Central Bears won the only Marlborough senior men's match played at the weekend in Blenheim.
At A&P Park, in a match that was part of the Inter-City League with Nelson clubs, the Bears easily beat Wairau, 10-4, with six runs in the opening two innings effectively winning the game.
The match between Saints and Wairau was deferred.
Four key Saints players, Kyle Marfell, Kurt and Ryan Schollum and Darren Aldridge, were on duty for the Southern Pride team at the National Fastpitch Championship in Auckland, prompting the decision.
Consistent batting throughout the match was the key to Central's win against a Wairau team without seven first-choice players for various reasons.
Wairau did mount a comeback in the fourth inning when they scored three runs and another in the fifth but Central were always in control.
Leading Central's impressive batting were Graham De Boo, Barry Anderson, Nick Lovell and Nick Kelly, with the latter batting .750 from three turns at bat.
Second bag man Anaru Anderson impressed in the field and on the pitching mound.
Lovell, along with Nick De Boo, performed well.
Player-coach Johnny Joseph was pleased with the way his mostly young, makeshift side played.
Joseph hit a stand-up triple while Carter McDonald and Amon McGregor also got bat on ball advancing runners.
Terry Hoggard pitched most of the match for Wairau, doing a solid job.
Youngster Rawiri Bird impressed in the last inning.
- The Marlborough Express