Picton/Queen Charlotte College were crowned champions of the Marlborough third grade Twenty20 competition on Friday night after a comprehensive 79-run victory over Wairau Valley on Horton Park No 3.
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Picton/QCC posted a respectable 147-7 from their 20 overs. Blair Timms and Corey Rawlings top-scored with 27 runs apiece, while Lachi Woolf contributed 17. A total of 33 wides and 10 no-balls did not help Valley's cause. Sam Day was the pick of the Valley attack, claiming 3-18 from his four overs.
In reply, a fine all-round bowling and fielding performance from Picton/QCC saw Valley all out for just 68 in the 17th over. All six bowlers used took a wicket, Ben Hide finishing with the best figures of 3-4 from three overs and off-spinner Woolf taking 3-5 from 1.2. Ben Lowes (16) and Logan Murphy (11) were the only Valley batsmen to reach double figures.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Picton/QCC and Wairau scored wins over Renwick and Wairau Valley, respectively.
At the Renwick Domain, the home side was all out for 108 after choosing to bat first, opener Daryl Roughan top-scoring with 31. Woolf bagged 3-24 from five overs, while Hide, Matt Cox and Jono Lewis had two wickets each.
Picton/QCC's response was 236-8 in just 30 overs, Rawlings belting six sixes on his way to an unbeaten 90, Timms hitting 36 and Isaac Rawlings making 26. Corey Taylor took 4-50 from his nine overs.
With a lead of 128, Picton/QCC decided to press for an outright win and put Renwick back in to bat. It was not to be, though, Renwick reaching 100-4 at the close of play. Ryan Holdaway finished on 54 not out, while Roughan was unbeaten on 24.
Wairau were 41-run winners over Valley on Oliver Park No 1, led by an impressive all-round effort from Harry MacDonald. He top-scored with 59 as Wairau posted 163-6 batting first, Bradley Scott (22) and Matt Weaver (19) also chipping in. Kalin Thomas and Kyle Martin each bagged two wickets for Valley.
The Valley reply was all over at 122, Vaughan Collins (4-18 off five) and MacDonald (3-18 off six) the chief destroyers for Wairau. Helmut Adendorff was the best of the Valley batsmen with 17.
LATEST JUNIOR CRICKET RESULTS
Third grade T20 final:Picton/QCC 147-7 (B Timms 27, C Rawlings 27, L Woolf 17, S Day 3-18, L Murphy 2-16) beat Wairau Valley 68 (B Lowes 16, L Murphy 11, B Hide 3-4, L Woolf 3-5). Wairau 163-6 (H MacDonald 59, B Scott 22, M Weaver 19, K Martin 2-30, K Thomas 2-32) beat Wairau Valley 122 (H Adendorff 17, V Collins 4-18, H MacDonald 3-18). Picton/QCC 236-8 declared (C Rawlings 90 n.o, B Timms 36, I Rawlings 26, C Taylor 4-50) beat Renwick 108 (D Roughan 31, C Taylor 17, L Woolf 3-24, B Hide 2-2, M Cox 2-22, J Lewis 2-24) and 100-4 (R Holdaway 54 n.o, D Roughan 24 n.o, B Timms 2-8).
Fourth grade T20 Renwick Renegades 105 (S Neal 35 n.o, L Woollcombe 21, J Boon 2-23, C Alexander 1-9) beat Wairau Predators 99 (C Alexander 25, A Neal 3-22, J Brown 2-16). Wairau Blue 126-2 (C Horton 39, Z Prouting 24 n.o, A Yadev 1-16) beat Picton/QCC 108-2 (C Morehead 50 ret, S Morton 19, R Baker 1-12, C Horton 1-13). Wairau Valley 69-5 (D Allan 19 n.o, J Roche 10, A Connor-McClean 3-16) beat Celtic Gold 65-7 (D Croker 13, A Connor-McClean 12, D Allan 2-6, J Ruffell 2-8, S Denmark 2-14). Celtic Green 50-0 (B Jessop 24 n.o) beat Wairau Originals 49 (E Ave 16, T Sutherland 4-9).
Fifth grade Wairau Lions 138-5 (J McElwain 23 ret, B Sloan 23 ret, C Coull 16, A Hood 12 ret, A Orr 1-7) beat Awatere Stags 108-4 (G Chaffey 33 ret, N Sinclair 15). Witherlea Leopards 162-6 (A Lavender 45 n.o, M Struthers 44 n.o, J Lavender 35 ret, B Wilson 19, P Neal 3-18, W Hammond 2-27, H Jackson 1-35) beat Renwick Black 109-6 (G Murray 33 n.o, K Brown 20 n.o, A Ireland 12, A Lavender 2-11, J Partridge 2-11, J Lavender 1-6, M Struthers 1-13). Celtic 157-6 (T Taylor 57 n.o, B Holdaway 38 n.o, T Hall 19 n.o, J Gutsell 2-19, L Coleman 2-17, J Hammond 1-10) beat Renwick White 143-7 (J Gutsell 43 n.o, J O'Donnell 24, B Ivory-McCullum 23 n.o, E Fitzpatrick 2-19, O Lawson 2-22, B Gallon 2-27). Mega Café & Columbus Coffee players of the day: Fourth grade: Cameron Horton (Wairau Blue) - 39 and 1-13 in his teams win over Picton/QCC.
Fifth grade: Tristian Taylor (Celtic) - 57 not out in his side's win over Renwick White.
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