The Marlborough Primary Schools cricket team battled to a hard-fought draw when they travelled across the Whangamoas to take on Nelson at the Ngawhatu Recreation Ground on Sunday.
Marlborough won the toss and asked the home side to bat first in slightly wet conditions.
Opening bowlers Harry MacDonald and Sam Cameron-Dunn bowled well without luck as the home side, batting around their opener Ben Hazlett, who made a composed 81, posted 175-8 declared.
Marlborough's outstanding bowler was off-spinner Alex Kennedy with 4-24 from eight overs, while Nic Murray chipped in with 2-38. The other highlight of Marlborough's fielding effort was a superb catch by Danyon Croker running back and looking over his shoulder.
In reply, Marlborough made their way to 43-2, with opener Cameron Alexander retired hurt after a painful blow to the ribs.
At that stage, Murray joined MacDonald at the crease and the pair added 66 before Murray was dismissed for a steady 23 from 69 balls. MacDonald had a fine captain's knock of 48 from 82 balls.
Marlborough were still in with a chance, but the loss of several quick wickets saw the decision made to play out time.
Alexander returned and in partnership with Simon Neal they comfortably secured a draw. Alexander finished on 14 not out, while Neal's 18 not out was his highest rep score.
The next game for the Marlborough side is against Buller in Westport on November 25.
Celtic and Picton/QCC were the victorious sides in the Marlborough third-grade competition on Saturday.
Up against Renwick at Renwick Domain, Celtic posted 175 from 37.1 overs batting first, with Shane Dobson making 26 and Sunny Shazhad hitting 22. Corey Taylor led the way for the Renwick attack, taking 5-41, while Duncan Cameron bagged two wickets.
Renwick's reply was over at 150 in the 23rd over. Nick van Lent top scored with 27 and Darryl Roughan made 25, but three wickets each to Nathan Shott and James Crocker was enough to see Celtic secure the win.
At Endeavour Park in Picton, the home side twice dismissed Wairau Valley cheaply to wrap up an outright win by an innings and nine runs.
After father-and-son duo Corey and Isaac Rawlings took three wickets each, Valley succumbed for just 43 batting first on the new grass wicket.
Picton/QCC reached 104-3 in reply before declaring and going after the outright win. Jesse Rawlings top-scored with 40 and Lachi Woolf finished unbeaten on 25, while Shaun Rush took 2-25 for Valley.
Needing to survive the remainder of the overs to prevent an outright loss, Valley were unable to do so and were all out for 52 in their second innings.
Isaac Rawlings again proved too good for the Valley batsmen, snaring 5-16 to finish with match figures of 8-28. Ben Hide took 3-13 from six. Andrew Forgesson and Ryan Cottrell were the best of the Valley batsmen, both making 12.
Junior cricket results from Saturday, November 10
Celtic 175 (S Dodson 26, S Shazhad 22, C Taylor 5-41, D Cameron 2-27) beat Renwick 150 (N van Lent 27, D Roughan 25, J Crocker 3-22, N Shott 3-24).
Picton QCC 104-3 dec (J Rawlings 40, L Woolf 25 no, S Rush 2-25) beat Wairau Valley (43 (S Rush 13, C Rawlings 3-10, I Rawlings 3-12) and 52 (A Forgesson 12, R Cottrell 12, I Rawlings 5-16, B Hide 3-13).
Wairau Valley 151-4 (D Allan 53 ret, H Morel 37, A Morel 22 no, D McLean 1-14, N Matherson 1-18) beat Renwick United 69 (L Roughan 16, J Roche 2-5, D Allan 2-10, J Ruffell 2-14).
Wairau White 207-1 (A Kennedy 39 no, C Alexander 37 no, H Murphy 34 no, J Holdaway 1-35) beat Celtic Green 75 (B Jessop 34, A Kennedy 3-10, C Alexander 2-6).
Wairau Originals 154 (S Cameron-Dunn 50 no, L Rohloff 22, E Ave 21) beat Picton QCC 42 (M Deaker 5-4).
Renwick Green 129-5 (L Woollcombe 46, J Brown 32 no, S van Asch 3-45) beat Awatere Black 117-6 (K Brown 43 no, J Marshall 23, J Brown 2-25, L Woollcombe 1-6, S Neal 1-14).
Celtic Gold 138-7 (A Connor-McClean 33, C Elkington 24, W Pope 17 no, R Baker 2-30, F Sloan 2-9) beat Wairau Blue 78 (T Sloan 29, R Baker 11 no, L Young 4-7 (including a hat-trick), A Conner-McClean 2-13).
Wairau Leopards 138-5 (B Alexander 16 ret, S Tanmaya 15 ret, R Morgan 12, A Hamlin 2-11, L Booysen 1-10) beat Wairau Valley 57 (A Hamlin 18, J Church-Type 12, B Wilson 2-5, B Alexander 2-14, L Simpson 1-0, A Lavender 1-1).
Celtic 121-5 (O Lawson 36 ret, E Fitzpatrick 34 ret, W Sutherland 13 ret) beat Renwick Black 88-6 (G Murray 21, J Renner 16, P Neal 14, T Taylor 1-1, O Lawson 1-4).
Renwick White 72 beat Awatere Stags 25.
Mega Cafe Columbus Coffee players of the day: Liam Young (Celtic Gold fourth grade) - 4 wickets for 7 runs, including a hat-trick, in his side's win over Wairau Blue.
- The Marlborough Express
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