Battles end in loss
The Taranaki under-17 and under-19 men's cricket sides started their representative seasons with losses to their Manawatu counterparts on Sunday.
In the under-19 match at Pukekura Park, Taranaki won the toss and elected to bowl.
Manawatu got through to a competitive 213-9 from their 50 overs despite Henry Boon taking 3-43 off his 10 overs. Ryan Watson chipped in with 2-31 off his 10 overs.
Taranaki were reduced to 10-2, then 50-4 before being in deep trouble at 80-6.
Watson and Boon combined to put on 63 for the seventh wicket.
Watson and Sam Fastier top-scored for Taranaki with 44 but it was not enough, with the home side all out for 203.
In the under-17 match at New Plymouth's Western Park, Taranaki also won the toss and elected to bowl.
Despite the Manawatu opening batsmen taking a cautious approach on a lively wicket, the visitors reached 207-9 off their 50 overs.
Taranaki bowled 30 wides, although there were four run outs, including a direct hit from the boundary from Jordy Barrett.
Taranaki's run chase started badly when Matt Boswell was trapped leg before off the first ball.
The home side struggled through to 104 with No 3 batsman Robert Boot scoring 50 before being the last man out.