The Marlborough under-15 and under-17 representative cricket teams both had a win and a loss under their belts after day two of their respective Central Districts age-grade tournaments on Tuesday.
On Monday, Marlborough under-15s opened their tournament with a match against Manawatu at Masterton's Rathkeale College. Marlborough won the toss and chose to bat and although almost all of the top six batsmen got starts, none were able to kick on to a significant score. They were eventually all out for 168, Joel Burns top-scoring with a hard-hit 38.
In reply, Manawatu made their way to 138-3 and eventually reached their target six wickets down. Ma'ara Ave was the pick of the Marlborough bowlers, taking 3-14, while Burns capped off a solid day with figures of 1-31 from 14 overs.
Horowhenua-Kapiti were Marlborough's opposition on Tuesday and the North Island side were all out for just 90 after electing to bat first. Medium-pacer Harry MacDonald was the chief destroyer for Marlborough, bagging 4-19 from 10 overs, while Isaac Rawlings bowled well to finish with figures of 2-3.
Marlborough comfortably chased down the 91 required for first innings points, before going on to post 139-7 declared. Harrison Boyce top-scored with 32, MacDonald (26) and Lachi Woolf (20) also making good contributions.
With 20 overs remaining, Marlborough put Horowhenua-Kapiti back into bat and at the end of play reduced them to 63-7. MacDonald collected 3-11 to have seven wickets on the day.
In Napier, the Marlborough under-17 team began their campaign with a four-wicket loss to Taranaki on Monday.
Put into bat, Marlborough reached 197 before being all out in the 48th over. Aggressive No 6 George Kenny hit an innings high 47 from 48 balls, including four boundaries and two sixes. Tarin Mason was next best with an unbeaten 25, while four other batsmen were dismissed in the teens.
Taranaki fell to 31-3 in reply, but a 117-run fourth wicket partnership got them back on track and they got home with four wickets in hand in the 46th over. Leo Adendorff, Ben Lowes, Josh Clarkson, Nick Weaver and Sam Day all took a wicket for Marlborough, Day the most economical.
Marlborough came up against host team Hawke's Bay on Tuesday and thanks largely to a fine all-round performance from Braden Stewart and a gritty knock from Clarkson, it was the visitors who scored a 13-run victory.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Marlborough made a defendable 214-9 from their 50 overs. No 3 Clarkson played the key knock, making a patient 49, while No 9 Stewart hit 38 from just 22 balls at the end of the innings to push his side past 200. Adendorff and Kenny both made 24.
Hawke's Bay were in the box seat at 176-4 in the 42nd over of their chase. However, two quick wickets to medium-pacer Stewart put Marlborough back in the hunt and they went on bowl the hosts out for 201 in the 48th over, Stewart claiming the wicket that sealed victory. He finished with figures of 3-49 from 9.5 overs, while left-arm seamer Weaver bagged 2-27 from nine.
Marlborough were set to face Wairarapa yesterday.
- The Marlborough Express
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