Dol­phins neck and neck at league sum­mit

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - ED GILHOOLY

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.

RICKY WILSON/ STUFF

Dol­phins bowler Josh Poole was the man of the match after tak­ing a hat-trick against Wakatu.

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