Borton Cup heating up for round nine

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With round nine on the horizon, the seven teams have arrived at the business end of the Borton Cup and the time to maintain, fight or ignite their chances of a top four finish has come

Oamaru’s hopes of gaining momentum following their first win of the campaign last weekend will be hindered with a bye week and while Albion and Valley play host to Eastern and Waitaki Boys’ respectively, Union will lock horns with St Kevin’s at King George Park in the last Payne Tempero tie of the season.

The cup reconvened last Saturday following a six-week layoff, with Oamaru, Union and WBHS notching wins.

Oamaru, donning a new blue strip, took a much needed six wicket win over Albion in what has been a dismal Borton Cup effort for Matt Murphy’s side.

The Choccos won the toss, putting Albion to bat where the Mungas were all out for 192 in the 45th over, Gary Mahuika (46) and Matt Day (31) produced a fine middle order partnership but Francois Mostert and Gary Clearwater spearheaded the Choccos bowling attack, notching 4 for 8 and 3 for 43 respectively.

Reece Curle (44) and Josh Gutsell (48) offered a sturdy foundation for Oamaru and surpassed Albion’s total in the 41st over.

In stark contrast to Oamaru’s campaign, Union added to their 100 per cent record with a four wicket win over Valley at Weston Park.

Valley won the toss and elected to bat first but were all out in the 34th over for 76.

Michael Ormandy was in fine form, taking 2 for 20, while Paul Johnston was 3 for 11.

Despite the diminutive target, Union struggled with the bat, relying on stalwart Glynn Cameron (40) to secure the points for their sixth win.

The blues will now be looking to prolong SKC’s time at the foot of the points table, following their loss to Waitaki Boys’ at Milner Park in round eight.

St Kevin’s were all out for for 144 in the 44th over last weekend before Waitaki chased the visitors’ total down in the 27th over, with fine displays from Dallas Mahuika (44 not out) and Lewy Johnston (51 not out).

After a week’s break, a win over Albion will be imperative for Eastern’s hopes of sneaking in to the top four, while the Mungas will be intent on cementing a place for themselves.

Saturday’s Borton Cup round nine fixtures, 12.30pm:

Albion vs Eastern WCS Outer Oval

Union vs St Kevin’s, King George Park 1

Valley vs WBHS, Weston Park 1

Oamaru vs Bye

By JAMES FORD