The Marlborough under-15 cricket side went down to Nelson by 26 runs when the two sides met in a 45-over match at the Marsden Recreation Ground in Stoke on Sunday.
Originally scheduled as a 50-over fixture, rain delayed the start and meant the match had to be reduced to a 45-over fixture.
Marlborough skipper Ma'ara Ave won the toss and elected to bowl but the Nelson openers got off to a good start, going at a run-a-ball until Ben Allan took the first wicket. In combination with Isaac Rawlings, Allan managed to slow the Nelson run rate, but some sloppy fielding let the visitors down as Nelson went on to post 193-9.
Joel Burns proved the pick of the Marlborough bowlers, taking 3-18 from nine tight overs, while Allan removed two of the top three batsmen and took 2-34 from nine. Lachi Woolf and James Croker chipped in with a wicket each, with Andrew Drummond (63) the top-scoring Nelson batsman.
In reply, Marlborough's chase started well as Woolf and Allan added 63 for the first wicket before Allan was dismissed. From there, the Nelson bowlers put the squeeze on and despite a late fightback, Marlborough were unable to reach their target. They made 167-9 from their 45 overs, Woolf top-scoring with 46, Harrison Boyce adding 39 and Harry Middleton contributing 22.
Marlborough coach Stefan Hall was pleased with the way his team came together, although he noted there was improvement needed in both batting and fielding.
The team has their Central Districts tournament in Masterton from December 16-20.
- The Marlborough Express