Luke Toynbee laid a genuine claim for club innings of the season after smashing an explosive, unbeaten century in his team's 167-run win over Guthrie Bowron Renwick on Saturday.
Batting at No 7, the Athletic College Old Boys skipper blasted 101 off just 49 balls as his team posted a massive 310 for seven in their Kelvin Scoble Trophy one-day match at the Botanics.
Dropped once on 94, Toynbee's innings included nine fours and six sixes, and he reached his century with a six over mid wicket off the last ball of the innings.
The all-rounder's spectacular effort overshadowed another significant contribution from BJ Barnett who scored 82 runs off 65 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes, with their brisk 111-run sixth wicket partnership ultimately taking the contest beyond Renwick's reach.
Barnett had earlier put on 57 runs with Joel Harden (37) in their fourth wicket stand before Toynbee's arrival at 143 for five dramatically altered the course of the match.
Renwick bowler Rikki Bovey's return of one for 28 off his 10 overs proved respectable under the circumstances, although Renwick's batsmen could only muster 143 in reply before they were dismissed in the 43rd over. Opener Adeel Shafique (28), Ricki Bovey (18), George Kenny (22) and Richard Marshall (26) each made starts without establishing any significant partnerships or momentum as ACOB's bowlers comfortably secured the win.
At Horton Park in Blenheim, it was a case of deja vu for Biddy Kates Celtic as they suffered a seven-wicket defeat to defending champions Waimea Toi Toi United.
Celtic were all out for just 67 and lost by nine wickets in the corresponding fixture on the same ground last season and Saturday was all but a carbon copy of that match. Losing the toss and being sent in on a No 1 pitch offering just enough assistance to the WTTU seamers, the home team capitulated for just 69 in the 23rd over. First-change right-armer Symon Carr was the chief destroyer, taking five for 19 from eight overs. In-form Nelson representative batsman Greg Hay hit an unbeaten 38 as WTTU chased down their meagre target in just 15.1 overs.
Earlier, the alarm bells were almost immediately ringing for Celtic as both openers fell with just six runs on the board. Chris Gibb and Josh Poole put together a 29-run third wicket stand, but when Gibb was skittled for four shouldering arms to a Carr delivery that seamed back from well outside off-stump things very quickly turned pear-shaped again.
Poole counter-attacked with five boundaries to try and turn the momentum in his side's favour. However, Carr continued to remove the batsmen at the other end and when he dismissed Poole for 27 at 49 for six the writing was on the wall. Just a further 20 runs were added before Leath Armstrong gobbled up a return catch hit by Elliot Robinson to end the Celtic innings. After Poole, extras (21) and skipper Ben McLennan (six) were the biggest contributors.
Celtic skipper McLennan bowled opener Steve Binnie at 18 for one, but that only brought former first-class player Hay to the crease. Craig Ingham (12) and Mason Thelin (four) also came and went, but it was too little to late as Hay stroked seven fours to ease WTTU to a bonus point victory.
In other KST fixtures in Nelson, Stoke-Nayland and Motueka both completed successful run chases to secure valuable wins.
Led by an innings of 79 from opener Ben Homan, Stoke-Nayland reached their target of 270 with four wickets and an over to spare after home team Wakatu had scored 269 for seven at Victory Square.
And at Brightwater, an unbeaten 55-run fifth wicket partnership between Bryan Krammer and Dylan Phillips helped ease Motueka to their 198-run target against Wanderers. Dave Leonard top-scored with 73 as Wanderers were dismissed for 197 in the 47th over. In reply, Krammer finished 52 not out and Phillips 40 not out when Phillips smashed consecutive sixes off Joe O'Connor in the 41st over to secure a comfortable six-wicket win at 199 for four.
Meanwhile, Grove Tavern Wairau secured their spot alongside Celtic in the SBS Bank Marlborough one-day competition final on March 23 when an unbeaten 201-run second wicket stand between Mike Hood and Colin Wood led them to a nine-wicket win over Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley.
Opener Hood belted 15 fours and three sixes in his 130-ball knock of 114, while No 3 Wood continued his impressive run of form this season with 84 from 92 balls, including nine fours and a six, as Wairau chased down Valley's 224 for seven with 7.3 to spare.
Although Valley's score, after they chose to bat first on Horton No 3, was more than defendable, they ended up at least 20 runs short of where they should have been and never bowled or fielded well enough to prevent Hood and Wood securing a convincing win. Young seamer Sam Boyce was the pick of the Valley attack with figures of none for 18 off seven overs, but was unable to grasp two tough chances to remove Hood before he had reached 40. Valley captain Tim Abrahams was the lone wicket-taker, trapping Fraser McIntosh lbw for six at 27 for one, while Englishman Richard Hagen went for just 31 from eight overs to back up his efforts with the bat.
The young left-hander top-scored with 67 from 78 balls, including four fours and three maximums, and shared a 105-run second wicket stand with opener Steve Boyce (49) that had Valley on track for a score in excess of 250. However, Boyce's 110-ball stay was brought to an end by Chris Pope in the 33rd over at 130 for two and when Hagen was removed by off-spinner Nick d'Auvergne at 157 for four the innings lost its momentum.
Matthew Stretch hit 28 from 37 balls and Grant Goodwin made 16 at No 7, but Valley could manage only 57 in the final 10 overs with wickets in hand as Wairau's bowlers dried up the boundaries.
Teenage seamer Nick Weaver produced one of his better senior performances to take three for 38 from nine, while fellow left-armer Ben Stark took two for 37 from 10.
Kelvin Scoble Trophy combined one-day competition
Guthrie Bowron Renwick v ACOB ACOB T Watkins b Weaver 17 G Chitty c Shafique b Weaver 23 J Harden c Shafique b Marshall 37 J Clarkson b R Bovey 13 B Barnett lbw b Harris 82 S McGowan c Kenny b C Bovey 6 L Toynbee not out 101 D Grimes run out 8 P van Meekeren not out 1 Extras (12w, 1nb, 4b, 5lb) 22 Total (for 7 wkts, 50 overs) 310 Fall: 40, 45, 66, 123, 143, 254, 297. Bowling: B Weaver 10-2-62-2, H Harris 10-0-61-1, R Bovey 10-3-28-1, B Stewart 10-0-50-0, R Marshall 3-0-21-1, C Bovey 4-0-43-1, E Gilhooly 2-0-26-0, M Bown 1-0-10-0.
Renwick V Wolland lbw b Cross 2 A Shafique c Watkins b van Meekeren 28 R Bovey c Barnett b Cross 18 G Kenny v Harden b Grimes 22 E Gilhooly lbw b Grimes 12 R Marshall run out 26 C Bovey run out 5 B Stewart b Barnett 8 M Bown b Clarkson 2 B Weaver b Clarkson 1 H Harris not out 1 Extras (6w, 6nb, 1b, 5lb) 18 Total (all out, 42.2 overs) 143 Fall: 21, 31, 61, 92, 93, 128, 130, 141, 141, 143. Bowling: M Cross 7-2-29-2, P van Meekeren 9-0-39-1, L Toynbee 7-2-15-0, D Grimes 8-1-32-2, B Barnett 5-1-10-1, J Clarkson 6.2-0-12-2. Result: ACOB won by 167 runs.
Biddy Kates Celtic v WTTU Celtic A Fitzpatrick b Routhan 1 C Wilson c Drummond b Baxendine 0 C Gibb b Carr 4 J Poole c Drummond b Carr 27 J Stewart c Hay b Carr 0 G Weaver c Baxedine b Routhan 1 B McLennan b Carr 6 P Crannitch run out 0 E Robinson c&b Armstrong 4 B Blackman b Carr 5 G Dunn not out 0 Extras (2b, 1lb, 18w) 21 Total (all out, 22.2 overs) 69 Fall: 6, 6, 35, 36, 49, 49, 57, 57, 69, 69.
Bowling: J Routhan 8-3-16-2, S Baxendine 3-0-24-1, S Carr 8-1-19-5, L Armstrong 3.2-1-7-1. WTTU S Binnie b McLennan 2 C Ingham c Poole b Wilson 12 G Hay not out 38 M Thelin c McLennan b Wilson 4 H Drummond not out 0 Extras (5lb, 9w, 1nb) 15 Total (for 3 wkts, 15.1 overs) 71 Fall: 18, 42, 57. Bowling: B McLennan 5-1-12-1, B Blackman 5-0-24-0, J Poole 3-0-10-0, C Wilson 2.1-0-20-2. Result: WTTU won by 7 wickets.
Marlborough one-day competition
Grove Tavern Wairau v Criterion Hotel Wairau Valley Wairau Valley T Abrahams lbw b B Stark 12 Steve Boyce lbw b C Pope 49 R Hagen b N d'Auvergne 67 M McCormick c N d'Auvergne b N Weaver 4 M Stretch b N Weaver 28 G Stretch c T Mason b B Stark 3 G Goodwin not out 16 D Grigg b N Weaver 4 G Morrison not out 0 Extras (26w, 4nb, 7b, 4lb) 41 Total (for 7 wkts, 50 overs) 224 Fall: 25, 130, 137, 157, 167, 211, 223. Bowling: C Pope 10-0-45-1, B Stark 10-1-37-2, L MacDonald 10-0-43-0, N d'Auvergne 8-2-28-1, N Weaver 9-1-38-3, M Ave 3-0- 22-0. Wairau F McIntosh lbw b T Abrahams 6 M Hood not out 114 C Wood not out 84 Extras (14w, 2nb, 4b, 4lb) 24 Total (for 1 wkt, 42.3 overs) 228 Fall: 27. Bowling: Sam Boyce 7-3-18-0, R Hagen 8-0-31-0, T Abrahams 9-1-66-1, M McCormick 4-0-26-0, C McMurtrie 6.3-0-37-0, G Stretch 7-0-39-0, Steve Boyce 1-0-3-0. Result: Wairau won by 9 wickets.
- The Marlborough Express