Borton Cup set for round eight

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Round eight of the Borton Cup is set to offer up some enthralling encounters as Albion entertain Eastern at Whitestone Contracting Stadium’s outer oval, Union host Oamaru / St Kevin’s at King George Park and Valley welcome Waitaki Boys’ High School to Weston.

Last weekend’s action saw Union down Eastern, Waitaki Boys’ High School lose to Albion and Valley topple Oamaru/St Kevin’s.

Union’s much-needed eight-wicket win over Eastern served as round seven of the Borton Cup and the final of Dick Hunt holiday competition following the previous weekend’s washout.

The Blues won the toss and elected to bowl as Eastern opener Matthew Dempster (1) got off to an unconvincing start, before Matt McLelland followed for zero.

Oliver McLelland (17) and James Dempster (18) then had their wickets taken by Mathew Lilley and Paul Johnston respectively.

Cameron Grubb (57) top-scored as the visitors were all out for 124 in the 36th over.

Johnston was most damaging with the ball, taking 3 for 21, while Brad Fleming took a fine 3 for 35.

Union’s chase-down of the mediocre total got off to a strong start as Jake Greenslade posted a half century, followed by Glynn Cameron’s 30.

Duncan Drew (21 not out) and Jeremiah Shields (12 not out) surpassed the total in the 20th over.

Albion took a three-wicket win over Waitaki Boys’ at Milner Park in its round-seven outing.

WBHS was all out for a paltry 108 from an undistinguished innings in which Rhys Petrie (23) top-scored.

Mungas’ Jeremy Smith played the role of chief destroyer, taking 4 for 27, while Paul O’Dell produced an impressive shift with 4 wickets for 31.

The T20 champion chased down the meagre total in the 25th over as Ian Cooney and Matt Day joint top-scored with 21 while Waitaki’s Stephan Grobler offered his side some solace by taking 4 wickets for 25 runs.

Valley remained at the points table’s summit after taking a 73-run win over Oamaru/St Kevin’s at St Kevin’s College.

Scott Kingan (56) and Francois Mostert (4/21) provided the highlights for the Weston side as the Choccos slumped to their fourth defeat of the campaign.

Saturday’s fixtures begin at 12.30pm.

By James Ford