If you come at the king, you best not miss.
Oamaru-St Kevin’s discovered that the hard way as “King Frank”, star all-rounder Francois Mostert, led Waitaki Boys’ High School to victory in a low-scoring Borton Cup clash last Saturday.
Mostert made the combined side regret its decision to bat first after winning the toss, tearing through the line-up at Centennial Park to finish with the dazzling figures of seven wickets for a measly five runs off six overs.
Scott Kitto chipped in with a pair of wickets as Oamaru-St Kevin’s was bundled out for 93 in the 29th over.
Ash Abraham (42) and youngster Lachlan Brookes (21) did their best for Oamaru-St Kevin’s but did not receive much support.
In reply, Waitaki Boys’ also lost regular wickets, before it fell to Mostert (32 not out) and Hayden Creedy (20) to chase down the target with three wickets to spare.
James Ferris again did everything he could, snaring six for 21 off 10 overs, but it was a third straight loss for Oamaru-SKC, which has slumped after a bright start to the season.
At Weston, Albion overpowered a depleted home side by 124 runs.
Defending champion Albion made a hesitant start, losing two quick wickets, before Brad Kernahan (67) and Brady Kingan (50) steadied the ship, and Regan George and Ricky Whyte both added 41 to push the score out.
Andrew Fisher and Geoff Mavor led the Valley attack with three wickets each.
Cameron Grubb (47) and Reuben Simpson (40) made creditable efforts for Valley but the home side folded for 145.
Ricky Whyte continued his prolific season with the ball, snaring four for 34 for Albion.
There were a couple of rough results in second grade, indicating competitive balance can be hard to find in a competition in a small area.
Albion rolled the Oamaru Rugby team for 13 – Justin George took five for nine, and Kerry Weir grabbed four for four – and Union bowlers Nigel Wollstein and Darren Peterson claimed back-to-back hat tricks as the Waitaki Third XI was dismissed for nine.
In senior reserve, Jason Todd (130) and Mark Creighton (129 not out) combined in a 252-run partnership for the first wicket as Union scored 303 for two against Oamaru-St Kevin’s.