Tom Ingham's 141 guided Waimea Toi Toi to a 49-run win over Stoke-Nayland in the 110-over cricket final at Jubilee Park, on Saturday. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport.

Tom Ingham blasts Waimea Toi Toi to title


Waimea Toi Toi opener Tom Ingham’s highest club score of 141 ensured there would be no upset in the Nelson 110-over club cricket final at Jubilee Park on Saturday.

Top qualifiers Waimea Toi Toi, who went unbeaten on their way to the title, beat Stoke Nayland by 49 runs.

The hosts bowled out the visitors for 221 in their pursuit of 270 for eight.

Tom’s innings stood out as no other player could get past 50 on the day.

Tom 16 fours and five sixes as he bludgeoned the Stoke-Nayland bowlers and raised his strike rate as his time at the crease went on.

“Jubilee is known for being a bit green but I thought it played really well and I got a lot of confidence early.

“I always try to target back over the bowlers head as a place I can score.”

He did ride his luck at times and struggled to score regularly during the 80s and 90s before opening his shoulders once again after he earned his century.

Tom was dropped on 91 by Ryan Edwards, a moment which effectively ended Stoke-Nayland’s title aspirations.

“I think once that happened I knew I had to push on and get a lof runs as it was my day.”

He received support from Blair Carpenter who made 46.

The pair put on 126 for the second wicket.

Tom and Doug Seward put on 68 for the sixth wicket.

Right-arm seamers Brad Duncan and Simon Carr each grabbed three wickets for Stoke-Nayland.

The visitor’s run chase lacked the big score Tom had given his team.

Brendan Hodgson top-scored with 49 while opener Ben Horman added 35 as did but hitting alrounder Dylan Eginton who’s 35 runs came off just 15 balls.

Waimea Toi Toi shared their wickets around with Jon Routhan, Matt Eden, Tom O’Neill and Amit Dhiman taking two wickets each.

The 50-over competition will start on January 7 with the Twenty20 competition getting underway on January 12.