Renwick went clear at the top of the Marlborough Twenty20 senior cricket standings with a nail-biting win over Wairau Valley on Wednesday evening.
Batting first Renwick amassed 121-6 from their 20 overs, Valley falling just one run short at 120-6 when the final ball was delivered.
Needing eight from the final over, bowled by Rikki Bovey, Valley’s batsmen could only muster six, despite entering the final over with set batsmen Matt Stretch (55 from 42 balls) and Patrick Wilkins (19 from 26) at the crease. Stretch was caught and Wilkins run out as Renwick held their nerve to take the win. Akhil Pant and Paddy Dawkins both grabbed a brace of wickets.
Earlier, Pant, with 34 runs from 34 balls and Corey Bovey (24 from 24) were the mainstays of the Renwick batting effort. Michael Dillon’s 3-27 from four overs was the best effort by the Valley bowlers.
In the other match, also at Horton Park, Wairau kept their hopes alive with a seven wicket win over Celtic.
After being well-placed at 90-1 at the midway stage, Celtic’s batsmen lost their way, slumping to 125-8 after 20 overs.
Opener Tom Sutherland, with 41 from 37 and Jerrym Lamb, 39 from 25, provided the bulk of the runs. Nick Weaver, Greg Logan and Harry Boyce all claimed two wickets.
When it came their turn to bat, Wairau immediately went onto the attack. Boyce, with 49 from 25 balls, Will Smith, 42 from 19, and Harry MacDonald, 19 from 10, saw them race to their target for the loss of just three wickets in the 12
Liam Young picked up a brace of wickets as all the Celtic bowlers took some tap.
Standings with two rounds to play: Renwick 20, Celtic 16, Wairau 12, Wairau Valley 12, MBC 4.