Semifinalists decided in premier grade one-day comp

TONY BIRD
Last updated 05:00 19/11/2012

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New Plymouth Marist United will host Francis Douglas Memorial College and Inglewood are at home against New Plymouth side Woodleigh in the semifinals of the Taranaki premier grade one-day competition on Sunday.

The playoff teams were confirmed after all four premier grade matches of the final qualifying round were washed out without a ball being bowled on Saturday. Some of the teams stuck around grounds waiting several hours for the wet weather to clear before pulling the pin.

"I can't remember a wetter one-day competition," HTL Insurance Inglewood Cricket Club stalwart and current chairman David O'Sullivan said. "We've had four rainouts so far this season."

Sullivan said it was the first time in the history of the club that Inglewood had won the hosting rights to a premier semifinal.

"We made the semis before, the last time a couple of years back and we lost to New Plymouth Marist United that time."

Defending champions Nag 'N' Noggin New Plymouth Marist United finished the qualifying rounds on top with a superior net run rate per wicket from Inglewood. Woodleigh qualified third ahead of Francis Douglas Memorial College.

Timberco Francis Douglas last made the one-day playoffs in 2008 and were beaten semifinalists in the two-day competition last year.

Altum New Plymouth Old Boys finished fifth in round robin play in the one-dayers and will be missing from the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.

There is an extra incentive for teams in this year's one-day competition. The winner gets to play the winner of the top Wanganui competition and the winner of that match will go forward to represent their region at the national finals in Auckland.

Meantime, the Taranaki premier grade two-day competition begins on Saturday.

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