Home team too strong for Celtic
Another powerful innings from Stefan Hall lifted hosts Picton/Queen Charlotte College to a comfortable 53-run win over Celtic in round two of Marlborough cricket's third grade Twenty20 competition on Friday night.
The home side won the toss and elected to bat first at Endeavour Park and thanks largely to an unbeaten innings of 68 from Hall, including seven fours and two sixes, they posted 158-7. Corey Rawlings provided Hall with support, hitting 28, while Nathan Shott was easily the pick of the Celtic attack, taking 4-17 from four overs. Sunny Daniel, Tan Daniel and Raj Singh also took a wicket each.
In reply, Celtic could only manage 105-2, despite an innings of 39 from Singh, which included four sixes. Stu Henry and Sunny Daniel also made contributions, hitting 26 and 22, respectively. Niwhai Tainui bowled economically to bag 1-14 from his four overs, with Isaac Rawlings, Blair Timms and Ben Hide bowling a combined 11 overs and conceding just 30 runs.
Meanwhile, at Oliver Park No 2, Wairau were 34-run winners over Renwick in a low-scoring match.
Wairau made 113-9 batting first, led by 52 from Harry MacDonald. Corey Taylor (2-11) and Sam White (2-22) were the best of the Renwick bowlers.
Renwick lost wickets at regular intervals throughout their chase and were eventually all out for just 79, White top-scoring with 23. Vaughan Collins and Ben Allan did the most damage with the ball for Wairau, returning figures of 3-10 and 3-24, respectively.
Picton/QCC 158-7 (S Hall 68 n.o, C Rawlings 28, N Shott 4-17) beat Celtic 105-2 (R Singh 39, S Henry 26, S Daniel 22, N Tainui 1-14).
Wairau 113-9 (H MacDonald 52, C Taylor 2-11, S White 2-22) beat Renwick 79 (S White 23, V Collins 3-10, B Allan 3-24)
The Marlborough Express