A match-winning century from Biddy Kates Celtic's Chris Gibb was the highlight for Marlborough players as the four Marlborough teams shared honours with their Nelson counterparts in round two of the Kelvin Scoble Trophy combined one-day competition on Saturday.
Marlborough rep team No 3 Gibb hit 106 in his side's massive 144-run victory over Motueka at Oliver Park, scoring not only his first ton in senior cricket, but also the first ton of the Marlborough senior club season.
Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley were the other Marlborough side who were triumphant, a solid team effort helping them down Wanderers by 43 runs on Horton Park No 3.
Nelson sides Athletic College Old Boys and Stoke-Nayland won the other two matches on Saturday. On Horton Park No 1, some tidy bowling and a punishing century to Greg Chitty saw ACOB beat Grove Tavern Wairau by six wickets, while Stoke hammered Guthrie Bowron Renwick by nine wickets at the Marsden Recreation ground in Stoke.
Celtic were in early trouble after electing to bat first on a flat wicket against Motueka, two down with just three on the board after two overs. However, Gibb and Mitchell Croft got things back on track with an 88-run partnership before Croft fell for 40 off 42 balls. A 64-run stand between Gibb and Josh Poole, who hit 31 from just 29 balls, continued the Celtic resurrection as Gibb went past 50.
No 7 Gareth Weaver (21 off 15) pushed Celtic towards 200 while Gibb briefly stalled in the 70s. Once Gibb broke the shackles, though, he raced towards his ton, going from 88 to 100 with two sixes in the same over. After belting nine fours and three sixes, Gibb fell at 235-7 in the 44th over, but a well-compiled 34 from No 8 Tom Argyle and a late cameo from skipper Ben McLennan (16 off 14) at No 10 ensured the home side posted a more than competitive 275-9.
Andy Beatson, Dan Rae and Liam Baird each took three wickets for Motueka, Rae (3-33 from 10) easily the most economical.
Celtic knew former Nelson rep batsmen Kurt Pahl, Duncan Cederman and Bryan Krammer were the key to Motueka's chase. Once all three were gone, with just 61 on the board, the remaining six wickets fell for the addition of 70 further runs as Celtic secured victory in the 40th over.
Opening bowler Greg Knowles removed Pahl and returned the outstanding figures of 3-36 from 10, while swing merchant Ben Blackman bagged 3-34 from eight, including the key scalps of Cederman and Krammer. McLennan bowled 10 overs straight at the top of the innings, not taking a wicket but conceding just 23 runs.
Across town at Horton Park, strong all-round efforts from Simon Muir and Richard Moran were the crucial components to Valley's victory over Wanderers.
Playing his first senior match in Marlborough in around 15 years, No 7 Moran top-scored with 38, while No 8 Muir was next best with a 24-ball 35 as Valley posted 224-8. Richard Hagen and Matthew Stretch had earlier both scored 33 to help Valley recover from 36-3 in the 10th over, 44 extras also aiding their cause.
At 147-3 in the 37th over with Tom Bloomberg and Jack White set at the crease, the Wanderers chase was well on track. However, Moran removed White for 30 and from there he and Muir combined to see the visitors capitulate to be all out for 181.
Bloomberg was the eighth man gone at 173, his patient knock of 107 balls coming to an end one shy of a deserved half-century.
Following their efforts with the bat, Muir (3-28 off eight) and Moran (3-40 off 10) also led the way with the ball for Valley. Seamer Sam Boyce collected 2-24 from his seven overs, including the wicket of Bloomberg.
Over on the No 1 ground, a stubborn 40 from young opener Fraser McIntosh was the only innings of real substance as Wairau were rolled for just 150 by ACOB.
McIntosh faced 111 balls and hung around until the 37th over before he was out making the score 115-5. No 6 Ben Stark (27 off 51) and No 4 Leon MacDonald (23 off 52) were the only other players to reach double figures.
ACOB opener and Dutch under-19 international Paul van Meekeren did the bulk of the damage with the ball, bowling at a good clip and bagging 3-14 from eight. Scott Dalley removed McIntosh and took 3-31 from eight, while van Meekeren's fellow opener Matt Cross (2-31 from eight) also impressed and picked up the wicket of in-form No 3 Colin Wood.
Thanks to a brilliant knock from Chitty, ACOB required just 28.3 overs to successfully reach their target.
The former Nelson rep player belted the Wairau attack to all parts, facing 80 balls and hitting 14 fours and four sixes before he was bowled by Stark for an even 100, just three runs shy of victory. Young No 3 Joel Harden made 30 before being run out, but was one of just three other wickets to fall.
Left-arm swing bowler Stark took 2-30 off six, while skipper and off-spinner Nick d'Auvergne went for just 25 from eight.
Stoke-Nayland cruised to the cosiest of bonus point wins against Renwick at the Marsden Rec, the home team easily reaching their 146-run target in just the 20th over.
The home team found an unlikely bowling hero in makeshift seamer Alex Coles, whose slow-medium right armers earned him 4-26 and helped reduce Renwick's innings to just 145 runs off 43.4 overs.
Mitchell Ross chipped in with 3-29, while Ben Homan's 2-19 off 10 helped to ensure a minimal run chase. Richard Marshall produced Renwick's top score of 33, with support from Andrew Marshall (26) and Leatham Landon-Lane (31) at No 10.
A 141-run opening stand between Jake Beleski and Ben Homan comfortably steered Stoke-Nayland to victory. Homan was the only wicket to fall, just five runs short of their target, for 60 runs as Beleski led the charge, finishing unbeaten on 73. Beleski hit 10 fours and three sixes while Homan hit eight fours and a six, the win secured with a wide in the 20th over.
- The Marlborough Express