Marlborough premier cricket teams on road

Falcons spinner Alex Kennedy sends down another delivery during the opening round of Tasman Premier League matches at ...

Falcons spinner Alex Kennedy sends down another delivery during the opening round of Tasman Premier League matches at Horton Park on Sunday.

Both Marlborough cricket sides in the Tasman Premier League face a trip over the hill on Saturday and a tricky opponent.

The Falcons, a mix of Wairau, Wairau Valley and United Country and Vineyard clubs, plus the Dolphins, made up of players from Celtic, Renwick and Picton, will be keen to make their mark against Nelson opposition in just the second round of the newly-formed Top of the South competition.

Last Sunday the two Marlborough-based sides met, Falcons coming away with a comprehensive seven-wicket victory.

Their victory was based around a disciplined bowling effort, Tarin Mason grabbing four scalps, with Greg Stretch, Sam Boyce and Alex Kennedy picking up a brace each. 

The Dolphins total of 133 was run down in the 22nd over by the strong Falcons batting order, opener Rikki Bovey leading the way with 60 from 56 balls. Andrew McCaa with an unbeaten 39, finished the job.   

This week Mason and his Wairau clubmate Ma'ara Ave will be absent, Ave now off to university.

The Dolphins side is expected to be relatively unchanged from the first round, although the well-travelled Josh Smith, who batted well for Renwick in second grade before damaging his hamstring, comes into the selection frame. Josh Poole, who scored 76 on Sunday, was the best of an under-performing batting order who will need to be better this week when they take on Stoke Nayland at Marsden Rec. Stoke Nayland were first week winners, downing Wanderers by three wickets through a consistent batting effort, led by 68 from Brendon Hodgson. 

Falcons take on Wanderers, who Wairau beat in the Kelvin Scoble Trophy decider earlier this season, booking a place in the Central Districts play-offs. Opener Tom Cross scored 98 in a losing effort last week and is an obvious danger man for the home side. The match will be played at Brightwater.

Marlborough Falcons: Rikki Bovey, Greg Stretch, Andrew McCaa (captain), Matthew Stretch, Tim Abrahams, Heath Murphy, Harrison Boyce, Sam Boyce, Mark Gear, Matt Deaker, Alex Kennedy.

Marlborough Dolphins (from): Corey Bovey, Evan Jones, Josh Smith, Jason Campbell, Josh Poole, Landon Neal, Luke Frankland, John Porter, Grant McMillan, Ben Blackman, Matt McCormick, Jaden Adams, Sam Solly.

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SBS Bank Tasman Premier League draw: 11am - Wanderers v Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons, Brightwater 1; Wakatu v ACOB, Victory Square 1; WTTU v Nelson College, Jubilee Park South 1; Stoke Nayland v Marlborough Labour Hire Dolphins, Marsden Rec 1.


 - Stuff

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