Marl­bor­ough too strong for Buller

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - MOTORING - ED GILHOOLY

It was great to spend time on Satur­day morn­ing watch­ing some of the Su­per­star Kiwi Cricket ac­tion at Lansdowne Park and chat­ting to par­ents look­ing af­ter the teams.

Both the girls and boys com­pe­ti­tions seem to be run­ning well and the play­ers cer­tainly seem to be en­joy­ing them­selves.

A pop­u­lar ad­di­tion this year is player of the day cer­tifi­cates for each team spon­sored by Tasty Pot and we have started to re­ceive player of the day pic­tures from teams. Keep send­ing these in and we will post on our Face­book site.

In other cricket ac­tion over last week­end Marl­bor­ough proved far too strong for Buller in its Hawke Cup round 1 game which fea­tured an out­stand­ing in­nings of 198 from MCA Devel­op­ment Man­ager Pra­bodha Arthavidu.

This was Artha’s third cen­tury of the sea­son and came from 221 balls fea­tur­ing 15 fours and two sixes as Marl­bor­ough made 386 for 7 bat­ting first. Josh Poole with 64 and Matt Stretch with a rapid 56no pro­vided good sup­port be­fore Jer­rym Lamb tore through the vis­i­tors bat­ting tak­ing 7 wick­ets for 4 runs from 8 overs as Buller were well and truly routed for 50.

They fared no bet­ter the sec­ond time around limp­ing to 45 all out as the game was wrapped up by lunch on the sec­ond day. Marl­bor­ough faces a tougher op­po­nent this week­end as they travel to Ran­giora to play Can­ter­bury Coun­try.

In 2nd grade games Wairau Val­ley con­tin­ued their 100 per cent win­ning record con­firm­ing its place in the De­cem­ber 15 fi­nal and end­ing Wairau War­riors hopes at the same time.

Greg Stretch top scored for Val­ley with 36 and Paul Mo­ran took 3 for 11 from 8 overs as the War­riors fell just 14 runs short.

Ren­wick also con­firmed their fi­nal spot with a con­vinc­ing win at Pic­ton. Piers Lan­don-Lane reached his maiden club cen­tury mak­ing ex­actly 100 from 86 balls be­fore Tony McKen­zie ran through the Pic­ton bat­ting with 5 wick­ets for 17 runs. In se­nior grade T20 first round ac­tion there were wins for Wairau over Ren­wick and Celtic over MBC.

In WK ju­nior 4th grade games Wairau Blue man­aged a 9 run vic­tory over Ren­wick thanks to Carter Aitken (41) with the bat and brothers Tim Petrie (3 for 17) and Luke (4 for 12) with the ball. For Ren­wick Grif­fin Carter made 42 and Benji Na­tion 30, while Quin Hold­away took 3 for 21 in a fine and com­pet­i­tive game.

In the other game for which a re­sult was re­ceived Wairau White were far too strong for Wairau Black with Flynn Hawtin again in the runs with 39 well sup­ported by Leo Mar­fell (39) and Bax­ter Croad (31).

There is plenty of cricket ac­tion for lo­cal watch­ers this week­end with the start of the 2nd grade T20 com­pe­ti­tion on Thurs­day evening, se­nior grade T20 on Fri­day evening plus ju­nior grades con­tin­u­ing over the week­end along with fi­nal round of games in the 2nd grade 40 over com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

LUZ ZUNIGA/ STUFF

Marl­bor­ough Pavodha Arthavidu, seen here against Nel­son last month, fell just two runs short of a dou­ble cen­tury against Marl­bor­ough.

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