Albion and Oamaru/St Kevin’s were victorious in the opening round of the Dick Hunt Holiday Competition on Saturday.
With schools not competing in the holiday competition and there players scattered across the teams, it proved a bonus for all involved.
Albion carried there strong Borton Cup form across with a convincing 198 run win over a struggling Union side.
Union started positively, removing opener Ammer Mirza for a duck thanks to up-and-coming brothers Blake and Mason James.
Albion’s Ian Cooney and Nathan Smith across from Waitaki Boys’ 1st XI set about getting a decent score for The Mungas.
When Cooney was dismissed for 39, it brought Nathan’s brother Jeremy Smith to the crease and from here it was a one way show.
Jeremy and Nathan smashed the ball to all parts of the ground in their 173 run partnership.
Jeremy kicked on to make 108 off just 80 balls which included 14 boundaries and four maximums, for his first senior hundred before he was dismissed by Glynn Cameron, while Nathan scored an elegant 75.
Ricky Whtye finished the innings off in style with a rapid fire 44 not out off 21 deliveries, getting the side through to a whopping 343/8 off 50 overs.
Glynn Cameron was Unions best bowler taking 5/71 off his 10 overs.
In Unions turn at bat no one really stood out with Glynn Cameron making 32 and Dan Conlan 35.
Cooney picked up with 4/10 with his nagging medium pace while Jeremy Smith and Whyte claimed two wickets each.
In the second game between Valley and Oamaru, it was a much closer encounter with a strong all-round performance proving the difference.
No one really kicked on in Valleys innings of 97, with Matt Brien in his first game for the season the destroyer claiming 6/37 off nine overs.
Captain Matt Murphy also bowled well with three wickets.
Oamaru then set about chasing down the small total, and when opener Ben Cant was dismissed early it bought fears the Choccos might fall short, however that wasn’t the case.
Opener Jordy Bartlett batted well, making his way to 38 before being trapped leg before wicket.
There were a couple of quick wickets, but Samisoni Havea 22* and Murphy saw the side home.
Next weekend’s action will see Eastern take on Albion at Centennial Park and Union entertain Oamaru/St Kevin’s at King George Park while Valley take their bye week.
PHOTO: Ian Cooney in action for Albion at King George Park on Saturday. JAMES FORD.