Weather wins again

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A ma­jor trans­for­ma­tion planned for the na­tion’s in­surer is hav­ing rip­ple ef­fects in Taranaki.

The Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Cor­po­ra­tion’s (ACC) ‘Shap­ing our Fu­ture’ strat­egy aims to im­prove out­comes for its cus­tomers, along with their ex­pe­ri­ence of the ser­vice. It is the big­gest change in how the ser­vice man­ages its in­jury claims in 20 years.

Just how much the pro­posal will im­pact on the 3415 staff cur­rently em­ployed by ACC across the coun­try was un­clear at this stage. How­ever, the Taranaki site – based in its New Ply­mouth of­fice – was not threat­ened with clo­sure, an ACC spokesper­son said.

‘‘The New Ply­mouth branch is not go­ing to close, and clients will still be able to talk to their case man­ager face-to-face about their re­cov­ery if that is what they want,’’ the spokesper­son said.

What is less clear is how many jobs are on the line as part of the ser­vice shake-up, as ACC did not an­swer ques­tions about the num­ber of Taranaki-based em­ploy­ees pos­si­bly af­fected. For the sec­ond straight week the weather de­feated ev­ery­one with the en­tire round of Re­vi­tal Fer­tiliser Pre­mier grade club cricket be­ing aban­doned.

Not only was club cricket washed away – the sched­uled first round of the Mike Shrimp­ton Tro­phy for the Taranaki women’s team was aban­doned the night be­fore.

With the fore­cast im­prov­ing for the week­end we look for­ward to hear­ing some leather on wil­low.

Re­vi­tal Taranaki

The Re­vi­tal Taranaki team be­gin their cam­paign to de­fend the Fur­long Cup and earn an­other shot at the Hawke Cup come end of sea­son.

A num­ber of play­ers are miss­ing from the squad that com­peted last sea­son in­clud­ing for­mer Black Cap Peter In­gram, James McDougall, Moritz Hart­mann and

Cal­lum Stu­art.

With those play­ers miss­ing and with Bai­ley Wis­newski, Davis Mills, Kay­lum Boshier, Shaun Sul­li­van and Jack­son Brad­dock

Pajo all un­avail­able for this round, coach Debu Banik and se­lec­tors have named a very young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced team to play against Manawatu¯ .

There are five debu­tants in­clud­ing Jessie Ver­ton­gen, Mat­tie Allen, Daniel Ber­net, Michael Blanks and Ben Frewin. Taranaki will be look­ing to their se­nior play­ers to stand up, es­pe­cially Dean Robin­son at the top of the or­der – along with Liam Mug­geridge, who is com­ing into his 5th sea­son at rep­re­sen­ta­tive level and se­lec­tors will be look­ing for him to de­liver on the prom­ise he has shown.

With the ball Ryan Wat­son will once again spear­head the at­tack and will be joined by fel­low New Ply­mouth Marist United (NPMU) club mem­ber Josh Bar­rett. Bar­rett last played five years ago in the 2012/13 sea­son.

Mat­tie Thomas will once again lead the side.

The game is sched­uled to start at 10.30 to­mor­row at Pukekura Park.

Re­vi­tal Fer­tiliser Pre­mier Grade

We look for­ward to hear­ing some leather on wil­low.

The last two rounds be­ing washed out it has played into the hands of the top four, with only six teams now hav­ing a math­e­mat­i­cal chance of reach­ing the semi­fi­nals go­ing into round six this week­end.

Top of the ta­ble NPMU take on In­gle­wood, who will fancy their chances to top­ple the favourites with a num­ber of play­ers on rep­re­sen­ta­tive duty from NPMU.

New Ply­mouth Old Boys will travel to Strat­ford and should be too strong for their cen­tral Taranaki coun­ter­parts, Ha¯ wera will host Woodleigh down south and in the match of the round it’s the bat­tle of the school­yard as New Ply­mouth Boys High School (NPBHS) host Fran­cis Dou­glas Me­mo­rial Col­lege (FDMC).

This game ba­si­cally shapes as a quar­ter-fi­nal for both of these teams with the win­ner keep­ing their slim hopes alive and the loser look­ing to­wards the two-day com­pe­ti­tion. NPBHS have been build­ing into their sea­son with a cou­ple of solid per­for­mances be­fore a morale-boost­ing win over

Ha¯ wera.

None of the NPBHS bats­man have set the com­pe­ti­tion on fire yet but Tyler Slingsby has led the bowl­ing unit with 7 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 8.43.

On the other hand, FDMC got off to a ter­ri­ble start to the sea­son, hit­ting rock bot­tom in round 2 when they were bowled out for 34. How­ever, one week later they got the win over Strat­ford which has kept their hopes alive.

Skip­per Mat­tie Allen has proved he is a qual­ity player, lead­ing the team and av­er­ag­ing 58 with the bat. He will be sorely missed this week­end as he de­buts for Taranaki.

Games start at 11am and live scor­ing of all games can be found on the Taranaki Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s web­site.

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