Wairau reap the rewards
Wairau and Guthrie Bowron Renwick made winning starts to the Mitre 10 Mega Marlborough second grade Twenty20 competition on Friday night.
At Oliver Park, an unbeaten half-century to Mike Hood and a five-wicket bag from young Ma'ara Ave led Wairau to a seven-run victory over Celtic.
Batting first, Wairau were 49-4 when Hood joined skipper Matt Clark. Hood survived a hat-trick ball from Patrick Crannitch before he and Clark added 75 for the fifth wicket.
Clark eventually fell for 54, but Hood continued on and hit three sixes and eight fours to finish 61 not out as Wairau made 157-6.
Brent Hefford was the most successful of the Celtic attack, taking 3-30 from his four overs, while Crannitch had 2-24.
Celtic were in the box seat at the halfway point of their chase as Kesh Sampath and Matt Bryce powered them to 97-1. Sampath used the scoop shot well before being dismissed for 48.
The introduction of off-spinner Ave brought rewards and after removing the free-flowing Bryce for 43, he ripped through the Celtic middle order to claim 5-26 from four overs. Celtic required 13 from the final over by Charlie Lewis, but could only manage five. Lloyd James finished with the tidy figures of 2-15 from four overs.
At Horton Park No 3, good knocks from Braden Stewart and Mark Zillwood saw Renwick hold off Wairau Valley for a 20-run win.
Renwick posted 145-8, with teenager Stewart hitting 46 and Zillwood contributing a valuable 37. Ben Lowes bagged 3-33 for Valley, while Ethan Gleeson chipped in with two wickets.
Valley responded with 125-5 against a tight bowling and fielding effort from Renwick.
An unbeaten 45 to Blair Hantz and 29 from Michael Dillon were not enough for Valley.
Wairau 157-6 (M Hood 61 no, M Clark 54; B Hefford 3-30, P Crannitch 2-24) beat Celtic 150-9 (K Sampath 48, M Bryce 43; M Ave 5-26, L James 2-15).
Renwick 145-8 (B Stewart 46, M Zillwood 37; B Lowes 3-33, E Gleeson 2-38) beat Wairau Valley 125-5 (B Hantz 45no, M Dillon 29).
The Marlborough Express