Wairau are the 2022-23 winners of the SBS Bank Senior Grade 40 over competition. Wairau Valley reached 177 for 6 from its 40 overs, Luke Pannell top scoring with 54 supported by 48 from Sam Boyce. Cooper Roberts was the match winner for Wairau, opening the batting and making 87 from 79 balls including 6 fours and 5 sixes. He departed at 144 for 6 with the game in the balance but the lower order held their nerve to see Wairau home by 2 wickets with an over to spare. Sam Boyce was the pick of the Valley bowlers with 4-26 from his 8 overs.
In the 2nd Grade 40 over competition Renwick beat Kaikoura in an entertaining game. Mark Zillwood (48) and Kieran Gaudin (64) helped Renwick to 227, (Thomas Bolton 3-26). In reply Hamish Ormand (39) and JP Roberts (38) kept their side in the hunt before falling 30 runs short (Kieran Gaudin 4-31). Celtic Green beat Wairau by 2 wickets thanks to 54 from Jaden Adams and 52 from Liam Young. Sam Young top scored with 41 for Wairau while Jaden Adams and Brad Pope each picked up 3 wickets.
Hayden McWilliam (79no) and Teagan Birkett (58no) helped Wairau to defeat Valley in 3rd grade competition games. Blake Pitts (40) and William Baker (39) batted well for Valley while Niko Russell took 3-26.
In WK 4th grade games top performances included; Jemima Nation (3-14), Jaiden Hollis (4-21), Harry MacNeill (49 & 3-25), Jasper Sorenson-Brown (34), Josh Abrahams (31 & 3-21), Rupert Hammond (34), Eddie Russell (36), James Crowe (31), Fionn Heagney (47), Charlie Booker (55 & 4-8), George Wilson (38) & Connor Davies (20).
The Canterbury/Otago Mainland team were the winners of the inaugural national over 40s tournament staged at Horton Park last week which featured a number of high scoring and entertaining games. In the final Hardeep Singh was the match winner for the Mainlanders with a remarkable 174no from 103 balls in their 315 for 5, Wellington/Tasman falling short on 299 for 7 in reply. High scoring was also in evidence in the B tournament games at Oliver Park with Wellington/Tasman’s 350 for 8 overhauled by Auckland with the last pair at the crease. Marlborough player Andrew McCaa had a good tournament for the Wellington/Tasman A team making 117 from 111 balls in their win over Districts. He was named in the backup A team to support the tournament team named to represent New Zealand at next year’s Over 40s World Cup.
This weekend the Marlborough Senior Reps begin their Hawke Cup campaign with a home fixture against Buller at Horton Park with play starting at 10.30am each day. Best wishes to the Marlborough year 11/12 team which travels to Napier for the CD tournament next week.