New Plymouth Marist United need just three more wickets and have 81 runs to play with to claim first-innings points on day two of their Taranaki premier grade cricket match against Hawera United today.
That hurdle cleared, Marist United should be looking to play positive cricket and set Hawera a target before chasing outright points. At stumps on day one last Saturday, Hawera were in trouble at 70-7.
All teams will be without their rep players, with Taranaki away in Levin taking on Horowhenua-Kapiti in a Hawke Cup qualifying series match.
There was no play on day one in the match between the two school sides in the competition because of a wet pitch, meaning the clash between Francis Douglas Memorial College and New Plymouth Boys' High School at the college grounds is likely to be only a one-innings encounter.
First-innings points have yet to be handed out in the two other matches.
Inglewood resume their first innings on 51-3, chasing a commanding New Plymouth Old Boys total of 292.
Inglewood may find batting a little easier with Old Boys missing strike bowler Wesley Morrick, who took two wickets on day one but is overseas.
Stratford look well placed to take a first-innings lead in their match against Woodleigh at Stratford's Victoria Park.
The home side posted a competitive 235 and at stumps on day one. Woodleigh were on shaky ground at 79-5, with opening batsman Brent Bishop resuming on 24 not out.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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