TPL Round 3 review
Dolphins apply the Pressure
Things have really tightened up after Round Three of the TPL as only one team remains unbeaten. In Blenheim, Nelson playing through champions Stoke Nayland were dismantled and WTTU continued their resurgence. On this side of the hill Nelson College got off the mark meaning ACOB and Wakatu remain the only teams without a victory after two completed rounds. The Dolphins are the sole undefeated outfit with two victories.
Nelson College v Wakatu
Contrary to expectations the two winless teams to date battled out a long and tense battle at Ngawhatu. The early tempestuous weather dissipated and in a game reduced to 40 overs maximum, Wakatu reached three figures for the first time this season. Dan Hooper anchored the innings but they again relied on sundries which provided 21 runs to buoy up the total. For Nelson College young medium Kaleb MacKay made the initial inroads and cunning off spinner Mason Lund provided both wicket taking impact and run saving expertise through the middle overs. College made hard work of the mediocre run chase but an outstanding, mature and somewhat overdue effort by Finn Restieaux controlled the innings and ultimately led the schoolboys to victory. Finn Raxworthy joined with Restieaux in a 49 run partnership which effectively broke the back of the run chase. Raxworthy drove pleasantly in a tidy knock which was unfortunately curtailed prematurely by an unnecessary run out. Restieaux produced the first half century in the grade this season. Burly opening bowler Jarrod Mackay sealed the deal with a huge six in the penultimate over.
For Wakatu Cory Goulding and Ryan Hooper toiled manfully with the ball and the fielding effort yielded some nice catches and a couple of run outs. They will need their batsmen though, to shoulder some responsibility next week if they are to get off the mark on the competition ladder.
Wakatu 123 Dan Hooper 21, Kaleb MacKay 3/25, Mason Lund 2/29, Ronan Restieaux 2/18
Nelson College 126/6 Finn Restieaux 51*, Finn Raxwothy 22, Ryan Hooper 2/22, Cory Goulding, 2/23
Nelson College won by 4 wickets
Dolphins v Stoke Nayland
The Marlborough Labour Hire Dolphins showed they will be a force to be reckoned with at Horton Park today. They secured a four-wicket win over fellow unbeaten side Stoke Nayland restricting the visiting side to 123, then running down their target with 11 overs to spare and only six wickets down. Stoke batted first in marginal conditions, light drizzle making the outfield slow and dark clouds limiting visibility. However, there was not a lot of substance to their innings. Opener Chris Dittmer top-scored with a patient 41 from 67 balls but his partners had trouble staying with him. Ben Homan chipped in with 14, Brendan Hodgson managed 15 before being run out by Jerrym Lamb, a crucial blow to Stoke’s hopes of amassing a sizeable total. When Dittmer was the fifth batsman to fall with the total at 73, the writing was on the wall although the visitors eked out a few more runs before they were all out in the 48th over. The Dolphins attack made the most of the conditions, especially medium pacer Ben Blackman with 4-27 from nine overs, Corey Bovey, who took 2-16 from seven, and Joe Timms who chipped out two middle order wickets.While the home side’s fielding was by no means impeccable, they showed good control of a slippery ball to concede only nine extras.
The sun came out late in the Stoke innings and shone on the Dolphins’ batsmen. Luke Frankland and John Porter saw them off to a steady start, Prabodha Arthavidu continued the momentum but it was skipper Jerrym Lamb, with an unbeaten 45, who ensured the Dolphins reached their target. At 43-4 they were teetering, but Lamb, helped by Hayden Gaudin (13) and Bovey, with an unbeaten 21, combined to finish the game in the 39th over. Ili Tugaga snared 2-27 for the visitors, while Darius Skeaping, Dylan Eginton, Ben Stark and Patrick Howes claimed a wicket apiece.
Stoke Nayland 123 Chris Dittmer 41, Ben Blackman 4/27, Joe Timms 2/6, Corey Bovey 2/29
Dolphins 124/6 Jerrym Lamb 45*, Bovey 21*, Ili Tugaga 2/27
Dolphins won by 4 wickets
Falcons v WTTU
On Horton Park No 3 WTTU made short work of the Marlborough Labour Hire Falcons, also first round winners, winning comprehensively by 69 runs.
Batting first WTTU struggled in the drizzle but gritted their teeth to produce a score they could bowl at. Daniel Endersby (27) and Mason Thelin (22) were the main contributors as they got through to 63-4 before the home side began to get on top. However, a cameo innings of 33 invaluable runs from Blair Carpenter and 27 from Sam Baxendine, the man of the match, saw them recover from 75-7 to post a defendable score of 136 all out in the 48th over. Matthew Stretch continued his strong start to the season with the ball, grabbing 4-19 off 10 overs, while Nick Weaver picked up 2-23 from eight and Tarin Mason 2-26 from six.
The Falcon’s reply was dismal. They lost wickets all too regularly, with Andrew McCaa’s 15 being top score as they collapsed to be all out for 67 in the 23rd over. Baxendine led the way with the ball, bowling with pace and deception to snare 4-18 off six overs, while fellow paceman Joe O’Connor grabbed 3-14 from four and Kurt Thompson took 2-13 from six.
WTTU 136 Blair Carpenter 33, Sam Baxendine 27, Daniel Endersby 27, Mason Thelin 22, Matthew Stretch 4/19, Nick Weaver 2/23, Tarin Mason 2/26
Falcons 67 Sam Baxendine 4/18, Joe O’Connor 3/14, Kurt Thompson 2/13
WTTU won by 69 runs