The Marlborough Boys’ College First XI cricket team booked a place in the district play-offs for the Gillette Cup at Horton Park on Thursday.
MBC scored a comprehensive 57-run over their Nelson College counterparts, progressing to the next stage of the nationwide secondary school competition.
Sent into bat, MBC compiled a very respectable 270-4, thanks to a series of solid contributions throughout the order.
Opener Luke Pannell scored 38 from 52 to provide a solid start, before skipper Cooper Roberts and Tim Petrie came together for a match-winning 128-run partnership for the third wicket.
Although their cause was helped by some below-par catching in the outfield by Nelson College, they mixed composure with skill and power on their way to half centuries. Roberts ended with 60 from 85 balls but Petrie continued, putting together a superb 88 from 93 deliveries, with 11 fours and one six. Ben Holdaway, with 32 from 25, and Tom Leonard, 26 from 12, added icing to the cake in the final overs.
Lachlan Bartlett, who snared 2-32 from his 10 overs, was the most successful of the Nelson bowlers.
In reply, the visitors threatened at times to match the high asking rate, led by a fighting 79 from 81 balls from No 4 Ronan Restieaux, but their chase ended in the 48th over as the home side tightened the screws, dismissing their rivals for 213.
Hunter Ruffell, who bagged 3-23 from five overs, Joel Pannell, 2-34 from nine and Luke Pannell, 2-37 from 8.3, were the main wicket-takers, although spinners Griffin Carter and Tim Petrie were instrumental in slowing the Nelson momentum during the middle of the innings. Petrie also contributed a superb outfield catch to cap a top performance.