The Marlborough Labour Hire Dolphins continued their strong start to the Tasman Premier League season with a cricket double at the weekend.
On Saturday they beat Wakatu then, a day later, tipped over fellow Marlborough-based side, the Falcons in the top of the south 50-over competition by four wickets.
The Marlborough derby encounter effectively became a 27-over game after the Falcons were dismissed for 117 just past the halfway mark in their innings at Oliver Park. Cory Golding claimed 2-14 from nine overs and Prabodha Arthavidu picked up 2-20 as the Falcons batting failed to fire. Their best was Cooper Roberts with 30, while Patrick Moran scored 17 to lead the other scorers. Three of the Falcons batsmen were run out.
It took Dolphins just 27 overs to reach their target, for the loss of six wickets. Arthavidu, with 29, top-scored while Rikki Bovey and Jerrym Lamb chipped in with handy runs. Sam Boyce, who claimed 4-29 from nine overs was a stand-out in the field for Falcons.
On Saturday both the Dolphins and Falcons notched wins on Horton Park.
The Dolphins beat Wakatu by 84 runs on the back of a century from Arthavidu as the Dolphins posted 300-8. He struck 13 boundaries and three sixes in his 135-ball unbeaten 140, tormenting the visiting bowling attack. He entered the fray in the seventh over and was undefeated at the close, playing shots all around the wicket.
Bovey, with 67, then Lamb with 40 offered him substantial support.
While Wakatu put up marginal resistance the Dolphins bowlers all picked up tidy wee hauls as they completed the job in a professional manner.
Meanwhile, on the number three ground, the Falcons picked up their second win of the 2019-20 campaign, beating Nelson College by one wicket.
College batted first, their total of 147 appearing under par on a flat Horton Park deck. The accurate Falcons attack regularly picked up wickets after the schoolboys had begun promisingly enough with a half-century opening partnership.
However, once Jack Morris was dismissed wickets fell regularly. Joel Pannell, the experienced Matthew Stretch and left-armer Nick Weaver maintained a stranglehold on the College batsmen as they were dismissed in the 47th over.
Once the run chase begun however, the College total seemed more than adequate. Wickets fell constantly fall as a potpourri of bowlers displayed their wares. Nine bowlers were tried, and most tasted some success. Stretch, however, again showed his fortitude and along with Weaver and Chris Turkington they kept the scoreboard ticking over. Falcons always seemed in control of the run chase but when Weaver’s was the ninth wicket to fall with the scores tied there were some anxious sideways glances. Pannell however eked a single off Finn Restieaux to get the home side home by the narrowest of margins.
Meanwhile, in Nelson Stoke Nayland and ACOB managed comfortable bonus-point victories.
Stoke Nayland extended their stranglehold on the competition with a suffocating demolition of woeful Wanderers/Motueka at Marsden Rec.
After skittling the combined team in just 21 overs, Stoke Nayland then took only 24 only overs to wipe off the deficit.
While ACOB were disappointed to be bowled out in the 37th over at the Botanics, as it transpired their score of 148 was easily adequate.
The slow and low track well suited Jake Milton’s off spin as he was lethal in a ten over spell that netted four wickets for a paltry seven runs.
Saturday: Dolphins 300-8 (Prabodha Arthavidu 140*, Rikki Bovey 67, Jerrym Lamb 40, Campbell McLean 3/49, Jason Campbell 2/53) Wakatu 216 (McLean 65, Campbell 55, Daniel Hooper 33, Bovey 2/13, Lamb 2/35, Cody Golding 2/40, Josh Poole 2/48). Dolphins won by 84 runs
Nelson College 147 (Jarrod McKay 38, Finn Raxworthy 25, Joel Pannell 3/24, Matthew Stretch 2/21, Nick Weaver 2/31) Falcons 148/9 (Weaver 32, Stretch 31, Chris Turkington 21, Jonty Raxworthy 2/11, Rohan Chauhan 2/18, McKay 2/23, Ronan Restieaux 2/28) Falcons won by one wicket.
Wanderers/Motueka 73 (Ben Stark 3/6, Thomas Chambers 3/16, Dylan Eginton, 2/18, Billy Guyton 2/32) Stoke Nayland 76/3 (Dylan Eginton 24*, Max Mannering 2/15). Stoke Nayland won by 7 wickets.
ACOB 148 (Shane White 24, Greg Chitty 24, James Graham 21, Joe O’Connor 2/21, Samboa Tatterton 2/24, Josh Newport 2/40) WTTU 90 (O’Connor 33, Jake Milton 4/7, Joseph Gregan 3/21, Ollie Jones-Allan 2/26) ACOB won by 58 runs.
Sunday: Falcons 117 (Cooper Roberts 30, Cory Golding 2-14, Prabodha Arthavidu 2-20) Dolphins 118-6 (Arthavidu 29, Sam Boyce 4-29). Dolphins win by four wickets.