Wairau close in on T20 final spot

CLAY WILSON
Last updated 09:39 28/01/2013

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Defending champions Grove Tavern Wairau are back in the hunt to reach the final of Marlborough cricket's Mitre 10 Mega Senior Twenty20 competition after a tight all-round bowling performance and a powerful knock from Mike Hood led them to a nine-wicket win over Guthrie Bowron Renwick at Horton Park on Friday night.

Renwick skipper Mike Bown won the toss and elected to bat first in the round five match, but thanks to some disciplined bowling and slick ground fielding, Wairau restricted them to 130-5 on a good No 3 wicket.

Opener Vaughan Wolland (24 off 27) hit four boundaries to get the innings going. However, the main contribution came from former Marlborough and Wairau Valley off-spinner Ed Gilhooly, who made 45 from 39 on his Renwick debut, 20 of those runs coming in fours. Andrew Marshall hit the only six of the innings and made a run-a-ball 17 at No 5.

Five Wairau bowlers took a wicket each, but the pick of them were Cleighten Cornelius, Leon MacDonald and Regan Chambers. Former Canterbury and Marlborough seamer Cornelius was typically hard to get away and bagged 1-13 from his four overs, while opener MacDonald had 1-23 from four and Chambers kept the screws on with 1-20 from four.

In reply, Wairau openers Hood and Chambers wasted no time getting the chase moving.

Both batsmen hit the ball cleanly from the outset and when Chambers was removed by Richard Marshall for 40 off just 25 balls, including four big sixes, Wairau were already 74-1 in the seventh over. From there, Hood and MacDonald easily guided their side home with more than four overs to spare. Hood continued to hit the ball hard, belting eight fours and a six, and was unbeaten on 60, while MacDonald worked the ball around nicely and finished on 28 not out from 31 deliveries.

Meanwhile, Biddy Kates Celtic scored a 20-run win over Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley in a low-scoring affair on a low and slow No 1 wicket. Stand-in Valley skipper Mark Gear won the toss and would have been reasonably happy after sending Celtic in and restricting them to 126-6. Gear skittled Andy Fitzpatrick for a duck from the third ball of the innings, but it was Fitzpatrick's fellow opener Tom Argyle who proved Celtic's savour.

Teenager Argyle maturely carried his bat through the 20 overs and, although he only hit three boundaries in his 46 not out from 55 balls, he was the main reason Celtic got past three figures. He added 29 with No 3 Landon Neal (16), 36 with No 4 Jared Stewart (15) and 31 with No 6 Gareth Weaver (18). Twenty extras were to prove crucial for Valley.

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Their chase did not start well as former Marlborough seamer Greg Hegglun removed the first four batsmen with just 40 runs on the board. Opener Blake Parata (18) was the only one of the four to reach double figures, Hegglun bowling his fours overs straight and finishing with a superb 4-14.

A 31-run stand between Grant Goodwin and Duncan Grigg gave Valley hope, but when Grigg (9) fell at 71-5 the wickets started to tumble once more. Just 14 runs later, Goodwin fell in the deep to leg-spinner Stewart for 18 and the innings eventually ended when Muir (13) was bowled by Ben Blackman in the 19th over.

Hegglun was the best of the Celtic attack, but fellow opener Blackman (1-19 off 3.5) also bowled well and Landon Neal took three late wickets to bag 3-14 off three.

SCOREBOARDS

Biddy Kates Celtic v Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley

CELTIC T Argyle not out 46 A Fitzpatrick b M Gear 0 L Neal c G Goodwin b S Muir 16 J Stewart b R Prasad 15 J Nicholls st M Dillon b R Prasad 3 G Weaver b C McMurtrie 18 M Holdaway lbw b C McMurtrie 5 G Hegglun not out 3 Extras (13w, 4b, 3lb) 20 Total (for 6 wkts, 20 overs) 126 Fall: 3, 32, 68, 75, 106, 114. Bowling: M Gear 5-0-28-1, S Muir 3-0-17-1, R Prasad 4-0-21-2, R Hagen 4-0-28-0, C McMurtrie 3-0-18-2, M McCormick 1-0-7-0.

WAIRAU VALLEY E Gleeson c M Holdaway b G Hegglun 5 B Parata b G Hegglun 18 R Hagen c J Stewart b G Hegglun 8 M McCormick b G Hegglun 0 D Grigg c T Argyle b P Crannitch 9 G Goodwin c G Weaver b J Stewart 18 S Muir b B Blackman 13 M Gear b L Neal 1 C McMurtrie lbw b L Neal 1 M Dillon b L Neal 3 R Prasad not out 3 Extras (20w, 1nb, 5b, 1lb) 27 Total (all out, 18.5 overs) 106 Fall: 10, 27, 27, 40, 71, 85, 90, 92, 102, 106. Bowling: B Blackman 3.5-0-19-1, G Hegglun 4-1-14-4, P Crannitch 4-0-25-1, J Stewart 4-0-28-1, L Neal 3-0-14-3.

Result: Win to Celtic by 20 runs.

Grove Tavern Wairau v Guthrie Bowron Renwick

RENWICK V Wolland c L MacDonald b R Chambers 24 C Bovey c R Chambers b C Goodman 11 E Gilhooly b L MacDonald 45 G Kenny c T Mason b C Cornelius 8 A Marshall st T Mason b M Ave 17 R Marshall not out 12 M Bown not out 3 Extras (3w, 2nb, 1b, 4lb) 10 Total (for 5 wkts, 20 overs) 130 Fall: 25, 49, 64, 110, 120. Bowling: L MacDonald 4-0-23-1, C Goodman 3-0-23-1, C Cornelius 4-0-13-1, R Chambers 4-0-20-1, M Ave 3-0-21-1, H Boyce 2-0-25-0.

WAIRAU M Hood not out 60 R Chambers b R Marshall 40 L MacDonald not out 28 Extras (3w, 2b) 5 Total (for 1 wkt, 15.3 overs) 133 Fall: 74. Bowling: L Landon-Lane 2-0-19-0, H Harris 2-0-31-0, R Marshall 3-0-26-1, P Dawkins 4-0-21-0, E Gilhooly 3-0-22-0, B Stewart 1.3-0-12-0.

Result: Win to Wairau by nine wickets. 

- The Marlborough Express

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