The wet weather wreaked havoc on round seven of the Borton Cup, with two fixtures being rained off on Saturday, but did not end play at King George Park where Union notched another win over Albion.
After Albion won the toss and elected to field first, they put the pressure on the Union innings as they crawled to 50 in the 19th over, but crucially they had not made any inroads into the home sides batting.
It wasn’t until the 24th over that the first wicket fell, Jeremiah Shields for 30 off 77 balls.
When the wicket of Duncan Drew fell shortly after, it looked like Albion might be starting to take control of the Union batting before Thomas Shields and Glynn Cameron then combined for a 115 run third wicket partnership, which put Union in a commanding position.
For Albion, only Ricky Whyte managed to pick up any wickets, taking 2-35 while Paul Odell was extremely economical, finishing with 0-19 of his ten overs.
Albion lost the early wicket of Paul Odell for six in the fourth over, however, at 22/1 in the eighth over, the game was still evenly poised.
Players then soon had to rush for cover as a heavy hail storm led to a long delay in play. Despite the dismal weather in other parts of Oamaru and Weston, which led to the games being abandoned, the match at KGP was restarted after a break.
With the run-rate rule being put into effect, Albion were set the revised target of 145 in 30 overs and bowlers reduced to a maximum of six overs each.
Albion looked to tick the scoreboard over but the wicket of Peter Cartwright (18) off the bowling of Brad Fleming started a three wicket collapse that ripped the heart out of the Albion middle order.
Fleming had the wicket of Winter for nine in the same order, then Brad Kernahan was caught by Ryan Whitburn of the bowling of Johnston for one, Albion 62/5 in the 16th over.
When the important 20th over was completed, they were 20 runs behind the run-rate required and rain showers starting to fall.
Fleming completed his overs with figures of 4-21, his best of the season so far, and Dan Conlan then took 2-12.
It was left to Johnston to finish the innings taking two wickets in his 6th over with Whyte caught by Conlan and a Roulston lbw, completing the Union victory with Albion all out for 105, 30 runs off the required total.
Union will pick up 10 points from the round, whilst the rest, excluding Albion, will receive the mandatory five points for matches being abandoned.
By JAMES FORD