Emphatic wins in one-day contest

FULLY FOCUSED: Athletic College Old Boys batsman Joel Harden and Wakatu wicketkeeper Mason Robinson in action at the Botanics.
FULLY FOCUSED: Athletic College Old Boys batsman Joel Harden and Wakatu wicketkeeper Mason Robinson in action at the Botanics.

The winning margins at all three venues appeared clear-cut as Wakatu, Stoke-Nayland and WTTU secured the points in Saturday's third round of the Car Company Nelson one-day club cricket competition.

Post Boy Hotel Wakatu had wickets and overs to spare at the Botanics as they notched up a four-wicket win over RWCA Athletic College Old Boys.

An 80-run second-wicket stand between opener Glen Baumfield (28) and the in-form Joel Harden had given ACOB's innings some early traction, Harden posting his 50 with a straight six back over off-spinner Bryce Goodall's head.

But Wakatu's bowlers, with Greg Du Feu (4-35) and Neil Vandenberg (3-33) inflicting damage, sparked a major collapse as ACOB lost seven wickets for just 12 runs, four of them falling with the score at 134, within the space of six deliveries. That included Harden, stumped off Goodall's bowling for 62 at 134 for eight, Harden having faced 99 balls and hitting seven fours.

ACOB would lose their last eight wickets for 36 runs, a 24-run stand between Mani Jassal (6) and Chirag Tailor (13 not out) pushing the total through to 158 in the 42nd over.

In reply, it required a patient 88-run fourth-wicket partnership between Shane Laurence and Campbell McLean to eventually help steer Wakatu to within sight of their victory target. Laurence hit 36 runs off 103 balls and McLean 39 off 85 before Laurence finally went at 121 for four, Wakatu eventually sealing their win at 161 for six off the first ball of the 44th over.

ACOB used 10 bowlers, Ollie Jones-Allen the most impressive with three for 18 off his nine overs, while Baumfield took two for two off three.

A superb counter-attacking 90 runs from Dylan Eginton helped rescue a floundering Car Company Stoke-Nayland innings as his team eventually got up to beat Sprig and Fern Motueka by 90 runs at Memorial Park.

Motueka had Stoke-Nayland in serious trouble at 73 for six before Eginton came out firing, joining Gerard Bonny (44) in a 119-run seventh-wicket stand to help lift the total through to some respectability at 192 for seven.

Eginton faced 95 balls and blasted nine fours and three sixes before he edged Liam Rowling (4-63) through to wicketkeeper Martin Stretch in the 48th over. Stoke-Nayland reached the relative security of 217 for nine at the close.

With opener Kurt Pahl gone first ball, lbw to Darius Skeaping, in Motueka's reply, the innings never gained momentum as the home team was finally dismissed for 127 in the 42nd over.

Batting at No 4, Bryan Krammer hit the top score of 49, hitting just two fours and a six, with Rowling also adding 23 from No 6 in a vain attempt to chase down the runs.

From 97 for five, Motueka lost their remaining five wickets for 30 runs, four of them for just one run, as Skeaping finished with a superb five for 32 off his 10 overs. Although wicketless, his new ball partner, Marty King, also bowled effectively to concede only 19 runs off his eight overs.

WTTU needed only 30 overs to complete a five-wicket win over a depleted Taylors Contracting Wanderers at Brightwater.

A six by Hamish Drummond off the second ball of the 30th over saw WTTU ease past their 132-run target at 133 for five, Drummond finishing unbeaten on 34 after partnering Cade Armstrong in an unbroken 55-run sixth-wicket stand. Armstrong ended the match on 27 not out.

Earlier, opener Pete Carey had made a blistering start to Wanderers' innings, hitting a boundary-laden 33 as they reached 62 runs off the first 10 overs.

But apart from a 30-run second-wicket partnership with Shaun Thomason (12), the steady loss of wickets saw the innings slump to 70 for six. A 41-run seventh-wicket stand between Jack White (8) and Greg Field (26) helped push the total to 111 before the ludicrous run outs of both Field and Brodie Hanna, for a duck, contributed to an unconvincing total of 131 off 30.3 overs.

All of WTTU's bowlers contributed to Wanderers' demise, with Sam Baxendine (3-36) and Symon Carr (2-29) the leading wicket-takers. Steve Binnie also took one for four off four overs.

It wasn't all plain sailing for WTTU in their reply as they lost five wickets for 31 runs at 78 for five. And with Jack White bowling a hostile second spell, Drummond and Armstrong were on full alert before they were able to secure the win.

The Nelson Mail