There were vastly contrasting results for Marlborough’s two Tasman Premier League cricket teams on Saturday.
Despite heavy afternoon rain, three of the four TPL matches, all played in Nelson, were completed, including the two featuring Marlborough-based sides.
The Dolphins rebounded smartly from their first loss of the season to register a comprehensive 143-run win over Wanderers-Motueka, while the Falcons were soundly beaten by ACOB, losing by 101 runs.
Wanderers-Motueka v Dolphins
The Dolphins’ total of 260-4 from their 50 overs was based around a 177-run partnership between Luke Frankland and Josh Poole. Opener Frankland went on to score a patient unbeaten 88 from 131 balls, anchoring his side’s innings, while Poole fell eight runs short of a century, scoring 92 from 102 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes.
Prabodha Arthavidu chipped in with 31 from 34 while Rikki Bovey opened up with 19 from 29.
Best of the home side’s bowlers was Max Mannering with an economical 1-39 from 10 overs and Jack White with 1-41, also from his full complement.
Wanderers-Motueka’s run chase could not have started any worse. They were soon 14-5 and, although a few of their lower order batsmen hit out, they were never within reach of their opponents’ score.
Top scorer was No 8 batsman Jack White with 31 from 48.
Ben Blackman did most of the damage for the Dolphins, snaring 5-15 from just seven overs, a haul which included the wickets of four of the top five batsmen, while Athavidu bagged 2-7 from 6.2 and Cory Golding 2-13 from six.
ACOB v Falcons
Batting was the issue for the Falcons, who bowled and fielded well but were unable to mount a decent chase.
They dismissed a strong ACOB batting line-up for just 161 in the 43rd over, the wickets shared around. Matthew Stretch grabbed 4-30 off 9.4 overs, Harry MacDonald picked up 2-22 from five and Greg Stretch claimed 2-25 from eight. Nick Thomsen, 28 from 54, Josh Simpson, 34 from 40, BJ Barnett, 20 from 23, and Joseph Gregan, 23 from 42, were the best of the local batsmen.
After putting themselves in a position to chase down a mediocre score Falcons quickly succumbed. Opener Joel Lavender, who top-scored with a dogged 28 from 56 balls, was ninth man out in the 21st over but was unable to find anyone to stay with him. None of the other Falcons’ batsmen reached double figures.
ACOB bowlers Regan Smith, 5-24, and Gregan, 2-21, cut a swathe through the top order, at one stage having Falcons at 25-6.
They were eventually all out for 60, in the 23rd over, with Jake Milton claiming three late wickets for just five runs.
WTTU v Wakatu
WTTU made short work of a disappointing Wakatu unit at Jubilee Park. Apart from opener Jason Campbell and the experienced Brad Smith, Wakatu meekly capitulated for 107 in just 26 overs. Skipper Sam Baxendine claimed 6-22.
WTTU tidied up the run chase in just the 18th over. Tom Ingham scored an unbeaten 28 as his side got there for the loss of just five wickets.
Stoke Nayland v Nelson College
After an encouraging half century opening stand Nelson College would have been a little disappointed with their total of 165 at Marsden Rec. There was only time for a couple of overs for Stoke Nayland when the rain came and ended what was potentially a testing run chase. The match was drawn.