Wairau Valley are the only unbeaten side in the SBS Bank 2nd grade challenge cup competition following a narrow 8 run win over Kaikoura at Horton Park on Saturday. Luke Pannell was the match winner for Valley scoring 89 out of the team total of 166 and taking 3 wickets including last player out Sukhi Multani, who struck 32 fro number 9 in the order to take Kaikoura so close to their 3rd win. Renwick are level in 2nd place following their win over Celtic Gold, Andrew Nation scoring 73 and taking 3 wickets while Matt Morley took 4-33 for Celtic.

In the first round of the 3rd grade 40 over competition Ollie Pauling smashed a century for Wairau Valley in their crushing win over Celtic. Lachlan MacNeill contributed 50 while Thomas Fishburn took 4-9 as Wairau fell well short of their target. Tom Marshall hit 49 out of a team total of 84 for Renwick against Celtic for whom Ryan Clark took 3-9. The total proved no challenge to Celtic with Couper Robinson (26) top scoring in a 5 wicket win.

In WK 4th grade there were more outstanding performances from round 4 fixtures including: Sinclair Hill (67), Daniel Baker (2-4), Dan Du Plessis (32), Taylor Heger (20), Josh Harris (41 & 3-1), Gus Wickham (28), Alexander Neal (2-6), Joshua Van Asch (33), Liam Cohen (3-23), Spencer Gregg (48), Will Turner (27), Tom Heagney (24), Dane Winstanley (3-23), Anton Jossy (27) and Jesse Crawford (23).

The Marlborough Senior rep team completes its season this Sunday with a Newman Shield Challenge game against Nelson at Saxton Oval starting at 11am.

Entries are now open for our end of season Churchill Private Hospital Women’s Cricket Festival day to be held at Horton Park on Sunday 21st March. This proved a fantastic event last year with over 60 ladies taking part. It is a one off fun day open to anyone – you do not need to have played cricket before and teams are 6 per side. Games are played with a softer ball so no need for protective helmets, gloves, etc and all gear is provided. We already have several businesses keen to put a staff team together so contact Bailey on development [at] marlboroughcricket [dot] co [dot] nz asap for more information or to confirm your registration. If you are not part of a team you can register as an individual and we will find you a team.

The Women’s social cricket competition continues each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm leading up to the festival day for anyone who wishes to join in, just come along and enjoy the fun!