Marlborough were unable to notch a victory in their four matches in the Central Districts under-17 cricket tournament at Nelson Park in Napier last week.
On Monday, Marlborough were only able to post a modest 143 and began the tournament with a nine-wicket loss to Taranaki. Middle-order batsmen Piers Landon-Lane (27) and Harrison Boyce (26) top-scored, while Lachi Woolf (21) and Ma'ara Ave (19) also contributed. Opener Quin Sorenson blasted 86 off 56 balls as Taranaki easily secured victory.
The following day saw Marlborough suffer a 191-run loss to Hawke's Bay after opener James Field hit 133 and the home side made 322/8 batting first. Medium-pacer Boyce picked up three wickets for Marlborough and off-spinner Joel Burns two. Marlborough were all out for just 131 in reply, opener Lachi Woolf grinding out 37 and the pair of Landon-Lane (32) and Boyce (20) again showing some resistance.
A match against Horowhenua-Kapiti on Wednesday was Marlborough's best chance of a win, but they were eventually edged by eight runs. Seamer Logan Murphy bagged 4-40 as Horowhenua-Kapiti posted 247/7.
Murphy completed a fine all-round day with 57 in Marlborough's chase, but they were all out on the last ball for 239. Fraser McIntosh (46), Ben Lowes (33) and Ave (27) were the next best batsmen.
The tournament ended for Marlborough on Thursday with an eight-wicket defeat to Wairarapa. Landon-Lane (25), Ave (18) and Boyce (12) were the only players to reach double figures as Marlborough were dismissed for just 118. Murphy and Burns each picked up a wicket in Wairarapa's chase, but they were the only two wickets to fall.
■ The Marlborough under-15 team had their CD tournament over the same four days at Rathkeale College in Masterton. Their results will be published when they come to hand.
- The Marlborough Express