Nov 30 report

Premier -- Taylors Wanderers-Motueka came out on top in a thrilling cricket match over in Blenheim against the Marlborough Falcons, their first white ball victory since the return to the Premier competition.

Having won the toss in batting friendly conditions Wanderers-Motueka elected to bat. A steady effort ensued with the experienced Dave Leonard (43) and Alex Brogan (38) leading a collective battle which saw handy contributions through the order including Mannering (29) and young Kansara (25). However, a steady stream of wickets lost throughout the innings halted any threatening partnerships that had formed. This culminated in Wanderers-Mot being bowled out for 192 a target which seemed 30-40 light on a good deck.

The second innings started slowly for Wanderers-Motueka as the Falcons opening pair got off to a flier and at 156/2 in the 37th over it seemed as if the Falcons would win at a canter with thoughts of a potential bonus point. However, the game changed in a crazy passage of play which saw Wanderers-Motueka raise their levels, showing fantastic fight. Mannering hit the stumps with a direct hit and only two balls later the set batsman, Matthew Stretch was to fall to Jackson Harris, who ended his spell with 2-26. At 158/4 however the target was still very manageable. Wanderers-Motueka simply refused to lie down and with Harris picking up another, the game was definitely on. Andrew Beatson 3-25 and Logan Ogilvie whose figures don’t display how well he bowled, entered the attack and provided great spells with both bowling tightly and aggressively to reduce the Falcons further, Ogilivie performing yet another direct hit run out off his own bowling. From 156/2 the Falcons slumped to 181/9 when the same two bowlers aptly combined to secure the victory, Beatson having the Falcons number 11 caught off a leading edge to cover by Ogilvie. This was a fantastic team effort and showed huge character from such a young side. With two wins on the bounce the combined side go into next weekend with every confidence that they can beat the other Marlborough side, the Dolphins. This game will be played in Memorial Park and will see Premier cricket return to Motueka for the first time in 5 years.

Second Grade -- The Taylors Wanderers 2nd Grade side continued on their fine form also with another comfortable victory against Nelson College Blue. Nelson College batted first and led by Jack MacNeil’s fine 105, posted 267 for 8 off their 40 overs. Nathan Della-Bosca was the pick of the Wanderers bowlers with 3/23 and their chase looked a little tight when they were 57/3, but an excellent 4th wicket stand of 198 by Brett Morris (89) and Rupert Souch with 109 n/o saw them home safely and early.

2nd Grade will now host Motueka at Centennial Park on Saturday.