The Marlborough Senior Rep side finished an agonising 4 runs short of defending the Newman Shield in a fine game of cricket last Sunday at Horton Park. Nelson reached 212 from their 50 overs, Jonty Raxworthy top scoring with 52 while Matt Stretch, Jerrym Lamb and Nick Weaver each took 2 wickets. In reply Marlborough was always up with the scoring rate thanks to Corey Bovey (56), Tarin Mason (47), Cooper Roberts (24), Tom Sutherland (24) and Luke Frankland (23) and required 4 from the final ball but Josh Newport held his nerve to bowl a dot ball to give Nelson the win. Marlborough’s next outing is the Stretch Scanlon trophy challenge against Buller in Westport on Sunday 28th Nov.

JT Contracting Dolphins began their TPL campaign with a fine win in Nelson over WTTU on Saturday. Corey Bovey top scored with 23 in Dolphins below par 139 all out batting first but the bowlers were outstanding in dismissing WTTU for 98 with Jerrym Lamb taking 5 for 24, while Hunter Ruffell conceded just 10 runs from 9.2 overs. The Falcons lost by 20 runs to Wakatu chasing 183 with Matthew Stretch (51) and Greg Stretch (43) combining to nearly secure the win. Matthew Stretch was also the pick of the Falcons bowlers with 4-33.

Performance of the day in WK Junior 4th grade cricket goes to Wairau Valley’s Liam Cohen who had the remarkable figures of 5 for 8 to help his side to a tight win over Wairau White. There were plenty of other strong performers across the first round of 4th and 5th grade games including Lachie Brick (23), Blake Pitts (3-7), Harrison Fishburn (3-11), Jaiden Hollis (4-3), Dane Winstanley (33), Charlotte Brooke-Taylor (2-9), Alex Neal (4-5), Billy Hurren (26), Sinclair Hill (50) Josh Harris (54), Jasper Sorenson-Brown (3-1), Julian Englefield (2-8) and Hamish Newman (3-2).

In 3rd grade first round games there were wins for Wairau Valley over Wairau despite 84 from Sam Young. Barend Lindreque made 54 and Caleb Speedy took 6-16 to ensure a Valley win by just 11 runs. Celtic had a more comfortable win by 237 runs over Renwick with Luke Holdaway reaching 114 from 67 balls, well supported by Ryan Clark (74) and Kayse Holdaway (40). Luke then took 3-8 with the ball as Renwick were bowled out for only 39 in reply.

This Sunday Celtic play Wairau in the re-scheduled Senior grade one day final for the Grove Tavern Cup starting at 12pm on the Horton Park no1 ground. We also have our Women’s Cricket Festival day at Horton Park from 10am this Sunday with entries still open if you want to enter as a team or as an individual – we will find a team for you. Contact for more information.