A big century to Guthrie Bowron Renwick's Andrew Marshall provided the major highlight as his side romped to a 140-run win over Wairau Valley in Marlborough second grade 45-over competition action at Renwick Domain on Saturday.
Batting at No 3, Marshall cracked 140 as the home side posted a massive 338-4 after winning the toss and electing to bat first on the artificial surface. Openers Damien Sexton (44) and Piers Landon-Lane (26) laid a good platform for their side, allowing Marshall and Mark Zillwood (33) to up the ante as the innings progressed. A total of 72 wides also helped Renwick's cause.
Left-arm off-spinner Chris Hunt was easily the pick of the Valley bowlers, taking one of the four wickets to fall and going for just 23 from his nine-over allotment.
In reply, Valley lost a wicket early, but No 3 Khalid Suleiman came in and hit strongly to keep his side up with the required run-rate. After hitting 58, Suleiman was dismissed when James Martin held a good catch on the boundary. Tight fielding and mounting scoreboard pressure meant wickets fell regularly and the visitors were eventually all out for 198 in the 32nd over. Opener Ben Lowes (37), Ryan Cottrell (28) and Hunt (25) also made contributions to Valley's total. Burt finished the best of the Renwick attack with 2-35, while Ben Walsh took 2-56.
Meanwhile, in Picton, the home side managed a comfortable 105-run victory over Wairau at Endeavour Park.
Winning the toss, Picton posted 237-7 from their 45 overs in the first match on the ground's new grass wicket. No 7 James Coughlan top-scored with 67, while Veejay Raizada (40 no), Daniel Hawkins (34) and skipper John Diamanti (33) also chipped in. Harrison Boyce was the most successful Wairau bowler, claiming 3-32, Matt Weaver taking 2-61.
Wairau's reply reached 54-4 at drinks, but wickets continued to fall and they were all out for 132 in the 37th over. Lloyd James (51) was the lone Wairau batsman to make 20 or more. Nick Hide bagged 4-37 to lead the Picton attack, Tim Courtney taking 2-6.
Picton 237-7 (J Coughlan 67, V Raizada 40 n.o, D Hawkins 34, J Diamanti 33, H Boyce 3-32, M Weaver 2-61) beat Wairau 132 (L James 51, N Hide 4-37, T Courtney 2-6).
Renwick 338-4 (A Marshall 140, D Sexton 44, M Zillwood 33, Piers Landon-Lane 26, wides 72, A Pope 2-58, C Hunt 1-23) beat Wairau Valley 198 (K Suleiman 58, B Lowes 37, R Cottrell 28, C Hunt 25, T Burt 2-35, B Walsh 2-56).
- The Marlborough Express
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