Sat, Nov 20, 2021 6:17 PM

ACOB go three from three

ACOB survived a strong challenge from Wakatu to remain unbeaten in the Tasman Premier League. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport

Jonty Dine

They were made to work for it, but defending champions Athletic College Old Boys continue to set the pace in the Tasman Premier League with its third win on the trot today.

A brave chase from Wakatu fell 29 runs shy of its target as Ollie Jones-Allen produced a crucial five-for to lead his side to victory.

Half centuries at the top of the order by Finn Restieaux and Thomas Zohrab set Wakatu a formidable total of 267.

Restieaux's 75 came off just 73 deliveries and comprised of 11 boundaries and a six with both Sam Berkett and Jones-Allen provided some late fireworks.

Daniel Hooper and Campbell McLean ensured a thrilling reply from the hosts with 80 and 69 respectively.

At 216/6 it was game on but when McLean fell, the lower order followed suit, dismissed for 238 with Jones claiming 5/53.

Elsewhere, Car Company Stoke/Nayland made short work of Nelson College at Marsden Rec., chasing down the modest target with eight wickets and more than 30 overs to spare.

The hosts ripped through the College lineup in just 27 overs, Jared Silvester again at the forefront of the attack with 3/19 while Daniel Phillipps sneared 3/19 off four.

Josh Smith was kept busy behind the stumps with five catches and a run out as no Nelson batsman was able to get past 20.

Chris Dittimer controlled a comfortable chase as he notched 59 from 51 balls to seal an emphatic win.

In Blenheim, the Falcons produced the highest total of the season on the back of the competition's first century.

Matthew Stretch blasted 142 from 109 to propel the Falcons to an imposing 309 against Waimea Toi Toi United, losing its final wicket with the final ball of the innings.

Despite the mammoth total, Sam Baxendine managed to bag 6/36 with James Ranson going for a few but chipping in with three wickets.

WTTU was never in the hunt, eventually dismissed for 125 , skipper Stretch backing up his heroics with the bat with 2/9 to finish off the tail.

The second match over the Whangamoa's saw Taylors Contracting Wanderers/Motueka pick up its second win, defeating the Dolphins by six wickets.

With two wickets apiece for five Wanderers bowlers, the Dolphins collapsed to 105 all out.

In response, an unbeaten 37 from Kyle Paki Paki got his side home with almost 20 overs up their sleeve.