The Oamaru Liquorland Borton Cup will head in to its sixth week tomorrow with Union welcoming points table-toppers Valley to King George Park, Waitaki Boys’ Palmerston-bound to lock horns with Eastern at Mill Reserve and Oamaru/St Kevin’s entertaining Albion at St Kevin’s.
Valley currently sit at the top of the points table with Albion, Oamaru/St Kevin’s and Union occupying the other play-off places respectively. Waitaki Boys’ are fifth while Eastern remain pointless in sixth position.
Rain put a halt to last weekend’s proceedings but round four saw Valley topple Albion, Union return to winning ways against Waitaki Boys’ High School and Oamaru/St Kevin’s down Eastern.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bowl.
Skipper Matt Murphy struck immediately with three wickets up the top.
From then Eastern struggled and scored 116 all out with Andrew and Cameron Grubb both making 33.
Murphy stood out with 3/15 while English professional Ed Hall claimed 3/11 and the other bowlers took a wicket each.
With the bat Oamaru/ St Kevin’s made 118/0 with Jimmy Mallinson and Ben Cant knocking the runs off in less than 20 overs.
Cant finished on 67 not out while Mallinson made 41 not out.
The Choccos will be without bowler Brayden Lindsay tomorrow, the left-arm medium pacer injured his wrist in training on Wednesday evening, and required five stitches.
Valley maintained their 100 per cent record and a place at the points table’s summit with an 8 wicket win over Albion in their last outing.
The Mungas batted first and mustered 150.
Geoff Mavor took 3/40 while Francois Mostert notched 2/13 and Nick Kelland 2/27.
Valley chased down the visitor’s total in the 28th over with Mostert posting 82 not out and Tom Squire recording 30 not out.
Union returned to winning ways at King George Park.
The home side declared on 300/9 against a weekend Waitaki Bowling attack after Nathan Smith injured his ankle in the warm up.
The school boys were without other key personnel due to sickness which forced manger Hamish McMurdo in to action.
Union’s Sean Conlan (103) was in inspirational form with the bat while Paul Johnston posted 40 and Jeremiah Shields 30.
WBHS were all out in the 34th over with Stephan Grobler (33) the standout with the bat.
Brad Fleming was chief destroyer for Union taking 5/29 while Isaac Shields produced 2/16.
All matches will begin at 12.30pm.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Brady Kingan in action for Oamaru/St Kevin’s against Union.