An unbeaten half-century to George Kenny guided Guthrie Bowron Renwick to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Picton when the two met in the Mitre 10 Mega second grade Twenty20 competition at the Renwick Domain on Friday night.
Chasing Picton's modest total of 110-7, the home side reached their target three down in the 14th over, teenager Kenny leading the way with 50 not out at No 4.
Corey Bovey provided good support with 21 not out, while Nick Hide was the pick of the Picton bowlers, taking all three wickets to fall and finishing with figures of 3-34.
Earlier, Picton won the toss and elected to bat first on the artificial surface at Renwick.
However, some tight Renwick bowling and fielding restricted the visitors to just 110 from their 20 overs, Shane Stammers top-scoring with 25 and Andrew Courtney hitting 22.
Youngster Piers Landon-Lane was the best of the Renwick attack, collecting 2-22 from his four overs. Meanwhile, also on Friday night, Wairau defeated Wairau Valley by five wickets in another low-scoring affair at Horton Park.
Valley chose to bat first, but thanks to some fine bowling from Tom Rawcliffe and Joel Burns they were eventually all out for just 100.
Rawcliffe bagged the fine figures of 4-11 from his 3.2 overs, while off-spinner Burns claimed 3-7 from four overs to end the Valley innings with 10 balls still available. Ethan Gleeson top-scored for Valley with 24, including three fours and two sixes, at No 3, but once he was dismissed wickets fell at regular intervals.
Only 20 from No 9 Ben Lowes late in the piece allowed Valley to reach three figures.
In reply, Wairau lost five wickets before sealing victory with two overs to spare.
Opener Rob Thornly belted 29 to get the chase going, before No 4 Charlie Lewis guided his side home with a well-compiled 26 not out.
After his cameo effort with the bat, Lowes completed a top all-round performance by playing a part in all five Wairau wickets to fall. The young medium-pacer finished with figures of 4-19 and also affected a run-out.
Wairau 103-5 (R Thornly 29, C Lewis 26 n.o, B Lowes 4-19) beat Wairau Valley 100 (E Gleeson 24, B Lowes 20, T Rawcliffe 4-11, J Burns 3-7).
Renwick 113-3 (G Kenny 50 n.o, C Bovey 21 n.o, N Hide 3-34) beat Picton 110-7 (S Stammers 25, A Courtney 22, P Landon-Lane 2-22).
- The Marlborough Express
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