Ball dominates bat

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Outstanding performances with the ball by Matt Day and Cam Grubb were the highlights in the latest round of the Dick Hunt Holiday Competition.

Day was at his best at the bowling crease as he picked up the sensational figures of 6-19 against an Oamaru/St Kevin’s side a bit light on batting power at Whitestone Contracting Outer Oval on Saturday.

He took the first five wickets in Oamaru’s innings and then, along with Brad Carnelian, helped mop up the Choccos tail and dismissed them for a paltry 55.

He bowled with good control and pace, getting the new ball to nip around, and just proved too hard for the Oamaru/St Kevin’s players to face.

While the pitch assisted the bowlers and was not easy to bat on, it was not as bad as the score suggest.

The Choccos continued to lose wickets at key times and when set batsmen Matt Brien and Brady Kingan went in quick succession, the rest of the order folded.

Kernahan worked well in tandem with Day, removing three of the final four batsmen to finish with 3-4 off just 3 overs.

Both bowlers had the chance to claim hat tricks but were unable to do so.

Batting, Albion only needed three players to knock off the required runs, with Gary Mahuika finishing on 15 not out and Ammer Mirza scoring an unbeaten 18. Ian Cooney was the only batsman dismissed.

In the other game, Eastern booked its place in the Dick Hunt final with a 15-run win over Valley.

It managed 183 batting first, North Otago squad member Andrew Grubb anchoring the innings with 90 after his team was in real trouble at 35 for 5 early on in the contest.

George Russell proved valuable with his handy 34 and his partnership with Grubb pushed Eastern through to what proved to be a winning score.

Valley, missing a host of players, came out swinging and got within 15 runs, thanks to 53 from Llew Johnson, who had just returned from the National under-17 tournament in Wellington.

Hamish McKenzie and Andy May provided some late order hitting, but it was not enough to get Valley over the line.

Eastern coach Jeff Grubb said it was fantastic to see the young side beginning to gel together so well.

“They played really well and are starting to come together as a team.”

With that win, Eastern will face Union next weekend at Union to decide who is the Dick Hunt winner, with Oamaru/St Kevin’s, Valley and Albion turning their focus to the Borton Cup on February 7.

Meanwhile, centuries from Ben Cant and Francois Mostert helped North Otago gain first innings points against Mid Canterbury in the Hawke Cup match between the two sides at Waitaki Boys’ High over the weekend.

Mid Canterbury made 280, thanks to 68 from Keiran Hunt and 50 from Tom Meyrick, while Mostert continued his outstanding match claiming 5-68 with the ball.

North Otago was 327-6 mid-afternoon yesterday with Mostert on 121 not out and Nathan Smith on 10 not out.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: Albion’s Matt Day was the star of Oamaru club cricket at the weekend, claiming six wickets in his side’s nine-wicket win over Oamaru in the Dick Hunt competition.