The Marlborough Boys’ College and Nelson College First XI cricket teams shared the spoils during a double-header played at Horton Park on Monday and Tuesday last week.
On Monday, Nelson College won a 50-over clash by 97 runs then, the next day, Marlborough Boys’ College took the honours by 33 runs in a 40-over encounter.
Nelson batted first in the first match, racking up a formidable target of 224 before being dismissed in the 48th over. Leading the way was Finn Raxworthy with 81, supported by 33 from Ronan Restieuax and a hard-hit 32 from Patrick Wilson. For MBC, Joel Pannell, Ben Holdaway and Kohri Brown each claimed a brace of wickets.
The home side’s reply was poor, being dismissed for 127 in the 33rd over. Opener Cooper Roberts with 42 from 61 balls was the mainstay of their batting, along with 31 from No 7 Tom Leonard.
Pace bowler Restieuax claimed 5-21 to be the pick of a steady, demanding Nelson attack, while spinner Salon Niraula picked up 3-18.
A determined MBC side returned a day later and turned the tables.
This time they batted first and put together a demanding total, based around a superb unbeaten 98 to Joel Lavender. Tim Petrie chipped in with 24 and Ben Ivory-McCullum with 27 but Lavender was in a dominating mood and unfortunate to miss out on what would have been a notable century.
The visitors were unable to match his heroics, stuttering their way to 140 before being dismissed in the 37th over. Spinner Dodson claimed 3-22, Petrie 2-21 and Pannell 2-13 to do most of the damage with the ball. Flynn Day and Wilson equal top-scored for Nelson with 25.