Oamaru keen to end Valley’s reign

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Valley is gunning for a fourth consecutive Dick Hunt Trophy on Saturday, but will have to overcome a strong Oamaru side if it is to get the job done at Centennial Park.

The Weston-based club has held the trophy, awarded to the winner of the 50-over competition staged in December and January, since the 2015-16 season and, if successful, will join Oamaru (1970-71 to 1973-74 and 1987-88 to 1990-91) as the only other club to lift the trophy in four successive seasons.

Valley’s Hamish McKenzie said the side had performed strongly during the competition after a disappointing Borton Cup campaign.

Its strong bowling attack, which included Francois Mostert and Cameron Grubb, fresh off an 11-wicket haul last weekend, would have to fire to counter Oamaru’s quality batting line up, which included Cormac Hassett and Nick Johnston, as well as Zac Naldrett, Craig Smith and Jordan Bartlett.

Oamaru’s Robbie Breen believes it is his team’s year.

“Valley’s had that trophy for long enough,” Breen said.

“We’re feeling pretty good. We’ve got a full strength team and we’re playing pretty good cricket.

“Obviously they’ve got a pretty big dog in the King, so he’ll be key to their chances, but they’ve got some other pretty talented boys and we’ll just need to worry about what we do, score plenty of runs and take plenty of wickets.”