Dolphins neck and neck at league summit
The Marlborough Labour Hire Dolphins moved to the top of the Tasman Premier League following another bonus point win over Wakatu.
Josh Poole was the star man for the Dolphins taking a hat-trick in his four wickets for 13 runs as Wakatu were bowled out for 125.
Poole then guided his team home with an unbeaten 48 as the Dolphins lost 6 wickets but crucially took only 31 overs to ensure the bonus point win.
They are now joint first, level on points with Stoke Nayland and a win this weekend over ACOB will guarantee them a place in Sunday’s final.
The Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons slipped up against WTTU losing by 4 wickets which brings WTTU back into contention for a place in the final. Batting first the Falcons could only manage 143 with Andrew McCaa making 51 and Chris Turkington 32.
The Falcons bowlers brought them back into the game with Joel Lavender taking 2 for 18 and Sam Boyce 2 for 26 but it was not enough to prevent their second defeat of the competition.
Falcons are now in 3rd place on 19 points with WTTU a point further back. They need to win their final game at Nelson College this Saturday and hope that either Stoke Nayland or the Dolphins slip up in order to make the final. The venue for the final will depend on which team finishes the round robin series in top place. In the SBS Bank 2nd Grade Challenge Cup Wairau finished as top qualifier following their win over Celtic Green. Matt Clark (39) and Cameron Horton (34) were the main contributors to Wairau’s 197 for 9 batting first.
Celtic Green fell well short on 114 with Tony Alexander taking 3 for 35 and Mike Croad 2 for 27. Renwick won a close game against Wairau Valley by 7 runs. Kirk Nicholas made 42 and Max Brydon 36 in Renwick’s 173 for 9, Tom Sloan and Henry Moran both returning the fine figures of 3 for 31. In reply, Greg Winstanley nearly saw Valley home with an unbeaten 48 before running out of partners with two balls remaining. The results left Renwick and Celtic Green tied in second place but it is Celtic Green who will play Wairau in this Saturday’s final thanks to their win over Renwick in round robin play.
This means that five different teams have made second grade finals this season which is a reflection of how closely contested this grade has been. The third grade final is between Wairau Valley / Renwick and Wairau Cubs with both finals starting at 12pm.
Tickets are now on sale for the MCA annual dinner and awards evening which is on Friday 6th April at Horton Park. Contact Ed Gilhooly or Greg Stretch to book your place.
Dolphins bowler Josh Poole was the man of the match after taking a hat-trick against Wakatu.