Under-17s finish with third win
Marlborough finished the Central Districts Under-17 cricket tournament with three straight wins after they beat Wanganui by six wickets at Nelson Park in Napier.
First-up losers to Taranaki on Monday, Marlborough scored victories over Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Wanganui posted 212, all out with just two balls remaining in their innings.
Continuing his good form, medium-pacer Braden Stewart led the Marlborough attack with figures of 3-39 from his 10 overs.
Josh Clarkson and Corey Bovey snared two wickets each, while Nick Weaver, Zac Harrison-Jones and Sam Day all claimed one scalp.
Marlborough's successful chase was built around half-centuries to Fraser McIntosh and Clarkson.
Opener McIntosh hit 12 fours in his 67, with Clarkson's 63 including 10 boundaries as their side comfortably secured victory four down in the 39th over.
Leo Adendorff contributed 22 at No 4, while Matthew Stretch (20) and George Kenny (14) were the not out batsmen.
Capping off a successful tournament for Marlborough, Clarkson, Stretch and Weaver were all named in the CD under-17 team.
Meanwhile, in Masterton, the Marlborough under-15 team finished their CD tournament with a first innings loss in a two-day match against Wairarapa on Wednesday and Thursday.
The home side scored 289 from 86 overs after choosing to bat first at Wairarapa College on Wednesday.
Off-spinner Joel Burns toiled hard and was the pick of the Marlborough bowlers, taking 3-45 from 23 overs.
Ben Allan (2-24 from 10) and Isaac Rawlings (2-42 from 10) also bowled well.
Marlborough reached 144-7 from 48 overs by the end of the day's play, before being all out for 187 on Thursday morning, 13 runs short of the follow on. Ma'ara Ave top-scored with 42, while Lachi Woolf (25) and Harry MacDonald (20) chipped in.
Put back into bat by Wairarapa, Marlborough were able to secure a draw when they ended their second innings and the match at 199-4.
Again, it was Ave and Woolf who led the way.
Ave hit a captain's knock of 77, while Woolf finished unbeaten on 72.
The pair shared in an impressive 150-run partnership on a wearing wicket.
The Marlborough Express