Tight at the front of T20 race

Celtic’s Tom Sutherland notched a top double on Wednesday. Photo: Shuttersport.

Renwick have moved to top of the Marlborough’s SBS Twenty20 competition standings after a double round was played last week.

Wins were recorded by four different sides – MBC, Celtic, Wairau and Renwick.

On Wednesday evening run-scoring was at a premium.

The highest score on the night was Marlborough Boys’ College’s 108-4 as they tipped over Wairau Valley, who could only manage 102 in reply.

In the other match, Celtic’s total of 98 was good enough to see off Renwick, who were dismissed for 82.

While the bowlers held sway in both games, it was a couple of batting efforts that decided the course of the matches. Tom Sutherland, with 25 from 22 balls, and Jerrym Lamb, 22 from 17, made sure Celtic put together a score that eventually proved defendable. They were dismissed in the 20th over, Rikki Bovey (3-10), Akhil Pant (2-25) and Cory Golding (2-21) doing the main damage.

Renwick made a solid start, Blair Timms with 31 providing the bulk of their runs. At 42-1 they were well placed, however the loss of Timms’ wicket sparked a spectacular collapse, seven wickets falling within the space of nine runs.

Spin twins, Josh Poole (3-9) and Tom Sutherland (3-4) were mainly responsible for the turnaround.

On the other ground, MBC showed some batting consistency to claw their way to three figures. An unbeaten run-a-ball 36 from Cameron Collins held the innings together, with Cooper Roberts (20 from 23) and Patrick Moran (22-13) adding valuable runs towards the end of the 20 overs.

Richard Moran, 2-15 from four overs, was the pick of the Valley attack.

In reply Valley lost wickets regularly, only Heath Murphy with a run-a-ball 41 showing real resistance. He fell in the 19th over, with just nine runs needed for the win. Then Moran, batting nine, threatened to get his side over the line. However, when he fell for 18 in the final over, the students had scored their first win of the season. Joel Pannell (4-13 from four) was the pick of the bowlers, while Tim Petrie and Collins both bagged a brace.

On Friday Renwick bounced back to score a seven-wicket win over MBC while Wairau, who had the bye two days earlier, kept themselves in the race with a comprehensive 60-run win over Wairau Valley.

Batting first, MBC scored a mediocre 119-5, 33 from Tim Petrie, 40 from Cameron Collins and 19 from Cooper Roberts the foundation of their total. Both Ed Gilhooly and Akhil Bhardwaj picked up a brace of wickets as Renwick kept the brakes on MBC throughout.

Akhil Pant, who opened the innings, was the mainstay of the Renwick reply, his 83 from 63 balls containing 12 fours. Gilhooly, with an unbeaten 24, ensured the match was concluded in the final over with just three wickets lost.   Petrie was the pick of the MBC bowlers.

On the other ground, Wairau struggled to register a decent score against Valley, opener Harry MacDonald with 41 from 36 and Andrew McCaa with 22 from 18 providing most of the impetus. They finished their 20 overs at 118 for eight, Valley bowlers Greg Stretch, Sam Boyce and Richard Franklin all claiming a brace of wickets.

Valley’s reply started badly and got worse. Initially 12-4 as Nick Weaver knocked the top off their innings they were unable to get any sort of partnership together and were dismissed for 54 in the 13th over. Weaver claimed 3-7 while Chris Turkington bagged 3-12.

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