Alibion impresses with two big wins

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Albion set the tone on the opening day of club cricket with a pair of convincing twenty20
wins on Saturday. A Matt Day six-wicket bag powered Albion to a 33-run win over Union, and a sizzling Jonty Naylor half-century guided the club to an eight-wicket shellacking of Oamaru.Valley (v Oamaru) and Union (v Valley) also picked up wins on the artificial pitches at Don Field.Day, the brisk right-arm seamer, charged to figures of six for 14 as Union was rolled for 82 in the opening round.
Albion had posted 115 for nine in its 20 overs. Dylan Winter (38) and Jonty Naylor (20) made contributions for Albion, while Blake James, Brent Lilley and Brad Fleming each had two wickets for Union.In the second round, Albion chased down Oamaru’s total of 113 with ease, powered by schoolboy star Naylor, who did not give up a chance and was unbeaten on 83 when the winning runs were scored.
Valley had earlier beaten Oamaru in much the same fashion, holding Oamaru to 91 for six then cruising to 93 for one on the back of good knocks from Cameron Grubb (47 not out) and Rhys Petrie (37 not out).Union denied Valley a double when the ageless Duncan Drew (44) and English newcomer Sam Bastin (40 not out) guided their club to 147 for four.Despite a rollicking 60 from Francois Mostert, Valley fell 19 runs short.
The Borton Cup competition begins this weekend.¬†Waitaki Boys’ High School made the final of the McCullum Cup schoolboy tournament for the first time in Dunedin last week.
Waitaki beat John McGlashan College (by 39 runs) and King’s High School (by 15 runs) to qualify for the final against perennial champion Otago Boys’ High School. Nathan Smith took three wickets against McGlashan and four more against King’s.
Smith led the scoring with 33 as Waitaki made 98 for five in the final, before Otago Boys’ scored the winning runs in the 19th over.