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Zohrab returns with match-winning knock

ACOB survived a late scare at Marsden Rec against Stoke/Nayland today. Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport.

Jonty Dine

Nelson's two premier cricket sides clashed in the opening round of the Tasman Premier League today, with defending champions Athletic College Old Boys drawing first blood for the season against Stoke/Nayland.

The returning David Zohrab played a key role in the victory, guiding his side home with an unbeaten knock after a masterful spell with the ball which saw him concede just eight runs in his ten overs.

The influential all-rounder bowled a stunning seven maidens while claiming two wickets as Car Company Stoke Nayland was all out for 144 at Marsden Rec.

Half centuries from Ben Stark and Sean Neal ensured the defendable total, however the pair were the only batsman to reach double figures for the hosts.

Spinner Martin Slabbert caused some carnage of his own as he claimed 3/3 off three.

Zohrab backed up at the batting crease with a patient 49 off 94 and despite a late scare with a surge of dismissals, got his side home in the 36th over with two wickets in hand.

“It was really pleasing to return with a performance like that especially against perennial contenders Stoke,” says David.

He says it was a tense chase in the end.

“We made it a lot harder for ourselves than it needed to be, but we got the full points and that’s what matters.”

Both sides went unbeaten in the Nelson 40-over competition and will meet again in what is an effective final on December 11.

In Motueka, Wanderers picked up a dominant victory over a struggling Nelson College side.

Taylors Contracting Wanderers/Motueka dismissed the visitors for just 97 in the seven-wicket win.

Brooklyn Wilson ripped through the college order with a stunning return of 5/27 off his ten.

Lucky Singh provided the only resistance for Nelson with 42 at the top of the order, his opening partner Sam John the only other batsman to get past ten.

Wanderers made light work of the chase, reaching 103/3 after just 18 overs, Jack Morris and Kyle Paki Paki shouldering majority of the runs with 31 and 32 respectively.

In Blenheim, Wakatu picked up a twenty-run win over the Falcons, Daniel Hooper and Campbell McLean leading the way as the visitors set 183.

Nibu Jose’s 4/17 saw the Falcons all out for 163.

At Jubilee Park, the Dolphins proved too strong for Waimea Toi Toi United.

After the Marlborough side posted 139, Mitchell Grant claiming 4/18, the hosts could muster only 98 in reply, Jerrym Lamb causing the damage with 5/24.