It is fair to say the most recent round of Borton Cup cricket was a batsman’s paradise.
Runs flowed off bats in every direction as Union (316 for six) beat Valley (281) at King George Park, and Albion (317) beat Oamaru-St Kevin’s (174) at Centennial Park.
The innings of the day was produced by Jonty Naylor, who powered Albion to its lofty total with a sparkling 141.
The Mungers were in a slightly precarious position at 77 for four before Naylor and Brad Kernahan (69) put on 203 for the fifth wicket.
Naylor whacked 16 fours and four sixes as he raced from 50 to 100 in just 14 balls.
James Ferris led the Oamaru-St Kevin’s attack with three for 30, while schoolboy Lachlan Brookes bowled well to finish with three for 49.
In reply, Ash Abraham did more than his share, scoring 97, but the Oamaru-St Kevin’s chase fizzled out 143 runs short. Naylor completed a grand day out with three wickets for nine runs, and Kernahan, Ricky Whyte and Justin George all claimed a brace for Albion.
Sam Bastin (Union) and Andrew Harding (Valley) led the runfest at King George Park as Union feasted on the Valley bowling attack, and vice versa.
Bastin’s sparkling 118 featured 13 boundaries and one six. In support, Blake James belted 10 fours and four sixes in his 86, and Dylan Edwards made a quickfire 37.
Valley gave it a heck of a crack, and largely had Harding to thank.
Harding carried his bat through the innings, ending on an unbeaten 115 that featured 18 boundaries. He received good support from Hamish McKenzie (41) and Reuben Simpson (32), but Union – led by James, who claimed three wickets – managed to shut the chase down.