UCVC notch cricket victory over Renwick
United Country and Vineyard continued their strong start to the second grade cricket season with an eight-wicket win over Renwick at Horton Park on Saturday.
UCVC won the toss and put Renwick in on a pitch favouring the bowlers, with the ball moving appreciably sideways as early as the first over.
Kyle Heagney picked up a couple of early wickets to put the pressure on Renwick.
However, Todd Nicholas (21) came in to steady the ship but didn’t find much support from the other end with wickets continuing to fall at regular intervals.
Peter Campbell, coming in at nine, added some respectability to the score with a quick fire 32 but Renwick were dismissed for 112 in the 30th over.
A disciplined team bowling performance from UCVC was led by Matt Duggan, with 3-32 from five overs, Rowan Langdon (2-8 off four), Heagney (2-11 off four) and Darcy Hooper-Smith (2-15 off three).
UCVC’s chase got off to a shaky start, losing a wicket in the first over.
But their progress was relatively smooth from there with Gerard Shand (43) and George Murray (37 not out) guiding them home in a sedate 24 overs.
Nick Wilder, with 2-31, was the pick of the bowlers.
At Oliver Park, Wairau downed Celtic Green by eight wickets. Celtic won the toss and decided to bat first but were dismissed for 105 in 30.3 overs.
Top scorers were Ollie Lawson (25) and Logan Robinson (24).
Wairau’s standout performer with the ball was Alex Kennedy, who claimed the impressive figures of 6-28 from 7.3 overs, backed up by Riki Baker, who bagged 2-9 from five.
Wairau chased down the score in 25.3 overs, reaching 106-2 with opening batsman Tom Rawcliffe scoring 49 not out and Cameron Horton an unbeaten 35.
Celtic’s best bowler was Jassi Brar with 2-29.
Meanwhile, Wairau Valley scored a 42-run win over Picton.
Valley batted first at Endeavour Park and scored 198-9 off 40 their overs, Daniel Allan scoring 42, Liam Geddes 37 not out and Heath Murphy 36.
Connor Grant took 4-37 for Picton. Picton replied with 156 all out, Mike Stewart making 33, Blair Timms an unbeaten 24. Henry Moran with 3-16 was the pick of the Valley attack.