Fri, Dec 15, 2023 10:36 AM
The senior Twenty20 competition was contested on Wednesday this week, with both matches being played on artificial surfaces.
At the Renwick Domain, Renwick underlined their potency at this form of the game, plus their fondness for their opponent’s bowling with a 52-run win over Wairau Valley.
The home side, who were sent in to bat, put a mammoth 226-1 on the board. Once again, leading the way was rep batsman Corey Bovey, fresh off a battling 83 for the Marlborough side against Nelson. He slammed his second century of the T20 campaign, the other also coming against Valley, reaching 102 not out from just 56 balls with nine fours and seven sixes. Bovey and his brother Rikki (42 from 32) opened, putting on 71, then Luke Frankland joined the party, slamming an unbeaten 70 from just 33 balls to set up what was to prove a winning score. Luke Pannell took the only wicket to fall.
Valley’s reply was willing, but they were never able to match the 10+ runs per over which was required. Opener Sam Boyce stood out with an unbeaten 63 from 55 while Harry Campbell added 26 and Greg Stretch 39 as Valley came up short at 173-4.
Rikki Bovey’s bowling figures of 1-26 from his four overs were the most economical and helped keep the lid on Valley’s batting.
At Horton Park, runs were much more scarce.
Wairau batted first against Celtic and put a modest total of 123-7 on the board, then managed to bowl their rivals out for just 87, winning by 36 runs in the 18thover.
No one batsman dominated for Wairau, Griffin Carter scoring 20, Andrew McCaa 24, Harry Boyce 17 and Mike Hood top-scoring with 36 from 33. Greg Knowles picked up four late wickets to lead the bowling figures with 4-7 from two overs, while Liam Young claimed 2-13 from three.
Tom Sutherland (28) and Joel Logan (11) were the only Celtic batsmen to reach double figures as the Wairau attack took charge. Leading the way was Nick Weaver with 4-15 from three overs, while spinner Carter bagged 3-14 from four and Mike Croad took snared 2-19 from four.
The Marlborough rep team has been named to take on Buller at Buller High School this weekend.
It is similar to the side which took on Nelson last weekend, with Griffin Carter coming in for the unavailable Josh Poole.
The Marlborough side is: Nick Weaver (C), Sam Boyce, Tom Sutherland, Matthew Stretch, Andrew McCaa, Corey Bovey, Hunter Ruffell, Luke Frankland, Luke Pannell, Kirk Nicholas, Jaden Adams. Twelfth man - Griffin Carter.