TPL Round 10 Results
Rare defeat to Stoke Nayland
The Blenheim domiciled Dolphins inflicted the first defeat of the season for Car Company Stoke Nayland in Round Ten of the TPL club cricket competition. Prabodha Arthavidu completed his second century of the season to allow the Dolphins to post a formidable total while Joey O’Connor also scoring his second ton of the season did likewise in helping WTTU to a big and easily defendable score. ACOB and Nelson College both chased down small totals, but not without some scares, to keep their title hopes alive.
Wakatu v Nelson College
Both teams will have been a little disappointed with the quality of their performances as Nelson College claimed a victory over Wakatu at Victory Square. It was only two outstanding individual performances that propelled the Wakatu innings out of mediocrity. The first was the grit and determination of veteran Mason Robinson as he carried his bat through his team’s 34 over innings. He played a lone hand in resolutely combatting the College bowlers who had their own difficulties maintaining their disciplines of line and length. The other piece of brilliance was the fielding effort of Finn Restieaux who athletically swooped, picked up and threw down the stumps side on to run out the dangerous Campbell McLean.
Although they got a solid foundation the Nelson College batting woes returned as they limped to the small total in the 38th over. On the back of sound contributions from opener Jack Morris and the middle order of Jonty Raxworthy and Flynn Day, it appeared an easy canter home when the scoreboard read two for 115 in the 31st over. The dismissal of Morris and then the needless run out of Raxworthy put undue pressure on the College middle order. Jason Campbell tightened the screws in a tidy four over spell that well and truly had coach Garry MacDonald concerned. As it transpired an inside edge for four from Jacob Walters allowed the schoolboys to sneak home and secure a vital bonus point victory.
Wakatu 135 Mason Robinson 57*, Jason Campbell 22, Mason Lund 2/9, Kaleb McKay 2/29, Jarrod Mckay 2/34
Nelson College 138/7 Jonty Raxworthy 41, Jack Morris 31, Flynn Day 28
Nelson College won by 3 wickets
WTTU v Falcons
Joey O’Connor and a belligerent Tom Cross got WTTU off to their customary flyer against Falcons at Jubilee Park. They put on 98 for the first wicket, but once Cross was dismissed O’Connor decided to temper himself and dig in for the long haul. He completed his second century of the season and finished with a very good 118 off 129 deliveries which included 13 boundaries and two big sixes. There were meaningful partnerships throughout the innings as all the batsmen played solid hands.
Andrew Drummond rounded the innings off with a hard hit 61 off just 48 balls as the visiting bowling attack faltered in the trying conditions. Harry MacDonald claimed a couple of wickets and Matthew Stretch persevered well, but it was pretty tough day in the field for the men from Blenheim.
Falcons were never really in the hunt as their top order disintegrated to the pace of Sam Baxendine. At 78/8 in the 20th over it was pretty much game, set and match. Nick Weaver and Tom Sloan put up some resistance towards the end, but it was all too little and too late as WTTU never took their foot off the throat and Dean Howley also chimed in with three wickets of his own to compliment the solid victory.
WTTU 275/5 Joey O’Connor 118, Andrew Drummond 61*, Tom Cross 34, Mason Thelin 20, Harry MacDonald 2/56
Falcons 170 Nick Weaver 66, Tom Sloan 41, Sam Baxendine 5/31, Dean Hawley 3/59, Josh Newport 2/32
WTTU won by 105 runs
Wanderers/Motueka v ACOB
While it was not a total capitulation the 141 run target that Wanders/Motueka posted against
ACOB at Brightwater at first never really appeared to be competitive on an easy enough pitch in hot
conditions. Andrew Beatson, Max Mannering and John Ogilvie all produced handy enough efforts
put none pushed on to take control of proceedings. All the ACOB bowlers garnered respect and
Jake Milton and Thomas Zohrab picked up the treats with three wickets apiece in a workmanlike
display from the vistors.
However, as the ACOB batsmen also faltered the chase suddenly appeared to be very large indeed.
ACOB seemed in a real hurry to reach the small total but this haste led to some indiscriminate shot
selection. Wickets tumbled regularly as Mannering and Luke Ogilvie both kept the pressure on the
panicking batsmen. David Zohrab and BJ Barnett had given ACOB the cushion at the beginning, but it
was left to the experienced duo of Felix Murray and good old Reuben Smith to eventually steer the
ship home in the 28th over. The home team would be left to rue the 18 wides they delivered in
trying to defend such a meagre total.
Wanderers/Motueka 141 Andrew Beatson 37, Max Mannering 34, John Ogilvie 26, Jake Milton 3/28, Thomas Zohrab 3/28
ACOB 144/8 David Zohrab 24, BJ Barnett 22, Mannering 4/17, L Ogilvie 2/22
ACOB won by 2 wickets
Dolphins v Car Company Stoke Nayland
The Dolphins comprehensively outplayed the champion Car Company Stoke Nayland team at Horton Park in Blenheim. Although Stoke Nayland travelled with a severely under strength selection the home team looked impressive throughout their complete performance. Batting first Prabodha Arthavidu enjoyed hundred plus partnerships for the second and third wickets with Luke Frankland and Josh Poole respectively. Arthavidu dominated the innings and was undefeated having faced 127 balls and hitting 11 fours and two sixes in his outstanding performance. Both Poole and Frankland played great support roles to ensure the bowlers were never ever able to gain any ascendancy. Ben Stark tried hard in picking up a couple of scalps but success was few and far between.
Openers Dylan Eginton and Stark begun with a fifty run opening partnership in pursuit but upon their dismissals the total quickly became very intimidating. There were a couple of run outs and Poole completed a fine all round effort by securing five cheap wickets to easily ensure the home team a comfortable victory.
Dolphins 273/4 Prabodha Arthavidu 133*, Josh Poole 56, Luke Frankland 43, Ben Stark 2/30
Car Company Stoke Nayland 136 Ben Stark 37, Dylan Eginton 35, Josh Poole 5/12, Tom Turner 2/20
Dolphins won by 137 runs