Renwick do it easy to capture T20 title

Guthrie Bowron Renwick were crowned the Marlborough second grade Twenty20 competition champions following a convincing six-wicket win over Picton at Horton Park on Friday night.

Picton won the toss and elected to bat first in overcast conditions, but Renwick opener Nick Bullock knocked over three top-order batsmen and from there the innings never got going.

Opener and captain John Diamanti (22) was the only Picton batsman to prosper in bowler-friendly conditions on the No 1 ground as his side were all out for just 90 in the 17th over.

Bullock finished with figures of 3-26 and picked up the most valuable player award, while Tim Burt bagged 3-21 and the pair of Mike Crafar and Damian Sexton took two wickets apiece.

Crafar (17 n o) and Mark Zillwood (16 n o) guided Renwick to the title in the 16th over for the loss of just four wickets. Diamanti was the most successful Picton bowler, taking 2-27.

Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, Renwick and Celtic scored victories in 45-over competition matches.

On Horton No 3, Renwick posted 226-9 batting first against Wairau. Tony McKenzie (48) and Josh Tautari (34) got the innings back on track after the early loss of wickets, before the tail wagged, with Richard Dawkins hitting 30 and Bullock belting 28 not out. Joel Burns took 3-60 for Wairau, while Lloyd James and Sam Flaherty collected two wickets each.

A solid second wicket partnership between Ma'ara Ave (39) and Matt Clark (24) had Wairau in the hunt, but once they fell the only other resistance came from Andy Clarkson (27) as they were all out for 148 in the 35th over. McKenzie completed a fine all-round performance by snaring 4-40, with Ben Walsh and Burt taking two wickets each.

A top spell of bowling from Brad Pope was the key component in Celtic's 32-run victory over Wairau Valley in a low scoring affair on Oliver Park No 2. Medium-pacer Pope bagged 5-27 from his nine over allotment as Celtic defended their total of 163 by bowling Valley out for just 131.

Earlier, a steady innings from opener Kesh Sampath (37) and 44 to Andrew Holdaway were the main contributions to the modest Celtic total. Sampath stuck to his task as wickets fell around him early on, while Holdaway joined with Blair Sowman in a crucial sixth wicket partnership of 62. In-swing bowler Simon Muir cleaned up the tail and bagged 5-24, while Michael Stretch (2-28) and Chris McMurtrie (2-33) did the early damage.

In reply, Valley got off to the worst possible start as Pope reduced them to 5-52 after 10 overs. No 6 Muir (23) made an attempt to get the innings back on track, but when Pope tempted him into a false shot, Celtic were within reach of victory. Stretch made the most of four dropped chances to make 34 late in the piece and shared in a dogged last wicket stand with Tiri MacDonald. No 11 MacDonald proved solid in defence and gave Stretch an opportunity to chase their target down.

Seamer Michael Daines (3-41) and off-spinner Jack Porter (2-30) were the other wicket-takers for Celtic.


T20 final: Renwick 94-4 (M Crafar 17 n.o, M Zillwood 16 n.o, J Diamanti 2-27) beat Picton 90 (J Diamanti 22, T Burt 3-21, N Bullock 3-26, D Sexton 2-0, M Crafar 2-11).

45-over competition:

Renwick 226-9 (T McKenzie 48, J Tautari 34, R Dawkins 30, N Bullock 28 n.o, J Burns 3-60, L James 2-20, S Flaherty 2-30) beat Wairau 148 (M Ave 39, A Clarkson 27, M Clark 24, T McKenzie 4-40, B Walsh 2-1, T Burt 2-34).

Celtic 163 (A Holdaway 44, K Sampath 37, S Muir 5-24, Michael Stretch 2-28, C McMurtrie 2-33) beat Wairau Valley 131 (M Stretch 34, S Muir 23, B Pope 5-27, M Daines 3-41, J Porter 2-30).

The Marlborough Express