After three seasons of heartbreak, Celtic has reclaimed the Marlborough T20 crown.
There were plenty of nervy moments for skipper Jerrym Lamb as his side scrapped home for a seven-run victory against Renwick on Friday night.
“The last few years we have been in each of those finals haven’t managed to win it, so it was good to get across the line.”
Josh Poole carried the innings for Celtic with a blistering half-century before claiming three crucial wickets.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Celtic compiled a handy total thanks in large part to its opening pair.
“The idea was to get runs on the board and then use that scoreboard pressure.”
Josh plundered seven boundaries and a six in his 43-ball 62 as he and opener Tom Turner put on 82 for the first wicket.
The innings somewhat stalled after Josh was dismissed but Celtic saw out its final overs with Jerrym contributing a brisk 17.
Jerrym says his side was quietly confident as they set about defending 146.
“Throughout the season we have had low scoring games, we felt we should have put few more on the board but knew we had a good crack.”
After early strikes, Renwick captain Prabodha Arthavidu and Akhil Pant came together.
The pair put on 50 and looked to have the match in control before Josh clean bowled Prabodha and one over later claimed Akhil’s wicket.
“It toed and froed a bit, but Josh picked up a couple of crucial wickets that really turned the tables on Renwick.”
After the stunting their run rate, Renwick were left needing 17 off the final six.
With Renwick scoring five off the first three deliveries followed by five byes, they were in with every chance of stealing an unlikely win.
However, Gandharv Sharma held his nerve to concede just one run from his final two balls as Celtic claimed a thrilling victory.
“It was pretty satisfying, we had real belief in the bowling effort and everyone carried out their role in the field.”
Jerrym says it had been a particularly close competition with all sides managing at least one win.
“It was good to see plenty of people on the park playing cricket.”