Marlborough scored their second straight win at the Central Districts under-17 cricket tournament in Napier when they cruised to a six-wicket victory over Wairarapa on Wednesday.
Following a loss to Taranaki in their tournament opener on Monday, Marlborough bounced back with an outstanding win over Hawke's Bay on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Wairarapa won the toss at Nelson Park and elected to bat first. Their innings never really got going and they were eventually all out from the final ball of the 35th over for 161.
Backing up from his man-of-the-match effort against Hawke's Bay, all-rounder Braden Stewart led the Marlborough bowling attack, taking 4-44 from nine overs of medium-pace. Left-arm seamer Nick Weaver took 3-23 from nine, while Leo Adendorff, Josh Clarkson and Sam Day snared a wicket each.
Marlborough opening batsmen Fraser McIntosh and Corey Bovey put on 67 before McIntosh was the first out for 25. Bovey fell for 34 just six runs later but 22 from No 3 Clarkson and a 35-ball 48 to wicketkeeper Matthew Stretch proved more than enough to get Marlborough home. Thanks to Stretch's boundary-laden innings, they reached their target just four balls into the 26th over.
Marlborough won their fourth match yesterday against Whanganui by six wickets. A full report will appear in Monday's Express.
- The Marlborough Express