The Borton Cup reconvened for round eight on Saturday following a six-week layoff, with Oamaru, Union and Waitaki Boys’ picking up wins.
Oamaru, donning a new blue strip for the first time in the Borton Cup, took a six wicket win over Albion for their first victory of the campaign.
The Choccos won the toss and put Albion to bat first at the Whitestone Contacting Stadium outer oval.
The Mungas were all out for 192 in the 45th over, Gary Mahuika (46) and Matt Day (31) produced a fine middle order partnership but Francois Mostert and Gary Clearwater spearheaded the Choccos bowling attack, notching 4 for 8 and 3 for 43 respectively.
Reece Curle (44) and Josh Gutsell (48) offered a sturdy foundation for Oamaru and surpassed Albion’s total in the 41st over.
Oamaru skipper Matt Murphy said he was hoping the win would galvanise his side heading into the business end of the season.
“I think winning the Twenty / 20 gave us confidence. At this sort of stage, yesterday (Saturday) was a must win for us,” he said.
“After the bye next week, we pretty much have to win all of our games to have a chance of reaching the semis. We just have to take each week as it comes.”
Union added to their 100 per cent record with a four wicket win over Valley at Weston Park.
Valley won the toss and elected to bat first but were all out in the 34th over for 76.
Michael Ormandy was in fine form, taking 2 for 20, while Paul Johnston was 3 for 11.
Despite the diminutive target, Union struggled with the bat, relying on stalwart Glynn Cameron (40) to secure the points for their sixth win.
St Kevin’s remain at the foot of the points table, with Oamaru following a loss to Waitaki Boys’ at Milner Park.
SKC were all out for for 144 in the 44th over before Waitaki chased the visitors’ total down in the 27th over, with fine displays from Dallas Mahuika (44 not out) and Lewy Johnston (51 not out).
Oamaru’s hope of gaining momentum following their first win will be hindered by a bye next weekend, while Albion and Valley entertain Eastern and WBHS respectively and Union lock horns with St Kevin’s at King George Park in the last Payne Tempero clash of the season.
By JAMES FORD
FIRST WIN: Albion lost out to Oamaru at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium outer oval on Saturday.
PHOTO: JAMES FORD