The Marlborough primary school reps decided to contribute to a fundraising effort for cancer-sufferer Hollie Beattie, a cause recently highlighted by Black Caps opener Tom Blundell. They bought specially-designed bat grips, which they all used throughout the South Island tournament, then presented the leading opposition player with one following each game. Photo: Supplied. 

Primary cricketers do battle on coast

The Marlborough primary school cricket team may have finished out of the top placings at the South Island tournament in Westport last week, but they made the most of their trip to the annual event.

A tough draw, some bad luck on day one and being on the wrong side of a couple of close results conspired to push Marlborough into 10th position, with team management suggesting if everything had gone their way they could have finished among the top four.

“The boys actually did pretty well,” said assistant coach Mike Croad. “It was one of those tournaments where the draw worked against us and we felt we were only a win away from being potential top four, depending on run rate.”

Marlborough’s first T20 match, against West Coast, a team they were heavily favoured to beat, was rained out and they drew two of the strong Canterbury sides, making it a “tough gig”.

Later in the first day they scored their first win, against Mid Canterbury, then the following day they lost to Nelson and beat hosts Buller.

Next up was Canterbury Country and Canterbury Red, two of the favoured sides, with Marlborough battling hard but coming up short in both fixtures.

Those results put them in the 9th-12th bracket where they met Buller in a 40-over semifinal and came away with an easy win. Marlborough scored 271-7 batting first and dismissed Buller for 153.

On the final day they met Mid Canterbury again and lost a thriller by a single run. Batting first Mid Canterbury made 148 before being dismissed, Marlborough losing their final wicket a run short of a tie.

Croad said the team’s bowling was a highlight, while several individuals showed up in the tournament’s overall batting, bowling and fielding standings.

Baxter Croad had the distinction of claiming the most wickets at the tournament, taking 12 scalps at an average of 9. Hunter Shore was 12th on the list with nine wickets at 11.

Benji Nation finished sixth on the batting ladder, scoring 160 runs at an average of 26. Shore was eighth with 149 at 24, Olly Pauling 20th with 117 at 29.

On the overall tournament MVP stats, accumulated points across all disciplines, Croad finished 10th, Pauling 11, Shore was 13th and Nation 14th.

“It’s a pretty good result for a wee place like us to have four guys right up there across 170-odd kids,” added Croad.

“We were right up there in terms of performances, we just didn’t get the results on the day.

“The lads never gave up at any stage and handled the quicker bowling well … within a week the boys have grown so much, they are hitting the ball so much harder now.”

Nick Weaver, from the Falcons, bowls to Stoke Nayland skipper Brendan Hodgson at Horton Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Marlborough club cricketers slip off pace

Both Marlborough teams in the Tasman Premier League cricket competition slid to heavy defeats on Saturday.

The Falcons, playing at Horton Park, went down to table-toppers Stoke Nayland by six wickets, while the Dolphins, who led the competition coming into the festive break, were hammered by ACOB in Nelson, losing by 171 runs.

The bonus point victories claimed by Stoke Nayland and ACOB, plus a similar haul by Nelson College, has ramped up the stakes leading into the final round of the competition, to be played in three weeks due to rep commitments.

The three Nelson side, plus the Dolphins, now all have a chance of making the three-team play-offs in February.

The wheels are wobbling on the Dolphins’ campaign and without leading run scorer Prabodha Arthavidu they seem especially vulnerable.  Stoke Nayland and ACOB look assured of play-off berths while Nelson College, under coach Garry MacDonald, appear to be coming home with a wet sail.

The outstanding individual performance of the day was produced by belligerent ACOB opener Thomas Zohrab who backed up a fine 117 with a parsimonious and dangerous bowling display of 4-13 off 10 overs.

At the Botanics, ACOB put together their best batting display of the season, registering a formidable 286/7 against the visiting Dolphins. Nic Clark and Zohrab produced a 92-run opening partnership, then when Clark went Zohrab took centre stage. He was the fourth man dismissed with the score at 238, then his lower order teammates chimed in as the total grew.

The Dolphins all struggled against the home team onslaught, but medium pacer Akhil Pant was the best with a three-wicket bag.

The chase always appeared out of reach for the Dolphins as Thomas Zohrab completed an outstanding double by applying the screws early in a 10-over spell which yielded four wickets for just 13 runs.  Ben Blackman offered some resistance, but the run chase always seemed to be a forlorn hope as Ollie Jones-Allen administered the final rites.

A similarly-limp batting effort by the Falcons enabled defending champs Stoke Nayland to cruise to a bonus point win in Blenheim.

They chased down the 92 runs amassed by the Falcons for the loss of just four wickets in the 21st over.

Only opener Joel Lavender, who was run out for 23, hung tough for the Falcons as they batted first and cobbled together a below-par score against an accurate Stoke Nayland bowling unit. They applied consistent pressure and were all rewarded by their perseverance in line and length on a friendly wicket. Left arm spinner Paddy Howes picked up the cherries with three, but it was a real team effort.

A bright spot for the Falcons was the bowling of Nick Weaver, the left arm paceman claiming a wicket with the first ball of the visitors’ innings and troubling all their batsman. He fully deserved his 4-34 from 10 overs, but ultimately Stoke Nayland di it in a canter, experienced batsmen Brendan Hodgson and Ricky Edwards guiding them home.

Meanwhile Nelson College accumulated 241-9 against WTTU at Jubilee Park. Finn Restieaux was the top scorer with a classy 72.

The early loss of both Joey O’Connor and Tom Cross seriously stymied WTTU’s hopes of chasing down the imposing total set by the schoolboys. Jarrod McKay undid them both within his first six overs and after that the home team was always playing catch up.

At Brightwater, Wanderers-Motueka scored a 40 run win over Wakatu. Both teams are out of contention for the play-offs but enjoyed a tight battle. Wanderers scored 176 batting first, then dismissed Wakatu for 136 in the 38th over, a hat-trick to Hayden Ingram the highlight.

 

Scores:

Falcons 92 (Joel Lavender 23, Paddy Howes 3-27, Tom Chambers 2-19, Billy Guyton 2-23) Stoke Nayland 93-4 (Ricky Edwards 30*, Nick Weaver 4/34). Stoke Nayland won by 6 wickets.

ACOB 286-7 (Thomas Zohrab 117, Nic Clark 57, David Zohrab 34, Josh Simpson 29, James Graham 21, Akhil Pant 3-57) Dolphins 115 (Ben Blackman 28, Thomas Zohrab 4-13, Ollie Jones-Allen 3-10). ACOB won by 171 runs

Nelson College 241-9 (Finn Restieaux 72, Jonty Raxworthy 38, Jarrod McKay 41, Sam Baxendine 3-44, Josh Newport 2-26, Billy Powick 2-55) WTTU     112 (Andrew Drummond 26, Mason Thelin 21, Ronan Chauhan 3-19, Jack MacNeil 2-4, McKay 2-20). Nelson College won by 129 runs.

Wanderers-Motueka 176 (Dave Leaonard 52, Logan Ogilvie 43, Damian Aitken 4-37) Wakatu 136 (Fergus Hughes 61*, Hayden Ingram 4-10, Ogilvie 3-42). Wanderers won by 40 runs.

Sam Boyce was Marlborough’s second inning s bowling hero. Photo: Shuttersport.

Marlborough cricketers dodge bullet in Buller

A second innings blitz by Marlborough’s bowling attack spared the senior representative cricket side’s blushes in Westport late last month.

Marlborough came away with an outright win in their first Hawke Cup qualifying match of the season, after being comprehensively outplayed on the first innings.

On their home patch in Westport, Marlborough inserted the home side, who struggled to register a sizeable total, being dismissed for just 148 in the 51st over.

Opener Callum Lennon, with 33 from just 24 balls, led the way along with No 7 batsman Nathan Thompson who amassed an unbeaten 31.

Marlborough’s bowling effort was spearheaded by left arm paceman Nick Weaver, who claimed 4-35 from 14.5 overs. Harry MacDonald was also among the wickets, his 2-40 including the scalps of both Buller openers. Tarin Mason grabbed 2-17, Sam Boyce 1-12 and Bradley Horton 1-17 as the visitors applied the screws in the field.

However, while Buller’s batting looked brittle, Marlborough’s effort was even worse. They were bowled out for just 98 in the 37th over, Three Buller bowlers did the damage. Veteran Troy Scanlon took an astounding 6-36, Sam Jope claimed 2-22 while Ethan Slee bagged 1-24.

Only three Marlborough players managed double figures, Matthew Stretch’s 44 from 86 deliveries standing out like a beacon, while Ma’ara Ave managed 17 and Nick Weaver 16. The visitors lost three wickets for just four runs before the conclusion of the fourth over and never fully recovered.

Trailing by 50 runs and conceding first innings points it was going to take some effort from Marlborough to get anything out of the game and it was their bowlers who began the fightback, dismissing Buller in their second innings for just 86 in 54 overs.

Showing the way was medium pacer Boyce who picked up 5-19 from 19 overs with a fine display of accurate, penetrative bowling. Prabodha Arthavidu bagged 2-10 from seven overs, MacDonald claimed 1-11, Tarin Mason 1-13 and Stretch 1-20 to set up a winning target of 136.

With plenty of overs left on day two the outright result depended on how well Marlborough batted and this time they showed much more resolve.

They got a solid base, courtesy of a 34-run opening partnership between Tom Sutherland (26 from 75) and Joel Lavender (10 from 57) then, when Lavender was dismissed, Arthavidu took control, his 52 runs from 68 balls guiding the visitors home with 48 overs to bowl. He received assistance from Jerrym Lamb (19) and Ave (10) as Marlborough reached 138-5 in 42 overs to claim eight points.

Scanlon and Slee took two wickets apiece.

Buller were awarded seven points for their first innings supremacy.

Marlborough’s next Hawke Cup match is against Nelson, in Nelson, on January 25-26.

Prabodha Arthavidu is clapped off by Horton Park by opponents and team-mates alike after scoring a superb unbeaten 133 against Stoke Nayland. Photo: Peter Jones.

Dolphins get one over defending TPL champs

The Marlborough Labour Hire Dolphins claimed a comprehensive and morale-boosting win bonus point over reigning Tasman Premier League champions Stoke Nayland at Horton Park on Saturday.

In a replay of the 2018-19 final, Dolphins batted first and amassed a formidable total of 273-4 from their 50 over complement. They then tipped over the visitors for just 136 in the 35th over.

The Dolphins’ total was based around a superb unbeaten 133 from No 3 batsman Prabodha Arthavidu, the classy Sri Lankan playing shots all around the wicket on his way to his second century of the competition. He hit 11 fours and a couple of sixes, coupled the big shots with sharp running between the wickets as he took complete control of the situation in the middle.

Arthavidu received good support from opener Luke Frankland, who scored a patient 43 from 91 balls and contributed to a 119-run second wicket partnership.

When Frankland departed in the 31st over, Josh Poole teamed up with Arthavidu to add a further 109 runs, keeping their foot firmly on Stoke Nayland’s throat. Poole departed in the 47th over, having scored 56 at better than a run-a-ball as the Dolphins upped the run-rate and put all the visiting bowlers under pressure.

Former Marlborough rep Ben Stark was the most successful of the Stoke attack, claiming an economical 2-30 off 10 before being bowled out in the middle of the innings.

Openers Dylan Eginton and Stark begun the visitors’ run chase with a 50-run opening partnership but when they fell for 35 and 37 respectively the total quickly became very intimidating. Liam Clark and Billy Guyton were run out as Dolphins increased the pressure while Poole completed a fine all round effort by securing five cheap wickets to easily ensure the home team a comfortable victory.

The other Marlborough-based side, the Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons, played WTTU in Nelson and came off second-best, losing by 105 runs.

Joey O’Connor and a belligerent Tom Cross got WTTU off to their customary flyer at Jubilee Park.

They put on 98 for the first wicket, but once Cross was dismissed O’Connor decided to dig in for the long haul. He completed his second century of the season, ending with 118 off 129 deliveries.

Andrew Drummond rounded the innings off with a hard hit 61 off just 48 balls as the visiting bowling attack faltered in the trying conditions. Harry MacDonald claimed a couple of wickets and Matthew Stretch persevered well, but it was tough day in the field for the Falcons who were never really in the hunt with the bat as their top order batting disintegrated to the pace of Sam Baxendine.  At 78-8 in the 20th over it was pretty much game, set and match.  Nick Weaver and Tom Sloan put up some resistance towards the end, but it was all too little and too late.

In the other matches completed, ACOB and Nelson College both chased down small totals, but not without some scares, to keep their title hopes alive.

Dolphins 273-4 (Prabodha Arthavidu 133*, Josh Poole 56, Luke Frankland 43, Ben Stark 2-30) Stoke Nayland 136 (Ben Stark 37, Dylan Eginton 35, Josh Poole 5-12, Tom Turner 2-20). Dolphins won by 137 runs

WTTU 275-5 (Joey O’Connor 118, Andrew Drummond 61*, Tom Cross 34, Mason Thelin 20, Harry MacDonald 2-56) Falcons 170 (Nick Weaver 66, Tom Sloan 41, Sam Baxendine 5/31, Dean Hawley 3/59, Josh Newport 2/32) WTTU won by 105 runs.

Wakatu 135 (Mason Robinson 57*, Jason Campbell 22, Mason Lund 2-9, Kaleb McKay 2-29, Jarrod Mckay 2-34) Nelson College 138-7 (Jonty Raxworthy 41, Jack Morris 31, Flynn Day 28, Campbell 4/18). Nelson College won by 3 wickets

Wanderers/Motueka 141 (Andrew Beatson 37, Max Mannering 34, John Ogilvie 26, Jake Milton 3-28, Thomas Zohrab 3-28) ACOB 144/8 (David Zohrab 24, BJ Barnett 22, Mannering 4-17, L Ogilvie 2-22). ACOB won by 2 wickets

 

T20 competition

On Friday evening the latest round of SBS senior T20 cricket was played at Horton Park.

Renwick maintained their grip on the competition, completing their third victory across the first three rounds with a comprehensive win over defending champs Wairau.

With Rikki Bovey, 24 from 22, Luke Frankland, 56 from 54, Prabodha Arthavidu, 21 from 18, and Kirk Nicholas, 22 from 19, being the main contributors they amassed 156-6 from their 20 overs, then bowled Wairau out for 122 in the 19th over.

Wairau’s lack of experienced batting was illustrated by the fact the majority of their runs came from three pace bowlers, Tarin Mason, with 43 from 47, Nick Weaver, 23 from 14, and Chris Turkington,    with 34 from 29.

Keirin Gaudin, with 4-27 from his four overs, spearheaded the Renwick bowling along with Rikki Bovey who picked up 3-22 from his four.

On the number three ground, Celtic held off a strong challenge from the winless Marlborough Boys’ College side. Celtic batted first and were held to 106-7 as the students bowled and fielded eagerly.

In reply their chase ended at 100-6, MBC unable to find the boundary over the final overs when they had wickets in hand, thanks to some tight bowling, especially from spinners Josh Poole and Tom Sutherland.

The next round of T20 is scheduled for Wednesday when Celtic meet Wairau and Renwick play Wairau Valley, who have won two from two.

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

Renwick, Valley claim T20 wins

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.

Falcons' bowler Chris Turkington in action against ACOB on Saturday. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Dolphins back on TPL track

There were vastly contrasting results for Marlborough’s two Tasman Premier League cricket teams on Saturday.

Despite heavy afternoon rain, three of the four TPL matches, all played in Nelson, were completed, including the two featuring Marlborough-based sides.

The Dolphins rebounded smartly from their first loss of the season to register a comprehensive 143-run win over Wanderers-Motueka, while the Falcons were soundly beaten by ACOB, losing by 101 runs.

Wanderers-Motueka v Dolphins

The Dolphins’ total of 260-4 from their 50 overs was based around a 177-run partnership between Luke Frankland and Josh Poole. Opener Frankland went on to score a patient unbeaten 88 from 131 balls, anchoring his side’s innings, while Poole fell eight runs short of a century, scoring 92 from 102 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes.

Prabodha Arthavidu chipped in with 31 from 34 while Rikki Bovey opened up with 19 from 29.

Best of the home side’s bowlers was Max Mannering with an economical 1-39 from 10 overs and Jack White with 1-41, also from his full complement.

Wanderers-Motueka’s run chase could not have started any worse. They were soon 14-5 and, although a few of their lower order batsmen hit out, they were never within reach of their opponents’ score.

Top scorer was No 8 batsman Jack White with 31 from 48.

Ben Blackman did most of the damage for the Dolphins, snaring 5-15 from just seven overs, a haul which included the wickets of four of the top five batsmen, while Athavidu bagged 2-7 from 6.2 and Cory Golding 2-13 from six.

ACOB v Falcons

Batting was the issue for the Falcons, who bowled and fielded well but were unable to mount a decent chase.

They dismissed a strong ACOB batting line-up for just 161 in the 43rd over, the wickets shared around. Matthew Stretch grabbed 4-30 off 9.4 overs, Harry MacDonald picked up 2-22 from five and Greg Stretch claimed 2-25 from eight. Nick Thomsen, 28 from 54, Josh Simpson, 34 from 40, BJ Barnett, 20 from 23, and Joseph Gregan, 23 from 42, were the best of the local batsmen.

After putting themselves in a position to chase down a mediocre score Falcons quickly succumbed. Opener Joel Lavender, who top-scored with a dogged 28 from 56 balls, was ninth man out in the 21st over but was unable to find anyone to stay with him. None of the other Falcons’ batsmen reached double figures.

ACOB bowlers Regan Smith, 5-24, and Gregan, 2-21, cut a swathe through the top order, at one stage having Falcons at 25-6.

They were eventually all out for 60, in the 23rd over, with Jake Milton claiming three late wickets for just five runs.

WTTU v Wakatu

WTTU made short work of a disappointing Wakatu unit at Jubilee Park. Apart from opener Jason Campbell and the experienced Brad Smith, Wakatu meekly capitulated for 107 in just 26 overs.  Skipper Sam Baxendine claimed 6-22.

WTTU tidied up the run chase in just the 18th over.  Tom Ingham scored an unbeaten 28 as his side got there for the loss of just five wickets.

Stoke Nayland v Nelson College

After an encouraging half century opening stand Nelson College would have been a little disappointed with their total of 165 at Marsden Rec. There was only time for a couple of overs for Stoke Nayland when the rain came and ended what was potentially a testing run chase. The match was drawn.

The Marlborough senior Twenty20 competition began on Friday evening. Photo: Peter Jones.

Brittle batting lets TPL sides down

Both of Marlborough’s teams in the Tasman Premier League cricket competition lost to Nelson rivals on Saturday – by the same margin.

The table-topping Dolphins crashed to their first defeat of the year, going down to Nelson College while the Falcons lost to Wanderers-Motueka, both visiting sides triumphing by 10 runs.

The Dolphins success this season has been based around a steady bowling attack and reliable top-order batting.

On Saturday they got half the equation right, dismissing Nelson College for just 127 in the 44th over, but then they came up short with the bat.

Ben Blackman with 3-11 and Cory Golding who bagged 3-20, were the pick of the home side’s attack. For College, opener Flynn Day contributing a patient 28 while No 8 batsman Patrick Wilson belted 41 hugely-valuable runs before being last man out.

In reply, Dolphins were well placed at 85-3 before key batsman Prabodha Arthavidu was removed for 28.

Four wickets fell with the score at 113 as College paceman Jarrod McKay took over. Jack Holdaway played the anchor role with an unbeaten 39 from 56 balls but McKay grabbed four wickets at the other end to wrap up proceedings. Earlier, Kaleb McKay picked up the key wickets of Rikki Bovey and Luke Frankland cheaply to set College on their way.

Falcons’ match followed a similar scenario, although their run chase was more testing.

Wanderers-Motueka scored 192 from 49.5 overs, Dave Leonard, (43), Max Mannering (29), and Alex Brogan (38) showing the way with the bat. Chris Turkington was in fine form with the ball, picking up 4-35 from 9.5 overs, while Matt Stretch and Cameron Collins bagged a brace apiece to set up a winning opportunity.

The home side’s run chase began promisingly, Tarin Mason and Joel Lavender taking the score to 62 before Mason departed.

Collins joined forces with Lavender to push the score onto 121 in the 28th over but when Lavender went for 68 from 93 there was little further resistance, apart from 25 from Stretch, as the last six wickets fell cheaply.

Andrew Beatson (3-25) Jackson Harris (2-26) and Mannering (2-31) were the main wicket-takers.

 

T20 begins

On Friday night the 2019-20 Marlborough senior Twenty/20 competition kicked off with two games at Horton Park.

Wairau Valley took on Marlborough Boys’ College on the No 1 ground while Renwick met Celtic on the No 3 wicket. Defending champions Wairau had a bye.

Both games were one-sided affairs, Valley and Renwick comfortably cantering to victory, the former by eight wickets and the latter by 59 runs.

MBC batted first on the main ground and came up well short of a competitive total. They were dismissed in the 18th over for just 87, Cameron Collins top-scoring with an unbeaten 19. Tim Petrie contributed 15 as the students came and went with monotonous regularity. Chirag Jagota was the pick of the Valley bowlers, claiming 4-19 from his four overs.

Valley wasted little time in reply, hitting out from the outset. Tim Abraham smashed 18 from seven balls then, when he went, the father-and-son duo of Greg and Matthew Stretch made short work of the chase, Greg ending unbeaten on 29 from 30 balls, Matthew 38 from 21.

Spinner Alec Dodson with two wickets for 18 was the most dangerous of the MBC bowlers.

Renwick did better with the bat, setting a Celtic a target of 130 from their 20 overs. They lost seven wickets along the way, with Rikki Bovey (18 from 16) Luke Frankland (28/40) and Prabodha Arthavidu (50/43) top scoring. Matt Morley (3-18), Jaden Adams (2-36) and Ben Blackman (2-15) claimed the wickets to fall.

Celtic’s reply faltered early and just got worse. They were eventually dismissed for 71 in the 18th over, 26 runs from Reuben Molnar being their top score. Keirin Gaudin (2-9) Piers Landon-Lane (2-22) and Bovey (2-18) were the main wicket-takers.

The victorious Marlborough cricket team. Back row, from left, Jarrod Englefield (coach), Nick Weaver, Tarin Mason, Luke Frankland, Chris Turkington, Harry MacDonald, Bradley Horton, Greg Stretch (manager). Front row, from left, Jerrym Lamb, Matthew Stretch, Prabodha Arthavidu, Ma’ara Ave, Sam Boyce and Tom Sutherland. Photo supplied.

Marlborough cricketers maintain stranglehold on Cave Cup

Marlborough maintained their stranglehold on the Cave Cup at the Chapple Cup one-day cricket tournament in Napier on Sunday, picking up the silverware for the fifth consecutive season.

As they did last year, they met top of the south rivals Nelson in the trophy decider and came away with a convincing victory.

Both sides lost on the first day of the annual Central Districts regional tournament, meaning they were relegated to the Cave Cup section. On Saturday, Marlborough accounted for Taranaki, while Nelson hammered Wairarapa to set up a rematch of their Newman Shield match in Blenheim the previous weekend.

On that occasion Nelson were too good, winning by seven wickets, but on Sunday Marlborough reversed the equation, prevailing by six wickets in a match shortened to 40-overs due to travel commitments.

Nelson won the toss and opted to bat first, following the tournament trend.

The Zohrab twins, Thomas and David, saw them off to a solid 42-run start before Chris Turkington trapped David lbw for 20. The accomplished Greg Hay combined with Thomas Zohrab to take the score past 100 before he was run out in the 22nd over, a pivotal moment.

Paddy Howes added 33 before becoming the first of in-form paceman Nick Weaver’s three victims. Finn Restieaux contributed 28 as Nelson pushed on towards the 200 mark but they were unable to create real momentum at the tail-end of their innings, amassing 203-8 from their 40 overs.

Marlborough’s bowlers were disciplined and generally demanding. Weaver snared 3-34 from eight overs, Prabodha Arthavidu grabbed 1-38 from eight, Turkington 1-18 from four and Jerrym Lamb chipped in with 2-35 from eight.

Once again the in-form Ma’ara Ave got Marlborough’s innings off to a good start, despite losing opening partner Tom Sutherland with just three runs on the board.

Arthavidu joined Ave for a 61-run second wicket partnership, setting the foundation for a successful chase before Ave departed for 34 from 44 balls in the 12th over. Both Matthew Stretch and Lamb came and went quickly, leaving the match in the balance with Marlborough teetering at 79-4 in the 16th over. However Luke Frankland strode to the wicket and from there he and Renwick clubmate Arthavidu set about building a superb unbroken 125-run partnership to take the game away from Nelson.

Marlborough finished with 204-4 in the 38th over, Arthavidu remaining unbeaten on 82 from 92 balls and Frankland left on 64 from 74 deliveries.

Marlborough coach Jarrod Englefield was happy with the Cave Cup result but was again left rueing the first-up loss to Manawatu.

“We were in a pretty strong position to beat Manawatu but unfortunately it didn’t happen … like I said to the boys, we played really good cricket but just lost a few key moments in that game.

“Then, against Taranaki … I don’t remember the last time we beat those guys … we played really good cricket, posted a really good score then fielded and bowled well.

“Today we just played really good cricket. The boys are full of confidence.”

Englefield singled out pace bowler Weaver, who took five wickets against Taranaki and three against Nelson, for special mention. “He’s bowling like a demon, there had been loads of runs scored on the pitch we played on yesterday, but he took 5-40 and bowled well again today.

“Ma’ara [Ave] has batted well throughout, Luke Frankland was very good today and Artha got 80 not out, Harry MacDonald played an amazing innings against Taranaki … there were just contributions from everybody.

“We have won the Cave Cup before, but to beat Taranaki and Nelson along the way this year, they are probably the hardest teams we have had to play to win the cup before.

“We are definitely playing the type of cricket that puts us in the top four of the CD region.”

Next up for Marlborough is their Hawke Cup qualifying campaign, which begins with a trip to Buller on December 21-22.

Earlier Chapple Cup results:

Friday – Manawatu 278-7 (Trent McGrath 106, Floyd Na Nagara 82, Arana Noema-Barnett 64, Prabodha Arthavidu 3-53, Nick Weaver 2-56, Jerrym Lamb 2-40) Marlborough 241 (Ma’ara Ave 76, Arthavidu 52, Lamb 40, Harry MacDonald 35,  Noema-Barnett 4-29, Tim Richards 2-38, Brad Fulton 2-45). Manawatu win by 37 runs.

Saturday – Marlborough 286-9 (Ave 92, Tom Sutherland 46, Arthavidu 20, Lamb 38, MacDonald 52, Jordan Gard 4-56) Taranaki 253 (Adam Keene 53, Phillip Barraclough 40, Weaver 5-40). Marlborough win by 33 runs.

Dolphins' keeper Luke Frankland and skipper Jerrym Lamb appeals successfully for a run out decision at Horton Park on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Dolphins continue to set TPL pace

The Marlborough Labour Hire Dolphins continued to show the way in the Tasman Premier League with another comprehensive victory at Horton Park on Saturday.

They were expected to have too much firepower for the Wanderers-Motueka side, who prop up the TPL cricket standings, and that was the case as the Dolphins got home by five wickets.

They dismissed the visitors for just 98 in the 42nd over, picking up wickets regularly through accurate, disciplined bowling and sharp fielding. No 6 batsman Max Mannering with 37 top scored for Wanderers-Motueka, while opener Shaun James added 23, although there were no partnerships of note.

The wickets were shared around, Jerrym Lamb claiming 3-15, Josh Poole 2-28 from 10 with Ben Blackman, Akil Bhardway and Akil Pant bagging one scalp apiece.

In reply Dolphins made a poor start, losing Rikki Bovey first ball but fellow opener Luke Frankland kicked on, scoring 40 from 38 balls to anchor the run chase. With Dolphins in an aggressive mood, five wickets were lost before the lowly target was reached, the match finishing in the 17th over with the home side averaging more than six-an-over.

Jackson Harris, with 2-28 from five overs, was the pick of the visiting attack.

On the No 3 ground the news was not so positive for the other Marlborough side, the Falcons.

Despite fielding what looked, on paper at least, their strongest side of the season they were well beaten by ACOB, who prevailed by eight wickets.

Batting first, the home side were dismissed for just 101 runs in the 37th over. The early loss of Ma’ara Ave, Tarin Mason and Joel Lavender saw them reduced to 3-26 before Matthew Stretch (29) and Chris Turkington (18) mounted a minor recovery with a 42-run partnership.

However, when they were parted there was little resistance to follow as batsmen perished through a combination of bad shot selection and pinpoint bowling.

Jake Milton, 3-13, Thomas Zohrab, 2-16, and David Zohrab, 2-3, were the main destroyers, along with two costly run-outs.

The Falcons made a strong start in the field, Sam Boyce bagging both ACOB openers for ducks, but that was the end of the good news for the locals as Thomas Zohrab, 32*, and Josh Simpson combined for an unbroken 91-run partnership to end proceedings in just the 16th over.  Simpson was the main aggressor, smashing 62 from 39 balls, with 10 fours and a six.

While both the Marlborough games were able to be completed on a hot, windy afternoon, the two matches in Nelson were eventually rained out after first innings were completed, allowing Dolphins to gain some ground on second-placed Stoke Nayland.

Scores

Wanderers 98 (Max Mannering 37, Shaun James 23, Jerrym Lamb 3-15, Josh Poole 2-28) Dolphins 101-5 (Luke Frankland 40, Jackson Harris 2-28). Dolphins win by five wickets.

Falcons 101 (Matthew Stretch 29, Jake Milton 3-13, Thomas Zohrab 2-16, David Zohrab 2-3) ACOB 103-2( T Zohrab 32*, Josh Simpson 62*, Sam Boyce 2-12). ACOB win by eight wickets.

Nelson College 142 (Ronan Restieaux 34, Finn Restieaux 24, Liam Clarke 2-10, Paddy Howes 2-16, Tom Chambers 2-30) Car Company Stoke Nayland did not bat. The match was drawn.

WTTU 140 (Tom Cross 45, Joe O’Connor 27, Matthew O’Sullivan 2-5, Jason Campbell 3-20, Damian Aitken 3-24, Liam Rowling 2-37 Wakatu 40-1. The match was drawn.

The victorious Nelson side with the coveted Newman Shield. Photo: Peter Jones.

Newman Shield goes west

The Newman Shield is back in Nelson hands after their senior cricket representatives completed a clinical victory over Marlborough at Horton Park on Sunday.

Marlborough, who won the toss and elected to bat first, were bowled out for 205 in the 49th over, setting a mediocre target on a good batting deck.

Nelson paced their run chase superbly, reaching 207 for the loss of just three wickets in the 48th over.

The visitors suffered a setback before play began, keeper Jack Aldridge injuring his ankle in the warm-up, being replaced behind the stumps by coach Ryan Edwards.

The disruption did little to affect Nelson’s early efforts, paceman Josh McKay finding the edge of Ma’ara Ave’s bat in the very first over.

However Prabodha Arthavidu joined Tom Sutherland at the crease and the pair set about building a partnership. They looked comfortable, taking quick singles to rotate the strike, before Sutherland ran himself out after misjudging a push to a close-in fielder.

Skipper Matthew Stretch then joined Arthavidu and the pair amassed the game’s largest partnership. Both batted positively, content to wait for loose deliveries, putting on 98 runs together as the home side began to take control. However, at 132-2 in the 28th over medium pacer Thomas Zohrab got the key breakthrough, trapping the Sri Lankan in front for a well-compiled 51 from 64 balls.

Five runs later Stretch followed him back to the pavilion, bowled by Zohrab for 49 from 63 balls and the tide began to turn.

Jerrym Lamb set about resurrecting the innings, scoring a patient 24 from 38 balls, but was unable to find a batting partner until No 8 Tarin Mason arrived at the crease. The pair put on 33 but when Mason (16 from 42) and Lamb fell in the 190s the writing was on the wall and Marlborough were bowled out with 10 balls remaining to be bowled.

Zohrab finished with the outstanding figures of 5-24 from 10 overs, his accuracy and variations reaping a rich reward. McKay bagged 2-33 from 9.2, Max Mannering and David Zohrab grabbing the other wickets to fall.

Nelson set out the run chase in a sensible, sedate fashion. Openers Zohrab and Finn Raxworthy had reached 31 before Zohrab departed.

However, this brought Nelson’s best batsman, the vastly-experienced Greg Hay, to the wicket and he underlined his class with an unbeaten 83 from 113 balls to guide his side home without undue fuss.

He lost Raxworthy, who scored a solid 56 from 83 balls, at 117 but then found a reliable ally in Patrick Howes (21 from 32) who helped take the score to 154 before falling to a superb outfield catch by Arthavidu.

Despite the home side’s efforts to put Nelson under scoreboard pressure in the final overs, Hay and new batsman David Zohrab (19* from 26) ensured there would be nervous moments by slamming three consecutive boundaries in the 48th over to seal the deal.

Marlborough’s bowlers worked hard for little reward, Sam Boyce with 1-32 from 10 being among the most economical. Nick Weaver and Stretch picked up the other wickets to fall.

Marlborough coach Jarrod Englefield, while disappointed to open the season with the loss of a prized trophy, was happy with some areas of his side’s game.

“The positive thing is that we got two guys that created a good partnership and were well set, the disadvantage is that they didn’t kick on … and we also failed to bat our 50 overs which always hurts. With the runs we were definitely 20 to 25 runs short, minimum.

“If we had got through to 225-230 that would have made a tougher chase, but the reality is that we lost three wickets around the 25th over and then we finished poorly, so in the end we were just too many runs short.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s Chapple Cup tournament in Napier, Englefield remains confident his side can make a strong showing.

“There was a lot of positive stuff today. We didn’t get the result but we have a lot of good players in this team and we got starts, it’s all about key learnings … what we can learn from this game to make us better heading into the next one.

“We have come a long way in the last three years, there’s a lot of good stuff happening, we were pretty rusty today, especially in the field, our accuracy was pretty low. We need to work on that but we can go up [to Napier] with confidence.”

Nelson Griffins skipper David Zohrab said it was good to get their hands back on the shield, especially given the close games between the two top of the south rivals in recent times.

“It’s been nice to get one over [Marlborough] again. It’s been tit-for-tat recently, they had the wood over us last year with the draw and a win, so it’s good to start our rep season with a win.

“Today was a great hit-out. We have a relatively young, inexperienced side so it was good to blood a few players. Finn Raxworthy batted really well in only his second game … it was very positive to see that from a young player.

Also Thomas Zohrab bowled well and his figures showed that … Artha and Stretchy were batting well and looking dangerous and [Thomas] blunted that and got through them, really opened them up, which was nice for us.”