Both of Marlborough’s teams in the Tasman Premier League cricket competition lost to Nelson rivals on Saturday – by the same margin.
The table-topping Dolphins crashed to their first defeat of the year, going down to Nelson College while the Falcons lost to Wanderers-Motueka, both visiting sides triumphing by 10 runs.
The Dolphins success this season has been based around a steady bowling attack and reliable top-order batting.
On Saturday they got half the equation right, dismissing Nelson College for just 127 in the 44th over, but then they came up short with the bat.
Ben Blackman with 3-11 and Cory Golding who bagged 3-20, were the pick of the home side’s attack. For College, opener Flynn Day contributing a patient 28 while No 8 batsman Patrick Wilson belted 41 hugely-valuable runs before being last man out.
In reply, Dolphins were well placed at 85-3 before key batsman Prabodha Arthavidu was removed for 28.
Four wickets fell with the score at 113 as College paceman Jarrod McKay took over. Jack Holdaway played the anchor role with an unbeaten 39 from 56 balls but McKay grabbed four wickets at the other end to wrap up proceedings. Earlier, Kaleb McKay picked up the key wickets of Rikki Bovey and Luke Frankland cheaply to set College on their way.
Falcons’ match followed a similar scenario, although their run chase was more testing.
Wanderers-Motueka scored 192 from 49.5 overs, Dave Leonard, (43), Max Mannering (29), and Alex Brogan (38) showing the way with the bat. Chris Turkington was in fine form with the ball, picking up 4-35 from 9.5 overs, while Matt Stretch and Cameron Collins bagged a brace apiece to set up a winning opportunity.
The home side’s run chase began promisingly, Tarin Mason and Joel Lavender taking the score to 62 before Mason departed.
Collins joined forces with Lavender to push the score onto 121 in the 28th over but when Lavender went for 68 from 93 there was little further resistance, apart from 25 from Stretch, as the last six wickets fell cheaply.
Andrew Beatson (3-25) Jackson Harris (2-26) and Mannering (2-31) were the main wicket-takers.
On Friday night the 2019-20 Marlborough senior Twenty/20 competition kicked off with two games at Horton Park.
Wairau Valley took on Marlborough Boys’ College on the No 1 ground while Renwick met Celtic on the No 3 wicket. Defending champions Wairau had a bye.
Both games were one-sided affairs, Valley and Renwick comfortably cantering to victory, the former by eight wickets and the latter by 59 runs.
MBC batted first on the main ground and came up well short of a competitive total. They were dismissed in the 18th over for just 87, Cameron Collins top-scoring with an unbeaten 19. Tim Petrie contributed 15 as the students came and went with monotonous regularity. Chirag Jagota was the pick of the Valley bowlers, claiming 4-19 from his four overs.
Valley wasted little time in reply, hitting out from the outset. Tim Abraham smashed 18 from seven balls then, when he went, the father-and-son duo of Greg and Matthew Stretch made short work of the chase, Greg ending unbeaten on 29 from 30 balls, Matthew 38 from 21.
Spinner Alec Dodson with two wickets for 18 was the most dangerous of the MBC bowlers.
Renwick did better with the bat, setting a Celtic a target of 130 from their 20 overs. They lost seven wickets along the way, with Rikki Bovey (18 from 16) Luke Frankland (28/40) and Prabodha Arthavidu (50/43) top scoring. Matt Morley (3-18), Jaden Adams (2-36) and Ben Blackman (2-15) claimed the wickets to fall.
Celtic’s reply faltered early and just got worse. They were eventually dismissed for 71 in the 18th over, 26 runs from Reuben Molnar being their top score. Keirin Gaudin (2-9) Piers Landon-Lane (2-22) and Bovey (2-18) were the main wicket-takers.