Sat, Oct 9, 2021 8:27 PM

Defending champs kick off season with big win

The joy was short-lived for Wakatu who succumbed to a 48-run loss to ACOB today. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport

Jonty Dine

Despite the late arrival of heavy rain, only one match was called off as the Nelson 40-over cricket competition got underway today.

Defending champions Athletic College Old Boys managed to get in a result before the rain arrived at the Maitai Cricket Ground.

In his debut for the club and his first year out of college, Jonty Raxworthy made an immediate impression with a half century at the top of the order against Wakatu.  

Reuben Smith capped off the innings with a blistering 35 off just 15 balls, smashing four sixes as he propelled the hosts to 215/8.

Dhamesha Rathnayake's 3 for 52 helped reduce the damage for Wakatu who made a strong start to its chase.

Opener Brad Smith scored 48 to guide Wakatu to 81/2 before a collapse ensued.

Regular wickets would reduce Wakatu to 167/9 after 40 overs, falling 48 runs shy of victory as Ollie Jones-Allen, Martin Slabbert and Kevin Dsouza all bagged two wickets.

Meanwhile, in Mapua, a stunning century from skipper Harsh Visavadiya powered Wanderers to 214/9 against Nelson College.

Harsh hammered nine sixes in his dominant innings of 132 which came from just 93 deliveries.

His performance almost overshadowed a superb spell from Jordan Kelso who bagged 5/31 before backing up with a 50 with the bat.

Jordan's heroics weren't enough however as Nelson fell 56 runs short, Joseph O'Connor claiming 3/23.

The late downpour cut short the final game at Jubilee Park which was deep into the second innings.

Stoke Nayland was looking set for victory against Waimea Toi Toi United before the game was abandoned.

At 133/7, Waimea had some work to do chasing Stoke's total of 196 with just six overs remaining.

Earlier in the sunshine, the visitors made a strong start with opener Ben Stark scoring 42 while Sean Neal provided some late fireworks with a 24-ball 43.

Sam Baxendine was the pick of the bowlers for Waimea claiming 2 for 32 as Stoke fell just shy of 200 in its 40 overs with the loss of eight wickets.

In reply, Waimea struggled to gets its innings going with regular wickets falling.

Jared Silvester, Cameron Neame, and Neal each picked up two wickets apiece while Matt Deaker conceded just 13 runs from his six overs.

Stoke/Nayland was awarded the win via Duckworth/Lewis Method.