Tim Petrie scored 88 to help MBC clinch a place in the Gillette Cup Central Districts play-offs. Photo: Peter Jones.

MBC cricketers progress to play-offs

The Marlborough Boys’ College First XI cricket team booked a place in the district play-offs for the Gillette Cup at Horton Park on Thursday.

MBC scored a comprehensive 57-run over their Nelson College counterparts, progressing to the next stage of the nationwide secondary school competition.

Sent into bat, MBC compiled a very respectable 270-4, thanks to a series of solid contributions throughout the order.

Opener Luke Pannell scored 38 from 52 to provide a solid start, before skipper Cooper Roberts and Tim Petrie came together for a match-winning 128-run partnership for the third wicket.

Although their cause was helped by some below-par catching in the outfield by Nelson College, they mixed composure with skill and power on their way to half centuries. Roberts ended with 60 from 85 balls but Petrie continued, putting together a superb 88 from 93 deliveries, with 11 fours and one six. Ben Holdaway, with 32 from 25, and Tom Leonard, 26 from 12, added icing to the cake in the final overs.

Lachlan Bartlett, who snared 2-32 from his 10 overs, was the most successful of the Nelson bowlers.

In reply, the visitors threatened at times to match the high asking rate, led by a fighting 79 from 81 balls from No 4 Ronan Restieaux, but their chase ended in the 48th over as the home side tightened the screws, dismissing their rivals for 213.

Hunter Ruffell, who bagged 3-23 from five overs, Joel Pannell, 2-34 from nine and Luke Pannell, 2-37 from 8.3, were the main wicket-takers, although spinners Griffin Carter and Tim Petrie were instrumental in slowing the Nelson momentum during the middle of the innings. Petrie also contributed a superb outfield catch to cap a top performance.

Andrew McCaa glides the ball behind point during Saturday’s semifinal victory at Horton Park. Photo: Peter Jones.

Falcons reach final, have wings clipped

The Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons may have reached Sunday’s Tasman Premier League final, but they were unable to get the job done in the decider in Nelson.

They went down by six wickets to top qualifier ACOB who restricted the Blenheim-based side to 141 then chased the meagre target down for the loss of just four wickets in quick time.

Although consistent batting enabled them to get the better of semifinal rival WTTU at Horton Park on Saturday, it let them down at Saxton Oval a day later.

After a promising opening partnership of 21 they lost wickets regularly, opener Chris Bartholomeusz the best of the top order with 19 patient runs from 63 balls.

At 53-6 the Falcons were in deep trouble but got enough runs from their lower order to post a score they had a slim chance of defending. Bailey Andrews-Kennedy (17), Harrison Boyce, who produced the top score of 42, Nick Weaver (10) and No 11 Tim Petrie (14 not out) pushed the visitor’s score to 141 before they were dismissed in the 49th over.

Andrew McCaa glides the ball behind point during Saturday’s semifinal victory at Horton Park. Photo: Peter Jones.
Andrew McCaa glides the ball behind point during Saturday’s semifinal victory at Horton Park. Photo: Peter Jones.

The ACOB bowlers were particularly miserly, while sharing the wickets around. Thomas Zohrab bowled 10 overs, taking 2-12, Mason Lund grabbed 2-19 from seven, rep coach BJ Barnett picked up 2-28 from seven while Reuben Smith took 2-34 from six. David Zohrab was equally hard to score from, snaring 1-18 from 10.

Falcons needed early wickets and got two, picking up Barnett and No 3 Ben Hazlett with just 10 on the board. However, that brought the Zohrab brothers together and they were not separated until the scoreboard read 102. Thomas scored 50 from 86 balls, while David was not out 60 off 103 at the close, which came in the 38th over.

Weaver, 2-22 from eight, Matthew Stretch 2-31 from 8.4, were the wicket-takers.

On Saturday they booked their place in the TPL decider with a five-wicket victory over Nelson rivals WTTU at Horton Park.

The Falcons, who lost the toss and were put into the field by WTTU, worked hard to limit the visitors to 222-7 from their 50-over allocation. Veteran Central Districts batsman Greg Hay was the standout in the WTTU batting effort, working his way to an unbeaten 108 from 116 balls and holding his side’s innings together.

Sam Boyce, who took 3-54 from 10 was the best bowler for Falcons, with Tarin Mason bagging 2-24 from nine. Spinners Matthew Stretch and Tim Petrie went wicketless, but helped slow WTTU’s momentum after they had made a rapid start.

In reply, the Falcons were consistent. After losing Chris Turkington, early, Andrew McCaa and Chris Bartholomeusz (39) took the score to 91, blunting WTTU’s attack.

McCaa went on to score a well-timed 82 from 114 balls, anchoring the home side’s effort.

An unbeaten 51 from just 54 balls from skipper Stretch saw the Falcons home, assisted by Mason and Petrie who contributed handy knocks at the end.  Josh Newport, who claimed 3-59 from 9.5 was the most successful of the WTTU attack.

Akhil Pant scored a superb maiden century in Rangiora. File photo.

Cricket reps come up short

Marlborough came up just 29 runs short of a first innings win over Hawke Cup holders Canterbury Country in their zone three qualifying match at Rangiora on Sunday.

The home side batted most of Saturday, amassing 317 from 86.3 overs. Marlborough batted for 19 overs before stumps, sitting on 23-2 after losing Tom Sutherland and Andrew McCaa.

On day two, Chris Bartholomeusz and Ben Ivory-McCullum combined resolutely to take the score through to 57 before the latter was run out, then wickets began to fall regularly, including a vital run out of the experienced Jerrym Lamb.

At 93-6 the game was slipping away, but allrounders Akhil Pant and Tarin Mason had other ideas.

With a mixture of clean-hitting and solid defence the pair began to take the game away from Country. At tea Marlborough required 88 runs off 30 overs with four wickets in hand.

At 267-6 it seemed Pant and Mason, who put on 174 runs together, were poised to get Marlborough over the line. However, the loss in consecutive overs of Pant for a superb 111 off 146 balls, his maiden century for Marlborough, and Mason, who continued his recent run of batting form with 65 from 190, stalled the visitors’ momentum.

No 10 batsman Will Smith, with 18 from 28, provided a late flurry but, after batting through 121 overs Marlborough were dismissed for 288.   Country’s first innings total was based around a patient 122 from 237 balls from opener Rhys Mariu, who was dropped by Maarlborough when on 30,

He and Rupert Young, 36 from 62, contributed 78 runs for the first wicket, then Mariu combined with Henry Shipley to put together an 83-run partnership for the fourth.  Mariu was also part of a pivotal seventh wicket combination of 91 with Joe Williams.

Marlborough’s bowlers responded well despite being put under pressure during several significant partnerships. They continued to push for a breakthrough, then put the brakes on, managing to restrict the home side to a manageable total.

Best of the visiting attack was Will Smith, a Country player last season, who bagged 5-54 from 23 overs. Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, 3-81 from 20, Nick Weaver, 1-45 from 13 and Matthew Stretch, 1-11 from five, were the other wicket-takers.

Marlborough head coach Jarrod Englefield said his side’s focus from the outset was “to take the game as deep as possible”.

“We lost the toss but were thinking about bowling in any case.

“We had opportunities to restrict them to under 300 but considering the momentum that they had at times we did really well to keep them to 317. “Will Smith bowled awesome on that wicket.”

Englefield was happy with aspects of the batting effort.

“Chris Bartholomeusz batted 60 overs for 44 runs, he was a real anchor for us … then we had a couple of run outs that just ripped the soul out of us.

“However our strategy was to have a lengthy batting order and that nearly paid off.

“The partnership between Akhil and Tarin was just unbelievable, they got us right back within a sniff. They took the initiative away from [Country] … but we were against the clock a bit and when Akhil got bowled then Tarin got out it became a bit much to do in the end, although we got bloody close.”

Englefield described Pant’s knock as “amazing … one of the best hundreds I have seen for Marlborough, especially from the position we were in”.

“He put them under a lot of pressure. There was some crunching pull shots, some over cover and powerful drives down the ground.”

Next weekend Marlborough take on Buller in Blenheim, needing at least a first innings win to remain in the race for a play-off position in their zone. In another first round match, Nelson beat Buller on the first innings.

 

Twenty20

On Friday night the latest round of the Marlborough senior T20 competition took place.

Wairau Valley and Renwick were victorious, both prevailing by significant margins.

Valley took on Wairau and notched a comfortable win, restricting Wairau to 73-8 from their 20 overs, then running the total down for the loss of just one wicket in 9.4 overs.

Extras were top score for Wairau, with Colin Wood’s 16 runs next best. Sukhjinder Sukh claimed 4-10 from four overs while Tom Sloan bagged 2-5 from two.

Andrew Forgesson (47 runs from 33 balls) and Patrick Williams (16 from 21) made short work of the chase.

Renwick batted first against Marlborough Boys’ College, scoring 136-8 from 20 overs. Rikki Bovey (32 from 30), Mark Zillwood (30 from 33) and Ben Weaver (22 from 15) were the main contributors. Ben Holdaway claimed the remarkable figures of 5-17 from four overs for MBC.

The students struggled to score freely against a steady attack, being held to 102-6 when their 20-over complement was completed. Tim Petrie (23 from 28), Will Sutherland (20 from 32) and Holdaway (22 from 19) were the top MBC scorers while Nick Wilder (3-14) was the main wicket taker for Renwick.

Dolphins batsman Rikki Bovey walks off as the WTTU fielders celebrate another wicket a t Horton Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Tough start for local TPL sides

Marlborough’s two Tasman Premier League cricket sides made inauspicious starts to the new season on Saturday.

Both the Falcons and Dolphins bowled first against Nelson rivals ACOB and WTTU respectively, with contrasting success.

While the Dolphins were excellent in the field, restricting their rivals to 146, the Falcons allowed ACOB to amass 274 and were never in the hunt as both local sides struggled to make inroads with the bat.

Ultimately, the Falcons were beaten by a hefty 221 runs, while the Dolphins lost by 20 runs.

ACOB’s total was built around a superb 99 from opener Thomas Zohrab, along with 75 from No 9 batsman Felix Murray.

Tarin Mason, with 4-56 from his 10 overs while Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, helped by three late wickets also claimed four scalps, including that of Zohrab, one short of his century.

The home side’s reply was underwhelming, being bowled out for just 53 in the 21st over.

On Horton one, the Dolphins performed admirably in the field to restrict a handy WTTU line-up to 146, bowling them out in the 47th over.

When Will Smith removed both openers and Akhil Pant claimed the key wicket of Mason Thelin, the visitors were struggling at 35-3 and never really recovered their momentum.

Sam Baxendine, batting six, steadied the ship with a patient 48 from 84 balls and No 10 Billy Powick hung around for 24 from 44 deliveries, their 44-run partnership for the 10th wicket the best of the innings.

Dolphins bowled accurately, conceding just eight wides, and kept the pressure on their rivals. Three bowlers picked up three wickets each, Joel Pannell and Tom Sutherland bagging 3-18 while Smith claimed 3-23, all proving difficult to score readily from.

The home side’s run chase began disastrously, five wickets falling for just the addition of 28 runs as openers Baxendine and Josh Newport made big inroads with the new ball.

However, Dolphins began to resurrect matters when Corey Bovey and Tom Leonard got together, the pair adding 55 runs and bringing the home side back into the match before Bovey departed.

After that wickets fell regularly, leaving Leonard fighting a lone rearguard action. He was last man out, in the 38th over, for a splendid 64 from 80 balls with nine fours, a game-high score.

Newport, with 3-29 from 10 overs and Baxendine, 2-16 from eight, led the WTTU attack well, with help from Jon Routhan, 2-30.

Wairau Valley batsman Tim Abrahams is bowled by Celtic spinner Josh Poole during the one-day final at Horton Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Lamb propels Celtic to one-day trophy win

Celtic are the Marlborough 50-over cricket champs after beating Wairau Valley by three wickets at Horton Park on Saturday.

In a low-scoring encounter, on to a Horton Park No 1 wicket which contained plenty of moisture and made free-flowing shot-making hard to accomplish, Celtic made the most of winning the toss.

Electing to bowl, they soon had Valley in trouble, removing opener Tom Leonard with just three on the board. Ben Ivory-McCullum and Luke Pannell played within themselves to push the score up to 22 before Ivory-McCullum perished.

Pannell, who finished as top scorer with 18 from 36 balls, began to form another partnership with Matthew Stretch before the youngster was bowled by impressive medium pacer Matt McCormick with just 40 runs on the board. The key wicket of Stretch followed soon after, caught at slip by man-of-the-match Jerrym Lamb from Jaden Adams’ bowling.

From then on it became a steady procession out to the middle then back to the pavilion for the remainder of the Valley order as they limped to 129 in 45 overs.

Celtic used seven bowlers who, backed up by some slick fielding, all bagged at least one wicket. Left arm spinner Josh Poole, who took 2-21 from his 10 overs, and medium pacer Adams, 2-23 from 10, picked up a brace apiece, while Lamb, with 1-12 from seven was the most miserly.

Elated with their fielding effort, Celtic were immediately put under pressure when it came their turn to bat. Openers John Porter and Logan Robinson were both bowled by the lively Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, leaving their side 2-3 after seven overs.

However the arrival of Josh Poole and Jack Holdaway steadied the ship, the pair taking the score through to 30 before Poole departed for 14. Holdaway then joined forces with Lamb and they began to turn the match around. When Holdaway was dismissed by Stretch for 24 from 72 balls they had lifted Celtic’s score to 70 and the platform for victory was set.

Reuben Kepes became Andrews-Kennedy’s third victim 15 runs later, Liam Young and McCormick came and went with the score at 111, but through it all Lamb remained calm and in control.

When Celtic achieved victory the vastly-experienced allrounder was unbeaten on 69, scored off the same number of balls, with six fours and two sixes.

For Valley, Andrews-Kennedy and Sam Boyce bowled accurately and economically, the former recording figures of 3-18 from his 10 overs, while Boyce claimed 2-18 from his full complement.

Next up for the club players is the first round of Tasman premier league play next Saturday.

Marlborough batsmen Tim Petrie, left, and Matthew Stretch prepare to take a drinks break at a sunny Horton Park. Photo: Peter Jones.

Marlborough cricketers soundly beaten by Buller

The Marlborough senior rep cricket team were left rueing a below-par batting performance in their first outing of the 2020-21 season.

Up against Buller in a 50-over clash at Horton Park on Sunday, the home side were soundly beaten by seven wickets.

Marlborough, who were inserted after the visitors won the toss,  struggled their way to 107 in 29.5 overs, which the visitors chased down in quick time.

While the wicket was by no means hard and fast it was not as treacherous as the home side’s score suggested, merely being a little slow and difficult to score on early in one’s innings.

Buller’s attack was disciplined and economical, their bowlers targeting the wickets, resulting in four players being bowled and two adjudged lbw.

Losing makeshift opener Ben Ivory-McCullum from the first ball of the match set Marlborough on the back foot and they struggled to form partnerships of note thereafter.

No 3 batsman Tarin Mason hit out for 35 from 32 balls, skipper Matthew Stretch dug in, scoring 13 from 41 deliveries, while No 6 Akhil Pant played freely near the end, hitting 29 from just 28 balls, but there was limited contributions from the rest of the order.

The standout bowler for the visitors was medium pacer Ethan Slee, who bagged 5-28 from 7.5 overs. Fellow opener Sam Jope claimed 2-20 while the remainder of the attack – Alex Paterson, Troy Scanlon and John Noble – claimed a wicket apiece.

To have any chance of turning the match around Marlborough needed early wickets and, when Nick Weaver removed Scanlon with the score on 11, hopes were raised.

However, a 34-run partnership between James Richards and Andrew Duncan steadied the ship, then Duncan combined with Michael Grafton to bring the score level with Marlborough’s total in the 23rd over, before Duncan was dismissed for a match-high 57 from just 50 balls, with seven fours and three sixes.

Although Mason, Sam Boyce and Weaver picked up wickets, their side was well beaten, a lack of specialist batsmen coming back to haunt them.

Next up for the reps is a Newman Shield one-day challenge match in Nelson on November 15.

 

Finalists found     

Meanwhile, the finalists in the Marlborough 50-over competition have been found, Wairau Valley and Celtic booking places in next week’s trophy decider on Saturday.

Heavy outfield conditions after overnight rain saw the final round-robin matches reduced to 35-over affairs.

At Oliver Park, Valley easily accounted for a weakened Celtic outfit, prevailing by 129 runs.

Wairau, who required a bonus point win to ease their way into the final, were also well beaten, losing by 50 runs to Renwick, who claimed their first win of the season at Horton Park.

Batting first Renwick battled their way to 143-8, Akhil Pant (48) and Corey Bovey (23) providing the bulk of the runs. Tim Petrie grabbed three wickets, Nick Weaver and Chris Turkington two apiece.

In reply Wairau struggled from the outset, No 9 batsman Cameron Collins their top scorer with 26 as they slumped to 93 all out in the 29th over. Nick Wilder with 3-14 was top wicket-taker, while Jacob Zillwood and Rikki Bovey both claimed a brace.

Valley racked up a handy total of 163 against Celtic, Bailey Andrews-Kennedy (40) and Tim Abrahams (38) top scoring.

Matt McCormick bowled well to claim 3-14 from his seven overs.

Celtic’s reply was finished in 13 overs, Andrews-Kennedy grabbing the stunning figures of 6-16, fellow opening bowler Joel Pannell picking up 3-12 as Celtic were dismissed for just 34.

The Wairau players gather together at the fall of Bailey Andrews-Kennedy’s wicket. Photo: Peter Jones.

Wins to Celtic and Wairau

Celtic are frontrunners for a spot in the Marlborough 50-over cricket final with one round to go.

On Saturday they picked up their second win, beating Renwick by five wickets at Horton Park.

On the adjoining ground Wairau kept their final hopes alive by beating Wairau Valley by the same margin, leaving both Wairau and Valley with a win each and Renwick out of play-off contention.

Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Celtic made early inroads. At 35-4 Renwick were struggling, but a 91-run partnership between top scorer Corey Bovey and Joseph Timms resurrected their innings.

However, when Bovey was caught behind off Matt McCormick’s medium pace bowling, and Timms perished from the last ball of Jerrym Lamb’s 10-over spell, the innings quickly folded for 157 in the 40th over.

Bovey finished on 38 from 64 balls, while Timms slammed 56 from just 42 deliveries. Max Brydon chipped in with 18 to bolster the tail.

Shovak Djokovic with 3-29 from six overs was the top wicket-taker while Reuben Kepes, Josh Poole and Lamb grabbed a brace each.

In reply, Celtic lost opener John Porter early but established two handy partnerships for the second and third wickets.

Logan Robinson and Josh Poole added 46 runs, then Poole and Jack Holdaway took the score through to 97. Although Poole (65 off 47) and Holdaway (13) perished, middle order batsmen Jerrym Lamb (29 not out) and Liam Young (27 not out) ensured Celtic got the job done in the 34th over, ending at 158-5.

Griffen Carter with 2-18 from 7 overs was the most successful of the Renwick bowlers, Mike Anstis, Jacob Zillwood and Bovey picking up a scalp apiece.

In the other match, Valley were unable to set a formidable total and paid the price.

Their batting effort was disappointing, 46 from Matthew Stretch and 27 from Patrick Moran being the only significant scores against a steady Wairau attack who bowled Valley out for 138 in the 36th over.

Tarin Mason’s 3-21 from five overs highlighted the Wairau effort, while Nick Weaver was economic with 1-18 from six as was left arm spinner Tim Petrie with 1-20 from eight.

With a lack of specialist batsmen in their ranks Wairau needed their allrounders to step up and Mason did just that. Opening the batting the rep pace bowler scored a patient, match-winning 72, Cooper Roberts adding 15 and Weaver 25 to get Wairau home in the 45th over, scoring 140-5.

Sam Boyce, 2-29 from 10, and Stretch, with 2-42 from nine, were the most successful of the Valley bowlers.

Marlborough bowler Joel Pannell sends down another delivery from the southern end of Horton Park. Photo: Peter Jones.

Cricket reps warm up with win

The Marlborough senior representative cricket team have wasted little time in getting in some match practice as the new season starts.

On Sunday they took on a Tasman under-19 combination at Horton Park, handy exercise for both teams.

In the end, Marlborough prevailed by 64 runs, having scored a healthy 297 from 46 overs batting first, then dismissing the Under-19 side for 233.

Marlborough’s innings was based around their middle order. After slipping to 3-18, Matthew Stretch with 85 and 106 from Jerrym Lamb, who retired after reaching three figures, resurrected the home side’s innings. Akhil Pant chipped in with a hard-hit 61 as the Under-19 bowlers came under the pump.

Best of the attack was Nelson’s Ronan Restieaux who grabbed the outstanding figures of 4-13 from his six overs. Josh Newport and Tom Sutherland both claimed 1-31 from their six.

Tasman lost a couple of wickets early before a 114-run partnership between Harry Mowart and Finn Raxworthy steadied the ship. However, when Mowart was run out for 49 and Raxworthy dismissed for a patient 35, momentum was lost. Tim Petrie with 24 and Restieaux, 21, added some handy runs down the order but eventually their side was dismissed in the 45th over.

Pant, who claimed 4-35 with his medium pacers, and the promising Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, 3-24, claimed the bulk of the wickets.

Wairau batsman Andrew McCaa registered the highest score on the opening day of the senior cricket competition. Photo: Peter Jones.

Valley, Celtic get off the mark early

Comfortable wins to Wairau Valley and Celtic marked the opening round of Marlborough senior club cricket on Saturday.

Both winning teams chased down mediocre totals in 50-over encounters. Valley beat Renwick by eight wickets on Horton Park one, while Celtic overcame Wairau by five wickets on No 3.

In the first game Renwick struggled to put together any partnerships of substance in their total of 130 from 36.1 overs, their best effort being a 27-run collaboration between Luke Frankland and Akhil Pant for the second wicket. Frankland scored 18, Pant 19 with Renwick’s top score coming from No 4 batsman Corey Bovey, who amassed a patient 33 from 73 deliveries while wickets fell around him.

All the Valley bowlers picking up at least one wicket. Skipper Matthew Stretch led the way with 4-33 from 8.1 overs, while newcomer Bailey Andrews-Kennedy showed he will be a handy addition with 3-48 from nine overs. Sam Boyce, Michael Dillon and Joel Pannell were the other bowlers used, picking up a wicket apiece and conceding very few runs.

Valley’s reply of 131-2 was shaped around the efforts of Chris Bartholomeusz, a former Hawke Cup player for Canterbury Country and Nelson, who opened the batting and showed fine timing as he put together an unbeaten 47.

Fellow opener Ben Ivory-McCullum and No 3 Patrick Moran went cheaply but Stretch ensured there would be nervous moments, batting positively to register an unbeaten 39 from just 31 balls, bringing the game to an end in the 26th over.

The miserly Mike Anstiss and wicket-taker Jacob Zillwood were the pick of the Renwick attack.

Meanwhile, on the adjoining ground, Celtic managed a potentially tricky early season run chase comfortably, running down Wairau’s 159 for the loss of five wickets in the 33rd over.

Wairau’s total was built around a patient unbeaten 83 from 134 balls from Andrew McCaa, Tim Petrie’s 18 and 33 extras the other main contributors.

Medium-pacer Matt McCormick led the Celtic attack with 3-25, while Jaden Adams snared 2-20. Josh Poole and Jerrym Lamb were the other wicket-takers.

Their reply was based around half centuries to opener John Porter and Poole. They combined for a 98-run second wicket partnership which ended any hopes Wairau may have had of putting pressure on the batting side. Porter ended with 53 from 82 balls, Poole with 52 from 59, striking nine fours across a slow outfield.

Nick Weaver, with 2-25 from 7.5 overs, was the pick of the Wairau attack, along with Chris Turkington who grabbed 1-26 from seven.

Two more rounds of club 50-over games will be played before the final on November 7.

Pace bowler Nick Weaver was Marlborough’s player of the season in 2019-20. Photo: Shuttersport.

Dust off the whites – it’s cricket time again

Although the weather seems unable to make up its mind whether we are in winter or spring, the 2020-21 cricket season is suddenly upon us.

Once again, there has been a change to the season’s format for our senior players.

This season starts with the return later this week of the senior grade one-day competition for the Grove Tavern Cup.

Celtic, Renwick, Wairau and Wairau Valley will compete over three rounds starting on Saturday, October 17 with the top two teams playing in the final on November 7.

The 2020-21 Tasman Premier League commences the following weekend with once again the Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons and Dolphins representing Marlborough, alongside six teams from Nelson. This season’s format sees the TPL is reduced from two full preliminary rounds to just one, the seven round robin games followed by semi-finals and the grand final, scheduled for Saturday, February 27.

From late November through to early February the regular T20 competition will be staged, with games on Friday and Wednesday evenings, culminating in a final on Friday, February 5.

The Marlborough senior rep side, under head coach Jarrod Englefield, will again be kept busy.

They start their season with a game against Buller on Sunday, November 1 for the Scanlon/Stretch Challenge Trophy, then head to Nelson for a Newman Shield challenge on November 15.

Then it is up to Napier for the annual Chapple Cup tournament on November 20-22.

Their Hawke Cup qualifying campaign begins with a trip to Rangiora to take on holders Canterbury Country on December 5-6, followed by home games against  Buller (December 12-13) and Nelson (January 23-24, 2021).

Wairau squad: Nick Weaver, Tarin Mason, Alex Kennedy, Chris Turkington, Andrew McCaa, Max Armstrong, Cooper Roberts, Tim Petrie, Hunter Ruffell, Matt Deaker, Cameron Collins, Harry Boyce.

Celtic squad: Jerrym Lamb, Josh Poole, Matt McCormick, John Porter, Andy Fitzpatrick, Logan Robinson, Liam Young, Jayden Adams, Jack Holdaway, James Croker, Matty Bryce, Tom Turner.

Renwick squad: Luke Frankland, Akhil Pant, Sam Solly, Mike Anstiss, Ed Gilhooly, Kirk Nicholas, Cody Golding (short format only), Joe Timms, Blair Timms, Max Brydon, Rikki Bovey, Corey Bovey, Griffin Carter, Hayden Gaudin, Keiran Gaudin, Mark Zillwood, Jacob Zillwood.

Wairau Valley squad: Sam Boyce (co-captain), Matthew Stretch (co- captain), Chris Bartholomeusz, Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, Chirag Jagota, Patrick Moran, Benjamin Ivory-McCullum, Joel Pannell, Tom Sloan, Tom Leonard, Tim Abrahams, Greg Stretch, Patrick Wilkins, Michael Dillon, Luke Pannell.

Falcons squad: Matthew Stretch (captain), Nick Weaver (vice-captain), Sam Boyce, Chris Turkington, Tarin Mason, Chris Bartholomeusz, Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, Benjamin Ivory-McCullum, Cooper Roberts, Andrew McCaa, Harry Boyce, Harry MacDonald, Tim Petrie, Cameron Collins, Max Armstrong, Joel Pannell, Tom Sloan, Patrick Moran, Greg Stretch.

Gains: Chris Bartholomeusz, former Nelson and Canterbury Country allrounder. Moved to Marlborough from Melbourne. Bailey Andrews-Kennedy, Former Otago Country and Southland medium fast bowler. Moved to Marlborough from Dunedin. Losses: Ma’ara Ave, Playing in Palmerston North this season. Joel Lavender, recovering from surgery, due back in the New Year

The Dolphins squad was unavailable at the time of publishing.