Renwick, Valley claim T20 wins

MBC fielder Joel Lavender cuts off a boundary during his side’s match with Renwick at Horton Park on Friday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Wairau Valley and Renwick notched commanding victories during the latest round of the SBS senior Twenty20 cricket competition on Friday night.

Valley accounted for Wairau by six wickets, while Renwick overwhelmed Marlborough Boys’ College by 124 runs.

On Horton Park three Wairau batted first and, after being comfortably placed at 74-2 in the 13th over, slumped badly over the final seven overs to end up setting a meagre target of 130-7.

Opener Tarin Mason, with 45 runs from 45 balls, joined forces with Andrew McCaa (18 from 27) to add 55 runs for the second wicket, while the only other innings of substance came from Tom Rawcliffe with 14 and No 8 batsman Nick Weaver with a hard-hit 22 from 11.

Three of the Wairau batsmen were run out, as Valley produced a top effort in the field. Chirag Jagota bagged two wickets for just 18 runs from his four overs while Simon Muir and Richard Franklin picked up a wicket apiece.

The early loss of Tim Abrahams was only a minor hiccup for Valley as fellow opener Greg Stretch wound back the years to score a superb 56 from 54 balls, joining forces with Sam Boyce (16) and Matt Stretch (24 from 16) to ensure they comfortably wrapped the game up in the 19th over with just four wickets down.

Harry MacDonald, 2-26 and Nick Weaver 1-17 were the pick of the Wairau attack.

The game on the No 1 strip was done and dusted early. Renwick batted consistently well through their 20 overs, setting a formidable target of 177-5.

Rikki Bovey opened proceedings with 34 from 19, Prabodha Arthavidu scored 23 from 20, Joe Timms smashed 68 from 29 with four fours and six sixes, Akil Pant continued the momentum with 23 from 16, then Kirk Nicholas chimed in with an unbeaten 21 from 27 as the MBC attack was put to the sword.

The students did not help themselves with some sub-par catching. Hunter Ruffell with 1-21 from his four overs was the pick of the bowlers.

Opener Ben Holdaway (10 from 12) struck a couple of lusty blows at the top of the order for MBC, but he was the only batsman to reach double figures as they were dismissed for 53 in the 18th over. The MBC players seemed intent on keeping up with the run rate and perished accordingly.

All six Renwick bowlers used bagged wickets, Akhil Bhardwaj and Bovey both grabbing a brace. Bovey finished with the startling figures of 2-6 from four overs.

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