Renwick savours success

CLAY WILSON
Last updated 15:11 20/12/2012

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The Renwick Cricket Club is on the way up.

This season, for the first time in its more than 100-year history, Renwick is fielding a team in each of Marlborough cricket's senior, second, third, fourth and fifth grade competitions. In fifth grade, it has two sides.

However, if that was not a big enough achievement in itself, last weekend something even more special happened when all six of Renwick's sides were victorious.

On Friday night, the senior and second-grade teams won their respective Twenty20 matches and on Saturday, the junior third, fourth and both fifth-grade sides also recorded wins.

The triumphs of the senior and third-grade teams were particularly notable. For the senior side, which only made its debut in the top club grade last season, it was just its second win of the season and a victory which took it to the top of the senior T20 competition table. The third-grade side's win over Celtic was its first all season.

Club president and junior convener Andrew Marshall said it was "a cool feeling" when he learned all six Renwick teams had won and felt it was an achievement everyone at the club was very proud of.

Thanks to a second-grade team that had been successful for several seasons prior, Renwick was approached by the Marlborough Cricket Association before the start of the 2011-12 season to provide the fourth team in the senior competition. It was something Renwick had unsuccessfully tried to do a couple of seasons earlier.

What that meant, though, was that its third-grade team, which had only recently made its return, was unable to continue. But, thanks to several players coming through from the fourth and fifth grades and some good recruiting, this season Renwick was able to re-enter a third grade team.

Marshall said the positive up-turn at Renwick Cricket Club had been driven by the committee and a long-term plan it had created five years ago. And while it would be nice to win competitions, he said the club's major goals over the next two years were simply to consolidate its player base in all five grades and complete the installation of a second artificial surface at Renwick Domain.

As for the steadily improving senior side, Marshall said the team was becoming more committed by the week and was optimistic that improvement would continue.

"The senior boys are definitely getting their confidence up. We always knew we would struggle in two-day cricket, but in T20s we can have a crack. We don't have any flashy players, but we knew the T20 was the competition we could target."

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Marshall said the input of major sponsors Guthrie Bowron, Redwood Service Centre, Redwood Trust and the Lion Foundation was crucial.

- The Marlborough Express

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