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.