Top four cricket sides vie for playoff positions

16:00, Feb 21 2014

The top four sides clash in Taranaki premier grade cricket today as teams push for playoff spots.

Competition frontrunner New Plymouth Old Boys is up against New Plymouth Boys' High School at the school grounds, with New Plymouth Marist United at home to Woodleigh.

Heading into the penultimate round, Old Boys leads the Revital Fertiliser-sponsored competition with 48 points - three clear of Marist United and Boys' High. Woodleigh is in fourth spot on 35, with Hawera United on 34 and Stratford, Francis Douglas Memorial College and Inglewood all on 30.

Old Boys were the only team to pick up outright points last Saturday with Richard Kelly and Brad Fale carrying the side to victory. Old Boys will be hoping for more runs from the top order today against the school side.

Marist United and Woodleigh usually have a close tussle and it's sure to be a battle for first-innings points.

The round gives the bottom four a chance to push their claims.

Francis Douglas plays Inglewood at the college grounds in New Plymouth, with Stratford at home to Hawera United.

Inglewood had their chance to beat Boys' High outright last Saturday, but came up short, while both Stratford and Hawera suffered first-innings losses.

Outright points would lift teams into playoff contention and good starts will be vital for teams batting first.

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