Women’s festival in full swing as social season begins

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Amy Lucas strikes during the Women's Cricket Social Festival Day held at Horton Park last Sunday.

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Amy Lucas strikes during the Women’s Cricket Social Festival Day held at Horton Park last Sunday.

Wairau booked his place in the SBS Bank Senior grade 40 final after a bonus point victory over Renwick last Saturday.

Andrew McCaa (125) and Hunter Ruffell (63) led the way in Wairau’s 268 (Cody Golding 3-58) before Renwick’s stick was demolished for just 82, Griffin Carter (3-31), Tim Petrie (3-1).

Celtic will almost certainly join them in the final after a tense 1-wicket win over Wairau Valley.

James McVitie scored with 81 points in Valley’s 157 for 5, with Celtic heading home thanks to 37 from Ben Blackman and a crucial 12 from No.10 batsman Jaden Adams.

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There were some great performances from WK junior players as our junior ratings started this weekend, including: Blake Nation (41), Dylan Gifford (29 and 3-7), Rupert Hammond (2-21), Dom Alexander (36), George Grigg (2-9), Fionn Heagney (56), Charlie Booker (34), Joseph Gilhooly (2-23), Liam Cohen (52), Spencer Gregg (50), Josh Shoemark (18 & 2-17), Lucas Dowling (2-4).

Monday saw the start of the WK Grade 4 Super 8 T20 League, a new initiative involving players who signed up for our Primary Schools development training programs with four teams of eight playing a round-robin series at Renwick every other Monday, 20+ overs per side.

In the Grade 3 matches, Hayden McWilliam was the match winner for Wairau in their five wicket win over Wairau Valley, best score with 39 taking 2-19. He was well supported by Sinclair Hill (2-12) while Aaron Robinson scored for Valley with 37 points from number ten in the order.

The sun shone brightly on Sunday and eight teams took part in the Churchill Private Hospital Women’s Social Cricket Festival Day, kicking off the social season.

It was great to see the ladies having so much fun with the games being played in true sportsmanship. The midweek contest starts next week, so if you haven’t confirmed your entries yet, please do so by emailing [email protected]

It was a total team effort from Wairau as they booked their place in the final with a comprehensive win over Renwick.

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It was a total team effort from Wairau as they booked their place in the final with a comprehensive win over Renwick.

Also on Sunday, the Marlborough Year 11/12 representatives suffered a narrow 3-wicket defeat to their Nelson counterparts at Horton Park.

Griffin Carter was Marlborough’s star performer, hitting 65 of 76 for a total of 145 and putting pressure on Nelson’s batters with his off-rotation bowling in tandem with Tim Petrie (3-23).

At 101 for 7, Marlborough was favorite but could not find another breakthrough.

Best wishes to the Marlborough Senior Men’s Representatives team who will face Nelson at Saxton Oval this Sunday in a Newman Shield challenge to kick off their season.

This weekend also sees the start of the 2nd year, 40+ competition, as well as the final round matches of the senior level competition.

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