Renwick sides have weekend to cherish
Guthrie Bowron Renwick headlined a successful weekend for their club when they powered to a five-wicket win over Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley in round three of Marlborough senior cricket's Mitre 10 Mega Twenty20 competition at Horton Park on Friday night.
Built around superb knocks by youngsters Corey Bovey and George Kenny, Renwick's win was one of six scored by their club at the weekend which took them to the top of the senior T20 table at the halfway point of round-robin play. Their second grade team was also victorious on Friday night and their third, fourth and two fifth grade teams were triumphant on Saturday.
At the innings changeover in the senior side's match against Valley on the No 2 ground, an uphill task lay ahead.
Valley posted a formidable 179-5 from their 20 overs, led by skipper Tim Abrahams. The aggressive rep opener needed just 46 balls to make 82, including 12 fours and three sixes, and shared in a 113-run second wicket partnership with Richard Hagen (43).
Hagen hit two fours and two sixes in his 39-ball stay. A swift 20, from 16 balls, at the end of the innings from wicketkeeper Matthew Stretch maintained Valley's momentum.
Renwick's opening pair Rikki Bovey (24) and Vaughan Wolland (8) took their side to 44 before both fell in quick succession to swing bowler Simon Muir. No 3 Ben Weaver made 20, but it was a 43-run stand between Kenny and Bovey which took Renwick within sight of victory.
Kenny was eventually bowled by Abrahams for a 34-ball 44, including three fours and two sixes, and with five overs remaining Renwick needed more than 10 an over to win. Unfazed, Bovey took to the Valley attack and, in the end, they secured victory with four balls to spare. Bovey hit three fours and three maximums and finished unbeaten on 44, while a couple of late boundaries from Richard Marshall (10 no) also helped get them across the line.
Meanwhile, on the No 1 ground, Celtic got their first win of the competition when they beat Wairau by 48 runs.
An unbeaten 39-ball 51 to Josh Poole, including seven fours, and a boundary-laden innings of 36 to both Greg Knowles and Landon Neal saw Celtic post 166-7 bating first.
Knowles and Neal got things going with a 74-run second wicket partnership and Poole provided the runs at the tailend of the innings. Promoted opener Regan Chambers fell for a duck second ball of the Wairau chase and from there on they never really looked like threatening their target.
Young No 3 Josh Clarkson hit an impressive 53, from 40 balls, but no other batsman got past 20 as spinner Sean Neal bagged the outstanding figures of 5-11 and wrapped the innings up at 118 with just five balls remaining. Ben Stark (19) and Fraser McIntosh (11) were the next best batsmen for Wairau, Knowles capping off a good all-round performance by collecting 3-21 from his four overs.
Standings after three rounds: Renwick 10, Celtic 6, Wairau 6, Valley 2.
The Marlborough Express