Celtic overcame a spirited Waimate by 111 runs to claim the senior one-day cricket trophy at Aorangi Oval on Saturday.
The win ensured Craig Davies’ team would secure a clean sweep of senior trophies this season after convincingly taking the two-day and Twenty20 titles earlier in the season.
The final margin of victory appeared comfortable, but Waimate were in a solid position in pursuit of 290 when they were 106 without loss midway through the run chase.
However, they lost 10 for 72 to be bundled out for 178 in the 38th over.
Waimate captain Jason Sew Hoy asked Celtic to bat on a sunny day, but on a damp playing field.
The defending champions were missing spinner Sam Carlaw and batsman Mark Tutton, but the two top run scorers in senior cricket this season, Davies and Jeremy Liddy, got them off to a fast start as they put on 129 for the opening wicket, and took little risk in going at better than a run a ball.
Jason Sew Hoy’s usually reliable quick bowlers struggled for line and length.
His decision to turn to the left-arm spin of Glen Drake and slow medium-pace of Connor Farrell, put the brakes on the scoring, and eventually removed the Celtic duo.
Liddy fished outside off-stump and was caught behind off Farrell for 47.
Davies, who during his innings surpassed 1000 runs in all forms of cricket this season, saw his stumps rattled by Drake for 64, just 25 runs later.
It was not until Glenn Matthews muscled his way to 64 from 49 balls, late in the innings, that Celtic had an imposing total.
Matthews was punishing on anything wayward in line.
His six boundaries and one six helped Celtic strike 94 off the final 60 balls of the innings.
They finished on 289 for five.
Drake finished with one for 33 from nine overs, while Farrell went for 24 runs from his last two overs to end with two for 55 from nine.
Waimate’s run chase was built on a solid foundation from the top order.
Opener Hayden Matthews was forced to retire hurt on four after a delivery hit him in the box, but Nathan Sew Hoy and Gary Muff went at five runs an over to see Waimate’s total reach three-figures without the loss of a wicket.
The required run-rate was increasing, but not at an alarming rate.
Nathan Sew Hoy passed 50, but a poor call from Muff when he looked to turn one into two, saw his more senior team-mate with no chance of beating the throw.
The big-hitting Sew Hoy was removed for 66 and the momentum of the run chase was lost.
From then, the Celtic medium-pacers took control.
No other Waimate batsman was allowed to play themselves in on a pitch where runs were possible.
When Muff became one of Dan Laming’s three victims, for 24, and Jason Sew Hoy could manage only 17, Waimate were quickly running out of genuine batsmen.
Dan Laming finished with three for 16 from nine overs while his brother, James, managed three for 38, as Waimate’s challenge fizzled out 111 runs short.
Davies said the victory was the perfect outcome to a long season.
“We knew if we could stick at it and bog [the Waimate batsmen] down for an over or two, then they would do something a bit rash, even though the runout was a bit lucky for us.”
Jason Sew Hoy said he was pleased with the bowling effort, even though his team had 30 wides.
“We struggled early, but then bowled to our field quite well and managed to pull our way back into it. Once we lost three quick wickets, that was it … you had to get in before you tried to play your shots.”
Below are some random photos from the final.