Taranaki taste first defeat
The Taranaki under-17 side suffered their first loss at the Central Districts age-group tournament in Napier yesterday.
Batting first against Hawke's Bay, Taranaki were dismissed for 207 in the 48th over.
No 3 batsman Robert Boot was the mainstay of the innings, scoring 96 off 113 balls before he was out lbw.
Boot received limited support, with Josh Quinney the next highest scorer with 22 from 28 balls batting at No 7.
Hawke's Bay had little trouble in their chase, reaching their target for the loss of just three wickets in the 47th over.
Against Marlborough on Monday, Taranaki bowled their opposition out for 197 in the 48th over. Cameron Meads was the best of the Taranaki bowlers, taking 3-37 off his 10 overs, while Boot took 2-35 off his 10.
Boot was again in the action with the bat, top-scoring with 60 off 96 balls. He had good support from Liam Muggeridge (42) and Quinney (24 not out) as Taranaki reached their target in the 46th over for the loss of six wickets.
Against Wairarapa on Tuesday, Taranaki were forced to bowl first after losing the toss but dismissed their opposition for 196.
Ethan Keller was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-34 off his eight overs, while Jordie Barrett took 2-34 off 10 overs.
Taranaki had little trouble reaching the target in the 32nd over for the loss of two wickets.
Boot was again to the fore with the bat, making an unbeaten 90 off 81 balls. He shared a 130-run second wicket partnership with opener Ben Mitchell (60) while Cam Black was unbeaten on 14.
Taranaki Daily News