Guthrie Bowron Renwick and Celtic came out on top after two close matches in Marlborough cricket's second grade 45-over competition on Saturday.
At Horton Park, Celtic secured a 26-run win over Wairau.
Celtic got off to a steady start. Opener Keesh Sampath hit 61, his top score of the season, and combined in an 81-run third-wicket stand with Patrick Crannitch, who made 41.
That partnership provided a platform for those who followed and No 6 Andrew Holdaway was able to find the boundary regularly in his innings of 46. A total of 27 wides did not help Wairau's cause. Celtic were all out for 227 in the 44th over.
Tom Rawcliffe was the pick of the Wairau attack, settling into a good line and claiming 4-37 from his nine overs. Spinner Ma'ara Ave chipped in with 2-27, while Lloyd James cleaned up the tail and took 2-23.
With the No 2 wicket getting lower and slower as the day progressed, Celtic's total was competitive. And when both Wairau openers were back in the shed in the fourth over, their task was even tougher.
Tarin Mason and Ave set about rebuilding the innings, but, with the score at 83, Ave was trapped lbw by leg-spinner Landon Neal for 26. Mason showed good patience and continued to anchor the innings. However, wickets were falling around him and as he tried to increase the scoring rate he holed out on the long-on boundary for 84.
Young spinner Jack Porter bowled with maturity and took the final two wickets as Wairau were all out for 201 in the 43rd over.
Neal was the most successful Celtic bowler, snaring 3-22, while Porter and medium-pacer Holdaway bagged two wickets apiece.
Meanwhile, in Picton, Renwick collected a 10-run win over the home side at Endeavour Park.
Renwick made 215 all out batting first, highlighted by a knock of 75 from Richard Marshall. Mark Zillwood (25) and James Martin (20) were the only other players to reach 20.
The standout Picton bowler was Joseph Timms, who took 5-30. Skipper John Diamanti took 2- 27.
In reply, Picton's openers fell cheaply, before Andrew Courtney and Nike Hide went about compiling what looked to be a match-winning partnership.
However, a stunning caught and bowled by Tim Burt to remove Hide, for 67, and a sharp bit of work to run out Courtney for 73 opened the door. Medium-pacer Leatham Landon-Lane made short work of the lower-order and Picton were all out 11 runs short.
Landon-Lane finished with 6-37, while Burt bagged 2-26.
Renwick 215 (R Marshall 75, M Zillwood 25, J Martin 20, J Timms 5-30, J Diamanti 2-27) beat Picton 205 (A Courtney 73, N Hide 67, J Timms 22, L Landon-Lane 6-37, T Burt 2-26).
Celtic 227 (K Sampath 61, A Holdaway 46, P Crannitch 41, wides 27, T Rawcliffe 4-37, M Ave 2-27, L James 2-23) beat Wairau 201 (T Mason 84, M Ave 26, H Boyce 22, L Neal 3-22, A Holdaway 2-30, Jack Porter 2-41).
- The Marlborough Express
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