The Borton Cup will head in to its penultimate weekend of round-robin fixtures tomorrow with Union hosting table-topper Albion at King George Park, Waitaki Boys’ entertaining Oamaru-St Kevin’s at Milner Park and Valley travelling Palmerston’s Mill reserve to take on Eastern.
Round nine’s action saw table-toppers Valley (298/6) record a 59 run victory over Albion at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium’s outer oval.
The Mungas won the toss and elected to bowl but could not contain South African Francois Mostert, who posted 159.
Ian Cooney was the best of Albion’s bowlers, taking 3 for 50 off 10 overs.
Albion’s innings was interrupted by rain and a new target of 256 was agreed upon, but, despite the efforts of top-scorer Ammer Mirza, the Mungas could not chase down the total.
Waitaki Boys’ made their first defence of the Payne Tempero trophy with a 109 victory over Union at Milner Park.
Waitaki posted a total of 218/7, with Harvey Lowe (38) proving most effective with the bat for the schoolboys.
Paul Johnston was best with the ball for away side, taking 2 for 34 off his 9 overs.
Union’s top order failed to deliver as Glyn Cameron, Jake Greenslade and Duncan Drew mustered just 7,3 and 4 respectively.
Jeremiah Shields (49) offered the most resistance as the Blues were all out for a less than impressive 109.
Oamaru-St Kevin’s will look to improve on last Saturday’s disappointing four wicket loss to Eastern at Milner Park tomorrow. All fixtures will begin at 12.30pm.
By James Ford
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Union will look to bounce back from last Saturday’s loss against Waitaki Boys’ High School. Pictured is Union’s Duncan Drew in action at King George Park.