Celtic are the SBS Bank Senior grade one day champions following a convincing win over Wairua last Sunday. Greg Knowles led the way with a blistering 90 from only 62 balls as Celtic chased down their target of 131 in less than 18 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Earlier Fraser MacIntosh top scored for Wairau with 29 but no-one could get on top of the Celtic bowling attack led by Tom Sutherland (4-26) and man of the match Knowles with 2-14.
There were contrasting fortunes for our Tasman Premier League teams on Saturday. After a delayed start JT Contracting Falcons restricted Wanderers to 164 in a reduced 40 over game with Sam Boyce and Greg Stretch both taking 2 wickets. Joel Lavender led the reply with an unbeaten 86 as the Falcons reached their target with more than 3 overs to spare. The Dolphins were brought back down to earth after their round 1 victory, comfortably beaten by Stoke Nayland after being dismissed for only 76. Jaden Adams took the only 3 wickets of the Stoke reply.
In 3rd grade action Celtic held on to defeat Wairau Valley by just 6 runs, Darren Stewart taking a crucial 2-6 supported by John Clark with 3-22. Ollie Kennedy and Fergus Dodson each took 2 wickets. The win was in spite of the heroics of Valley’s Olly Pauling who top scored with 55 and took 5-27. The Renwick v Wairau game was abandoned, victim of the wet weather.
Top performers in WK 4th and 5th grade games included Charlie Robinson (31), Albert Nott (30), Spencer Gregg (5-8 & 36), Harry MacNeill (3-27), Will Turner (32), Liam Cohen (28), Fionn Heagney (38), Torin Birkett (3-26), George Wilson (4-11), Ashton Corrin (3-12), Hugo Grigg (3-11), Josh Harris (50), Vili Nawaqavono (35), Max Ruffell (35), Gus Wickham (40), Katie Taggart (3-29), Anton Jossy (32), Taylor Heger (26), Luke Sparks (2-17), Blake Nation (6-6), Flynn Preece (2-3) and Josh Abrahams (19). All teams are encouraged to use the CricHQ scoring app so that top performances can be included in our weekly round up.
This Thursday sees the start of the 2nd grade T20 competition with two new teams taking part this season in an expanded 8 team set up. The Marlborough Public House Masters will play under the Renwick club banner while the new Awatere team compete under Wairau CC. Remaining teams are Renwick, Celtic Gold, Celtic Green, Wairau, Wairau Valley and UCVC.
We held another enjoyable Women’s Cricket festival day last Sunday and the mid-week social competition now continues on Wednesday evenings. Please contact eden@marlboroughcricket.co.nz if you want to register or for more information on this or any of our cricket programmes.