Wairau bagged their first win of the season in the SBS Bank Marlborough second grade 45-over competition on Saturday when they beat Celtic by 50 runs at Oliver Park.
After winning the toss and batting on the No 2 ground, Wairau made a solid start and were 93-1 after 23 overs. A well-compiled 82 from captain Matt Clark and 27 to Ma'ara Ave set a good platform and quick runs from Brian Powell (31) and Nick Weaver (20) at the end saw them post 237-9.
Andrew Holdaway was the pick of the Celtic bowlers, taking 3-45. Young off-spinner Jack Porter and medium-pacer Brad Pope also bowled tidy nine-over spells.
Celtic's reply started positively, as opener Keesh Sampath (48) played strongly on the leg side and behind point. Sampath was dismissed by off-spinner Joel Burns, but at the halfway stage of their innings Celtic were still well-placed. However, the loss of Holdaway for 37 was a crucial moment and from there the last six wickets fell for 44 runs. A stubborn 25 from Paddy Crannitch could not prevent Celtic succumbing for 187, securing Wairau a 50-run win.
Youngster Harrison Boyce and Burns both snared three wickets, while Powell took 2-8.
Meanwhile, at Endeavour Park in Picton the home side collected a seven-wicket win over Renwick.
Picton won the toss and chose to bowl, restricting Renwick to 191-8 from their 45 overs. Tim Burt top-scored for the visitors with 45, while Piers Landon-Lane made 45, Braden Stewart 28 and Tony McKenzie 23. Phil Thomas took 3-35 with his medium-pacers for Picton, Nick Hide and John Diamanti claiming two wickets apiece.
Two early wickets fell in Picton's chase before Hide and Jesse Rawlings took control with a fine third-wicket partnership. Hide eventually fell for 66, but Rawlings, who was playing his first game in second grade, carried his bat and finished unbeaten on 65 as the home team sealed victory in the 43rd over. Stewart was the best of the Renwick bowlers, taking all three wickets to fall for 24 runs.
Results: Wairau 237-9 (M Clark 82, M Ave 27, N Weaver 20, B Powell 31, A Holdaway 3-45, G Dunn 3-63) beat Celtic 187 (K Sampath 48, A Holdaway 38, M Bryce 23, P Crannitch 25, H Boyce 3-10, J Burns 3-39, B Powell 2-8).
Picton 192-3 (N Hyde 66, J Rawlings 65, B Stewart 3-24) beat Renwick 191-8 (T Burt 52, P Landon-Lane 45, B Stewart 28, T McKenzie 23, P Thomas 3-35, N Hyde 2-22, J Diamanti 2-48).
Standings: Renwick 10, Wairau Valley 10, Picton 10, Celtic 6, Wairau 4.
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