Bowlers to the fore in Borton Cup

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Bowlers regained the advantage as Union and Albion posted wins in the Borton Cup at the weekend.
A week after a round that featured three centuries and three team scores of 280-plus, the competition featured a flurry of wickets and only a few useful innings.
Union relied on some familiar faces with the bat and a former star with the ball to beat Oamaru-St Kevin’s by 36 runs at King George Park.
Veteran batsmen Duncan Drew (47 off 68 balls, including seven fours and a six) and Glynn Cameron (43 off 59, including six fours and a six) led the scoring as Union posted 247 off 48 overs.
There were useful cameos from Blake James (30 off 33), Brad Fleming (27 off 38) and Neil Rushton (26 off 27).
In-form all-rounder James Ferris led the Oamaru-St Kevin’s attack with three for 27 off nine overs, ably supported by Nick Johnston (three for 44) and schoolboy star Lachlan Brookes (two for 17).
In reply, Ashley Abraham made a patient 49 off 79 balls, Jordy Bartlett smacked 45 off 51 balls, and Johnston chipped in 39 to have Oamaru-St Kevin’s on track at 176 for four.
Enter Phil Crossan, a veteran of over 100 games for Union who has been back on the field this summer for the first time since 2012-13.
Crossan’s nagging swing bowling tore through the tail, and he finished with the figures of the game (five for 28 off 8.3 overs) as the combined side folded for 211.
At Milner Park, plenty of runs were scored in the first hour but very few after that as Albion sneaked a one-wicket win over Waitaki Boys’ High School.
The schoolboys, coming off the bye and handing a debut to Toby Johnson, won the toss and started brightly through Rhys Petrie (29) and Francois Mostert (18), pushing to 55 before the first wicket fell.
Then followed a drastic middle and lower-order collapse as the Albion change bowlers wreaked havoc and Waitaki was rolled for 86.
Ricky Whyte led the Albion attack with five for 25, and both Sam Fleming and Brady Kingan grabbed a brace of wickets.
The Mungers also found batting conditions tricky and no-one managed to pass 20 as Waitaki Boys’ bowlers Hayden Creedy (four for 24) and Mason James (four for 27) carved up.
Dylan Winter and Amber Cunningham nudged Albion close to victory, and Whyte showed composure at the end to punch a boundary over cover to score the winning runs.