Car Company Stoke Nayland tightened their stranglehold on the Tasman Premier League club cricket competition, being victorious in the only completed game on Saturday.
Rain intervened in all three other clashes which resulted in no results.
Car Company Stoke Nayland amassed a formidable 267-7 in their allotted 37 overs at the Marsden Rec. While Chris Dittmer gave them a tidy enough start, both opening bowlers for WTTU also begun well with Sam Baxendine picking up wickets and Josh Newport looking equally threatening. At 105-6 the visitors were probably just in the ascendancy.
At this stage Stoke Nayland skipper Brendan Hodgson joined the in-form Paddy Howes in a 121-run onslaught. Hodgson attacked from the outset and dispatched five sixes and two boundaries in his 70-ball innings. Howes was unstoppable as he combined beautiful stroke play, brute strength and inventiveness in his second century of the season. He struck 17 boundaries and four sixes in his 135-ball undefeated knock.
Tom Cross gave the run chase a sound enough beginning but wickets fell regularly around him. Stoke Nayland’s young English medium pacer Tom Chambers picked up three top order wickets and came back for another three to complete the innings. Cross had a period of dominance as he smote seven sixes and three fours in his powerful 70-run knock. When he left however the impetus in the run chase diminished. WTTU showed good intent right to the finish with Sam Baxendine and Dean Hawley hitting out purposefully but in the end the total remained comfortably out of reach.
Car Company Stoke Nayland 267-7 (Paddy Howes 122*, Brendan Hodgson 53, Chris Dittmer 41, Sam Baxendine 4-55, Sam Kininmonth 2-47) WTTU 207 (Tom Cross 70, Dean Hawley 37, Jack Alridge 24, Sam Baxendine 23, Tom Chambers 6-35, Dylan Eginton 2-49). Stoke Nayland won by 60 runs.
Wanderers/Motueka v Falcons
Only 16 overs of play were possible before weather intervened at Brightwater Domain. Opening bowler Chris Turkington had a couple of wickets as Wanderers/Motueka had a steady enough start before the rain came in.
Wanderers/Motueka 66-3 (Chris Turkington 2-22). Match abandoned.
ACOB v Wakatu
The 14 overs that were played at Botanics was just enough to see a pugnacious little hard-hitting cameo from Matthew Grimes before stumps were pulled after 14 overs. ACOB 50-1 (Matthew Grimes 35*). Match abandoned.
Nelson College v Dolphins – no play possible.