Celtic completed their unbeaten run by defeating Wairau Valley in the final of the 3rd grade T20 competition last Saturday. Ben Armstrong (5-10) and Ollie Kennedy (3-12) combined to bowl Valley out for only 49 but Celtic struggled in reply before getting home by 2 wickets, Couper Robinson top scoring with 22 while Barend Lindreque took 2-6 for Valley.
Renwick will play Wairau in the final of the SBS Bank 2nd grade 40 over competition following final round games last weekend. In a dress rehearsal Wairau came out on top, Flynn Hawtin top scoring with 38 in their 155 all out while Todd Nicholas took 4-44 for Renwick. Josh Alexander, Tim Petrie and Baxter Croad each took 2 wickets as Renwick fell short by 20 runs. In other games Chirag Jagota (4-23), Luke Pannell (32no) and Sukhdeep Singh (37no) were the match winners in Wairau Valley’s 9 wicket win over Celtic Gold while Luca Turnbull (4-30) continued his good form in Celtic Green’s win over Kaikoura.
Morning rain on Saturday affected the WK 4th grade competition with only one game completed. Sinclair Hill (37 & 2-9), Charlie Lyford (5-7), Dom Alexander (3-3) and Josh Harris (26 & 2-0) all performed well for Wairau Blue in their comfortable win over Celtic.
Final games in the Friday evening WK 5th grade were unaffected with strong performances from Billy Ryan (28), Jacob Hefford (44), Joseph Gilhooly (20), Tom Dunne (28), Hamish Newman (29), Amiri Doonan (34), Torin Birkett (21) and Matthew Judge (18 & 3-19). The Wairau Valley girls meanwhile came out on top over the Mums in an entertaining end of season challenge game! Many thanks to the coaches and supporters who have once again made the Friday evening games so enjoyable this year. Many of these players will be ready to move up to Sat morning 4th grade next summer while others will continue in 5th grade for another summer.
It was also the final week for the Women’s Social cricket competition which has once again been a great success this summer. Special thanks to the Churchill Private Hospital Trust for their fantastic support and to all the team organisers. Girls on the Green from Seddon were the competition winners but all the teams and supporters contributed to a great fun atmosphere every week.
MBC 1st XI defeated Nelson College to move on to the Central Districts finals of the Secondary schools Gillette Cup competition. Cooper Roberts top scored with 62 before Griffin Carter destroyed Nelson’s batting taking 6 for 7 from 6.3 overs.
This weekend both WK 4th grade and Harcourts Kiwi Cricket will play an extra round of games on Saturday morning to make up for recent washed out rounds while the SBS Bank 2nd grade final between Renwick and Wairau takes place on the main ground at Horton Park starting at 12.30pm as another great summer of cricket heads to its close.