Woodleigh seek early wickets against college

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 01/12/2012

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Woodleigh will be hoping for three quick wickets when they resume their Taranaki premier grade two-day cricket match against Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth this morning.

With the school side on shaky ground at 127-7 in their second innings and leading by 116, Woodleigh won't be wanting to chase too many to claim outright points.

Woodleigh's Hayden Whiting needs two wickets this morning to pick up his second five-wicket bag in the match.

New Plymouth Marist United faces an uphill battle to haul in Inglewood's first innings total of 279-9 at Inglewood.

United were reeling with the loss of three quick wickets in the first innings, but recovered to be 49-3 at the end of the first day. Unbeaten were Leith Johnston (19no) and Jason Meuli (20no), but they will almost certainly be without Johnston who wasn't considered for Taranaki against Wairarapa because of a rib injury.

Inglewood, on the other hand, will be hoping for a quick breakthrough and to bowl United out for less than 100 and push on for outright points.

New Plymouth Old Boys picked up first innings points last Saturday in their match against Stratford at Stratford.

After dismissing the home side for 203, Old Boys made it through to 226-6 to lead by 23 at stumps.

The decision this morning will be whether to bat on without the rep players involved in the match or declare and look to dismiss Stratford cheaply.

In the remaining game, Hawera United will need their tailenders to dig in and fight for first innings points against New Plymouth Boys' High School at Hawera.

Batting first last Saturday, Boys' High made 209 and had Hawera in trouble at stumps at 115-6. The home side's hopes rest with Trent McGrath, who was unbeaten on 46.

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