The Newman Shield, symbol of one-day cricket superiority in the top of the south, will remain in Nelson hands over the winter after the holders comprehensively outplayed Marlborough at Saxton Oval on Sunday.
Nelson took out the 50-over fixture by 76 runs, scoring 220 from 48 overs batting first them running through the Marlborough batting, dismissing the challengers for a disappointing 144.
Marlborough began well with the ball, getting rid of the two Raxworthy brothers with just 38 runs on the board. However, a 94-run partnership between opener Chris Dittmer (52) and Patrick Howes (50), who was dropped before he had scored, set the platform for a decent total.
After they and Brendan Hodgson were dismissed, James Graham (31) and BJ Barnett (44 from 34) combined in a decisive 70-run partnership, pushing Nelson’s score past 200, which would prove well out of reach for Marlborough.
Rep newcomer Cameron Collins stood out with the ball for the visitors, claiming 4-32 from eight overs of medium pace, while the ever-reliable Nick Weaver bagged 3-55 from nine. Matt McCormick, recalled to the rep team after 18 months abroad, chipped in with 2-25 from nine.
In reply, Marlborough lost wickets regularly, including key batsmen Prabodha Arthavidu and Matthew Stretch for low scores. Opener Tom Sutherland showed grit to hold the top end of the innings together, amassing 53 from 98 balls but, apart from Akhil Pant with 27 from 37, none of his team mates were able to hang around.
All six Nelson bowlers picked up wickets, Barnett with 3-24 from seven reaping the best reward. Josh Newport, 2-18 from seven, was both effective and miserly, as was Howes with 1-20 from seven.