Sport: Big knocks, different outcomes

WAYNE MARTIN
Last updated 11:14 28/01/2013

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Centuries by Tom Ingham and Matt Macquet marked the opening weekend of the Nelson one-day and Kelvin Scoble Trophy club cricket series.

Ingham's ton helped to provide the basis of Harrington's Beer Cafe WTTU's comprehensive 168-run win over Randles Cafe and Bar Wakatu yesterday at Victory Square. Macquet's came a day earlier in a losing cause, as Wakatu slumped to a 64-run loss to Athletic College Old Boys.

WTTU and Wakatu completed double-headers to allow WTTU the opportunity to contest next weekend's Central Districts club championships in Palmerston North by virtue of last season's Kelvin Scoble Trophy championship win.

They began the weekend with a convincing 106-run win over Sprig and Fern Tavern Motueka at Memorial Park on Saturday.

Mason Thelin was left stranded on 99 as WTTU reached a competitive 277 for 6 against Motueka. The hosts folded meekly in their reply, all out for 171 in the 41st over to hand WTTU a comprehensive win.

Thelin's 99-run innings off 79 balls, including 13 fours and three sixes, highlighted WTTU's batting effort. Greg Hay (34) and Ricky Edwards (40) also made impressions at the top of the order.

But it was Thelin's unbeaten 112-run partnership with Hamish Drummond that ultimately took the game beyond Motueka's reach, Drummond finishing on 43 not out off 31 balls, with three fours and a six, at the end of 50 overs.

Motueka let themselves down in the field, and apart from a fighting 71 off 80 balls from opener and skipper Kurt Pahl, and 41 off 44 balls from Mark Gardiner, their batting quickly followed suit.

Pahl and Gardiner put on 83 runs in their second-wicket stand, but with nine wickets falling for just 69 runs, Motueka were never in the hunt.

Pahl's innings included nine fours and a six, with Gardiner contributing eight fours. Motueka's remaining nine batsmen collected only four boundaries between them.

Left-arm spinner Dan Wightman (3-21) was WTTU's top wicket-taker, and Greg Hay (2-31), Steve Binnie (2-25) and Sam Baxendine (2-24) also shared in the spoils.

Yesterday, Ingham produced the match-winning innings, smashing 105 runs, including eight fours and two sixes, in ideal conditions at Victory Square, as WTTU surged to a formidable 171 for 2 after 34 overs.

Ingham and Steve Binnie (31) piled on 92 runs in their opening stand, with Greg Hay (33) joining Ingham in a second-wicket partnership of 79. But despite sliding from 189 for 3 to 253 for 6 after 47 overs, an unbroken 59-run seventh-wicket partnership between Dan Wightman (24 not out) and an aggressive Cade Armstrong (42 not out) saw WTTU add 47 runs in the final three overs as they carried their total through to 312 for 6.

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Armstrong hit three consecutive sixes off promising young bowler Shaw Mori's ninth over, and finished with five sixes and a four from his brief but productive stay.

Wakatu's run chase never achieved any momentum, with only Shane Laurence (42), Macquet (21) and Mori (24) producing innings of note.

Three wickets off eight balls by Ricky Edwards (3-27) saw Wakatu slump to 79 for 5, with only a further 65 runs added before Wakatu's dismissal for 144 in the 38th over. Jon Routhan took 4-29 off nine economical overs, and left-arm spinner Wightman conceded only 18 runs off his 10 overs, including three maidens.

Macquet's fine innings of 101 on Saturday was in vain after ACOB had blasted their way to 324 for 8, also at Victory Square.

Wakatu's bowlers had ACOB in early trouble at 143 for 6 before a 121-run partnership between Marty Kain and Luke Toynbee saw the run rate climb dramatically.

Kain scored 80 runs off 81 balls, with seven fours and two sixes, before retiring hurt in the final over. Toynbee smashed 61 off 55 balls, including seven fours and three sixes.

A cameo 33-run contribution off 21 balls from Paul van Meekeren at No 9, including four fours and two sixes, helped to push the score through to 324 for 8, leaving Bud Jackson (3-64), Scott Vandercolk (2-46) and Campbell McLean (2-51) with some consolation from a battered Wakatu bowling attack.

Macquet's 85-ball century included nine sixes and eight fours as he built handy 59-run and 72-run partnerships with Laurence (26 off 20) and Richie Wilkinson (49) respectively to give Wakatu some hope. But Wilkinson's departure at 220 for 5 in the 41st over, bowled by Greg Chitty, effectively knocked the sting out of Wakatu's innings, despite McLean's (24) best efforts to revive the tail.

Wakatu's run chase ended at 260 for 9 as Matt Cross (2-33), B J Barnett (2-61) and Kain (2-45) shared the bulk of the wickets.

Stoke-Nayland defended their 197-run total to eventually beat Wanderers by just eight runs at the Marsden Rec, after dismissing the visitors for 189 with 16 balls to spare.

Batting first, several Stoke-Nayland batsmen made useful starts before capitulating in the face of some concerted Wanderers bowling.

Opener Ben Homan and No 9 batsman Marty King delivered matching 39s as the team's top scorers, with Ryan Edwards (21), Brent O'Hagan (24) and Mitchell Ross (21) chiming in with useful contributions.

Wanderers claimed a key wicket when Alex Coles was run out without scoring, having faced seven balls, at 54 for 3. Homan and Edwards had posted the inning's top partnership of 49 before Edwards meekly holed out to midoff from a Tim Field full toss.

Connor Neynens marked a useful all-round display with three wickets (3-35), with Jack White (2-38) and an economical Hayden Ingham (1-16 off seven) offering the best support.

Still, Stoke-Nayland ultimately made the numbers work for them. Despite a 56-run contribution off 91 balls from Neynens, Wanderers lost their last six wickets for 31 runs to hand the home team victory.

The innings began spectacularly for Stoke-Nayland, Darius Skeaping bowling danger man Tom Cross first ball, leaving Dan Cooper (24) and Jack White (37) to try to restore the innings.

A 100-run fifth-wicket stand between Neynens and White offered promise, before Neynens' dismissal, caught off the bowling of King at 158 for 5 in the 38th over, sparked Wanderers' demise. Only Brodie Hanna (20) managed to offer any further resistance.

Mitchell Ross continues to steadily take wickets, his figures of 3-34 highlighting another solid team bowling effort, with Skeaping (2-38), King (2-34) and Edwards (2-29) also prominent.

- Nelson

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