The Marlborough senior representative cricket team have wasted little time in getting in some match practice as the new season starts.
On Sunday they took on a Tasman under-19 combination at Horton Park, handy exercise for both teams.
In the end, Marlborough prevailed by 64 runs, having scored a healthy 297 from 46 overs batting first, then dismissing the Under-19 side for 233.
Marlborough’s innings was based around their middle order. After slipping to 3-18, Matthew Stretch with 85 and 106 from Jerrym Lamb, who retired after reaching three figures, resurrected the home side’s innings. Akhil Pant chipped in with a hard-hit 61 as the Under-19 bowlers came under the pump.
Best of the attack was Nelson’s Ronan Restieaux who grabbed the outstanding figures of 4-13 from his six overs. Josh Newport and Tom Sutherland both claimed 1-31 from their six.
Tasman lost a couple of wickets early before a 114-run partnership between Harry Mowart and Finn Raxworthy steadied the ship. However, when Mowart was run out for 49 and Raxworthy dismissed for a patient 35, momentum was lost. Tim Petrie with 24 and Restieaux, 21, added some handy runs down the order but eventually their side was dismissed in the 45th over.
Pant, who claimed 4-35 with his medium pacers, and the promising Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, 3-24, claimed the bulk of the wickets.