Crucial match goes Waitaki Boys’ way

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Waitaki Boys’ High School picked up a crucial win over arch-rival St Kevin’s College at the weekend.

The other two Borton Cup games were relatively one-sided; Oamaru beat Glenavy by 129 runs and Union defeated Valley by eight wickets.

ST KEVIN’S V WAITAKI BOYS’

At St Kevin’s College, the home team lost the toss and was put in to bat.

That turned out to be an inspired decision as the Waitaki Boys’ bowlers ripped through the St Kevin’s top order.

Apart from opener Jesse Valpy, who scored a gutsy 21, and Jack Cameron (15), none of the St Kevin’s batsmen made meaningful contributions.

In fact, the biggest help to its score of 91 was the 35 extras allowed by the fielding side.

Liam Mavor (three for 26), Matthew Stewart (two for nine) and Angus Ruddenklau (three for 23) did the damage with the ball.

Opening the batting for Waitaki Boys’, Eli Johnson looked as if he had somewhere else to be.

He smoked 55 runs off 37 balls as his team reached the total in just 13 overs.

The strength of St Kevin’s was in its bowlers. Lachlan Brookes took three wickets for 33 runs and, in an eventful two overs, Ben Kay was hit for 27 runs and took three wickets.

OAMARU V GLENAVY

Oamaru chose to bat first at the Glenavy Cricket Ground.

Beant Singh looked sharp for his 50, and had able support from Lakshay Raj Siwach (28), David Percival (22), Ricky Singh (29) and Nick Johnston (27) as Oamaru compiled 226.

Rodney van Leeuwen picked up four wickets and two of the three run-outs Glenavy managed in the field.

At 46 runs without loss, Glenavy would have felt an upset was on the cards, but the Rangers collapsed from that position of strength to be all out for 97.

Kurt Thomas was the top scorer with 27 runs, while Siwach took the outstanding figures of five for 20.

He had good support from Johnston (three for 18) and Tajinderpal Singh Sidhu (two for 14).

UNION V VALLEY

Union maintained its unbeaten Borton Cup run, defeating Valley by eight wickets.

Batting first, Valley was dismissed for 84 in 25 overs, and Union chased down the target for the loss of two wickets.

THIS WEEK

The winner of tomorrow’s game between Albion and Glenavy will take home the Marshall Smith Memorial Trophy.

Smith, who died 2016 while on a kayaking trip on the Waitaki River, was from Glenavy, but played for Albion before he and Ross McCulloch reformed the Glenavy Cricket Club.

Now both sides were playing senior cricket, it was the perfect opportunity to remember a good club man, McCulloch said.

The game is being played at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium outer oval.

On the main ground at the stadium, the top-of-the-table clash between Oamaru and Union should give a good indication of who is Borton Cup favourite. Valley hosts Waitaki Boys’ at the Weston Domain.