UCVC notch cricket vic­tory over Ren­wick

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - PETER JONES

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.

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