The Marlborough Women’s team finally got their season underway last weekend playing the Sydenham Ladies in Cheviot. Anna Booker top scored with 35 runs while Joanne Farrell excelled in the field. The team’s next fixture is away to Nelson on 6th March.

Celtic retained the SBS Bank Senior grade T20 trophy led by a man of the match performance from Josh Poole who smashed 80 from 52 balls including 4 sixes and 6 fours as Celtic posted 149 for 5. After a slow start Wairau’s reply came to life with some sensational late hitting from Harrison Boyce who made 66 from 37 balls including a run of 6 sixes from 7 balls faced before they fell 12 runs short.

In the 2nd grade final Renwick came out on top over Celtic Green with Kirk Nicholas leading the way hitting 62 from 51 balls well supported by Max Brydon with 39 from 30. Brydon followed up with a miserly opening spell of 4 overs for 7 runs while Ed Gilhooly took 3-18 Crickert rom his four with Celtic falling 23 runs short. Kirk Nicholas was named man of the match by the umpires.

Renwick also came out on top over Celtic Green in the latest round of the 2nd grade 40 over competition while Celtic Gold had an exciting 2 wicket win over Kaikoura thanks to an unbeaten 108 from Harpreet Singh. Wairau Valley were the other winners over Wairau. Notable performances came from Hayden Gaudin (64), Keiran Gaudin (86), Jack Holdaway (48), Ed Gilhooly (3-5), Tom Gore (51), Fergus Dodson (3-12), Jethro Moran (35), Jude Richmond (3-19), Griffen Carter (35) & Danny Knox (3-14).

WK junior 4th grade returned to action following two wet weekends and some notable performances included Dan du Plessis (32), Blake Pitts (30 & 2-4), Fionn  Heagney (60), Jasper Sorenson-Brown (42), Thomas Heagney (5-6), Spencer Gregg (34), Lachie Cooney (3-22), Sinclair Hill (34) & Josh Harris (32).

In 3rd grade T20 there were wins for Celtic and Wairau Valley with notable contributions from Tamati Matene (31), Kayse Holdaway (3-13), Ollie Kennedy (45), Greg Winstanley (39), & Caleb Speedy (3-5).

The demands of the Covid traffic light system has forced the postponement of the Women’s Social festival day planned for Sunday 13th March but the mid-week social competition continues on Wednesday evenings as do all competition grades operating under the guidelines for community sport gatherings. Up to date information on play and training guidelines can be viewed on the MCA website.