Union take two wins in opening day

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Saturday marked the opening of the club cricket season as Valley, Union, Oamaru and Albion took to the St Kevin’s College artificial surfaces in week one of the Dick Hunt holiday competition.

Albion met holders Union in their round one fixture and lost by two wickets after posting 100.

The Mungas then took on Oamaru in round two and took a win by four runs via a higher run rate.

Peter Cartwright’s side notched 120 while Oamaru were on 86 for five off 15 overs when proceedings were brought to an end due to poor visibility.

The new look Oamaru side proved too strong for Valley in their opening fixture and picked up a 112 run win.

Ben Cant was in inspirational form, notching 135 not out, while Reece Curle hit 36 not out for a total of 196.

Valley were all out for 84, with Cant taking 2-7 and youngster Josh Tonkin recording 2-17.

Valley couldn’t muster a win in round two, falling to a five wicket defeat to Union after batting first and managing 97 all out. Kelvin Mansfield top scored for Valley with 39.

Union chased down Valley’s total in the 16th over and Glynn Cameron was the most prolific with the bat for the blues with 42.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Oamaru’s Reece Curle posted 36 not out against Valley on Saturday.