The Marlborough Primary Schools cricket team notched a convincing first innings win over Buller at Horton Park on Sunday in their final warm-up match before the South Island tournament in Christchurch next month.
Batting first after winning the toss, Marlborough got off to a disastrous start when Alex Kennedy was dismissed from the first ball of the innings. Cameron Alexander and captain Harry MacDonald steadied the ship, but both were out in quick succession for 19.
At 86-3, Tom Sutherland, who had been given a promotion up the order, was joined by his Celtic team-mate, Caylem Cooke.
Two of the side's younger members, they combined in a 69-run partnership before Cooke was dismissed for 29 just one ball before lunch.
Sutherland carried on after lunch to score his first representative half-century, eventually falling for a well-compiled 53. Heath Murphy joined Harrison Pine in the later part of the innings and they added 71 in just nine overs, with Murphy the aggressor. He made a hard-hit 43, including eight fours, while Pine finished unbeaten on 38 as the home side posted 273-8.
Chasing a big target, Buller got off to a bad start when Marlborough opening bowlers MacDonald and Simon Neal had them three down with just five runs on the board. A fourth wicket partnership of 22 provided some brief resistance, but once that was broken a steady fall of wickets saw Buller all out for 56 in 21 overs. Sam Cameron-Dunn had superb figures of 3-4 from five overs to lead the Marlborough attack, while MacDonald and Nic Murray contributed two wickets each.
With just over one hour's play left, Marlborough enforced the follow-on. Buller were quickly reduced to 21-5 as MacDonald snared three wickets in his opening two overs. However, a 48-run between Ethan Slee and Zack Armstrong finally gave the visitors something to smile and at stumps they were 69-7.
MacDonald took 3-12 and found good support from off-spinner Kennedy, who had 2-30 from 10 overs.
A fine knock by Jesse Rawlings and a top bowling performance from Lachi Woolf piloted Picton/Queen Charlotte College to a 100-run first innings win over Celtic in third grade cricket action at Endeavour Park in Picton on Saturday.
Celtic put the home side in after winning the toss and the visitors were soon on top as they reduced Picton/QCC to 3-4 in the third over.
However, Rawlings innings of 68, including nine fours, and Blair Timms' 37, including three fours and one six, got Picton/QCC back on track as they went on to post 244-9. Nearly 40 wides from the Celtic bowlers also helped the cause. Celtic openers Stu Henry (32) and Sunny Shazhad (29) put on a 78-run opening stand, but the introduction of Woolf ended any hopes the visitors had of chasing their target. Off-spinner Woolf took 4-20 from nine overs.
Meanwhile, Wairau beat Renwick by 60 runs on the first innings.
Led by Harry MacDonald (43), Wairau made 153-6 batting first.
Vaughan Collins added a valuable 23, while Ryan Holdaway (3-21 off nine) was the pick of the Renwick bowlers.
Two wickets each to Matt Weaver, Collins and Mike Collins saw Renwick's chase end at 93.
Junior cricket results from Saturday, December 1 Third grade Picton/QCC 244-9 dec (J Rawlings 68, B Timms 37, S Dobson 3-56, N Shott 2-24) beat Celtic 144-6 (S Henry 32, S Shazhad 29, L Woolf 4-20, I Rawlings 2-30). Wairau 153-6 (H MacDonald 43, V Collins 23, R Columbus 12, A Paulie 10, R Holdaway 3-21) beat Renwick 93 (N Dickson 17, D McDonald 11, M Collins 2-7, M Weaver 2-9, V Collins 2-20). Fourth grade Wairau Blue 123-6 (J Sim 25, T Sloan 21, C Horton 20, A Yadbev 2-9, K Maxwell 2-25) beat Picton 33 (Z Prouting 6-9, C Horton 1-6) and 39-4 (J McFaden 14 n.o, A Yadbev 12 n.o, M Gee 2-11, T Sloan 2-16). Wairau White 124/5 (L Robinson 28, N Murray 26, C Alexander 26, S Neal 3-16, E Poswillo 1-10) beat Renwick Green 98 (L Woollcombe 37, A Neal 12, J Boon 4-28, N Murray 2-19). Wairau Originals 101-2 (S Cameron-Dunn 51, A Bisset 14) beat Celtic Gold 100-8 (D Croker 37, L Rohloff 2-13). Wairau Valley 137-7 (H Pine 50 ret, H Morel 17, D Allan 14, T Sutherland 1-14, S Hayman 1-16) beat Celtic Green 68 (T Sutherland 33 n.o, M Jones 2-7, J Roche 2-9, J Ruffell 2-20). Fifth grade Renwick White 96 (J Gutsell 25 ret, C Tyson 17, L Gutsell 10 ret, W Hammond 3-5) beat Renwick Black 85 (A Ireland 17, K Brown 13, G Murray 13, C Fenemor 4-10). Witherlea Leopards 121-3 (M Struthers 21 ret, A Lavender 17 n.o, B Alexander 13 ret, L Orr 1-11, W Chaffey 1-17, D McGilvray 1-19) beat Awatere Stags 60-6 (G Orr 13 n.o, W Chaffey 7, T Turnbull 2-6, C Struthers 2-9, B Wilson 1-3). Wairau Valley 61-2 (T Herbert 24 ret, L Booysen 17, L Yarrell 1-2, H Brosnan 1-2) beat Wairau 60-9 (B Sloan 13, S McDonald 8, L Booysen 3-4, T Herbert 1-9).
- The Marlborough Express