Thu, Jan 13, 2022 2:26 PM
ACOB has carried its dominant form into the T20 arena. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport
The Nelson T20 competition kicked off last night with Athletic College Old Boys sending an ominous statement to other clubs after a crushing victory over the defending champions.
Avenging its loss in the final last season against Stoke/Nayland, ACOB hammered their rivals by 94 runs to kick off its campaign in the shorter format.
ACOB compiled 143/9 at the Botanics on the back of 55 at the top of the order from Thomas Zohrab.
Jonty Raxworthy chipped in with 33 while BJ Barnett blasted 25 from 14.
Matt Deaker managed to concede only 17 runs from his four overs and picked up two wickets while Ryan Edwards bagged three.
The visitors were woeful in reply as ACOB ripped through the Stoke/Nayland order, only Josh Smith and Sean Neal reaching double digits.
David Zohrab's superb spell saw him claim the astonishing figures of 3/5 off his four.
Skipper Ollie Jones-Allen was just as rampant at the other end as he took 3/10 and Thomas picked up two scalps of his own as Stoke/Nayland crumbled to 49 all out.
Elsewhere, Waimea Toi Toi United opened its account with a comfortable win over Wakatu.
Sam Baxendine's 4/21 restricted Wakatu to just 110/9 off its 20 overs, Dustin Emms-Healey top scoring with 28.
Opener Parminder Kulaar scored 38 off 24 deliveries as his side reached the target in the 16th over with the loss of five wickets.
Despite a subpar total, Taylors Contracting Wanderers/Motueka claimed a first round win over Nelson College at Lower Ngawhatu.
At 68/9, number 10 batsman Dmitri van der Colk ensured Wanderers a defendable total as his top score of 24 pushed his side to 96/9.
Spinner Will Bixley caused majority of the damage with 3/20 from his four overs.
However, Nelson could muster just 71 in reply to fall 25 runs short.
This Saturday sees round two of T20 action take place with Wanderers hosting the high flying ACOB, Waimea taking on Stoke and Nelson College meeting Wakatu.
All matches get underway at 2:30pm.