Pressure on for top four place

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Round 10 of the Borton Cup will commence tomorrow as the teams close in on the end of the round robin stage of the competition.

Last week’s action saw Union secure the top qualifying position notching a nine wicket win over St Kevin’s on their artificial surface in the last Payne Tempero trophy clash of the season. The blues have now held the trophy since 2011.

The holders’ seventh win of the campaign makes them unassailable at the table’s summit and winners of the Minor Premiership David Sewell Shield.

In stark contrast, the defeat has firmly rooted SKC at the bottom of the table on 25 points.

Albion kept their semi final aspirations alive with a five run win over Eastern, which has put a top four finish within touching distance, but Mungas skipper Peter Cartwright told the Oamaru Mail two wins from the last three fixtures against St Kevin’s, Valley and Waitaki Boys’ are a must.

Waitaki Boys’ put themselves in second place and in a strong position for a semi final place, with a 120 run win over Valley.

Union will pick up the mandatory 10 points for a bye tomorrow while Eastern, SKC and WBHS play host to Valley, Albion and Oamaru respectively.

Saturday’s Borton Cup Round 10 fixtures:

Eastern vs Valley, Mill Reserve.

St Kevin’s vs Albion, St Kevin’s 1.

WBHS vs Oamaru, Milner Park 1.

Union vs Bye.

By JAMES FORD