A strong team batting effort and several outstanding bowling performances led the Marlborough Primary Schools cricket team to a resounding innings and 82-run win over Buller in Westport on Sunday.
Marlborough elected to bat after winning the toss and made their way to 185-6 before declaring. Harrison Pine top-scored with his highest rep score of 39 and was ably supported by an unbeaten 25 from Louis Woollcombe and Caylem Cooke and Harry MacDonald, who both hit 20. A poor Buller bowling performance, which included 42 wides in a total of 51 extras, also helped Marlborough's cause.
MacDonald took the first wicket of the Buller innings, but it was outstanding spells from Simon Neal and Daniel Allan which saw the home side knocked over for just 55. Left-armer Neal varied his pace and swung the ball late to claim 4-8 from five overs, while Allan mopped up the innings in style when he bagged four wickets and took a hat-trick in his only over.
With one hour's play remaining, Marlborough enforced the follow-on, where a minimum of 20 overs had to be bowled.
Opening bowlers MacDonald and spinner Alex Kennedy quickly got among the Buller batsmen, MacDonald taking 4-14 from four and Kennedy claiming 3-20 off seven to expose the tail. Cooke then chipped in with two wickets before Tom Sutherland completed the win by taking his first wicket for Marlborough. The fielding of the visiting side was superb in the second innings, a diving catch at backward square-leg by Cameron Alexander the highlight.
The two teams play a return match in Blenheim on Sunday.
Corey Rawlings belted his second ton of the season to pilot Picton/Queen Charlotte College to a big victory over Wairau in Marlborough third grade cricket competition action at Endeavour Park in Picton on Saturday.
After losing the toss, Picton/QCC were sent into bat on their home ground and it was Wairau who had the upper hand early as they reduced the home side to 38-4. However, from there it was all Picton/QCC as Rawlings and Blair Timms combined for a 186-run fifth-wicket stand. Rawlings was eventually out for 102, including nine fours and six sixes, while Timms hit 71, with 10 fours, as their side posted 263-7 declared from 39 overs. Ben Allan and Matt Weaver took two wickets apiece for Wairau.
Wairau could manage just 114-8 from 40 overs in reply, Andy Clarkson top-scoring with 31 and Harry MacDonald adding 19. Jesse Rawlings completed a fine day out for the Rawlings family when he bagged 4-25 from six overs, while spinner Lachi Woolf had 2-19 from eight.
The other third-grade match on Saturday afternoon saw Wairau Valley record an 11-run win over Celtic at Oliver Park.
Andrew Forgesson's 34 and 21 to Logan Murphy helped Valley make 171 batting first on the No 1 ground. Shane Dobson snared 4-41 from nine overs for Celtic, with Nathan Shott contributing two wickets.
Celtic's response came up just short, 34 to Dobson and 25 from Harry Middleton not quite enough as they were all out for 160. Kalin Thomas (5-38 from seven) and Liam Perrot (4-26 from eight) got the job done for Valley with the ball, claiming nine of the 10 wickets to fall.
Junior cricket results from Saturday, November 24
Wairau Valley 171 (A Forgesson 34, L Murphy 21, S Dobson 4-41, N Shott 2-18) beat Celtic 160 (S Dobson 34, H Middleton 25, K Thomas 5-38, L Perrot 4-26).
Picton/QCC 263-7 (C Rawlings 102, B Timms 71, B Allan 2-24, M Weaver 2-42) beat Wairau 114-8 (A Clarkson 31, H MacDonald 19, J Rawlings 4-25, L Woolf 2-19).
Wairau Originals 136 (E Ave 16, J Western 16, L Rolhoff 18, E Read 2-37) beat Renwick United 65 (A Bisset 2-10, E Ave 2-10).
Wairau Valley 106-6 (D Allan 40, J Roche 16, J Van Ash 2-16, B Proctor 1-8) beat Awatere Black 61 (K Browne 15, L Spence 11, M Jones 3-19, A Morel 2-2).
Wairau White 87-7 (A Kennedy 30 n.o, H Murphy 17, B Lane 3-13, W Pope 1-6) beat Celtic Gold 70 (W Pope 21, A Kennedy 5-11, J Boon 1-6).
Renwick Green 145 (S Neal 30 n.o, C Caughey 29 ret, J Brown 22, J Sim 1-7, C Horton 1-9, R Baker 1-26) beat Wairau Blue 43 (S Neal 2-9, J Rose 2-9, L Annis 1-4).
Celtic Green 155-4 (T Sutherland 51 retired, Caylem Cook 21, Ashish 2-7, Ollie M 1-12, Keita 1-23) beat Picton 93-6 (C Cooke 3-10, C Brown 2-12).
Wairau Lions 92 (C Coull 20 ret, J McElwain 13, M Armstrong 12 ret) beat Awatere Stags 61 (G Orr 18, A Hood 2-1, C Coull 2-5).
Witherlea Leopards 142-8 (R Morgan 32 ret, J Lavender 23 n.o, S Tanmaya 21, K Brown 2-12, H Jackson 2-22, G Murray 2-24) beat Renwick Black 109-6 (P Neal 17, W Hammond 13, K Brown 12 ret, A Lavender 2-3, S Tanmaya 1-7, M Struthers 1-9).
Celtic 131-7 (O Lawson 35 ret, W Sutherland 16, T Hall 15 ret, C Tyson 2-16, D Fenemor 2-17, B Fenemor 1-16) beat Renwick White 103-6 (C Tyson 33, J Gutsell 21, B Fenemor 16 ret, C Smith 3-15, O Lawson 1-6, W Sutherland 1-7).
Mega Cafe Columbus Coffee junior player of the day: Alex Kennedy, Wairau White fourth grade (5-11 from 6 overs and 30 not out).
- The Marlborough Express
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