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.