Bovey steers Renwick to win

Last updated 14:36 04/12/2012

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Wairau's climb up the Marlborough second-grade 45-over competition ladder continued on Saturday when they scored a 53-run victory over Picton at Horton Park in Blenheim.

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Wairau posted 224 before they were all out with just four balls remaining.

Charlie Lewis (39) and skipper Matt Clark (31) got things under way at the top of the innings. However, the steady fall of wickets meant Wairau had slumped to 160 for nine, with 10 overs remaining.

However, a match-winning 64-run stand between No 8 Harrison Boyce and last man Ryan James helped provide a defendable total. Boyce dominated the partnership, hitting 11 fours and one six before he was the last man out in the final over for 62.

Picton's run chase got off to a slow start as Wairau opening bowlers Tom Rawcliffe and Sam Flaherty restricted them to 31 from the first 12 overs.

Joseph Timms hit two big sixes in his knock of 22 but eventually fell to Fraser McIntosh and the leg-spinner then removed the heart of the Picton order, claiming three for 59 from his nine overs. Opening batsman Carl Elkington kept Picton's hopes alive with a patient 30 but could not prevent his side from being all out for 171.

Wairau moved up to third spot in the standings and also claimed the second-grade Challenge Cup and the Thomas Family Cup from holders Picton.

Less than 24 hours after guiding the Renwick senior side to its first win of the season with a superb 68 not out, opening batsman Rikki Bovey struck a century to led the Renwick second-grade team to a 38-run triumph over Wairau Valley at Oliver Park.

Renwick elected to bat first on a very good No 2 wicket and the decision proved a good one as Bovey and fellow opener Piers Landon-Lane combined in a 198-run first-wicket stand.

Youngster Landon-Lane was the first wicket to fall for 68, his first half-century in second grade, while Bovey went on to make 108 as Renwick scored 273 for eight from their 45 overs. Richard Marshall chimed in with 21 at No 3. Medium-pace bowler Michael Dillon was virtually a one-man-band for Valley, claiming six for 33 from his nine overs.

Valley made a steady start but the pressure of having to score at six runs per over proved too much and they were all out for 235 in the 42nd over. Dangerman Steve Boyce, batting at No 6, was dismissed in unusual fashion when he was run out at the non-striker's end from a dropped caught and bowled chance. Dillon belted an unbeaten 68 at the end of the innings, while Zac Harrison-Jones (38), Chris Hunt (28) and Kent Breeze (25) made contributions. Nick Bullock and Marshall snared two wickets each for Renwick.

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Results

Renwick 273-8 (R Bovey 108, P Landon-Lane 68, R Marshall 21, M Dillon 6-33) beat Wairau Valley 235 (M Dillon 68 n/o, Z Harrison-Jones 38, C Hunt 28, K Breeze 25, N Bullock 2-26, R Marshall 2-27).

Wairau 224 (H Boyce 62, C Lewis 39, M Clark 31, M Grainger 4-43, J Timms 3-48, H Thompson 2-23) beat Picton 171 (C Elkington 30, J Timms 22, F McIntosh 3-59).

Points standings: Wairau Valley 14, Renwick 14, Wairau 12, Picton 10, Celtic 6.

- The Marlborough Express

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