist United are at home to Inglewood.

Under the new points system introduced this season, a win is worth four points, with bonus points also up for grabs instead of six points.

The change has helped soften the blow to clubs that have made a slow start to the competition.

Old Boys and Inglewood have both had one win under the Duckworth Lewis system to go with a no result and sit on top of the points ladder on six points. Next and equal with four points are Boys' High, Francis Douglas, Hawera United and Marist United, while Woodleigh and Stratford are bottom with two points.

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