There was a mix of good and bad news for the two Marlborough teams contesting the Tasman Premier League cricket competition on Saturday.
The Dolphins scored a three-wicket win over Nelson side ACOB at Horton Park while the Falcons went down by 107 runs to defending champs Stoke Nayland in Nelson.
After restricting ACOB to 172 from 46.5 overs, a very competitive early-season total, the Dolphins batted well to reach their target.
Their bowling highlight came from Josh Poole, with 4-18 from 10 overs, while Prabodha Arthavidu anchored their batting, amassing 77 from 127 balls before falling 20 runs short of victory. However a quickfire cameo of 18 from nine balls from Joseph Timms alleviated the home side’s nerves, seeing them home with eight balls to spare.
The Falcons managed to restrict Stoke to 196, taking Stoke’s final wicket with the last ball of the allotted 50 overs. Nick Weaver, Matthew Stretch, Andrew McCaa, Bradley Horton and Harrison Boyce all claimed a brace of wickets, Boyce the most economical.
However their reply with the bat was well below par, being dismissed for 89 in the 36th over. At one stage the Falcons were 16-5 before some late runs from Alex Kennedy (21), Stretch (17) and Weaver (15) added some respectability to the scorecard.
The Stoke Nayland innings was something of a stop-start affair with Darius Skeaping and the in-form Patrick Howes getting them away to a solid start but then requiring a rear-guard action from the reliable Dylan Eginton.
Wickets were shared around amongst five of the Falcons bowlers with Harry Boyce picking up a couple cheaply towards the back end of proceedings.
The Falcons never really fired a shot in response as Ben Stark took great delight in terrorising his former teammates. He made the early in roads and at 16-5 off 12 overs the match was pretty much over as a contest.
Skeaping and Howes both completed tidy game stats as the Red Machine carried on their traction. They are going to be a difficult unit to beat.
WTTU and Wakatu were the other winners over the hill.
Stoke/Nayland 196 (Patrick Howes 43, Dylan Eginton 43, Darius Skeaping 27, Harry Boyce 2-10, Bradley Horton 2-21, Andrew McCaa 2-26, Nick Weaver 2-35, Matthew Stretch 2-42) Falcons 89 (Alex Kennedy 21, Ben Stark 4-19, Patrick Howes 2-7, Darius Skeaping 2-22) Stoke Nayland won by 107 runs.
Dolphins 175-7 (Prabodha Arthavidu 77, Kirk Nicholas 29, Joseph Timms 18*, Nibu Jose 2-14, Joseph Gregan 2-18) ACOB 172 (Greg Chitty 28, Matt Eden 22, Nick Thomsen 35, Josh Poole 4-18, Jerrym Lamb 3-42). Dolphins won by three wickets.
WTTU 87 (Jarrod McKay 4-23, Kaleb McKay 3-22) Nelson College 72 (Cade Armstrong 4-28, Tom Cross 3-7) WTTU won by 15 runs.
Wakatu 235-6 (Brad Smith 63*, Tom Argyle 43, Fergus Hughes 42, Devon Serruier 21, Campbell McLean 20, A Brogan 2-43) Wanderers/Motueka 118 (Max Mannering 25, Damian Aitken 6-35). Wakatu won by 117 runs.