Taranaki pair pad up for Stags' first bash

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012

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Central Stags coach Alan Hunt has confirmed the Taranaki duo of William Young and Dean Robinson will play in his side's opening Twenty20 match of the season against Northern Districts in Hamilton tonight.

The Devon Hotel Stags spent yesterday afternoon training at Seddon Park before returning last night to practice under lights.

Hunt said Young, who has been in reasonable form in the Plunket Shield, would start alongside his Taranaki team-mate, with Ajaz Patel and Marty Kain likely candidates to be left out of the playing XI.

A call on whether English import Peter Trego starts will be left until today after the 31-year-old all-rounder arrived in New Zealand yesterday.

"He'll definitely come into consideration, even though we haven't seen him yet," Hunt said.

"If he has come through the flight well and he gets a good night's sleep and can hit some balls tomorrow, then we'll play him."

Trego's arrival is a talking point leading into the match, along with the decision to give former Black Cap Mathew Sinclair the wicketkeeping duties.

Hunt said it was not a decision he took lightly.

"It was a tough one and we really only made that decision on the back of the need to have an extra batsman. Ben Smith kept in Gisborne [Plunket Shield] and did a very good job but at this point he doesn't appeal as a T20 batsman, although that might change."

The Stags head into the match on the back of an eight-wicket shield win over tonight's opponents, although Hunt was reading little into that given the change of format.

"It does give you some good feelings but the Northern Districts side will be a very different side," he said. "We just have to switch on and get things right on the night."

While not entirely happy with the scheduling of the HRV Cup, which sees one match played every Friday night until the competition gets into full swing on Boxing Day, Hunt accepted it was all part of the modern day cricketing landscape.

"It's about getting the product on television and that Friday night slot gives everyone a bit of exposure, I guess," he said.

"We just have to go with the flow."

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