Robinson cut from Stags' four-day side

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 23/10/2012

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Impressive Taranaki opener Dean Robinson has missed the cut for Central Districts in the four-day competition this season.

However, the news was better for Robinson's Taranaki team-mate, William Young, who was yesterday named in the squad.

The pair were selected in the 20-strong Central Stags side for the Twenty20 competition after good performances for Taranaki at the annual Chapple Cup one-day competition in Napier at the weekend.

Taranaki finished third, winning their final match yesterday against Horowhenua-Kapiti by 159 runs.

It was a bittersweet weekend for Robinson. He made an unbeaten 58 in the first game on Saturday to guide Taranaki to an easy win over Marlborough, then was out for a duck in the one-wicket loss to Manawatu on Sunday.

Yesterday, Robinson again showed his class, scoring 137 in Taranaki's win over Horowhenua-Kapiti.

Taranaki coach Kerry O'Neill was disappointed Robinson had missed selection in the four-day squad.

"It's disappointing and frustrating. Dean's done nothing wrong. They [the Central selectors] have brought an opener down from Auckland and they're going to play him. It's not great for the development of your local players," O'Neill said.

"I feel for Dean. He played well for CD last year. It's frustrating as a coach, you like to promote your players. When they perform, you expect them to be picked.

"He just has to put his head down and make it hard for the selectors not to pick him."

Robinson made his debut for Central last November, scoring 20 against Otago. He played six four-day matches, scoring 170 runs at an average of 21.25. His one-day stats are much better - five games, 240 runs at an average of 80 thanks mainly to an unbeaten 130 against Canterbury last January and 56 not out against Northern in Napier in March.

Young was also in good touch at the weekend, with 29 not out against Marlborough, 69 against Manawatu and 81 against Horowhenua-Kapiti.

Taranaki dominated yesterday's game, with Robinson and Young providing the bulk of the 294-run total. Horowhenua-Kapiti never looked a hope, losing their first wicket with three runs on the board and slumping to 77 for seven before eventually being dismissed one ball short of 34 overs.

Leith Johnston took four for 34, while Jamie Watkins cleaned up the tail to take three for five.

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