Games re­duced

Franklin County News - - SPORT - ALAN APTED

One hun­dred and 10 overs cricket re­places the two-day game in Coun­ties Manukau club pre­mier grade this sea­son.

The change has been prompted by the with­drawal of United, the team which stepped in to re­place Wey­mouth two sea­sons ago.

That leaves just five teams in the pre­mier ranks: Pa­pakura, Karaka, Manukau, Pukekohe Metro and Waiuku.

Coun­ties Manukau Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Gill says the loss of keys play­ers forced United’s hand.

‘‘They’ve lost four of their best play­ers from last sea­son and be­cause they’re not go­ing to be as strong as they needed to be to com­pete at the pre­mier level they’ve de­cided to re­turn to the se­nior A com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘That means all three for­mats will be played un­der lim­ited-overs con­di­tions. The twenty/20 and one-day­ers will re­main un­changed but the two-day game will be a 110 overs.

‘‘We’ve em­braced a form of 110-over cricket that has been played in Bay of Plenty for many years,’’ Gill says.

He says the two-day for­mat will not work with only five teams.

‘‘One team has to have a bye and they won’t be play­ing for two weeks. That could stretch to three or four weeks if games are rained out. It just won’t work.’’

Un­der con­di­tions of play, the team bat­ting first can face up to 65 overs.

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