Improvements need to be made – Grubb

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Tabletoppers Albion will return from a bye week to entertain Oamaru at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium tomorrow while Valley host Eastern at Weston Park.

Eastern lost out to Oamaru by 103 runs in round four but their ranks will be bolstered by Ollie McLelland’s return from the Otago Under-17 set up while Richard Snell and Liam Jenkinson will also be included.

Jeff Grubb said his team must improve on last weekend’s dismal display.

“We were very rusty, because we hadn’t played for month,” he said.

“We need to improve our bowling and bet 50 overs but we’ve got a wee bit of a stronger side this week, it can only improve, we can’t get any worse.”

Valley will be intent on notching their first victory of the campaign after a narrow two wicket loss to Union last weekend and will be hoping home comforts will prove the catalyst for the win.

Albion’s two wins this term came in the form of a tightly contested four run victory over Union in round one and a 56 run win over Valley in their last outing while Oamaru saw off Valley by seven wickets in the opening round and Eastern last weekend.

The Choccos round two win over Union was forfeited the due to the fielding an ineligible player.

Dick Hunt Holiday Competition, round five;

Albion vs Oamaru, Whiststone Contracting Stadium Outer Oval

Valley vs Eastern, Weston Park

Union vs Bye

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: Byron Neil in action at King George Park during Valley’s two wicket loss to Union last weekend – JAMES FORD