Renwick’s second grade cricketers took out the second grade Twenty20 title at Horton Park on Thursday.
The top qualifiers for the decider won a high-scoring encounter over Celtic Green, prevailing by just four runs.
Both sides batted well. Renwick were first at the crease and an unbeaten 77 from 62 balls from former rep opener Rikki Bovey set the foundation for their very competitive score of 152-4.
Their innings was battling at 9-2 and then 56-3 before Andrew Marshall joined Bovey, the pair putting together a match-winning third wicket 96-run partnership. Marshall finished with 31 from just 13 balls.
Celtic put together a series of handy partnerships during their unsuccessful run chase. Joel Logan scored 22 from 15, fellow opener Ollie Lawson hit 37 from 39 and Jared Bullen 31 not out from 28 to lead the scoring. Needing 10 from the final over for victory Celtic were only able to muster five from Jacob Zillwood’s bowling. Both Zillwood and Rijvanahmed Suthar bagged three wickets from their four over allocation.
Although the final combatants have been decided, there was plenty of interest in the penultimate round of senior Twenty20 cricket on Wednesday evening.
Celtic, who are locked into a final berth alongside Renwick, beat Marlborough Boys’ College by 41 runs, while Wairau showed signs of a late resurgence with a six-wicket win over Renwick.
Celtic batted first against MBC, their total of 114 continuing the trend of low post-Xmas scores. Former rep player Matt McCormick made a welcome return for the Green and Golds, top-scoring with 29 from 25 balls batting seven. No 9 Tom Turner scored a late 21 to bolster an innings that teetered at 56-6 in the 12th over.
Cameron Collins bagged 2-8 from three overs for the students, Tim Petrie grabbing 2-13 from four overs of spin.
College made a steady start, Petrie and Ben Ivory-McCullum getting them through to 21 before Ivory-McCullum departed. Petrie anchored the innings with a patient 20 from 41 balls, but could not find anyone to stay with him in the middle as Celtic picked up wickets steadily, eventually dismissing the students for 73 in the final over. Josh Poole was the main destroyer with 4-10 from his four overs, while James Croker grabbed 2-6 and veteran medium pacer Greg Hegglun 2-10.
Meanwhile, a top allround performance from Harry MacDonald saw Wairau to a comfortable victory over Renwick. The rep player bagged 4-35 as the Green Machine were restricted to 141-7 from their 20 overs, then blasted 69 from 34 balls to get Wairau home in the 16th over, with just four wickets down.
Joseph Timms scored a quickfire 30 from 13 balls to top the Renwick batting display, while all of the top eight reached double figures to post a competitive score.
Wairau’s reply was based around a superb 98-run third wicket partnership between MacDonald and Tom Rawcliffe, who posted an unbeaten 39 from 38 balls. Cory Golding and Akhil Pant both bagged a brace of wickets for Renwick.
The final round robin games will be played on Wednesday with the final planned for Friday, February 7.
Standings: Celtic 22, Renwick 22 (played all their games), Wairau 14, Wairau Valley 10, MBC 4.