Both Marlborough Tasman Premier League cricket sides tasted success away from home on Saturday.
The Labour Hire Falcons and Dolphins took on Nelson-based opposition over the hill and came away with victories.
The Falcons accounted for Wakatu by 104 runs while the Dolphins did enough to get the money against WTTU, prevailing by 24 runs.
The Falcons, playing at Nelson’s Victory Square, amassed a formidable total.
On the back of a superb century to skipper Matthew Stretch they reached 294-9 from the 50-over allotment.
Stretch, batting four, took a liking to the Wakatu attack, slamming 123 off just 100 balls, with 11 fours and seven sixes. His side were 47-2 when he strode to the crease, putting together a game-changing 121-run partnership with No 3 batsman Cameron Collins, who scored his first TPL half century, registering 60 from 91 balls.
Stretch fell in the 45th over with his side well-placed at 246-5, the lower order Falcons batsman hitting out to push the score close to the 300 mark. Damien Aitken, 3-40, Campbell McLean, 3-56, and Liam Rowling with 2-66 were the best of the home side’s attack.
Wakatu’s reply stuttered from the outset. Falcons’ opening bowler Nick Weaver bowled seven overs straight, restricting the score and taking two scalps. He was well supported by Sam Boyce as they applied the brakes.
Wickets fell regularly as Wakatu tried to break out of the shackles, an eighth-wicket partnership of 60 between McLean, 84 from 85 balls, and Rowling, 24, the only combination of substance but when that was broken the end came quickly.
Falcons’ paceman Tarin Mason stepped up to bag four middle order scalps as the home side were dismissed for 190 in the 41st over.
The Dolphins, playing at Jubilee Park, also batted first and scored a healthy 266-8.
Josh Pooole with 79 from 120 balls top scored, Prabodha Arthavidu continuing his recent strong form with 55 from 81. Their partnership of 130 for the fourth wicket was the key to a decent total, which was boosted by a quickfire 39 from 12 balls by Joe Timms down the order. Sam Baxendine, 3-71, was the most successful of the home side’s attack.
WTTU’s reply was steady, Cross opening and putting together 50 from 54 balls to get the ball rolling. Fellow opener Joe O’Connor chipped in with a well-constructed 55 but both failed to go on and as middle order wickets fell, so did the scoring rate. Andrew Drummond, with an unbeaten 65 did his best, but WTTU were always behind the required rate and were unable to up the ante against a steady Dolphins attack. Iain Charles-Jones with 2-27 was the most successful of the visiting bowlers, for whom Poole and Arthavidu proved the hardest to get away.
Meanwhile, in the other two TPL games played on Saturday, Stoke Nayland got home by two runs against ACOB, while Nelson College won by four runs against Wandrers/Motueka.
Falcons 294-4 (Matthew Stretch 123, Cameron Collins 60, Tarin Mason 36, Damien Aitken 3-40, Campbell McLean 3-58) Wakatu 190 (McLean 84, Liam Rowling 24, Mason 4-32, Weaver 2-10). Win to Falcons by 104 runs.
Dolphins 266-8 (Josh Poole 79, Prabodha Arthavidu 55, Joe Timms 39, Sam Baxendine 3-17, Josh Newport 2-57, Tom Cross 2-66) WTTU 242-6 (Cross 50, Joe O’Connor 55, Andrew Drummond 65*, Iain Charles-Jones 2-27). Dolphins win by 24 runs.
Stoke Nayland 201 (Kurt Pahl 65, Brendan Hodgson 37, Clayton Campbell 26, Joseph Gregan 4/43, Jake Milton 3/26, Ollie Jones-Allen 2/39) ACOB 199 (Milton 64, James Graham 33, Joe Higgins 26, Jones-Allen 24, David Zohrab 20, Darius Skeaping 2/11, Liam Clark 2/24, Ben Stark 2/33, Patrick Howes 2/38) Car Company Stoke Nayland won by 2 runs.
Nelson College 268-7 (Patrick Wilson 68, Finn Raxworthy 55, Jack Morris 49, Ronan Restieaux 46, Max Mannering 3/33, Z Mahommad 3/64) Wanderers/Motueka 264. Nelson College won by 4 runs