Close encounter with Wairau
A well-compiled innings by Mark Zillwood and some powerful late hitting from Mike Crafar and Grant Herd saw Guthrie Bowron Renwick secure a thrilling five-wicket win over Wairau in second grade Twenty20 competition action at Oliver Park on Friday night.
Chasing 146 for victory on a slowish No 2 wicket, Renwick openers Damien Sexton (25) and Braden Stewart got their side off to a strong start and both scored freely. However, once Stewart was bowled by Tom Rawcliffe the runs started to dry up thanks to a tight spell from Ryan James. Zillwood's knock kept Renwick in touch, but with five overs remaining and 65 still required, Wairau were in control.
With under three overs to go, Zillwood was run out for 44, bringing Herd to the crease. Herd played a number of well-placed shots and Crafar (33no) hit strongly at the other end and together they scored 47 in the last three overs to get their side home with one ball to spare. James finished with 2-14, while Rawcliffe took 2-35.
Earlier, an innings of 61 to opener Tarin Mason was the key to Wairau's total of 145-8. Mason and fellow opener Matt Clark survived a good opening spell from Stewart and Herd, then were able to efficiently collect runs. Once they started, wickets fell regularly, including three run-outs, but they were still able to post a competitive total. Nick Bullock led the Renwick attack, taking 3-37.
Meanwhile, at Horton Park, Picton beat Celtic by four wickets in a low scoring affair.
Thanks to strong spells from Ian Tyler (3-24) and captain John Diamanti (2-23), Picton restricted Celtic to just 103-9 batting first on a two-paced wicket. Brad Pope top-scored for Celtic with 24 at No 5, while Andrew Holdaway hit 20.
In reply, no Picton batsman got to 20, but with most contributing they were able to get home with four wickets and eight balls to spare. Young spinner Jack Porter bowled well in a losing cause, claiming impressive figures of 3-26.
Picton 104-6 (J Porter 3-26) beat Celtic 103-9 (B Pope 24, A Holdaway 20, I Tyler 3-24, J Diamanti 2-23).
Renwick 149-5 (M Zillwood 44, M Crafar 33 no, D Sexton 25, R James 2-14, T Rawcliffe 2-35) beat Wairau 145-8 (T Mason 61, M Clark 28, N Bullock 3-37).
The Marlborough Express